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Forever This Time (Echo Lake #1)

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  190 Ratings  ·  76 Reviews
Forever This Time is the story of Josie Kendrew, who returns to her tiny Vermont hometown after ten years' absence when her father has a stroke, and Ethan Miller, her jilted high school sweetheart, who's taken her place as the CFO of the Kendrew family business: running Snowflake Village—a "Santa's Village"—style amusement park.

Josie, now a successful therapist with a Bost
Paperback, 374 pages
Published November 3rd 2015 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Claire Robinson
3 - "Where does your heart live? Stars.

I am really on the fence with this one. On the positive side Maggie McGinnis has managed to perfectly build and establish the town and residents of Echo Lake the secondary characters were great and the flashback parts of the book had me in tears on more than one occasion. The general story-line and its development was enjoyable, the pacing steady and the writing, as usual stellar.

Broken glass, broken promises... and broken hearts.

But on the other hand there
Elle ✦ Pretty Little Books ✦
Oct 16, 2015 Elle ✦ Pretty Little Books ✦ rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, romance
I received an ARC of this novel via St. Martin’s Press. This book will be published November 3, 2015. A MUST READ. I fell hopelessly in love with this story!

:: 6 Class Love Story Stars ::

Eeeek! I loved this book to pieces! It is a classic romance that will never go out of style. This story warms your heart from start to finish. I couldn’t get enough of it.

When Boston therapist Josie Kendrew finds herself back in the small Vermont town she grew up in she never thought that everything that onc
Dec 17, 2014 Mandy rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
Second chance romances can be hit or miss for me. Sadly, this one was a miss. I have loved every book I've read by this author but this particular book did not work for me for a couple of reasons. I never really understood Josie's reasons for leaving in the first place. I really felt like she needed to apologize more for her actions and she never seemed remorseful. Ethan was such a good guy but too much of a pushover. I didn't feel the connection between these two and they had zero chemistry. I ...more
4.5 stars

I loved Forever This Time, this was such a beautiful and heartwarming second chance love story.
Ethan and Josie were meant to be, I loved watching them slowly reconnect and rekindle the love that never went away for either of them.

Maggie McGinnis has written another wonderful and entertaining read which leaves her reader with a heart full of happy feels.

I'm really enjoying the Echo Lake series and can't wait for the next book Heart Like Mine.

Thank you St. Martin's Press via NetGalley fo
Oct 23, 2015 Dorine rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those who enjoy an emotional journey to a HEA
Rated 4.5 - This is a holiday story in a way, but it doesn’t actually take place during Christmas. It’s about coming home when you don’t truly know if the place you remember is really a home, or how you’ll be received once you get there. The lighthearted banter of the first few chapters did not prepare me for what followed. FOREVER THIS TIME packs an emotional wallop that’s unique and beautiful.

Therapist Josie Kendrew returns to her hometown when her dad has a serious stroke and is hospitalized.
Nov 01, 2015 Kathryn rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
3.5 stars. Forever This Time is the beginning of a new series set in Echo Lake by Maggie McGinnis. There were parts of this book I really liked, and then there were some aspects that just didn't draw me in totally.

Josie has been away from her home town for about ten years and in the meantime she has trained and become a counsellor. She has gone into partnership with a friend and it seems to be doing well. However when she receives a call to say her father has had a stroke she returns home.

Jessica *The Lovely Books*
Oct 27, 2015 Jessica *The Lovely Books* rated it it was amazing
Where does your heart live?
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
Nov 03, 2015 Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews rated it really liked it
Slick's review posted at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

Sometimes you get way more out of a romance than you expected and that is the case with Forever This Time by Maggie McGinnis. I’ve read this author in the past and enjoyed her work so I expected a well written, enjoyable, fun, sweet romance and I got all of that but I also got an intense and emotional journey between two people changed by two incidents that left them both reeling as teenagers. This was a complicated story packed with emotion
Sep 26, 2015 Sue rated it really liked it
Forever This Time by Maggie McGinnis is a second chance story that will grab your heart tight!

Josie left Echo Park, and all the memories there, ten year ago. She basically cut all ties with her family and friends to start a new life in Boston. When her father suffers a stroke, Josie finds herself back in Echo Lake, surrounded by everything she tried so hard to leave behind. If she looks hard enough though, she'll see that nothing really stays the same...

Ethan is the man who was her first love,
Char (1RadReader59)
Nov 09, 2015 Char (1RadReader59) rated it it was amazing
Can ten years really wash away the pains you have been trying to out run for what feels like a lifetime? Going to school to become a therapist to help others with their relationships seemed like the logical thing to do. There is no logic as Josie Kendrew was now finding out.
She left home ten years ago leaving behind all the things she thought she hated most the bad memories, the hatred for her parents and the love of a man. But in the wake of her father having a severe stroke she must now con
Feb 28, 2016 Vox rated it liked it
Can you imagine growing up where it's Christmas every day? Santa and elves and reindeer, 24/7, 365 days. Would you tire of it?

It isn't that Josie hated being surrounded by Santa as much as she saw the toll it took on her parents. They own Snowflake Village, a Christmas wonderland, and Josie grew up watching her father choose his job over his family. She blames it for her mother's alcoholism and for the loneliness she suffered feeling as if she lost both parents.

Fortunately, she had Ethan. They g
I feel like any review I do of this book doesn't do the story and quality of writing justice. I was really looking forward to reading this book based on the description, but I found myself struggling early on. First, I could not stand Josie and that didn't change much even as the book came to a close. I just never warmed to her and didn't ever buy her feelings for Ethan. The fact that he still loved her after ten years also rang incredibly false to me.

The other thing that seemed incredibly fals
P.e. lolo
Nov 09, 2015 P.e. lolo rated it really liked it
Josie Kendrew is back in Echo Lake Vermont because of a phone call she got from her mother saying her father had a stroke and is in the hospital. She left the town three years ago after her little sister from the big brother, big sister program passed away from cancer. The grief from her death plus her life at home she felt she had to get away, and that included the one person she loved and was looking forward to marrying. With his injury and not going to college, but staying to work with her fa ...more
Danielle Urban
Oct 27, 2015 Danielle Urban rated it it was amazing
Forever This Time by Maggie McGinnis is the kind of forever romance that will leave readers feeling good and begging for the next installment. I choose this novel because nothing is forever and my curiosity was exploding. Maggie has beautifully spun together a story that will lure readers deep into the romantic plot that gets exciting with every page.

Forever This Time is indeed just that. Two highschool sweethearts living the old cliché romance that we all see in movies. However, this one ends u
Jennifer Schultheis
Jun 29, 2015 Jennifer Schultheis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, arc
Forever This Time by Maggie McGinnis will give you all kinds of feels! You might shed a few tears, but they will be worth it. The story will also make you sigh, make you smile, and make you believe in second chances.

Josie and Ethan were each other’s first loves. They were even engaged to be married, but life became too much for Josie and she left for Boston. She’s been gone for ten years and has no thoughts of returning until she gets a phone call saying her dad suffered a stroke. Josie doesn’t
Oct 25, 2015 Heather rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Second chance romance meets small town romance. This book by Maggie McGinnis proves that everyone handles grief in different ways. When Josie experienced a tragic loss, all she saw was her life spiraling out of control. So just before her wedding, she left town and didn’t return for ten years. Her fiancé, Ethan, handled things much differently. But when she returns ten years later, everything is different but can Josie handle the changes or just run, again. During the book I frequently got frust ...more
Nicole Laverdure
I received a copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!

A story of forgiveness and second chance!

Are you in the mood for a sweet, charming but emotional story? Then, Forever This Time, written by Maggie McGinnis, will be perfect for you! It's a beautiful introduction to her new series Echo Lake.

It tells the story of Josie and Ethan. Whatever was the past that they had shared, this couple have now a complex relationship, but will have a second chance. I
Bette Hansen
Mar 30, 2015 Bette Hansen rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored this book! It needs to go on everyone's must read list. It's the first full book in the new Echo Lake series and with all the incredible secondary characters, this should be a fantastic series.

In this story we meet Ethan Miller and Josie Kendrew. High school sweethearts with big plans. At least Ethan thought so until the day Josie left and never came back. She's back now but very different from the girl that left. While her father recovers, Josie is forced to work for Ethan
Misty (Red's Romance Review's)
Josie Kendrew left home ten years ago and has never looked back, and knowing that her leaving devastated the ones who cared about her the most, makes the idea of returning home almost unbearable. She is not ready to face her past or the ones she left behind, but learning of her father's stroke has forced her to face the fact that it's time to go home, all the while expecting things in the little town of Echo Lake to not have changed at all. Upon her arrival though, she is pleasantly surprised, b ...more
Nov 05, 2015 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read the full review on Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous.

Note: This ARC was provided by St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review.

Forever This Time is the first full-length novel and the second release in the Maggie McGinnis-penned Echo Lake contemporary romance series. Ethan Miller was a supporting character introduced in the prequel novella, Snowflake Wishes, and now we've finally got his own second chance romance with his former fiancée, Josie Kendrew. There's a ten-year gap since Josie
Once Upon a Romance Reviews

Sexual Content: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content: None
Violent Content: None

Can’t tell you how happy I am to discover this new series. I have not been so incredibly moved by a novel in a really long time. This is one that truly had me laughing, crying and cheering out loud throughout the story.

Josie Kendrew never really intended to come back to Echo Lake. Her parents had problems—pretty big ones—that have left her a bit emotionally scarred. She wanted to get out of Echo Lake since she wa
Oct 15, 2015 Paris rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, netgalley, 2016
I have to start off this review by saying I really did enjoy it. I thought it was really well-written and fun. It was also heart wrenching and heartwarming. I really enjoyed the flashbacks and the way the characters honored the memory of a little girl from their past. With that being said, I wanted to really, really, like this book. I wanted to rate it much higher and when I went into it, I thought it would be a slam dunk. I’m a sucker for second chance love stories, especially when there is a t ...more
CJ - It's only a Paper Moon
2.9 - 3.1

This is a second chance romance but with the roles reversed. The female is the one that jilted the male, then returns back to town.

That is an interesting premise because it doesn't happen to often. However, I found it really really hard to care about the main characters. They were either unlikable or weak.

I mean, I understand Josie having a crappy life but her selfishness and immaturity really broke the hearts of her friends and the guy she was supposedly in love with and she didn't rea
Oct 15, 2015 Arlena rated it it was amazing
Title: Forever This Time
Author: Maggie McGinnis
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Series: Echo Lake # 1
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five

"Forever This Time" by Maggie McGinnis

My Thoughts....

This author really out shines herself with this well written story...its unique plot and main and secondary characters that will keep your attention all the way to the end. From this story the reader gets a wonderful heartwarming and emotional love story being about Josie and Ethan from a small Vermon
Oct 15, 2015 Danielle rated it really liked it
I love second chance at love stories and this one was great. It was more of an emotional story then I am used to but i really enjoyed it.

Josie left her fiancé two weeks before their wedding and headed to Boston to start her new life. Now 10 years later she is headed back home because her father had a stoke. Josie knows she will run into Ethan sooner or later but she is trying to make it much later.

Ethan never got over Josie and still doesn't understand why she left one night and never came bac
Oct 29, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it
Two young kids in love with everything going for them. High school sweethearts- check, wedding coming soon- check, future planned- check, life happens- check. When life happened to Josie and Ethan, things in their life changed and one ran and one stayed and changed life and made it into something good. The other thing is that at the end of the day they both wanted to be with each other but they seem to be to stubborn to admitted. When Josie’s dad has a stroke 10 years late they are forced to fac ...more
Mar 30, 2016 Erin rated it really liked it
Firstly thank you to St Martin’s for the review copy of this title via NetGalley. This is the first full length novel in Maggie McGinnis’ Echo Lake series. Forever this time is all about Josie and Ethan. Once close, the pair grew apart when Josie left for Boston. Ten years later family draws her back to Echo Lake and straight back within close proximity of her ex, Ethan. I’ve been looking forward to starting this since I read Snowflake Wishes which is an Echo Lake novella.

There is a convincing d
Oct 23, 2015 Melissa rated it it was amazing

This is the first book in the Echo Lake series. Book #2 is called Heart Like Mine. There is also a book that is before this book. It is called Snowflake Wishes (#.5). This is my first book by this author, but it will not be my last. I want to read the other books in this series.

The one quote that stood out to me in this book was said by Ike:
"Where does your heart live?" (Kindle app 91%)

When you find love or think you found love, this quote is something I w
Heather Felder
First off, I'm guilty. I judge books based on their covers. I loved this cover. It's sunny, and happy. Plus it says it's the 1st title in a new series, which I also love. A good series is like a good TV show; you can keep "visiting" with these people you invested your time in.

ANYWAYS! Josie Kendrew managed to escape my version of hell (a year round Christmas themed amusement park owned by her parents) after a tragic loss, but unfortunately she had to leave behind her high school sweetheart, Etha
Nov 21, 2015 Nikki rated it really liked it
Josie hasn’t been home in ten years. When she left the tiny town where she grew up, she had no plans to ever return. After her dad has a stroke, she finds herself immersed in the worst place on earth- Camp Hoho. Officially, it’s Snowflake Village, a Christmas theme park owned by her family. Thrust back into the thick of it, she finds the CFO is the man she jilted all those years ago. While the physical town hasn’t changed much, home isn’t exactly the way she left it. Former friends are now enemi ...more
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