The Way They Were

The Way They Were

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by Mary Campisi
     
 

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It's all about that second chance...

The Way They Were is Book Two of That Second Chance Series. (These are standalone books tied together by a common theme--belief in the beauty of that second chance.)

He hasn't spoken her name in fourteen years. She keeps a journal hidden in the back of her closet and permits herself to write about him once a year. They promised

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It's all about that second chance...

The Way They Were is Book Two of That Second Chance Series. (These are standalone books tied together by a common theme--belief in the beauty of that second chance.)

He hasn't spoken her name in fourteen years. She keeps a journal hidden in the back of her closet and permits herself to write about him once a year. They promised to love one another forever, but tragedy tore them apart. Now, destiny may just bring them back together.

At eighteen, Rourke Flannigan and Kate Redmond thought they'd spend the rest of their lives together--until a family tragedy tore them apart. Fourteen years have passed and they've both carved out separate lives hundreds of miles apart--hers as a wife and mother, his as a successful, driven businessman. But once a year, on the anniversary of her daughter's birth, Kate pulls out a red velvet journal and writes a letter, which she'll never send, to the man who still owns her heart. Once a year, on the anniversary of the first and only time they made love, Rourke permits himself to read the annual investigative report detailing an ordinary day in Kate's life.

When a subcontractor at one of Rourke's holding companies is killed, Rourke decides to pay the widow a visit and offer condolences, never dreaming the widow will be Kate. As they embark on a cautious journey of rediscovery, one far greater than they could have imagined, secrets and lies threaten to destroy their newfound closeness--forever.

That Second Chance Series:
Book One: Pulling Home
Book Two: The Way They Were
Book Three: Simple Riches
Book Four: Paradise Found
Book Five: Not Your Everyday Housewife
Book Six: The Butterfly Garden

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781479222032
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
10/29/2011
Pages:
298
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.62(d)

Meet the Author

Mary Campisi writes emotion-packed books about second chances. Whether contemporary romances, women's fiction, or Regency historicals, her books all center on belief in the beauty of that second chance.

Mary should have known she'd become a writer when at age thirteen she began changing the ending to all the books she read. It took several years and a number of jobs, including registered nurse, receptionist in a swanky hair salon, accounts payable clerk, and practice manager in an OB/GYN office, for her to rediscover writing. Enter a mouse-less computer, a floppy disk, and a dream large enough to fill a zip drive. The rest of the story lives on in every book she writes.

When she's not working on her craft or following the lives of five young adult children, Mary's digging in the dirt with her flowers and herbs, cooking, reading, walking her rescue lab mix, Cooper, or, on the perfect day, riding off into the sunset with her very own hero/husband on his Ultra Limited aka Harley.

Mary has published with Kensington, Carina Press, and The Wild Rose Press.

website: marycampisi.com e-mail: mary@marycampisi.com blog: marycampisi.com/blog/
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The Way They Were 4 out of 5 based on 4 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have just discovered this author and love her books. I plan to read all her books. I loved the plot and characters. I read this book in one day!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a way gooooood book! I couldn't put it down! My mom read it first and told me I HAD to read so it did and omg good! Such a sweet romance! FInshed it in one day!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the 2nd book in the Second Chance series. It's a story of heart ache, loss & love. Mary Campsi brings her characters to life. They draw you into their persoal struggles and triumphs. It's a can't put down and when does the next one being published
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was fine but, at times, I found myself skipping pages. Not because of the wrinting style, but because of the melodrama of it all. I guess I'm getting older but my younger self would have loved the lies, the surprise revelations, the unnecessary self sacrifing, the getting together and the oh no! Something driving them apart. There were times I wanted to shake both main characters and have them talk to each other like adults. Sometimes I wondered if instead of reading I was watching a soap opera. When one of the characters reveals something to our main heroine that drives our couple apart again I swear I heard the music of All my children in the background and I my mind couldn't help but make a mental close up of our heroine's face.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story along with a love story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book. I liked this author and will be reading her other books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written. Great characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book!
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MaggieSueMP More than 1 year ago
Good story. Enjoyed it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Totally enjoyed this book . I never really enjoyed romance books but finding out I actually do! Love her style!
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quaintinns More than 1 year ago
First, I would recommending reading the book versus the audio. I purchased the audio version and the narrator’s voice (Eva Hamilton) got on my nerves so bad-it was difficult to get through the book. I have too many good ones on my Nook –I kept stopping it. I really enjoy Mary’s books and may try and buy the e-book to re-read. When they were young Rouke and Kate were in love and a tragedy tore them apart. They went their separate ways as she became and wife and mother and her husband was killed on a job site. Turns out Rouke, a highly successful business man owns the company. He then finds out the widow is Kate and he is obsessed with picking up where they left off. He wonders if the daughter may be his? A secretary who is out of her element and a niece who drives him crazy. On the anniversary of Kate’s daughter’s birthday, she write a letter in a journal which she never mails to the man who holds her heart. Another story of second chances. Can the big city businessman and the small town girl really turn back time and pick up where they left off, or will secrets and lies destroy them?
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I've read by this author and enjoyed her writing so I purchased another book by her. This one will be archeived for future reading again.
Debs_Book_Nook More than 1 year ago
If you believe in second chances, and who doesn’t want to believe there is always a second chance for love, then you will love Mary Campisi’s books. Rourke Flannigan and Kate Redmond were high school sweethearts. They thought they would be together forever. Fate had other ideas. Fourteen years have passed since Rourke and Kate have seen each other. Many things have changed, and not always for the better. Kate is now a mom and widow. Her husband has been killed in a construction site accident. Rourke is a successful, driven businessman & owner of several construction companies. When he discovers the death of a subcontractor from one of his holding companies, he decides to pay the widow a visit, never guessing that widow was his childhood sweetheart. Kate can’t believe Rourke is suddenly back in her life and she isn’t sure she wants him back. She had made it just fine without him. She had married a man that loved her, has a wonderful daughter, Julia, and a job she loved. But was it all as perfect as it seemed? In a bid to gain Kate’s trust and see if they can rekindle their love, Rourke moves back to their small home town. With a makeshift office, a secretary way out of her comfort zone and a niece that is driving him crazy with her outlandish ways, Rourke has his hands full. Can the big city businessman and the small town girl really turn back time and be the people they used to be or has time changed them too much…. The journey of Rourke and Kate is a wonderful book and I really enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was not as good as some others she has written but an okay read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You people should just read this novel yourselves and write your own review on this novel. I really enjoyed reading this novel very much. ShelleyMA