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Like the First Time [NOOK Book]

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THE GOOD SISTER. Claire Bennet has lost her job for the second time in as many years due to downsizing. She doesn't know what she's going to do since her checking account has almost been stripped bare and her older brother is always a day late and a dollar short. With no man in her life, her parents' home is all she has and she's going to lose that unless she can think of something quick.

THE GOOD LOVER. Fashionable and trendy Brooke Dunlap ...
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THE GOOD SISTER. Claire Bennet has lost her job for the second time in as many years due to downsizing. She doesn't know what she's going to do since her checking account has almost been stripped bare and her older brother is always a day late and a dollar short. With no man in her life, her parents' home is all she has and she's going to lose that unless she can think of something quick.

THE GOOD LOVER. Fashionable and trendy Brooke Dunlap has also been downsized, but she's not worried because she expects her wealthy boyfriend to propose any day now. Unfortunately, Randaolph Peterson III has other plans and dumps her. Now Brooke is left devastated with no engagement ring, a pile of bills and a Jag that's in the shop.

THE GOOD WIFE. Lorraine Averhart lost one of her dearest friends to cancer only months before and with that friendship, their dream of opening their own florist shop. But when Lorraine sees the wonderful candles, soaps and bath gels Claire has created, she pushes them to go into business together. With Brooke's savvy about what women want, Claire's products and Lorraine's money, they're sure to be a hit. They've got nothing to lose, so why not?

But Lorraine's marriage comes under terrible strain as the business takes off and a new a temptation appears on the horizon; Claire becomes involved with one of the most powerful men in town; and Brooke is forced to reevaluate what matters most: a fat bank account or love and belonging somewhere she can call home?


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Editorial Reviews

Dallas Morning News

"Ray. . .excels at weaving several threads of narrative into a cohesive whole, making her subsidiary characters as compelling as the major players."

Romantic Times Book Club Top Pick

"Four and a half stars. Ray pens another winner."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466833500
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2004
  • Series: Invincible Women Series , #1
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 122,518
  • File size: 422 KB

Meet the Author

Francis Ray

Francis Ray is the New York Times bestselling author of the Grayson novels, the Falcon books, the Taggart Brothers, and Twice the Tempation, among many other romances. Her novel Incognito was made into a movie aired on BET. A native Texan, she is a graduate of Texas Woman's University and has a degree in nursing. Besides a writer, she is a school nurse practitioner with the Dallas Independent School District. She lives in Dallas.
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About the Book: THE GOOD SISTER. Claire Bennet has lost her job for the second time in as many years due to downsizing. She doesn't know what she's going to do since her checking account has almost been stripped bare and her older brother is always a day late and a dollar short. With no man in her life, her parents' home is all she has and she's going to lose that unless she can think of something quick.

THE GOOD LOVER. Fashionable and trendy Brooke Dunlap has also been downsized, but she's not worried because she expects her wealthy boyfriend to propose any day now. Unfortunately, Randaolph Peterson III has other plans and dumps her. Now Brooke is left devastated with no engagement ring, a pile of bills and a Jag that's in the shop.

THE GOOD WIFE. Lorraine Averhart lost one of her dearest friends to cancer only months before and with that friendship, their dream of opening their own florist shop. But when Lorraine sees the wonderful candles, soaps and bath gels Claire has created, she pushes them to go into business together. With Brooke's savvy about what women want, Claire's products and Lorraine's money, they're sure to be a hit. They've got nothing to lose, so why not?

But Lorraine's marriage comes under terrible strain as the business takes off and a new a temptation appears on the horizon; Claire becomes involved with one of the most powerful men in town; and Brooke is forced to reevaluate what matters most: a fat bank account or love and belonging somewhere she can call home?

Review: "Four and a half stars. Ray pens another winner." - Romantic Times Book Club Top Pick (May 2004)

"Like the First Time is an unforgettable tale of lost love, and even better, second chances." - Kimberla Lawson Roby, national bestselling author

"Ray. . .excels at weaving several threads of narrative into a cohesive whole, making her subsidiary characters as compelling as the major players." - Dallas Morning News

Discussion Questions:

1. Initially, Claire thought her parents had been wrong in teaching her that a college education would ensure success, but she eventually saw that her education helped her unexpected business venture. What other things did they teach her that helped her just as much or more? Do you think some lessons your parents taught you are outdated?

2. Have you ever been faced with a life-changing "leap of faith" the way Claire, Brooke, and Lorraine were? If so, did you go for it? Which of the three women had the most to lose? To gain?

3. Claire was the "good daughter," but Derek was definitely a selfish user. When you love someone, it is very difficult to determine when you cross the line from loving and supporting to enabling. What signs should Claire have seen and heeded? Would you have acted any differently in her circumstances?

4. Brooke's philosophy early in the book was that you could just as easily fall in love with a rich man as a poor man. Did thinking that make her a bad person? Do you agree with her?

5. Lorraine was the perfect executive wife and mother who finally decided she wanted to have a life for herself. Was there anything she could have done to help Hamilton accept her decision? When is it all right to give in to your husband on some issues and when is it not? Give examples.

6. Three women had a profound effect on the men in the story that in turn influenced their relationships with Claire, Brooke, and Lorraine. Gray by Jana's betrayal, John by his wife's death, and Hamilton by his amoral mother. Emotional baggage has sabotaged many relationships. Why do you think Gray and Claire, John and Brooke, and Hamilton and Lorraine survived?

7. Brooke and John thought they were in lust, not love. How can you tell the difference?

8. Should women use withholding sex as a way of teaching their husbands a lesson as Lorraine did? If problems can't be resolved before going to bed should the discord stop at the bedroom door?

About the Author: Francis Ray is a native Texan who lives in Dallas with her husband and daughter. She is the author of sixteen novels and five novellas.

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  • Posted April 1, 2012

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    Like The First Time by Francis Ray A few woman get laid off due

    Like The First Time by Francis Ray
    A few woman get laid off due to bad economic times and one other wants to get with them to do something she's put off her whole life.
    One is good at selling, one at making beauty products and one has all the money. They can go in together and make it work.
    Although they put their all into this project some of their spouses or loved ones think they have made a mistake. This book follows
    their lives and how they are able to accomplish it all and what they've had to give up for it.
    Such an awesome idea for things you can do at home but it's more work than just for one person on their own.
    Such a diverse group of women, strong, easy to keep track of them and their loved ones.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2004

    AWESOME STORY

    I loved this story!!!!! These are real women, with real lives. I smiled, laughed, felt sad for them and cried for them too. I'd read it again and again and highly recommend it to every woman. There's a little bit of each of us in each of these women, whether we want to admit it or not. I read the majority of this book in one sitting because I did not want to put it down and was sad when I finished it, that there wasn't more to read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2004

    An inspiring tale of courage and loyalty

    In Charleston, South Carolina, computer repair Guru Claire Bennett thought her job was safe even with downsizing at Middleton Corporation; however after two years of employment, she is let go at a time she still deals with her older brother¿s bills. Brooke Dunlap is not concerned about losing her job at Middleton because she expects to marry wealthy Randolph Peterson III; instead she is downsized and her beau dumps her leaving behind the bills. Both women are shocked and not sure about their respective futures.................................... Claire¿s friend Lorraine Averhart loves her spouse and her adult children, but is bored. She distributes Claire¿s homemade body lotion to her peers at a book club and everyone loves it and wants to buy the product. Lorraine thinks the three women can sell Claire¿s beauty products. As the entrepreneurs take off professionally, their personal lives still flounder but none of the trio seems concerned because through thick and thin and disputes they remain friends.............................. LIKE THE FIRST TIME is an inspiring tale of courage and loyalty providing a ray of hope for the future no matter how dark it seems. Readers will appreciate the three women, who come across as neighbors because Francis Ray insures that her audience understands what makes them tick from their greatest fears to their greatest desires. Contemporary fans will take immense delight in a solid novel that encourages everyone to be all that they can be (even ¿Mcbook¿ reviewers)...................................... Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2004

    A MUST READ!!!

    LIKE THE FIRST TIME is a wonderful story about three women who through test and trials, find the true meaning of friendship and love, but the greatest discovery is the love of SELF first. I found it almost impossible to put this book down. The characters are so likeable and real that I found myself rooting for them and their happiness right from the start. Francis Ray weaves a wonderful tale of life's ups and downs and shows us that through perseverance and endurance we can overcome and find happiness.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 17, 2009

    A really great read

    I have never taken the time to write a book review but when provided an opportunity I had no problem giving this book 5 stars. It was a great read from cover to cover. My mother came to town and wanted a good book to read on her flight home... I almost couldn't bring myself to let her borrow it(lol, I plan to get my book back next time I am in CA). She called the next day and said she had finished the book and she loved it just as much as I did. Happy Reading to all who grab this one.

    Queentruth
    (world reader)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2007

    A reviewer

    I just finish read like the first time , the book give a woman the strenght to capture what you want in your life for yourself, i love the book, I am on my way to but 5 of Mrs Ray book and hoping to read all of her books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2006

    POWERFUL...GRIPPING...EYE-OPENING NOVEL!!!

    Like the First Time was beauitfully written by Francis Ray, as are all of her novels and stories. In this novel you meet Claire, Brooke and Lorraine. Three women determined to make a name for themselves as business partners of Bliss. The road they travel hits a few bumps, but as usual there's men to help and love along the way. This story gives inspiration and insight to women who have desires, but put them off for whatever reason(s). I recommend this book to any women at a crossroads in her life and for those with passion and desire to stand strong and wanting to make her mark in the world and not allow anyone to deter her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2006

    Absolutely Wonderful!

    I just finished reading Like The First Time and I didn't want it to end. All three main characters have a story that every woman can relate to. This was truly a wonderful book about family, relationships and love! A must read. This is the first book I've read from Franic Ray and I can't wait to read more of her books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2005

    Absolutely Awsome

    I love reading Francis' books. They seem to draw you in and always make a connection to characters from a previous book or give an introduction to the next. This one left me wanting more and I got it when I read 'Any Rich Man Will Do'. Do not pass on either of these books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2004

    read it for the first time!!!

    good book good love story with good plot

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2004

    ONE WORD - EXCELLENT

    Excellent is it. 'Old fashion' up to date love stories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2004

    Like the First Time, wonderful story

    I enjoy every page of this wonderful story. I love every detail, Ms. Ray has a beautiful gift of story telling. It is a story of 3 women realizing their true power not matter how hard life may get but they keep on going. I hope more and more stories are to come from Ms. Ray very soon.

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