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Twice in a Lifetime (The Bodine Family #1)

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When her family calls brokenhearted Georgia Lee Bodine home to Charleston, she knows there's trouble. Her beloved grandmother hired some fancy lawyer to carry out eccentric requests--and unearth an old family secret. Georgia plans to send Matthew Harper packing until she discovers how much the widowed father cares about her grandmother. And that his heart is even more deep ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 218 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Steeple Hill (first published August 18th 2009)
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Margarette
I love the big Southern family, featured in this first entry of a series.

Miz Callie, the matriarch of the Bodines of South Carolina, has everyone worried about her "strange" actions, including her wish to sell her big Charleston house in town and live in her island beach house full time, and to donate island property to be used as a nature conservancy. It's all blamed on her new lawyer, Matthew Harper. Her favorite granddaughter, Georgia Lee, is called in from Atlanta to talk some sense into Mi
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Janell
Mar 20, 2017 Janell rated it liked it
Simple, clean romance from Steeple Hill. This line of books always have a couple of things in common: one or more characters struggling with their faith, a simple and clean romance and a resolution with the aforementioned faith. Nothing with much depth but usually an enjoyable, quick read.
Leah
Dec 03, 2014 Leah rated it really liked it
southern, likable, and re-readable

Twice in a Lifetime weaves together history, inspiration, love, mystery, southern family, possibilities... I picked up Twice in a Lifetime because of the wonderful painting on the cover, and then noticed its setting in South Carolina and in a beach community. I knew I'd enjoy the scenery even if the story didn't move me, but as it turned out, I loved the characters and their individual stories. There's the beachfront house on one of Charleston's barrier islands,
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Jennifer
Sep 22, 2009 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
I love Marta Perry! This book made me fall in love with the Bodine family. There are so many characters she could write about and make this series go on for awhile. I'm excited to see where she takes it. Marta Perry allows her characters to be real and not characters that are too extreme or eccentric. Miz Callie is endearing and you are rooting for her to find the truth out about Ned. Even though the truth could make or break the Bodine family. They had lived with one perception their most life, ...more
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
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“When her family calls brokenhearted Georgia Lee Bodine home to Charleston, she knows there's trouble. Her beloved grandmother hired some fancy lawyer to carry out eccentric requests--and unearth an old family secret. Georgia plans to send Matthew Harper packing until she discovers how much the widowed father cares about her grandmother. And that his heart is even more deeply guarded than her own. As they work together on the Bodine history, they uncover a surprise about themselv
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Carolyn
Jun 24, 2011 Carolyn rated it liked it
I wasn't really crazy about this book. Many Love Inspired novels, I'm not. In this story the heroine, Georgia Lee Bodine goes home after a failed romance. Her grandmother wants her to help her do this task, that would cause havoc among the family. There's a secret that would embarrass the family. So her grandmother hires a lawyer, hero Matthew Harper who is a widower with a little girl. As they try to quietly solve this case, their feelings for each other emerge.
I'm not saying this is a bad book
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Jen
Mar 22, 2012 Jen rated it liked it
Not a bad book. The "mystery" part of it held my interest, but the love part of it kind of..annoyed me. The main male character is a recent widower, still grieving the loss of his wife. I do not think he should have been a love interest at all. Maybe if he had been less recently widowed and dealt emotionally with the loss, I would have been more ok with it. It was well written, the characters were fleshed out well and it held my interest until the end, which is rare when I am in a book slump. No ...more
Catherine
Sep 19, 2016 Catherine rated it it was amazing
Love the southern family. But not the in your face bossy control. I did love the character Miz Callie. She knew what was important and had a way of seeing things through. This was a good read with a few tissue moments.
Karen
Jul 01, 2014 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Georgia Lee Bodine is called to her grandmother's home to help her with missing great uncle Ned. Widowed neighbor Matt Harper, the attorney grandmother has hired, and his daughter Lindsay, both are still grieving. Will they find out anything about Ned?
Kate
Jul 19, 2013 Kate rated it liked it
This was a sweet story. I enjoyed the family history-based storyline. I also LOVED Miz Callie. I'm not sure what it is, but a lot of 'Love Inspired' authors write really spunky grandmotherly characters into their novels, and I love it!
Jocelyn Montalvo Cullum
Aug 21, 2016 Jocelyn Montalvo Cullum marked it as to-read
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