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When Sherry's best friend, Lorena, promises her a virtual reality adventure for her sixty-third birthday, neither of them expect a trip back in time. But when Sherry bumps into the handsome stranger she’d once kissed on a London train in the summer of ‘69, she knows it couldn't be anything else. And this time she doesn't want to run. ...

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ISBN : 20698815
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Number of Pages : 210 Pages
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  • The TBR Pile *Book review site*
    2019-04-02 06:03

    I thought the idea and story is fresh, new and exciting. Both Sherry and Lorena have amazing stories. I must say I am shocked at how everything turns out. I’m glad that they are able to step back in time and go after what is important to them! FULL REVIEW:

  • Loren Lockner
    2019-03-29 08:11

    This superb time travel novel sucks the reader inside its pages with a giant whoosh and never let’s go! It follows the delightful adventures of two 60ish women who are both unhappy in different ways. The first, Sherry regrets never following up on the brief encounter she had with a man named Jeremy in London in 1969, and the other, Lorena, still mourns her deceased husband, David. They have the opportunity, through virtual time travel, to head back to a magical year for them both—1969. What happens next I wouldn’t spoil for the world, but must say is truly magical. One of the lovely ingredients of the novel is that it doesn’t sideline older women—valuing them (and their men) as desirable and intelligent no matter what their age. The book also delves into the theme of ‘choice’ and how ones we make can alter, not only our lives, but all those we love. Highly recommended!

  • Patricia Eddy
    2019-04-05 07:23

    There's one very good reason there aren't a lot of really good time travel romance books out there. Time travel is hard. There are all these rules (or should be). Remember Back to the Future? Marty McFly had this photo of him and his siblings and when he changed history by arriving in 1955, messing up his parents' first meeting, the people in the photo started disappearing. We won't even get into the whole questions of killing (or otherwise stopping) Hitler or warning a country's government of a natural disaster or terrorist attack.When you write time travel, you have to concern yourself with all sorts of things like alternate timelines, changing the future so much that the world ends, or staying in the past so long you end up living along side your other self. Time travel is hard. Time and Forever is the story of Sherry and Lorena. They're two older women in their sixties, both living alone, who are just a little less than thrilled with their lives. Lorena lost her husband Dave to lung cancer. Sherry's husband cheated on her with a younger woman and they divorced. Both women are happy and well off, but they both want love in their lives. Sherry wants the love of a man she met in a London Tube in 1969. They shared a single passionate kiss and then never saw each other again. Lorena just wants Dave back. Over dinner one night, Lorena suggests to Sherry that they take a virtual reality trip back to younger days. When Sherry agrees, there's only one place she wants to go. London in 1969. When they arrive, looking young and beautiful again as women in their twenties, they go to a pub and Sherry runs right into her mystery man from the London tube. She and Jeremy pick up right where they left off. The romance is sweet, sexy, and satisfying. But what's more satisfying is how the story progresses. There were a few times where I wondered where the story was going. How in the world was the author going to resolve this story in a way that didn't leave me bawling at the inequality? Sherry and Jeremy are perfect together. Sherry doesn't want to leave. But what about her children? Lorena, who for the first half of the book is only Sherry's companion, in the second half, gets her own delicious and satisfying storyline. I loved this book. Loved it. Honestly, I considered leaving this review at those four words. "I loved this book." But that doesn't make for a very interesting review. So let me tell you that the threads of science, science fiction, romance, friendship, and family are all interwoven into a complex and delightful tale that has absolutely no faults at all. The editing is perfect, the characters are complex and fun, and when the book comes to it's conclusion, you'll be surprised and delighted. 5 Unequivocal stars. **This view originally appeared on Author Alliance.**

  • Margo Dill
    2019-04-02 04:03

    (originally reviewed for The News-Gazette in Champaign/Urbana, IL) Romance readers everywhere will gush over the characters and passion in debut novelist Susan B. James' "Time and Forever." Science fiction fans won't be disappointed either, as the characters experience time travel throughout much of the novel, mostly in the year 1969. "Time and Forever" is a fast-paced, interesting novel that explores true love, soul mates and destiny.Sherry and Lorena are sixty-something heroines who live in Los Angeles and are both unmarried. Sherry, a high-end boutique owner, is divorced, lonely and thinking about Internet dating. Lorena, a famous actress, doesn't think this is such a great idea and suggests a different kind of adventure, a virtual reality game, where they can experience any time in the past they wish.Sherry chooses 1969 London, where she had one incredible kiss with a stranger. She has never forgotten him after marriage to someone else, two kids and divorce.Soon after starting the virtual reality game in London, Sherry bumps into Jeremy again and sparks fly. Both Lorena and Sherry are amazed at how young they look and feel and how real everything seems to be. They quickly catch on that this is not just virtual reality. The friends have actually traveled through time, and Sherry is getting a second chance to get to know the mysterious stranger.But with time travel, there's always the risk of the past changing something in the present. Sherry is torn between feeling love she hasn't in years, and the knowledge that if she changes the past too much, she won't have her beautiful children.Meanwhile, Lorena is wondering what's going on in the present, while they are busy shopping and enjoying 1969 London. She soon longs to go back to her career, where she has an important meeting with "People" magazine. However, once she returns to L. A., she realizes that maybe she could go on her own time travel adventure and see her beloved husband alive and well one last time.This is when the novel turns very endearing and becomes a real page-turner. Sherry's scenes are fun and James makes readers feel like they are doing their own form of time traveling through the novel. But during Lorena's chapters, readers can feel the emotion and longing pouring out of the pages. Don't be surprised if you'll need to reach for a box of tissues during these scenes.Once the characters go back and forth between the present and the past, the plot takes fascinating twists and turns and reads a lot like a science fiction novel, which made the ending not as predictable as many stories in the romance genre."Time and Forever" is an intriguing and refreshing romance and would make a great novel for a book club discussion.

  • Susan James
    2019-04-12 04:24

    I just received the paperback edition and gave it to a friend. Donna adored it.Since I wrote it, no point in reviewing it. But secretly, I really love Time and Forever and plan to re-read it. This review is from a stranger to me, Janice Clark from July 2014 on Amazon:This is one of those books you can't wait to finish and yet you want it to go on forever. I don't often read "romance" books, having found many to be formulaic and sloppily written, with shallow plots and a little too much graphic sex for my taste. Not that I am against sex per se, but I don't care for it as a spectator sport. James has included the obligatory hot sex scenes, but beyond that, there's a story here and quite an intriguing one, involving time travel. This is a love story, or rather two love stories. The characters are believable, well-rounded individuals rather than generic cardboard cut-outs and I found myself caring what happened to them.

  • Allison
    2019-04-18 02:06

    Time and Forever by Susan B. James is a wonderful book! It is a deeply emotional read that also satisfies the tricky plotting required of a time travel story. The time travel element is a hoot! If you are an Anglophile (which I am) and you love the 1960s scene in London and Los Angeles (and who doesn’t the clothes alone are fab) then this romance is for you. There is so much to enjoy in Time and Forever: the heartfelt emotional connections between the lovers, the exquisite details of another time that allows the reader to get lost in the story, the tension and pathos of what time travel may do to the protagonists’ deeply felt relationships in the past and future. But I think what I liked the best was the way the writer conveys how love, eroticism and passion are as romantic for the protagonists in their 20s as it is in their 60s. This is lovely book!

  • Becky Lower
    2019-04-18 07:00

    This delightful book is right up my alley. Sherry and Lorena time travel back to 1969, when hippies were in and the Beatles ruled supreme. This is the era I came of age in--the age of Aquarius. All the references to events, music, happenings, I could relate to. They're as much a part of my DNA as they were Sherry and Lorena. Both ladies had different reasons for heading back from present day to the 1960s, but each of them wanted a second chance. Wanted to take Door #2. Just to see what would happen. This was a nostalgic, bubbly read, and I highly recommend it, even if you aren't in your sixties.

  • Mary Vela
    2019-04-12 07:07

    What a delightful story! Two friends go back in time and have a second chance at love and happiness. I truly enjoyed reminiscing about the past (1969). The music, the events, and the spirit of that era are so vivid. Along with the story characters, you feel young again and remember how it felt when you fell in love with that special someone. I could not help but wish that I too could go back in time. I highly recommend the book for baby boomers and for those readers who have had “what ifs” about past loves.

  • Carly Jordynn
    2019-04-26 01:20

    How many times have we wished for a do-over in life? Time and Forever caught my imagination from page one. In this book, the main characters of Sherry and Lorena get to do just that. In their sixties, they enter a virtual reality game so Sherry can re-experience a moment from her past. What they don’t realize is the “game” is actually a time machine that transports you to the place you want to be for two weeks. The ladies end up in London, 1969, the age of hippies, man landing on the moon, and the Vietnam War.I enjoyed their trip through time and reading about the moon landing, clothing styles, and the difference a few years make. Think about it, personal computers, cell phones, tablets, e-readers, email, DVD’s, IPod’s, and CD’s didn’t exist in that time. If you wanted to listen to music, it was on vinyl and on a record player, a computer could take up a whole room, if you wanted to read, you picked up a book. You wrote letters and mailed them through the post office that would take several days or weeks to reach the recipient instead of hitting send on your personal computer and having it arrive in a few seconds. The author really brings the time to life. I felt like I was in London with Sherry and Lorena. I felt their excitement at looking and feeling twenty again, their joy of rediscovering the past, and the struggle not to mention items or events of the future. I was so happy for the character of Sherry who had an enjoyable life, but was given a second chance to reconnect with that special guy from her past. The quandary, how could she keep the guy and not make her two adult children disappear in the future? Lorena, on the other hand, had married the love of her life, was a successful actress, and blessed with a grandson that kept her young at heart. From the outside, Lorena had led a wonderful life. What nobody saw was her crying on the inside, her heart broken from losing her husband to cancer four years earlier. It wasn’t until she remembered his dying words that Lorena discovered a mysterious letter that led her to an adventure of her own.The two ladies do make their way back to the future and resume the lives they temporarily took a vacation from. Will the happiness from the past, follow them back to the future? Only time will tell.

  • Penelope Cole
    2019-04-10 06:02

    If you love romances, this is a good one. If you love time travel, this is a goodie. If you love time travel romances, Now and Forever, by Susan B. James, is the one for you! The story is about two sixty-three year old women, both alone. They have successful careers. They have their children and grandchildren. Yet they still long for the love, romance, and companionship they each had in the past – specifically in 1969, (which was a very good year for space travel and romance!) Have you ever had a romance in the past, however long or short-lived, that you’ve wondered, if only I could back and have a do over? Why was I so timid, so careful, so proper, and said no when I could have said yes? In this story both Sherry and Lorena have the opportunity to do just that – go back into their past and do things differently. Will their recklessness change history? Will they jeopardize the lives of their children? Will they end up with new regrets? You’ll have to read the story to find out. For sure, you will be entertained by this fresh approach to long lost love, time travel to “get it right,” finding your soul-mate, and agonizing over “what-ifs.” You might even be swept off your feet by the beauty of the romantic love Ms. James portrays. This is one exciting page-turner that I’m sure you will enjoy reading. It’s a delightful “guilty pleasure!” By the way, in case you’re wondering, I, too, would go back to 1969 – in a heartbeat!

  • Kelly Dowell
    2019-03-29 00:07

    This is Susan B James first adult romance... but is is so much more then that! I've given it a 5 star rating as it is truly a Masterpiece of friendship, love and amazing 1960's time travel !!Have you ever wondered what would happen if you could go back in time... to a special life changing event???By Kelly Dowell - See all my reviewsThis review is from: Time And Forever (Kindle Edition)Loved Susan B. James - Time & Forever - Two close friends join in on an amazing journey - as they travel from present time back in time on a magical journey to the 1960's ... a great read for anyone who lived in the 60's (or wished they did). Its about following your dreams and taking risks in the pursuit of love, Wonderful characters, delightful descriptions of another time and place!! This is a fascinating story of love, families and a tribute to women's friendships, This is a must read on my list and if you want to treat yourself to a gift - this is it!Wonderful way to spend your evening... and please pass this on to your friends... truly a joy and full of surprises.

  • Stephanie
    2019-04-23 02:01

    This was such a fun book from the very beginning. The virtual reality element was really unique and exciting and it was very intriguing to continue learning about the world they were in. All of the little facts about the times and places they found themselves in were also really fun to discover.Aside from such an interesting premise I was surprised to find that I developed deep emotional ties to all of the characters almost immediately and was really invested in their outcomes. The romance element for both main characters began with high stakes and really delivered throughout the novel. I closed the book happy and satisfied and remembering their stories for weeks afterwards. Overall, this truly was a 5 star book for an exceptional and fascinating world to discover, and characters who easily envelope the reader into an invested relationship in their outcome. I would recommend to anyone looking for something special and unique to read!

  • C.D. Hersh
    2019-04-04 02:03

    Discovering the time of forever love.Susan Berger has written an engaging page turner of a time travel romance. The two heroines, Sherry and Lorena, travel back in time and find their true loves. The problem is that the loves of their life are at different eras in the past. Lorena has to discover how to find the correct time of her true love.Both heroines are strong women who actually get a second chance to find the loves of their life. They each have their own doubts, fears and hang-ups that they overcome but, this just makes them all the more believable in a well-written time travel that seems very plausible.Their discovery of their true loves and descriptions of the locations in the different eras makes you believe you are really there. This is a book that covers a lot of years but ends way too quickly. I was given a free copy for an honest review.

  • Beverly Diehl
    2019-03-30 03:59

    For the first quarter to a third of this, I struggled a bit. I couldn't entirely related to Shelly, and Lorena seemed to have too little to do if she was to have her own storyline, too much to do if she was playing second banana. Sherry was a little too aware of being 63 inside a 20 year old body to get past the squick factor in making out with somebody in his twenties; the love scenes in this throughout weren't horrible, but felt slightly awkward, as if the author wasn't comfortable writing them.But this read got stronger and stronger and by the halfway point I was thoroughly wrapped up in Sherry & Jeremy's romance across time, as well as Lorena and David's. The conundrum of time travel paradoxes was handled brilliantly, IMO, the romances were believable and tied up very nicely with HEA's. If you liked works like The Notebook and Somewhere in Time, you'll enjoy this very much.

  • Pamela
    2019-04-01 06:19

    4.5I usually think of time travel stories as filled with action, adventure and intrigue. Time and Forever is an alternate, but heart-warming twist on the romance sub-genre. This is a sweet book filled with 'what ifs' and second chances. I loved that the heroines (Yes - plural!) time traveled to the 1960's. How quirky, how fun.The author has done her homework in accurately painting present day as well as the past. (Job well done.) No spoilers - but the author drops in a few twists at the end that make the book even more special. I'd recommend Time and Forever to any of my reader friends who like reading romances with really fun settings.

  • Donna Shepherd
    2019-04-21 03:04

    Sitting down to read a few chapters of "Time and Forever" each night was a delightful treat, and I looked so forward to it. The book is funny, romantic, and the time travel aspect is written about with such authenticity that you think you've been transported yourself. I stayed up late one night to finish the book, and then couldn't sleep because now I need to read it again to figure out what I didn't know when I started reading it! First loves and second chances set any romantic soul's heart a-twitter and reading "Time and Forever" tickled my funny bone many times, kept my brain churning in anticipation of what would occur next (and when!), and warmed my heart, too. (Rated PG)

  • Lynne Marshall
    2019-04-07 03:16

    Delightful dueling time travel.Sherry and Lorena are two women of a certain age with unfinished business from their past. A crazy new "Castle" offers virtual reality tours anywhere in time. One trip to England in 1969 sets the stage for a fun romp to times remembered and loves once lost, where romance rules the day. (and a lot of shopping occurs and many meals are shared)I really got a kick out of this story with excellent twists and turns and an ending satisfying enough to make me smile.Recommended!

  • Lynne Moses
    2019-04-01 05:02

    This delightful debut from Susan B. James more than delivers on the promise of its premise. Time travel back to 1969 under the guise of a virtual reality experience provides these two women in their sixties another chance at love. It's a classic romance with really well done time travel logistics, not an easy feat. It was particularly fresh to introduce some romance for the ladies in their present day incarnations, in addition to steamy encounters in their 20-year-old bodies in '69. Overall, a fun and satisfying read that will surely win James fans for whatever she writes next.

  • natalie
    2019-04-15 05:08

    I won this book from Goodreads and so glad I did. I normally don't read love stories and really thought that's what this book was. But, to my mind, it wasn't. It was a nostalgic, unique book with 2 ladies traveling back to 1969 via time travel. Boy, could I remember the 1960's; The Beatles, The Vietnam War, the hippies, etc.Being in my 70's, to me those were the "good old days." So much fun and so many laughs. I, personally, was never one to go back and think about "what if," but I know a lot of people are. I liked this book from beginning to end. Well worth the read.

  • Virginia Boylan
    2019-04-14 08:05

    What a nice book from start to finish. The two women and their romances were utterly charming and the time travel aspect was absolutely fun. The only problem was that I didn't see all that much at stake. Nobody seemed to be in danger and there was no tension over whether or not things would be resolved in time, not even any worry over whether or not they would get back to their own times. The ending was predictable but completely satisfying, with the little paradoxical surprise as a delightful bonus. I received this book in audiobook form free in exchange for an honest review.

  • Susan Berger
    2019-04-05 01:17

    Well of course I love it. I wrote it. My hope is that other readers will love it. So far. So good. Been getting some very positive responses.

  • John C. Terry III
    2019-04-21 03:03

    ExcellentOne of the best time travel stories I have ever read. Starts slow, but ends right on time. Good character development with a wonderful twist to the ending. A true joy to experience. Wish it was reality, I would like to visit Abilene, Texas in 1963 and experience my high school graduation. There was something magical in that.

  • InD'tale Magazine
    2019-04-01 00:01

    “Time and Forever” is imaginative and fresh with a love story reminiscent of the film “Somewhere In Time.” Read full review in the 2014 August issue of InD’tale Magazine.

  • Marsha Wright
    2019-04-12 06:15

    Thank you, Susan B James!Great story, different and fun; and I really enjoy soul mate love stories. I believe this is true for some lovers. This was a solid 5 star for me.

  • Jen
    2019-04-19 00:01

    What an amazing story! Absolutely loved it!

  • Carolyn
    2019-04-04 04:21

    This is a sweet story, and it's a nice change that the main characters are in their 60's (well, part of the time anyway). I have two issues with this book that prevent me from rating it higher.First, the author switches scenes rather abruptly. For example, in one sentence they are having tea and the very next sentence they are walking down the street. No transition whatsoever. And this shift has nothing to do with the time-traveling. An odd way of writing and it happens A LOT throughout the story. Eventually, I got used to it but I thought it distracting.Second, I love me a good time-travel. I will gladly suspend my ultra-practical side for the entertainment but the logistics need to be somewhat plausible. This, well, not so much. ***SPOILER ALERT*** How does Jeremy go back with Sherry from 1969 when he hasn't invented the Castle yet?Really, I don't spend a lot of time trying to figure out all the nuances of the time-traveling stories, but the very foundation of it has to be solid, and this one isn't. The love stories are nice, though.

  • Kimberly Westrope
    2019-04-07 07:02

    I loved this time travel romance. It tells the story of two best friends who go to a virtual reality adventure castle that enables them to go back to 1969, London and California. It basically gives them a chance at a do-over in the romance department. This book is quite an adventure and full of surprises. I love the way the story unfolds. The historical references brought back my own memories from the summer of '69. I loved all the characters, and the magical surprise twist at the end. Really a great read.I listened to the audio version and narrator, Stephanie Bentley, did a fantastic job. This book is going on my favorites shelf. I will definitely read more by this author.

  • Therese Gilardi
    2019-04-05 01:59

    Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel through time? Wondered what groovy London must have been like in the swinging 60s? Then this book is for you. Well written, perfect pacing and interesting characters = the perfect read.

  • Kathy Jund
    2019-04-19 05:18

    4 stars! How would you like to travel back in time to a specific personal date in time or somewhere to always wanted to go! well......

  • Lynn Smith
    2019-04-03 06:09

    Time and ForeverWhat a different twist on time travel. Lorena and Sherry try out this virtual reality place on Sherry' s birthday. Maybe you can get a second chance.