The Way They Were

The Way They Were

by Mary Campisi
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The Way They Were by Mary Campisi

Prequel to A Family Affair: The Secret
Sometimes we're lucky enough to get that second chance – in life and in love. That Second Chance Series are stand-alone stories of strong women who battle heartache and loss with a courage and determination to find new paths and true love. What ties them together? A common theme: belief in the beauty of that second chance.

The Way They Were is Book Two of That Second Chance Series. It is also the prequel to Mary's bestselling family saga, A Family Affair: The Secret, Truth in Lies, Book Eight.

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, 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 night 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 (Also prequel to A Family Affair: The Promise)
Book Two: The Way They Were (Also prequel to A Family Affair: The Secret)
Book Three: Simple Riches (Also prequel to A Family Affair: Winter)
Book Four: Paradise Found
Book Five: Not Your Everyday Housewife
Book Six: The Butterfly Garden

"He's back."

Kate's brush slipped, smearing red paint onto the gray siding of the miniature dollhouse. Damn. She snatched a rag and began dabbing at the red spot.


She dabbed harder as if she could blot out Angie's words. "I heard you."


Kate glanced up, proud of the outward calm she displayed when her insides were a jumble of panic.
"And what?"

"Oh for heaven's sake, it's me you're talking to here, the one who sat up with you for three nights straight after that jerk left." Angie swore under her breath and muttered, "He didn't even have the decency to say good-bye."

"It was a long time ago." Fourteen years in July.


Angie Sorrento was a pint size dynamo with a giant sized temper who swore in Italian and English and could carry a grudge longer than anyone Kate had ever known. The only grudge larger than the one Angie had for Rourke Flannigan was the one relegated to the ex-fiancé who skipped out on her three days before the wedding.

"Really, Angie. Fourteen years is ancient history."

Angie's dark eyes narrowed. "That's what I'm worried about, Kate. Your history with Mr. Jerk."

"There's no need to worry." Kate dipped her brush in red and filled in the trim along the roof. This house was a four bedroom cape cod, designed for Rachel and Jared Hennessy and their seven year old twins, Jeffrey and Jason. The family had relocated from Richmond, Virginia last year so Jared could teach Sophomore English and coach basketball in Montpelier. Great family -- devoted couple, beautiful kids . . . even a golden retriever named Jed.

Angie started up again. "Even if it weren't Mr. Holier than Thou, let me grace you with my presence in this Podunk town, and even if said man-boy weren't someone you'd been intimately involved with, I'd still be worried."

"Unnecessarily." Kate ignored the way her pulse skittered when Angie talked about him.

"You're vulnerable."

"Stop." Her pulse tripled.

"You buried Clay five months ago. That makes you a lonely widow. The perfect target."

"You watch too many Lifetime movies." Had he heard about Clay? That was ridiculous, how could he have heard? She had no idea where he lived and now, suddenly, he was here. Why?

"Katie? Are you all right?"

No, she wasn't. She hadn't been all right since--Kate pushed the unwelcome truth away and glanced at her friend. "I'm fine."

"Fine is code word for no. Look, I know you don't want to talk about him, but there are some things you've got to know before this guy comes waltzing back into your life."

"He's hardly waltzing back into my life--"

"Steamrolling then. You just wait and see."

Product Details

BN ID: 2940149557233
Publisher: Mary Campisi Books, LLC
Publication date: 05/22/2014
Series: That Second Chance , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 291
Sales rank: 80,639
File size: 287 KB

About 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. She is currently working on A Family Affair: Fall, Book Four in the popular Truth in Lies Series, due out Fall 2014.


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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.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Every book i read by her just keeps getting better & better!!!
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