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Twice in a Lifetime

(Love Found #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  288 ratings  ·  68 reviews
Is it possible to find your one true love…twice?

Blind date. When Allie and Ben are thrown together to help their friends out of a bind, they find the unexpected – and unwanted - spark of attraction difficult to ignore. Surrendering to it, they marry and live their happyish-ever-after – until Ben’s death reveals a betrayal that rocks Allie’s world.

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Kindle Edition, 349 pages
Published January 24th 2014 (first published January 12th 2014)
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Apr 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-recommend, arcs
It was nice to read something different from the usual teenage drama we find in almost every book nowadays. It gets really boring after a while.

Twice in a lifetime is a love story and not only that. In this novel we see how the lives of a group of friends develop. Three of them in particular – Allie, Ben and Jake.

Allie and Ben meet during their last year of college on a blind date. He’s a player and she’s the kind of girl who has her nose stuck in a book most of the time. Not a nerd, but she tak
Desiree Gorman - A Love Affair With Books
Ruthie Henrick delivers the story we all want to read every now and then. The story of love between your Average Joe and your Average Jane. No billionaires, sexy model good looks, just Ben, Allie and Jake.

The book flashes back to when Allie and Ben first meet and follows their relationship and marriage. At the beginning we learn that Ben is dead, later finding out he was the victim to a terrible accident. Allie has also learned some bitter truths about Ben and is working towards forgiveness and
Ruthie Henrick
Dec 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Thank you for reading Twice in a Lifetime! I hope you enjoyed my story as much as I enjoyed writing it. xoxo
Jaime Fiction Fangirls Book Review
Dec 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, blogged
4.5 Stars
This is a beautiful story of betrayal, forgiveness, healing and second chances.
This is one of those books that leaves your heart full and happy and I'm so thankful I got the opportunity to read it.
Right from the beginning I found myself drawn to Jake and my heart hurt for him having to watch the woman he loved marry his best friend.
I'm still not sure how to feel about Ben and the way he betrayed Allie. I'm completely in awe of Allie's strength to be able to forgive him, let alone open
Feb 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars

Twice in a Lifetime was such a beautiful story. It has you asking, can you find love twice? Allie thought that she found her HEA with Ben, until one day it all came crashing down. His death uncovers a betrayal that completely changes Allie's world...Jack has been on the sidelines for years. Best friends with Ben and in love with Ben's wife. He is left stunned by a deathbed revelation and overwhelmed with guilt of a promise that he made. Now that he finally has his chance
Apr 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
5+stars (wish I could give more)

This book will have you caught from the very first page to the very last! This book was just so much more than some books as this was more of "this could happen to me" situation. Allie is in college to become a teacher when her best friend, Reese,set her up on a blind date with her boyfriend's (Jake) best friend Ben. Ben was definitely a player but there was something more there when he met Allie and he didn't want to be a player with her,well unbeknownst to Ben,
Dec 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
4 beautiful shining stars

~arc provided for honest review~

Allie and Ben are set up on a blind date by their two best friends. Allie was more interested in school than boys but when she met Ben that changed. He was handsome, athletic and charming. She felt something for Ben that she had never felt for someone else. Ben too was nearly instantly smitten with her. The pair soon fell in love and married. Time went one, the two struggled with the ups and down of marriage. After the birth of their son A
B.A. Wolfe
Dec 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book... This book was two words for me... FREAKING AMAZING!

I actually never read the synopsis. I went into Twice In a Lifetime blind, and boy am I glad I did. I didn't see what was coming until it hit me... in the chest... stealing my breath away... sobbing.

And that was just the beginning.

This book... This book gave me every emotion I could ever ask for. It had me laughing, crying, angry, heartbroken, and so very happy. It took me hostage until the very last page. And by that, I mean this b
Vanessa Garcia velazquez
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
OMG this story starts off with Allie finishing her last session with the shrink I suppose. Then they take you to when Allie first met Ben. Her best friend sets her up with her boyfriends friend.She wasn't looking for a relationship but she couldn't deny the attraction that was there. Ben and Jake have been best friends since forever. When Ben and Allie get married he's there when she has her first child he's there and when the baby needs a godfather it's Jake. Jake has been in love with Allie si ...more
Carrie Schwitters
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing

***Bestsellers and Beststellers of Romance***

I read a little saying a while ago that referred to missed moments with someone that catches your eye, a moment that passed & you never see them again. But you think of that moment often. Then it goes on to say that someone out there has had that same moment with you. Of course, the saying was a lot shorter than what it's taking me to explain it. But this story reminds me of that saying.

I loved the story between Allie & Ben, Allie & Jake,
Jul 10, 2014 marked it as did-not-finish
DNF @ 41%

I loved the idea of the story but I just couldn't connect with the characters. Maybe it was because how it was written or maybe because the story was just too slow for my liking but I just didn't find myself invested in the story. Also, the grammatical errors, namely the quotation marks, were driving me crazy!

But in all honesty, what really made me disconnect from the story was when we confirm that (view spoiler)
Faith Andrews
Dec 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I can't say enough good things about this book...poetic storytelling...check! Beautifully crafted writing style...check! A to-die-for leading male...check! A likable, funny, spunky female character...check! Twice in a Lifetime brings you along the journey of Allie, Ben, their son, and their best friend (who's always wanted Allie for himself) Jake. I loved this story and the way Ruthie Henrick weaved it so seemingly effortlessly. It has angst, love, humor, you name it! This is a do not miss debut ...more
Dusty Summerford (Reviews by Reds)
This is such an amazing debut novel! It is beautifully written and I fell in love with the characters. It is a story about heartache, romance, and second chances.
Ally meets Ben, tragedy strikes, and Ally finds out that Ben is not whom she thought. Jake stays by her side through the marriage and tragedy. Definitely a must read!!!
Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
i gave this book 4 stars for the simple fact

*****spolier alert*****

that ben got killed out and wasnt around to face the music i hate that. i wish that allie left him a long time ago and got with jake. jake was so darn sweet and romantic it was amazing to see a man have to hide that for so long wouldve hurt. he deserved allie way more than ben ever did.

overall great book
Fair Warning you need tissue’s (I did)

I really enjoyed it a rollecoaster of emotions.
Love at first sight, betrayal a second change of love!

Jen [BestSellers & BestStellars]
Twice in a Lifetime by Ruthie Henrick

Review by Jen (BestSellers & BestStellars)

Twice in a Lifetime was such an amazing story. This book puts you through so many different emotions. There were moments were I was happy, sad, and angry. You get a little bit of everything in this second chance love story ... there was heartbreak, betrayal, romance, and the development of friendship. Ruthie Henrick did a great job in her debut novel!

I loved Allie. She’s beautiful, smart, and caring. She’s more fo
Jennifer LaFon - Book Bitches Blog
*Review copy received from the author for an honest review*

4.5 emotional stars!!

I am so in love with this story!!! Allie, Jake, and even Ben stole my heart in this one. They had my emotions all over the place. I was smiling, laughing, swooning, hurting, and even pissed off a few times. This story is filled with love, regret, betrayal, heartache, trust….you name it, it’s packed in there. I love finding new authors that rock my reading world, and Ruthie has!!

I don’t need to go into much detail abo
Heather Way
Feb 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
*I was given this book to Review in exchange for copy of book provided by Author*

After reading this book, I'm going to give this book 4 Stars! When I initially started reading this book, I have to admit it left me a bit confused. With that being said I decided to keep moving forward, waiting for the “Wow” factor! As the book progressed the story started to come together for me.

The Prologue introduced us to Alexandra (Allie) Tate, she was leaving her shrinks office feeling like a new women with a
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
*3.75 Stars*

This book follows the beautiful redhead Alexandra (Allie) many years through her turbulent life. We see her fall hard for her true love Ben in college on a blind date and follow their relationship as it progresses quickly. At the same time we see Ben’s best mate Jake become smitten with her too, having to hide his feelings and love her from the sidelines.

“I learned – long time ago – to be your friend, Allie. It was the only way I could be part of your life.”

I have to say that Ben an
Ashley Jasper
Dec 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
I randomly stumbled upon this book and found myself tearing through it to find out what would happen. I really enjoyed Twice in a Lifetime. For it being a debut novel, there was an incredible amount of depth to the characters and plot. I was hooked from the prologue...

A chance encounter leads to a happily ever after. Ben's character is perfectly flawed and I loved going back in time and seeing his relationship with Allie unfold. Allie thought she had her fairytale, but things aren't always what
Paula  Phillips
Apr 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
One of my favourite books of all-time happens to be Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern where the two main characters fall in love with each other and then over the years they write letters to each other as no matter what happens they cannot be together as life and other loves get in the way of their happiness until eventually they are both free of their previous engagements and can finally be together with the one they truly love. To me, that was Twice in a Lifetime by Ruthie Henrick was simil ...more
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The answer is ABSOLUTELY! This book had me captivated from the first page to the last. This is a book you can relate to because it is a situation that could happen! Allie falls in love with Ben in college after her friend, Resse, sets them up on a blind date. Ben is Reese 's boyfriend Jake's best friend. On their first date the all go on a double date. Ben is a known player but there's something about Allie. He can't stop thinking about her so they start dating eventually have a . Son Trey, ever ...more
Dec 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
If you have ever believed in your one true love this story might just show you that it is possible to have two that equally have filled your life. The author has created a descriptive work of art as she takes us on the journey through Allie’s life. While there are instant connections, some will last a lifetime and others will prove to be jaded by a dark secret. Allie is a wife, mother and friend who suddenly finds herself facing her worst nightmare.

While I wanted to love Ben, I found myself fee
Aug 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a story of overcoming the worst things you can imagine. It's about healing, forgiveness, and love.

Ruthie Henrick wrote this one beautifully. I loved being able to fully "watch" the characters grow as the story went on. The story starts out in the present and then jumps backwards 19 years when it all started...

Allie, Ben, Jake, and Reese are all friends in college. Jake and Reese are seeing one another and they want to set up Allie and Ben. Although it's obvious that Jake is attracted to
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reads-2014
This book is one of the reasons I love reading, I loved it from the moment I started reading the short description.

Everybody is searching for true love but what is the chance of finding it twice. The story has everything love, friendship, betrayal and loss of a loved one.
Sometimes life can give you a strange turn when you not expect it.

The story starts with a blind date to help their friends Reese and Jake out Allie and Ben agree for this date, but nobody expected this to result in a marriage.
Feb 03, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. A good read. This was a story of overcoming the worst things you can imagine. It's about healing, forgiveness, and love. The story starts out in the present and then jumps backwards 19 years when it all started...Allie, Ben, Jake, and Reese are all friends in college. Jake and Reese are seeing one another and they want to set up Allie and Ben. Although it's obvious that Jake is attracted to Allie, he sits back and watches as they hit it off. Their relationship stays strong and they ge ...more
Tracey Murphy
Dec 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a beautifully written and amazing book!

We follow Allie through meeting Ben, reluctantly falling in love, and marrying him. Something was always not quite right with Ben, I liked him but I didnt, and I felt Allie's frustrations at the distant way he acted. Ben's best friend and partner, Jake, always loved Allie from afar, cursing his luck that someone got their first. Ben dies, and we discover why he was acting so strangely.

I wanted Allie to jump into Jake's waiting arms, but something alwa
Melissa Jones
Aug 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a new author to me and I'm so glad that I found her and this great book! After reading the blurb I felt instantly drawn to this book and jumped right into it. My two favorite types of books is one's that tell of finding first love and second chance love/romance and this book is about both. I love all the great series about rich alpa males getting the girl but I really enjoy reading a story that is full of realness with relatable characters that you feel could be your best friends and thi ...more
Michele A.
Mar 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Ruthie Henrick weaves an interesting story that tells the tale of Allie, Ben and Jake. Allie meets Ben on a blind date and they become involved and, eventually, married. The book spans their entire relationship and Jake is Ben's best friend. After Ben has a tragic accident, Allie learns disturbing information about things Ben kept from her. Jake does his best to support Allie and keep his feelings to himself. It was a nice progression to see Allie move on and learn how to let her heart go again. ...more
J.A. DeRouen
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful story! I truly enjoyed each and every emotion this book pulled out of me, even when I wanted to throw my kindle across the room. I could feel the love, the anger, the deception, the longing. Oh, the longing!
I loved the heroine, Allie, from the start. She had a good head on her shoulders, loved her son with all of her heart, and always tried her best to make the right decision for her family. The two men in her life were sexy, endearing, and sometimes downright infuriating. Do no
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