Maybe This Time

A Second Chance Romance

Romance - General
192 Pages
Reviewed on 10/17/2018
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Author Biography

Susan writes second chance romances with a touch of magic as Susan B. James and children’s books as Susan J. Berger. She writes older heroines because she is chronologically gifted and enjoys creating characters who remember that change is only on the outside. Inside our older shells is a much younger psyche.
In her debut romance, Time and Forever, two women in their sixties inadvertently travel back to London in 1969. Maybe This Time, is the companion book.
Susan’s other career is acting. In 2016, among other things, she killed Kathy Bates on American Horror Story- Roanoke. In 2017, among other things, she got stabbed by a pen on Future Man and played the victim on Major Crimes. Karma? So far in 2018 she’s been a babysitter on Lucifer, a bar-fly on Shameless, A tattoo addict on Mom, and she died in the yet-to-be-released movie, Looks that kill. More to come.


    Book Review

Reviewed by Alyssa Elmore for Readers' Favorite

An aging actress gets a second chance at love in the stunning romance novel, Maybe This Time by Susan B. James. At forty-nine, Jennifer Knight is happy with her life. She has a shining career as an actress in London, and she lives close to her dear niece, Cat. On the day after her birthday, Jen visits Cat to receive her surprise gift. When Cat leads Jen into her brother Jeremy's lab, Jen is confused and a little alarmed. With reassurances from her niece, Jen follows Cat into a small room. Inputting some things into a mysterious looking computer, Cat promises Jen the adventure of her life. Not sure what is happening, but happy to be with her nineteen-year-old niece, Jen does as she is told. When they emerge from the small room, Jen is alarmed to discover that they have traveled back in time to the eighties. Worse still, Cat has been transformed into a little girl that is less than helpful to Jen in getting back to their lives in the early 2000s.

Frightened and bewildered, Jen takes the tearful Cat to her brother's house. Dismayed to find that Jeremy is gone, but so desperate to get back home, she confides in Jeremy's business partner, and her ex-husband, Lance. Lance is surprised that Jen knows about her brother's time machine. Afraid to bring up their painful parting Jen would rather try to figure out their time issues without Lance's help. Lance has other plans. Suddenly Jen, Lance, Jeremy, and Cat are thrown into an adventure that becomes a race against time, with the deadline being 11 September, 2001. Can Jeremy and Lance send Jen and Cat back to their correct time? Will they be able to warn their future selves about the tragedy that awaits them in a few short months?

Maybe This Time by Susan B. James is a superbly done, action-packed romantic suspense story about a brilliant actress traveling through time, rediscovering love, and healing past wounds. I have read few modern romances that have as much depth as this novel. The characters are beautifully written, and the plot draws in you in from the first moment. I was impressed with how the author constructed the story line; the details weaving the past with the characters' present was perfectly balanced. I loved listening to this book. I appreciate that the characters fell in love as older people, instead of the more typical romances where the characters fall in love as young people and simply stay together as adults. The narrator was a perfect fit for this story and characters! I am now a fan of Ms. James and look forward to reading more of her books. I would highly recommend this book to those that enjoy romance novels that engage the reader, are impeccably written, and have substance.

Romuald Dzemo

Maybe This Time: A Second Chance Romance by Susan B. James is warm and delightful, an exquisite blend of time travel and romance. Jennifer "Jen" Knight just turned forty-nine. In fact the story begins on her birthday with all the fuzziness and awkwardness she feels, believing that "Happy Birthdays" are no longer required, when something strange happens. Her niece, by sheer accident, transports them both to 1988 and she comes face to face with the man who had been her first husband in another life. Is this an opportunity for a second chance, to get it right this time?

Expertly narrated by Stephanie Bentley in a voice that is smooth and mesmerizing, the story follows the hilarious journey of a popular British actress through time. What happens when we get another chance at love? Jen is thrust into a completely different world from what she’s recently known and the author does an impeccable job in highlighting the differences in setting. The conflict comes out brilliantly through the narrative. We meet a woman who feels uncomfortable on her birthday, she is conscious of her age. Being thrust into another time is something that could be a wonderful adventure, but meeting someone who had once been her love is where the problem begins.

The author uses the setting to deepen the conflict as readers watch the protagonist, wondering if she’ll settle in the past or find ways to return to her celebrity life in the present. But their future could have issues as well and can her lover and computer geek Lance Davies find solutions to them? Maybe This Time: A Second Chance Romance features compelling and sophisticated characters, an intricate plot, and a conflict that moves the story forward in powerful ways. I very much enjoyed this audio book. While the story moved fast, it was the characters that caught my attention the most.

K.C. Finn

Maybe This Time: A Second Chance Romance is a heartfelt work of dramatic and romantic fiction by author Susan B. James. Using time travel as a means to literally turn back the clock, the central plot of the tale begins when protagonist Jennifer Knight has to return to her own past in 1988 because of an accident by her niece, Kat. Jennifer is forty-nine and doing well in life as an actress, so having to go back to Lance, her ex-husband and self proclaimed biggest mistake, is something she has to find a lot of courage to do. But Lance, in seeing his wife’s future as a place where he doesn’t exist, becomes determined to change their future and get another chance with her.

Steamy romance and quirky time travel combine in this delightfully enjoyable romance tale by Susan B. James. It’s clear that the author experiences the cut-throat world of acting herself, which adds a great deal of reality and compassion to Jennifer’s character throughout the tale, and it was wonderful to see a protagonist set so far from the perky, perfect youths of most romances on the scene. Fans of the romance genre are sure to enjoy the steamier scenes, but what really appealed to me was the retrospective journey of juggling the life you have now versus the life that could have been if things had taken a different turn with someone you once loved. Overall, this makes Maybe This Time a highly relatable and emotive romance suitable for anyone who’s ever felt that way about love.

As well as being an excellent story, the quality of the audiobook material was very high. Stephanie Bentley narrates with clarity and humor, really capturing Jennifer’s sarcasm and her general apathy with her life, then shifting to a brighter, more hopeful and emotional tone when Lance re-enters the scene. Some of the British accents were a little shaky for the clearly American narrator, but the sense of character was strong enough for me that I enjoyed the tale all the same!