Amelia might have met The One. But is she twenty years too late?
After her husband left her out of the blue, the only relationship 45-year-old Amelia Simpson has enjoyed recently is with Nutella and Pinot Grigio. While her 8-year-old twin boys, Jasper and Rupert, keep her busy, Amelia dreams of a life more than washing muddy rugby kits and weekly chats with best friends Sian and Jamie.
Amelia needs some magic back in her life – but magic seems in short supply in her small Welsh village. So when she finds the phone number that was given to her twenty years ago by a handsome stranger in New York, Amelia wonders whether he might be The One That Got Away.
But when Sian takes matters into her own hands, launching a worldwide hunt to find the handsome stranger Amelia met outside Tiffany’s two decades ago, Amelia finds herself on a flight to the Big Apple to reconnect with her ‘Perfect Pierre’.
But as the two explore the sights of NYC, has Amelia reconnected with The One? Or will she discover that the sparkle she was missing is actually closer to home?
A funny, relatable romcom about second chances that fans of Kathryn Freeman and Sophie Ranald will love.
Twice In A Lifetime follows the life of Amelia, a woman in her forties who suddenly finds herself alone when her husband suddenly ups and leaves her. As she adjusts to life as a single mother of her twin boys who are now eight years old, Amelia finds herself desperately craving some more excitement and magic in her life.
With very little excitement taking place in the small Welsh town she calls home, it doesn’t look as though anything will be changing for her anytime soon, that is until Amelia comes across the number she was given twenty years ago by an incredibly handsome stranger.
Turning to her best friend Sian for advice, Amelia soon finds herself going on a rather unexpected journey as they track down the mystery man from all those years ago, a journey that takes her all the way to New York to meet up with Pierre. As they spend time with one another, Amelia can’t help but question whether he is in fact the one that got away, and whether she could possibly experience love again.
This story is a charming tale of love, loss and the importance of friendship. With some utterly hilarious moments alongside those that make your heart feel so warm and full it could burst. The writing style is gorgeous and really draws you in to the lives of the characters the author has created. I particularly loved how the female lead in this book was a woman in her forties who was thriving! this is something you don’t see very often within this genre.
The characters were brought to life wonderfully, each of them having their own unique set of traits and flaws that allows you to relate to them on a new level entirely. The dialogue between the cast of vibrant characters is marvellous and flows effortlessly throughout. This was a delightful read that I read in one sitting!.
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About the Author
Helga Jensen is a freelance journalist, of mixed Danish and Welsh parentage. Twice in a Lifetime is her debut novel, and the first chapter was a winning entry at the Emirates Literature Festival in Dubai in 2017.
Social Media Links – @HelgaJensenF
*Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources, Hera Books and Helga Jensen for providing me with a gifted copy of this book in return for my honest review. All thoughts are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.*