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This Time Is Different

By: Mae Wood
Narrated by: Emma Wilder, Sebastian York
Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
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Life can change in a flash. Marriage and a baby wasn’t Amy Forsythe’s college plan. After a shotgun marriage glued together by her son, she’s convinced that love isn’t meant for her. Now nearing 40 and single for the first time since her senior prom, her friends are pushing her to date. Her teenager isn’t thrilled by the idea and neither is Amy.

Silver fox Thomas Popov isn’t looking for "the one". He found her decades ago. And fell apart when she died. At 53 with a new job, a new city, and an empty nest, he’s focused on climbing the corporate ladder.

When a softball accident lands Thomas in Amy’s dental chair, sparks fly. Lightning doesn’t strike twice. But love might. This time is different.

©2017 Mae Wood (P)2019 Mae Wood

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A gloriously lovely romance.

How can I explain how much I love this? First off, Sebastian York is perfect as Thomas. A handsome widower who loves his kids and loves his late wife. Emma Wilder is wonderful as Amy, a divorcee who feels content as a single mother.

A chance meeting at her practice leads us on this beautiful journey of love. Finding your place as not just a person, but as a partner with kids. The age difference is mentioned a few times - he’s 53 and she’s 39, but there’s no weighty or taboo aspect at all.

You guys, what we have here is an adult and grown relationship! I found this audio at the right time. It may not be for everyone, but I found it hot, real and special. There were moments that pulled my heartstrings and the story made my heart full.

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Second chance for love

Thomas is a 53 year old hospital administrator who is the widowed father of three grown children. Amy is a 39 year old orthodontist who is the single mother of a teenage son. The two meet when Thomas is brought into Amy’s office after he’s hit in the mouth with a bat at a softball game. Thomas and Amy get to know each other and discover they have a lot in common and start spending time together. Thomas lost the love of his life and Amy’s divorce left a sour taste I her mouth so neither of them are looking for anything more than companionship. Even though they both stated they didn’t want to get remarried, the more time they spend together the closer they become. When they decide to become a couple both are concerned with how their children will react. I loved watching Thomas and Amy’s relationship develop and how they took their children’s feelings into consideration. This story is beautifully written with characters who are both likable and relatable. How refreshing to read a story about older people who find love. This was my first book by Mae Wood and definitely won’t be my last.
The narration for this book was unbelievable. Sebastian York was perfect for Thomas and Emma Wilder was perfect for Amy. Her voices for the male characters were incredible.

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Absolute perfection!

I love absolutely everything about this book! The story and narration are both absolutely perfect! The characters are completely believable. The drama is just right - not angsty, but definitely not flat. And I wanted Amy and Thomas to find their happily-ever-after so badly.

The writing in this book is excellent. I loved the dialogue, the conflict, and the pacing of the story. I loved the choice to use a slightly older couple. Thomas is the epitome of a silver fox, and Amy is smart and lovable. I love that both Thomas and Amy have established, successful lives. They don’t need each other, but they want each other. They have amazing chemistry (seriously, those sparks), and their lives are happier together. I also love that they put their family first. They are parents who don’t let their kids run their lives, but they are respectful, loving parents who will always put the needs of their children first.

The narration for this book is absolute perfection. Sebastian York and Emma Wilder couldn’t be more perfect for Thomas and Amy. They truly become the characters. Their pacing, tone, and mood are perfect, and I love their voices. Once I started listening, I couldn’t stop for anything. This book is an absolute must buy! This is one of the best books I’ve listened to this year!

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Permanent smile while listening

I rarely listen to the audio version of a book I’ve already read. But hearing the sample of Sebastian York as Thomas hooked me for a full listen. I wasn’t disappointed! Mae Wood wrote a story that makes you feel so much and hearing it “live” made me smile, laugh, and cry. Enjoy a book about second chances at love, mature characters who are well established in their careers and their lives with no immature or contrived drama. This is a grownup romance with dynamic characters who you want to be life long friends with. Excellent plot, phenomenal audio! You will not be disappointed

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soooooo goooood

I can't get over how fantastic this story really was! And Emma Wilder and Sebyo were the perfect people to play these parts! Thanks for suggesting this book! Just grab your own copy and enjoy!

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a wonderful surprise

this is the first book I've ever read by maywood and I can honestly say surprise me it was Riley good it's people who are older which I appreciate. it's about real life and narrators do such a good job with the story of making you living in the moment.

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Not unskilled but holes

Ok, the writer herself is decent in many ways. I would give something else if hers a shot. But some holes really bugged me. In the beginning there’s the melt down she has before the first date, as she remembers her ex husband telling her “I never loved you” but then later, it’s al “oh the ex husband still loves you mom” I’m pretty sure I remember a reference to the ex sleeping around, but then hater he’s basically a model husband? It also deeply annoyed me that it doesn’t seem like she does a lot of actual parenting. The son has a girlfriend and she barely knows the girls name? What kind of parent doesn’t want to get to know the girl friend!? Or the way she’s like “oh my kid doesn’t want me to date so I’ll just bend to that” but never seems to REALLY talk to the kid about it. Not really. . .

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LOVED. THIS. SO. MUCH.

This Time is Different was one of my very favorite books of 2017 and now it’s audiobook has that same place on my 2019 list.

Emma Wilder and Sebastian York do an amazing job of bringing. Amy Forsyth and Thomas Popov to life. They capture the humor, romance and emotion so perfectly. This was the perfect companion on a car trip, which at the end I didn’t want to get out of the car. I’m in love with these characters all over again.

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Annoying Continuity Issues

I was intrigued by the older H/h and was really looking forward to hearing Sebastian York as a fully mature lead. Unfortunately, this author needs an editor. Or if she has one, she should find someone else. There were too many scenes that seemed either to be out of order or came from nowhere. Why was she crying to her BFF that her son was horrible to her when in the prior scene they had cleared the air? Why did her son go from hating to being okay with her BF without reason or explanation? Why was she whining about not wanting to be a parent to her BF’s ADULT kids? And they hadn’t even met her to indicate that was even a remote thought! The only thing that kept me listening was Sebastian York. And OMG it was painful to listen to even him call his character’s adult daughters by their cringe-worthy childhood pet names. Can’t recommend this one at all.

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Yay for Older Adults!

It's about time the 40 and 50 year old crowd get some romance stories! I'm not sure why romance writers seems to think all these stories happen to people only in their twenties and thirties. They may want to poll the readers and find out the age groups! Seriously writers, we who are in their 50's are not dead from the waist down! It would be great to have more actual reality type romances to listen to. So hurray for Mae Wood on this story.

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  • Camilla Wilhelmsson
  • 12-02-19

This Time It’s Different

I just loved this.
It’s about Amy with a teenage son and silver-fox Thomas with adult children who meets as grown-up.
And all they have to think about when they have more then themselfs to think of just to see eachother. A second chance romance in life.

The narrator Emma Wilder and Sebastian York - just great.

I were lucky to win this Audiobook on Facebook.

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  • LilleyLoohLah
  • 11-25-19

A second chance at love

A light, easy, angst free read. Sexy silver fox, and widowed single dad, Thomas Popov, isn’t looking for love, but when he meets single mum and divorcee Amy Forsythe, the idea of dating is suddenly very appealing. Amy too, is not looking for love, or marriage for that matter. Herein starts a story of second chance dating, along with navigating the struggles of careers, selfish children (aren’t all children selfish - even in their 20s, especially when they think there may be a chance they’ll lose the top spot for their parent’s affection). Expect the unexpected, even when you’re in your 50s. A feel good family drama/romance narrated to complete and utter perfection by Sebastian York and Emma Wilder.

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  • Em Jay Reads
  • 11-29-19

One of my fave books is finally in audio!

Narration: I thoroughly enjoyed the dual narration for this book. I think Wilder and York did a terrific job in bringing the characters to life. Emotions were expressed well and the pacing was appropriate to the story.

Book Review: There is plenty to love about THIS TIME IS DIFFERENT but upfront, I have to admit that I have a huge crush on Thomas Popov. He is everything I love in a romance book hero. He is a romantic soul and is not ashamed to show the women in his life how he feels. He does not play games. He is sexy. He is thoughtful and kind. He is a good father and provider. He is not perfect; he’s just flawed enough to make him seem like an actual person, and one that I would love to meet in real life. He has more appeal than any 53-year-old man should!

With my gushing out of the way, let’s focus on the story. The plot and prose flow effortlessly as we follow the lives of Amy and Thomas. They both have grown children, Amy is divorced and Thomas is a widower. When they meet, their attraction is obvious and like any new relationship, there’s the excitement and giddiness of finding a person you click with. I love reading about the times they spend together because they take immense joy in being with one another. Their relationship also compels them to consider and make peace with the past. Their thoughts are honest and often bittersweet.

There are no big dramatic moments or manufactured angst here. Mae Wood has delivered a story about appealing characters with real life issues who meet, fall in love, and give us readers a delightful romance to indulge in

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-26-19

dragged a lot...not worth credit

I was looking forward to a matured-aged couple romance. Usually find them more realistic and without silly melodrama, but if written well, still filled with romantic intensity and chemistry, developed through an attention keeping storyline. this was not that. found it mostly boring, and the way the couple kept deferring to the concerns of their near adult children silly. while not drama filled, the attention paid to the kids feelings about their relationship was not a smart way to try and create one of the challenges they had to overcome. they weren't 5 years old! love scenes weren't much to speak of, hotness and chemistry factors were low. found female narrator largely annoying, weird intonation, only marginally better and more natural when reading conversations. male narrator, who is usually good, did best he could. I slugged through it as paid full price. very disappointing.