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3.50  ·  Rating details ·  114 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Novel Re-edited March 12, 2013

Six years ago, when Aubrey McCory was twenty-eight years old, her fairytale dream of living happily ever after ended the day her husband died—or did it end?

Aubrey suddenly acquires the strange phenomenon of connecting with the dearly departed, namely her deceased husband. She finally finds the answer to what had taken place right before the a
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Kindle Edition, 274 pages
Published November 27th 2012 by Rosary McQuestion
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Monica Reents
Mar 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend reading this book. This is the first paranormal romance novel I have ever read and I really enjoyed it! The characters are real and likable. You will find yourself sympathizing, laughing, crying, and rooting the characters on throughout their lives.

Aubrey was married to the love of her life, Matt. Pregnant with their first child, they were excited to be planning their future as a family when Matt had a terrible accident, leaving Aubrey with many internal struggles and a great
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Geoffrey West
Jan 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Totally absorbing feelgood book

Rosary McQuestion’s book ‘Once upon another time’ touches on a number of exciting concepts: everlasting love that crosses over into the afterlife, loss and sorrow, the challenge of balancing career and family life, and the warmth of friendship. The protagonist is lovable lawyer Aubrey McCory, a scatterbrained mother and widow, who still pines for her dead husband, Matt. At a dark time in her life, she suddenly begins to see Matt’s ghost in different places, and ot
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Cas Peace
Jun 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Aubrey McCory is a woman in love. The only trouble is, the love of her life, husband Matt, died eight years ago in a tragic accident, and before their son was born. Aubrey knows she should move on, but there is something about Matt’s death that simply won’t let her. It must have been something dreadful because her mind has blanked it out – she can’t recall that day or exactly what happened.

Aubrey is also a high-flying lawyer, a practical woman who deals daily with the gritty world of claim and c
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Bob Atkinson
Feb 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Aubrey McCory loses her husband, Matt, in a tragic accident, shortly before their son is born. Eight years later she begins to see the ghost of Matt, just as she meets Gavin, who reminds her so much of her late husband. The two are clearly connected, but how, and to what degree?
All of Rosary McQuestion’s characters are multi-layered and believable. Some are so well drawn they are almost recognizable even in my world. I particularly liked the central character, Aubrey McCory. She’s beautiful, in
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Debra Hartmann
May 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
4 Stars and a "Beautiful Story with a Twist!" Shout

It's no wonder this book made best-seller status on Amazon. It's a great romantic read with a paranormal twist and lot's of humor. Certainly a variety of readers will relate to one or more of the characters in this story. Despite a previous review noting proofreading errors, the author seems to have addressed almost all of them by the time I read the book. My only note of critique will be that the characters could have been more visually develo
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Simon Okill
Feb 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Rosary McQuestion’s gloriously romantic Once Upon Another Time is one of those books every woman should read who has gone through grief and the anguish of loss. It deftly juggles the concepts of love continuing beyond the grave while raising a child and working long hours. The entire book is from lawyer, Aubrey McCory’s point of view and the author seamlessly weaves a paranormal tale of strange messages from the afterlife with Aubrey’s close friendship with her best friend, Laura.
From the first
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Yianna Yiannacou
Feb 28, 2013 rated it liked it
This free book was unlike any other story that I have read. The plot was unique and I found myself captured in the events that unfolded as I got deeper into the story.

It is about a woman named, Aubrey McCory. When she was just twenty-eight years old and pregnant, she lost her husband, Matt, in a tragic accident which she can’t remember all the pieces to what exactly happens. Eight years later she feels that her husband is back from the dead haunting her. She is a very successful lawyer and thos
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Linda
Feb 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Once Upon Another Time tackles the subject of grief in a paranormal romance. This can be a difficult subject as we each handle grief in our own way.
The book is NOT a depressing book. I even laughed thru some sections. I liked the way the author did it within an engaging paranormal story... quite a novel idea.
A quick synopsis: The heroine, Aubrey McCory, an up and coming atty and single mother, loses her beloved husband, Matt, in a terrible accident.
The event is so distressing to her that she has
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Christoph Fischer
May 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
In this moving tale a deceased husband manages to contact his wife and helps her to move n with her life.
It is a beautifully told ghost story of sorts, spiritual in ways and certainly heart warming.
I liked the way the author is very careful in the way she handles the paranormal aspect without going into a deeper philosophical or even religious theory. The ghost is here to help, a chance to say one last farewell and encouraging the woman left behind to start living again.
An uplifting book with a
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Julie Powell
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Although this book tackles the issues surrounding grief, it is written in such a way that made me laugh - out loud, such was the talent of the author. It is extremely well-written (despite typos), promoting wonderful tone and style.

The characters were believable, as were the issues. It is a long book but certainly worth reading.

I don't give spoilers, but will say that this book is overflowing with humour, which helps the storyline of what could have been a depressing topic - a fun romance with a
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Diane Major
Apr 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Aubrey McCory is left devastated when the love of her life, Matt, tragically dies. She is left to bring up her son Nicholas alone and cannot move on. Aubrey blames herself for Matt's death even though she cannot remember the exact circumstances of his fateful accident. Gavin Donnelly accidentally meets Aubrey and falls in love her. This is a delightful love story with twists and turns. Can Aubrey find happiness after 7 years of loneliness. A book definitely worth a read.
Valerie
May 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
There is so much descriptive writing and internal thoughts at times it makes it boring. I skimmed through long scenes that were pages after pages of either of both and still didn't lose track of anything important in the story. I prefer when there's more dialogue. The story is predictable. The ending ruins the entire book, thanks to the heroine assuming the worst and refusing to allow him to explain.
Maureen
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017
I really wanted to like this more as it sounded promising but there were quite a few spelling errors and, what I thought, poor editing. The ending seemed to leave it somewhat unresolved.
Kristine
Dec 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
So disappointed in this story which just dragged on for me. First it seemed as though there were multiple errors in editing which is annoying. Second there was so much information that didn't need to be in the story. It's as if the author wanted to write a book of a certain length and then just added irrelevant stuff to make it that length. Thirdly the ending just plain sucked for me. There was no resolution of Aubrey's mixed up feelings. (view spoiler) ...more
Carrie Allen
Apr 19, 2014 rated it liked it
This book is only "ok". It was cute and sweet. It had a little humor, and a little romance, so it made me want to finish it, but at the same time....get to the point, already! The main character repeated herself so many times that after awhile, I started to know what she was going to say before she even started a new thought.

As a side note....the whole book revolved around her wondering and questioning as to if her new guy was really her old guy reincarnate, and yet at the end of the novel, she
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Luciana Cavallaro
Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a most unexpected romance story I have ever read and enjoyed every word.
Romance is not a genre I read a lot but the paranormal twist in the story-line was a pleasant and refreshing approach. The author handles the subject of loss and grief with sympathy yet the story is not a sad one, it is one of true love and about moving forward.
I particularly like how Aubrey, the main character, tries to deal with the loss of her husband and the conflicting emotions she has especially when years lat
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Linnea Tanner
Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This novel was a delight to read because it had wonderful, likeable characters and an uplifting theme of a woman's ability to overcome grief and to find true love again. This is a story of Aubrey, a lawyer, who is on a journey of self-discovery where she finally accepts she can go in life and find the essence of her lost soul mate, Matt, in another man, Gavin. This journey includes visits from her husband's spirit and interactions with loyal friends, a psychic, and an adorable son. At times, the ...more
Nuts About
May 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
I liked the idea and the mystery that she created around Matt's appearance but I felt too much unnecessary detail existed throughout the story. It reads as a 'chick lit' story mixed with a book about grief, for example, the part about Laura's love life. I have seen other authors try to do this and I find it quite annoying. I think they should to write one type of story and stick to the plot. Well written otherwise and if I felt the next book would be more focused I wouldn't mind reading her agai ...more
Norma Huss
Jun 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
Aubrey is a all-business lawyer. She does not believe in ghosts, especially her dead husband's ghost. She definitely can't love another man, so she's not looking. Except, after seven years, there's this other man who looks nothing like Matt, but he seems to know so much about her and her young son. She (and the reader) are wondering - did Matt come back in another body? How will this all turn out? It can't be good!

Which is why this is a good read.
Starla B
Apr 18, 2013 rated it liked it
This was a pretty good book. I had fun reading it, but don't know if I would go out of my way to read another one. I liked the idea behind the plot, but the story seemed to stutter along a bit. I don't feel like the court scenes really moved the story forward at all, and some of the transitions between the now and the flashbacks were a bit weak. There were times I wasn't sure if what I was reading was current or a memory. However, as I said, it was a fun and quick read.
Neha Oberoi
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit
I can't believe I picked up this title. It's probably one of the few times Listopia hasn't worked for me. Of course the whole jacket sounede promising with LOL moments. However, too much detail about a dead husband and a lack of a funny element completely in her and her friends situational drama turned me off. And how is keeping a dead chameleon as a possible GI Joe substitute for a 6 year old a sane call. EEEEW.
Julia Bell
Aug 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Quite a nice story. Very readable with an interesting concept and characters. Perhaps the misunderstanding between Aubrey and Gavin was a little too fabricated and could have been resolved easily, but otherwise the descriptions were lovely.
Patricia
Was looking forward to reading this after I read the description but after I finished there was much left to be desired. Lots of things just left me confused and feeling like the book was unfinished. Millie? And what was up with Vanessa? What happened to aubrey "coming clean" with Gavin?

✿Claire✿
I really enjoyed the story of this book but it dropped a star because of the numerous grammatical, spelling and factual errors in it (it's Lorena Bobbitt, not Loraine). There were also several bits that seemed rather disjointed.
Dawn Roberts
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sweet read that kept my attention. Beautifully written story that had plenty of mystery. Started and finished in one day...
Genie
Aug 07, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: july-2013
1.5
Liliana Shelbrook
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Very well written and intertwined plot that grabbed me from beginning to end.
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Rosary McQuestion was born in Brooklyn, New York, grew up in Wisconsin, and currently lives in Michigan with her husband and their three cats. Following a long career in advertising and marketing, which included owning her own agency as well as having served as director of marketing and creative services for a well-known party goods manufacturer, she now indulges in her love of writing. Rose likes ...more