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A Little Bit of Déjà Vu (Return to Redemption #1)

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  1,394 Ratings  ·  130 Reviews
Margie Bradford is picking up the pieces of her shattered life following her husband's death. When her cousin encourages her to make a fresh start with her teenage daughter, unsuspecting Margie takes a reading specialist job in the small town of Redemption, PA. The last person she expects to encounter is Rocket Manion, the ex-NFL quarterback and Dr. Phil wannabe who broke ...more
Kindle Edition, 246 pages
Published April 10th 2012 by LK Books
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May 13, 2012 Mona rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary
I can't believe I wasted a whole evening reading this. The premise sounded good, the characters sounded interesting, so I assumed I was in for a treat. What I got was an evening of psycho-babble and two dimensional characters, and I'm angry with myself for staying with it to the bitter end.

The story had real possibility, but instead, the psychoanalysis used by one character totally skewed the entire thing. I wasn't allowed to feel the characters' emotions.....I was 'TOLD' how to view them and wh
May 08, 2012 Jules rated it it was ok
A Little Bit of Deja Vu had some interesting twists and turns and the writing style was enjoyable, but I fought myself too much with a couple of issues. One being the way the heroine kept saying no, the hero pressing her anyway, and her giving in. If a woman says no, she should MEAN no. And I feel strongly the hero should take it as a NO. I don't mind the hero trying to change her mind, but not by doing the exact thing the heroine just said no about. The other problem I personally fought with wa ...more
Kate Lutter
Jun 15, 2012 Kate Lutter rated it it was amazing
When I read a romance, I want a story that not only makes sense, but I also want a roller coaster of emotions as I read.
I want to feel what the characters feel as they go through their adventures in love.
Laurie Kellogg’s A Little Bit of Déjà Vu delivers on both counts.
The heroine, Margie Bradford, a recently divorced widow, gets a second chance to be with the man she fell in love with but couldn’t have approximately twenty years before and yet can’t seem to forget—ex NFL quarterback Jake M
♡ Sassy ~ Amy ♡
4.5 stars!!

Obviously this series is called redemption for a reason... I am definitely giving this a higher rating than the others I've read. By far this was the best story...

A woman who got pregnant & had an abortion (don't judge her... read the details in the book, which is a definite spoiler... not her fault!)
was in love with the baby's dad. He was a rising football star engaged to someone else... After some misguidance & trickery, they never see eachother again...

Until... She moves t
Kimberly Washington
May 20, 2012 Kimberly Washington rated it it was ok
Shelves: abandoned
I'm surprised no one mentioned the continuity issues with this book. The book opens with the initial relationship being 19 years ago, the daughter that is not the daughter from that relationship is heading on 18... so she met and married and got pregnant by her post "Jake" (the male lead) in a year or so... somethings just not right...

Then the son, Alex, says he hadn't seen his mom in 3 years, since he was 11, but now he's graduating high school, driving an Aston Martin and going away to college
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An interesting lovers break up and go their separate ways, only find themselves connecting once again when their high school children come to them with some interesting news.

Not a bad story but the over empathises on the teenagers love making, the heroes tendency to verbally psychoanalysis everything, and the overall under development of the characters made it hard to connect with.
Andrea Akers
May 10, 2017 Andrea Akers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Redemption 1

There are several plots and sub plots going on in this book. I had a hard time at first following the different plots and storylines. The theme of the book is truly redemption from their sins of the past. All three couples are connected and even though they have all made mistakes in the past, they have all redeemed themselves and moved on with their future.
Jun 17, 2012 Sophia rated it really liked it
I saw the blurb on this one and just could not resist. On occasion, I love quirky over the top story lines and this one decidedly fit the bill though later I'll mention how I kind of mistook the tone of the story.

The story is about two generations of a father and his son and a mother and her daughter having events repeat themselves. Jake and Maggie had a youthful fling with consequences that, due to outside interference and their own youth, caused the paths of their lives to go down a much diffe
Mar 16, 2017 Shannon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book had promise but it was a total cluster fuck. It was like an awfully written soap opera. Everything and everyone was all over the place. I'm actually stunned I finished it. Shocking enough, for the first time ever, I WON'T be continuing the series. This turned me off that much.
Feb 28, 2013 Martha rated it really liked it
There's a phrase about history repeating itself. Who would have thought that would be the case in the town of Redemption. Margie & Jake met when he was a college football player and she was just months away from graduating high school and weeks away from turning 18. Their one night of passion was the result of a misunderstanding and Margie became pregnant.

Years later Margie's daughter Emma and Jake's son Alex are attending the same high school and dating. The parents finally meet when the ki
Jun 24, 2012 Maria rated it really liked it
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Jun 12, 2014 Pam rated it really liked it
A Little Bit of Déjà vu is book 1 in the Redemption series by Laurie Kellogg.

Margie Bradford, a widow and single mother, learns Jake Manion is living in the same town and teaching at the high school. She and Jake have a history. She got pregnant with his baby when she was just eighteen. She had a miscarriage but through the machinations of her mother and his father, he thought she aborted the baby because she didn’t love him. His quick marriage to Roxanne convinced Margie that he just used her
Apr 09, 2013 Tana rated it really liked it
A Little Bit of Déjà Vu (Return to Redemption, #1)

I found this book on amazon today free and started reading it right away. Let me say I was quite surprized how much I throughly enjoyed it.

Laurie Kellogg is a great author, the story was easy to read, has some great stories, it felt like I was reading two stories at once. It was very very good. Immediately I went and found more books written by Laurie and will definetly be reading more by Laurie Kellogg.

A Little Bit of Deja Vu is about long lost
Jayn Wilde
Apr 08, 2013 Jayn Wilde rated it it was amazing
I grabbed this book during the first of its two day free promo and read it non-stop...then turned around and recommended it to everyone I knew! Yes, that's how much I liked it. :)
This particular story gave me my own sense of Deja Vu since I was 17 when I conceived my oldest child AND got married because of it.

I loved the characters and the two generations coming together the way that they did. They dealt with a myriad of emotions and situations that kept me engaged the entire time. I also liked
Jamie Rhodes
Jan 01, 2015 Jamie Rhodes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a second chance story that not only involves the main characters but their children as well. Margie and Jake share a history that happened 19 years ago. They hadn't seen each other in that time frame. Their children, Emma and Alex, are dating and end up pregnant. This story is spun around both couples and Jake's ex-wife. We get all points of view. I know that Emma and Alex are young (recent graduates), but I rooted for them to make it. I could see the love. There was some bad blood betwe ...more
Oct 21, 2012 Emily rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, drama
I really didnt think I'd like this book... Infact after reading The Parent Pact by Laurie Kellogg I liked it so much I looked at her other books n saw this one n thought... no thats not a book for me... but then it was Free on Amazon and wasnt sure what to read next so sitting on the train I took a chance and I realy enjoyed this. I honestly didnt think she'd be able to justify an abortion in my mind and honestly it didnt compleatly but it definitly was a great twist and would have been a really ...more
C Free
Mar 09, 2016 C Free rated it it was amazing
A Little Bit of Deja Vu-Return to Redemption 1

I picked this series up for free, therefore it was definitely worth reading.

I liked how I was able to read the story in a day. A quick read is fantastic.

The story is about Jake and Maggie who had a fling about 20 years ago. Life happened and then she settled in Redemption, PA. Unbeknownst to her, Jake is now a high school teacher with a son named Alex. Maggie has a daughter named Emma. They date, fall in love and get pregnant while still in high sch
Sep 20, 2016 Connie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First time reading this author and I plan on reading more by her. The story had some serious situations but the author dealt with it in a serious but somewhat lighthearted manner which made the book fun to read. I could not put the book down. Jake and Maggie have a history of a relationship and a teenage pregnancy that ended in an abortion. Jump ahead 19 years later they are meeting each other again after this many years because Jake's son got Maggie's daughter pregnant. I loved the witty way Ja ...more
May 06, 2012 Alone rated it liked it
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A Little Bit of Déjà Vu is a book that made me feel exactly that. A Little Bit of Déjà Vu!!!! The plot was vaguely familiar. The story developed along the same beaten paths. Even the surprises were not surprising.
The language in the book is cool and clear. The narration is engaging. But the shallow and slim character list did not do any favor to the already weak plot. If only there was a little more of realism and depth, with the author's amazing grip over narration, the stor
Sheri Higgs
Mar 05, 2015 Sheri Higgs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Little Bit of Déjà Vu (Return to Redemption) book 2

This story starts off with Jake talking about what happened in college with Margaret (Maggie). Maggie is Emma's mom. Jake is Alex's dad. He teaches a life skills class and he's the football coach. When Alex and Emma invite Jake and her mom to dinner so they can tell their parents Emma is pregnant Jake doesn't know Maggie is Emma's mom. Jake is divorced and Maggie is a widow and the two realize their feelings for each other haven't changed. Eac
Apr 19, 2016 Rachel rated it it was ok
Ok so this book was way out of my genre comfort reading because of the language and sex. I put the book down multiple times, then picked it back up. I read it through to the end, and will say the most positive thing and the reason I continued reading was the characters situations all ending up working out in a positive way. Ms Kellogg had the characters work on their situations and I like to see that played out in real life as well in the fiction stories I read. So I think the author done well, ...more
Oct 26, 2015 Carlin rated it liked it
Shelves: on-kindle
I seldom read books in the "contemporary romance " genre. But this was free and the cover not the typical semi-naked sex god kind. I ignored the continuity/time-line problems and just immersed myself in the romances (yes, plural). But the main problem with the story was how the main male protagonist basically raped the the main female lead. Over and over she would tell him NO but he would persist until she gave in. That's just not the message I want to see in a book written in 2012.

But I persev
Apr 17, 2013 Faye rated it liked it
I really wanted to give this 3.5 stars.
Maggie's life is shattered by the death of her pilot husband. She and her daughter move to Redemption, PA. Maggie has a reading therapist teaching position. Her daughter is a senior at the same school. Her daughter becomes involved with son of a person from her mother's past. The relationships are well defined and believable. The characters are generally well developed and generally enjoyable.
This was a quick and pleasant read with enticement to find out
Jul 02, 2012 Crystal rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I can't imagine finding someone that I love and want to spend the rest of my life with and just because certain things happen to protect the one's they love they lose it. To have people working against you because they don't want to give you up for their own reasons.

There is always more than just one person to blame. I really loved how everyone had their own demons that they had to work through. It's very rare for children that are really young get married and make it
Apr 19, 2012 Nancy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: ABSOLUTELY!
Recommended to Nancy by: Laurie Kellogg
Shelves: favorites
Ms. Kellogg does it again! Another great story!

Margie Bradford is a reading specialist trying to move on with her life following her husband’s death. When she encounters Rocket Manion, a former NFL quarterback who broke her heart years ago. Jack Manion is a divorced teacher and football coach whose son announces that he knocked up his girlfriend. The girl's mother happens to be Maggie, whom Rocket has been pissed off at for over 20 years. In the midst of wedding arrangements Rocket tries to rek
Kim Chappell
Dec 30, 2012 Kim Chappell rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, purchased
So funny how things work your. Maggie thinks she escaped her past till her daughter changes schools. the one person she has run from for years is now the father of Emma's boyfriend. Maggie has tried to forget about Jake and him getting her pregnant but now she can't avoid him. Emma has only been dating Alex about 8 months and when she gets pregnant it all hits the fan. 2 great love stories with some funny situations and some hot sex scenes. Great red, love it.
Jun 28, 2012 Samantha rated it really liked it
This was a great book that kept me wanting more. Maggie just doesn't understand how Jake feels about her, she couldn't see it, which drove me nuts and kept me reading and reading so I could finally find out if Maggie was going to give in or just walk away forever. The kids having a baby right out of high school was almost a deja vu for myself as I had my daughter a year after high school. It's a great book full of romance, comedy and the facts of life. It's definitely worth the read.
Apr 16, 2013 Joanne rated it really liked it
My first novel by Laurie Kellogg. Enjoyed the characters and the romance. If you don't like or are opposed to explicit sex, you might want to skip this one. Believable, likeable, characters who discover their lives after growing up in the same town years back, and from opposite "social" classes, find that as adults, and 15 years of life away from their hometown, small town life may just offer more than big city life and careers. Would read more of Kellogg.
Lisa Lewellen
Aug 07, 2015 Lisa Lewellen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Great Read!

I read this book in 2015. I really enjoyed it then. I enjoyed it even more the second time around. I read it again because I now have the complete series on my Kindle Fire. It's amazing how we can get wrapped up in holding grudges. I'm glad that Maggie & her mother were able to reconcile; and put the past behind them. Sometimes you never get over your first True Love.
Apr 15, 2015 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
This was a great story. I loved the theme of history repeating itself. The characters were well developed and complex each with their own quirks which made them more realistic. The story moved along nicely although there was a bit of frustration (for the reader and the characters) as Maggie and Jake circled each other warily instead of speaking to each other as the intelligent, mature adults they are would have done. Overall, I would recommend this book for quick, enjoyable read.
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Laurie Kellogg is a two-time winner and seven-time nominee of the Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® award, a winner of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association® Zola award, and a Romantic Times® American Title I finalist.

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“willpower — “your teacher’s” —cough— “name is?” Her throat continued its spasm to expel the lodged crumbs while her daughter, Emma, slapped Margie’s back hard enough to leave a permanent handprint. Didn’t they cover the Heimlich maneuver in health class anymore? Then again, it would serve her right if the coroner listed cookies as the cause of her death. The last thing her thirty-six-year-old body needed was more fat and sugar. Since Dan’s death five months ago, her hips had spread like an albatross’s wings. Emma dashed to the” 0 likes
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