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This Time Is Different

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  1,100 ratings  ·  248 reviews
Life can change in a flash.

Marriage and a baby wasn’t Amy Forsythe’s college plan. After a shotgun marriage glued together by her son, she’s convinced that love isn’t meant for her. Now nearing forty and single for the first time since her senior prom, her friends are pushing her to date. Her teenager isn’t thrilled by the idea and neither is Amy.

Silver fox Thomas Popov
ebook, 283 pages
Published October 12th 2017
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Kate Canterbary
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I want you to read this book. Let me tell you why.
First, it's a lovely, emotional story. It's not ugly-cry-emotional but you absolutely feel these characters as they're experiencing each step of the relationship. There's a bit of angst as both Amy and Thomas are caught in precarious situations that they must handle with deference and grace, and that often means setting their own wants and needs aside. That's real life, and it's tough.
Second, the characters themselves are beautifully developed in
A sweet, easy read with no drama at all. At times I found it to be too smooth sailing, with perfect characters that if I'm honest came across a tad flat and didn't hit me in the feels.

I also wanted more for Amy, she totally loved Thomas - he was her one for sure but as he himself said "There was only one Laurie. A man can only get that lucky once in his life.". I didn't like that for her, she so deserved to be his everything like he was for her.

I'm curious to read Bert's story but if it's going
Oct 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit disappointed, to be honest. They did not come across as an older couple. Especially him. Found him a bit immature at times. I was so excited when I read that the character was 53, older than me (not by much). Maybe my expectations were way too high.

Nice, sexy older man on the cover.

Sorry, I cannot be more enthusiastic about it.

Alex ♈
Nov 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: safe
4 ‘older MCs’ stars
2 ‘annoying kid Grady’ stars

I absolutely loved the idea of older MCs!
Yeah! Finally slightly older and mature characters. Amazing, that the hero was 53 – there is still life and love after 50! Many times yes!!!

I wish the heroine were older. Her 38 to his 53 felt a bit too young. As if they didn’t want to write a woman after 40. Why? 38 is still sexy, but 40 is too old? I wish she were at least 45. Why not?!
Women at 40 and also at 50 are still sexy and deserve to have a fu
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Just what I needed. A grown up real life romance. Even though he's 53 and she's 39 it worked for me. I loved that there's a building romance. Not the endless sex scenes from the get go and the word "fuck" used in every other sentence. This romance had some class. It was a smooth read that I didn't want to put down. And I liked the prickliness of the kids...getting to know the new person in their parents life. And for once the ex in this story was a good guy. Pleased to know we get his ...more
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-2017
There are those times when you are reading a book and fall in love with a supporting character because their story is equally intriguing and being in their head is going to be everything. Such was the case of Amy Forsythe, who was introduced in Mae Wood’s Plus One, her ex-husband, Bert’s own second-chance romance. I am so happy that Amy’s story is here and it is nothing short of wonderful. This Time is Different is a book that sings off the page and allows the reader to get lost in its melody th ...more
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio, for-review
4.5 stars

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I happened upon Mae Wood's Pig and Barley series after my sweet friend Beth of Panda & Boodle reached out, asking if I wanted to review Plus One. I adored Bert's story. When I found out that his ex-wife Amy would be getting her own book, I absolutely jumped at the chance to read it and I'm so glad I did!

This Time is Different starts before Plus One and works it's way into the same timeline. It's a complete standalone, and works well if you haven't read the previous books in the Pig
Jess  Fadden
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Silver Fox We've Been Waiting For

This story is Mae Wood's best one yet! It's a refreshing story with grown-up characters, smart writing, and steam.

As you read, you come to know Amy and Thomas as they reconcile with something they never thought would happen again- falling in love. I loved seeing some of my favorite characters from the Pig & Barley series (hi Bert 😉).

This story is a must read!
Bookphenomena (Micky)
I picked this book up first for the cover, because silver foxes with smiles are a weakness I find I have. Reading the blurb convinced me that this was more than a skin deep interest. THIS TIME IS DIFFERENT was low on angst but full on story with two main characters that I really liked.

Thomas, in his early 50s, widowed some years ago was something of a delight. Not overly perfect and a little under-confident. Amy was a 39 year old orthodontist and she was not looking for anything but really, Thom
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Oh wow! Romance world needs a story like this. The characters are around 40 years old. Has been beaten up in life. The ups and downs being single parent, children, adjusting to single life and finding love again. This book hits all the correct spot.

Telling ur kids that you are dating again, can be a daunting task. And ur kids resenting the idea you find ur next true love can be stressfull.

The story is good. Not OOT. Honest real life when you hit that 40. The midlife crisis. The characters also
4.0-4.25 RATING- A solid romance featuring a 39 year old heroine and a 53 year old hero. Hooray! There's definitely not enough romances featuring older characters at least with the types of books I tend to read and I was happy to spend my Sunday afternoon reading this one!

The writing was good, very readable. There wasn't any over the top drama or problems, nothing manufactured here. Just a realistic depiction of two people meeting and trying to navigate their relationship. There was some funny,
Beth ~ Panda & Boodle
Happy and bittersweet. This is what it feels like and I’d never had it before. Soul-consuming and utterly transcendent.

It’s not just this time that’s different—this book is different too. In a needed, wonderful way.

It’s life after kids and second chances at happily ever after. It’s messy relationships and uncertain beginnings—and endings. It’s real life in all its imperfect glory, and it’s perfect because of that.

This Time Is Different takes smart, sexy characters—Gen Xers—and proves that the
KelMelTell BookBlog
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
**4.5 Stars!!**

So, Mae Wood is a new author to me. I saw a teaser for this book, read the blurb and had to have it.

This Time Is Different is a fantastic read for some of us 'older' ladies. This book is a standalone but also ties into her other book, Plus One.

After going through a divorce, Amy is in a great place in her life. She is an orthodontist and shares a practice with her best friend. The day Thomas comes into her office with an emergency visit (he took a bat to his face during a softball
Rachel K
Oct 18, 2017 marked it as maybe  ·  review of another edition
Not sure about this one. I like the idea of the book, but don't know if I can get past feeling like the heroine is second best. ...more
Vee Paige
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.25 I really enjoyed this book! I loved that this couple was mature. I loved the humor. They have successful careers, they already have older kids who are at the age to have their own lives, and I loved the progression of their relationship even how each of their kids reacted to it. What a refreshing change where the heroine isn't suddenly some kind of "earth mother" that makes me roll my eyes. I also liked how they connected with their love for movies and books ... (And I agree with their favo ...more
Great writing. Enjoyed the "older couple". I had NO problem with their age difference.
Thomas is a "young" 53 y/o health care executive. Widower (8 yrs prior). 3 grown kids.
Amy is 38/39 y/o Orthodontist. Divorcee. 1 son, about to start college.
Little to no angst. Except trying to start over without the guilt and pissing off their kids.
I really enjoyed this author's writing style. Very smooth flow. Ms Wood knows how to turn a phrase.
The entire book is them getting to know each other. No separati
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, 2017reads
4.5 stars

This Time it's Different is a aptly titled Gen X romance. With all the music and show references I love and know. The characters fitting the mark too. No worries though it's still appliable to many. Dating again after a long time and all the trappings with it. This book is just nice and easy, all the good feels. That Say Anything boombox moment ahhh!

We got to know a little bit of Amy in plus One though we didn't know much about her then just the basics of that relationship. Now wee get
This book completely warmed my heart and soul. I am a huge fan of Mae Wood and have enjoyed all her books from day one. Every time I read one of her books she brings us relatable characters.

This Time is Different is certainly different in a way that Thomas is one sexy silver fox. Amy is a hard working single mom and her best friend is really hoping one day she would start to date again. Low and behold Thomas comes to her office one day from a softball to the face. Thomas is a widower and enjoyi
Well I can't say I'm ecstatic about this the way some other people are but I did like it. It featured nice people acting like grown-ups, people with adult children, good jobs and good hearts.

Thomas Popov is a widower with three adult children, he is the Chief Operating Officer of Methodist hospital in Memphis and now that his children have all left home he's starting back on a career track that will probably see him moving from city to city. In his wisdom he thinks getting together a hospital so
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Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"When I read the synopsis of This Time is Different I was curious: older hero with grown children and a younger heroine with a teenager. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve found that I prefer reading about characters who are around my age and who are “real”.

This Time is Different had all of that for me. The character development along with the family dynamics was spot on (my marriage/family is a blended one with a stepson), I thought the author brought forth the relationships between all the characters
Oct 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ku
Sweet second chance romance. I wasn't attached to the characters, but I enjoyed them. More of a light surface read. I was very pleased with the age of the characters. I'll definitely read more from this author. Very sexy hero and great heroine. Confident in themselves and no ridiculousness. Just a good read about life. I would have liked to see some more resolution about Amy being valued the same.

3 "I liked it" Stars
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Ahh how to rate this book. It had a lot going on for itself, an older H and h, a nice cover and the premise of the book sounded like something I would love. In fact I was sure i would love this book unfortunately I did not. Once I read this book there was just too much that did not work for me. and I ended up not liking this book at all. The wring was good, better than good don't get me wrong but the story was filled with too many B.E.Love no no's. I will say this review is very biased because t ...more
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
When I read the synopsis and saw this book was about an older couple, I was intrigued.  As someone in their mid-forties, it is nice to read about people around my age. This was a nice story.

Amy Forsythe is an orthodontist.  One night she sees a man who took a bat to his face. That man is Thomas Popov, 53-year old silver fox widower. Despite how many drugs he's on, he is immediately attracted to Amy, and seeks her out to thank her for her work on his face. They hit it off instantly.

Amy has a 17-y
This Time Is Different certainly is different. Featuring a sexy, silver fox for a hero, and a smart, proud, strong heroine, this book focuses on a mature couple, in a relatable situation. A divorcee, wanting real love, a widower, who's not even really looking for a second shot at homerun.

Amy and Thomas both slipped into my heart a bit. Amy is a bit insecure, her marriage was fine. It wasn't earth shattering love, it wasn't bliss, but it was fine. When she meets Thomas, those insecurities find t
This book was kind of disappointing since it featured very likable characters. Here are a few things I enjoyed and what didn't quite work:

Age - I liked the age and maturity of the main characters, hero is 53 and heroine is 39. They're adults and act like it, it was refreshing.

Heroine - Amy was a great character. Smart, self-sufficient with a fantastic career, she wasn't looking for some man to save her.

Burt - Heroine's sexy ex-husband was a good guy. I would have preferred a second chanc
Jaime Nicholson
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As its title suggests, this book is different from so many romance novels out there. The main characters are mature and honest with each other. They have been there done that with angst ridden younger years and are now in a place where they know what makes them happy in and out of the bedroom. Neither planned on love again and that makes it that much sweeter. Thomas aka silver fox is swoon worthy - corny jokes and all. Amy finally gets to do something she wants but can she get her teenage son on ...more
Karen Ferry
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!

“This Time Is Different” is a very realistic and beautiful romance novel about how to move on from loss and heartbreak - whether that loss is a deceased loved one, or the way some people (I believe) experience a loss of sorts after having gone through a divorce. Both present their own challenges and require a great deal of courage, in my opinion.

I am sure many of us know how frightening it can be to open up our hearts again, especially when children are involved - no matter how old s
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There is plenty to love about THIS TIME IS DIFFERENT but upfront, I have to admit that I have a huge crush on Thomas Popov. He is everything I love in a romance book hero. He is a romantic soul and is not ashamed to show the women in his life how he feels. He does not play games. He is sexy. He is thoughtful and kind. He is a good father and provider. He is not perfect; he’s just flawed enough to make him seem like an actual person, and one that I would love to meet in real life. He has more app ...more
Britt The Hatters
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This Time is Different is a sweet relaxing escape that will having you grinning from ear to ear. Amy is a divorced mother of a teenager. After getting pregnant unexpectedly and married while in college she's not looking to start over again when the handsome Thomas lands in her dental chair after a softball accident. Widowed with three grown children Thomas also wasn't looking to fall in love when he met the beautiful dentist after getting hit in the face during softball. Neither of them were loo ...more
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, faves, ku
This Time Is Different was so different from the books I usually read. The characters and experiences are so real.

Amy is adjusting to single parent life after getting a divorce. She's has a fantastic son and a great job. Thomas is a widower who is adjusting to being an empty-nester now that his children are college-aged. Their meeting is hands down the most adorable thing I've ever read. The story follows them navigating an adult relationship. Should I get married again? How will my kids react t
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Professional sassypants and novelist, Mae Wood has been a bookworm her entire life.

She loves cheeses, complicated crafts that she'll start but never complete, and puns.

A while ago Mae decided that she needed to give up the fear that she couldn't write "great literature" and write what she wants to read.

And she wants romance. And laughter. And real life.

She wants heroines who are brave. Brave enou

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