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Just Once by Lori Handeland


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Also by Lori Handeland:

Just Once, October 2019
Paperback (reprint)
Just Once, January 2019
Smoke On The Water, August 2015
Heat of the Moment, July 2015
In The Air Tonight, June 2015
The Perfect Date, November 2014
Tall, Dark and Paranormal, September 2014
Dances With Demons, April 2014
Zombie Island, May 2012
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Crave the Moon, July 2011
Moon Cursed, March 2011
Marked By The Moon, November 2010
Shakespeare Undead, June 2010
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Chaos Bites, May 2010
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Apocalypse Happens, November 2009
Mass Market Paperback
Doomsday Can Wait, May 2009
Mass Market Paperback
Any Given Doomsday, November 2008
Mass Market Paperback
Mothers Of The Year, April 2008
Thunder Moon, January 2008
Mass Market Paperback
No Rest for the Witches, October 2007
Moon Fever, October 2007
Mass Market Paperback
Hidden Moon, August 2007
Rising Moon, January 2007
My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding, November 2006
Trade Size
Midnight Moon, August 2006
Dates From Hell, April 2006
The Mommy Quest, March 2006
Crescent Moon, February 2006
A Soldier's Quest, August 2005
Dark Moon, June 2005
Hunter's Moon, February 2005
Stroke of Midnight, November 2004
Blue Moon, October 2004
The Husband Quest:, September 2004
Mass Market Paperback
The Brother Quest, March 2004
The Daddy Quest:, August 2003
Mass Market Paperback
Then He Kissed Her, May 2003
The Farmer's Wife, December 2002
A Sheriff In Tennessee, June 2002
Nate, January 2002
Rico, November 2001
An Outlaw For Christmas, October 2001
Reese, September 2001
Leave It To Max, August 2001
Doctor, Doctor, February 2001
When You Wish, November 2000
Loving A Legend, September 2000
Mother Of The Year, June 2000
Just After Midnight, October 1999
Dreams Of An Eagle, September 1998
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By Any Other Name, June 1998
Mass Market Paperback
Trick Or Treat, November 1997
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Full Moon Dreams, August 1996
Mass Market Paperback
D.J.'s Angel, September 1995
Charlie And The Angel, April 1995
Shadow Lover, March 1995
Second Chance, August 1994

Just Once
Lori Handeland

Severn House
January 2019
On Sale: January 8, 2019
Featuring: Frankie Sicari; Charley Blackwell; Hannah Blackwell
336 pages
ISBN: 0727888331
EAN: 9780727888334
Kindle: B07K8XRJGX
Hardcover / e-Book
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Paperback (reprint - October 2019)

Women's Fiction Contemporary

What do you do when you are forgotten by the man you’ve loved for twenty years? What do you do if you are the one who is remembered?

Frankie Sicari is roused from sleep late one night by a key rattling in the front door lock. It’s her ex-husband, Charley Blackwell: a man she hasn’t seen for nearly a quarter of a century. What’s baffling is that Charley seems to think they are still married, and has no recollection of his current wife, Hannah.

When medical tests reveal shocking findings, Frankie finds herself reluctantly caring for the man who left her twenty years earlier, while Hannah is relegated to the sidelines. How can Frankie forgive the man who abandoned her when she needed him most? And how can Hannah cope with the impending death of the man she’s loved for the past twenty years – especially now she is faced with the shattering truth that he has never stopped loving his first wife, Frankie?

Author Note

Dear Reader,

I'm so excited to announce my debut women's fiction novel, JUST ONCE. This is a book I've spent years thinking about, the book I just had to write.

Spanning over four decades and sweeping from Vietnam, to Washington DC during the AIDS crisis and on to the present day, JUST ONCE tells the story of two women who love one man and how they come together when he needs them the most.

JUST ONCE is a novel of love, betrayal and forgiveness. It asks the questions: What would you if you were forgotten after 20 years? What would you do if you are the one who is remembered?

Please come along with me on this journey that has not only taught me so much but given me even more.

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21 comments posted.

Re: Just Once

All I can say is wow! Thanks!
(Kathleen Bylsma 3:42pm January 12)

Partially - I definitely believe in a forever, true love and I
do like The Notebook as well!
Jason Lawless 9:49pm January 18)

I love Lori Handeland's books, especially the Sisters of the
Craft series. Thanks for the opportunity to read Just Once.
Kt C 9:53pm January 18)

I love Lori Handeland's book, like love forever, but do not
believe it survives without a lot of work
Isabella Wilson 1:32am January 19)

I believe we are a match. I love books and movies that
make me cry, although I must admit to never seeing The
Notebook. I did read the book many years ago though.
Jaime Minter 6:51am January 19)

Thanks for coming by everyone and reading my post. We all seem to be romantics
at heart!
Lori Handeland 11:06am January 19)

Thanks for sharing! Sounds interesting!
Colleen Conklin 11:53am January 19)

I like your books but I don't do Facebook
Joy Isley 3:16pm January 19)

A trial match. Wait and see.
Judy Gregory 4:13pm January 19)

Compatibility -
#1 I don't do the friend thing much. I have a couple of them
and we know we can count on each other. I'm more family
#2 Not all of my favorites require Kleenex but there is a
decent handful.
#3 True and forever love? It is something so freaking rare
that it leaves everyone in doubt. I witnessed it with my
oldest brother and his wife. Both had been married before
with children. When they found each other it showed every
time they were in the same room. Unfortunately they only had
a short time together that ended the day after Christmas. I
don't expect or care to find it but I'm not fighting it
either. I just don't think it's this lifetime for me.
#4 Favorite books would be a mix of a few. Kathleen E
Woodiwiss - Shanna, Reckless - Lex Martin, Hindsight - Leddy
Harper, A Promise Of Fireflies - Susan Haught, and E.L.James
50 Shades series. Yep, loved it.
#5 Love 3 movies. Ever After: A Cinderella Story, American
History X, and Brokedown Palace.
I don't think we would completely mesh but we could deal.
Candy Voisine 6:18pm January 19)

I think we would be a nice match. This story, JUST ONCE, intrigues me. It
sounds like a heart breaking situation. Knowing families dealing with brain
injuries and forms of dementia, things can and do change so unexpectedly.
My free time is spent with family or on the phone with them. In addition, I
volunteer and spend time with other volunteers discussing programs, problems,
and helping new volunteers to the different programs.
I always keep a box of tissues handy when I read or watch movies. I cry easily,
even at happy parts.
I was lucky to find my true and forever love. We will celebrate our 47th
anniversary this year.
I have heard of the books you listed as recent reads but have not yet read them.
After checking them out, BEFORE WE WERE YOURS will be one of the next
books I read.
I have not seen or read THE NOTEBOOK. Actually I don't think I have seen any
of the movies based on his books. After reading more about the movie and the
book, I think I will have to read/see it.
Patricia Barraclough 11:57pm January 19)

I like The Notebook. Like to read all kinds of romance.
Melanie Rosen 1:17am January 20)

Thanks for the great comments, book recs and movies. Sounds like I have a few
matches here! Great!
Lori Handeland 8:59am January 20)

I would love to read your books. thanks
Susan Gannon 10:32am January 20)

I enjoyed reading your post and find the information about JUST ONE especially interesting. It does sound like I will need a hankie or Kleenex nearby while reading it.
Anna Speed 1:33pm January 20)

I would think we match: unforgettable characters, Kleenex
and faith in love.
Kathleen Bylsma 4:00pm January 20)

sounds like a very good book
Vickie Couturier 6:15pm January 20)

Sounds like a good book
Pam Sims 12:37pm January 21)

Thanks everyone for coming by and to all of you who "matched."
Lori Handeland 2:12pm January 21)

After reading this I think we are a match. I loved the Notebook. And yes, I needed tissues, especially for the end. I love this plot.
Mary Songer 4:11pm January 21)

Yes I Love The Notebook sounds like a great book!
Sarah Taylor 3:08pm January 22)

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