Romance Books

This Time is Different by Mae Wood

Goodreads Summary

this time is differentLife 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 isn’t looking for The One. He found her decades ago. And fell apart when she died. At fifty-three with a new job, a new city, and an empty nest, he’s focused on climbing the corporate ladder.

When a softball accident lands Thomas in Amy’s dental chair, sparks fly.

Lightning doesn’t strike twice. But love might.
This time is different.


3.75 out of 5 stars


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-year old son who is kind of a dick. I have an 18-year old son. I empathize. Thomas has a 24-year old son and 20-year old twin girls. Neither set of kids is very excited about their parents starting to date again; especially Amy’s son. Amy tells Thomas quite early on that she’s not interested in marrying again.

There was relatively little drama in this book. It’s a story about two people who meet and discover love again. I would say this, and it won’t make much sense; this book takes place over 10 months or so, but it felt really rushed. I wasn’t in love with the ending, and I didn’t like the epilogue at all.

This is a nice story. I liked both Thomas and Amy. They were both big readers and like mysteries. They both put their kids first always, which I totally respect. Not sure if this is the first book by this author, but it was a pretty good book and I would recommend.

Happy reading.

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