Review: Then, Again by Karen Stivali

Then, Again
Sometimes you have to lose it all to find what you really need.Photographer Kay Turner is dealt a double whammy when she flies home for her grandmother’s funeral to find her boyfriend with another woman. Now with two losses to mourn, she retreats to her newly inherited beach house to clear her head.

Everything at the beach is familiar: the sounds of the ocean, the scent of her grandmother’s perfume—and the irresistible smile of James Margolis. The man Kay spent her adolescence pining for is every bit as charming as she remembers.

James always thought of Kay as “a nice kid”, but he feels something very different for the woman she’s become. Especially when he asks if she’d be willing to part with some of her grandmother’s recipes for his new restaurant—and they wind up sharing much more than culinary secrets.

But as their relationship deepens, Kay finds herself caught between the demands of her dream career as a travel photographer, and a chance for happiness with the one man she’s wanted for a lifetime.

Product Warnings: This foodie romance contains sensual scone baking, a heroine who discovers one bad apple hasn’t spoiled her appetite, and a delicious hero you can’t help but crave. Blend well, serve hot.


This was such an enjoyable book. It was a nice summer romance between two people that have known each other pretty much their whole lives. Kay had the biggest crush on James as a teenager so he’s always been her dream man. And inexplicably to her, he liked her too.This book was sweet. It wasn’t angsty, there wasn’t a bunch of obstacles that kept them apart. It was a story about a girl and a guy that spend time together and start a relationship. That’s not to say that they didn’t have some issues, because they did. But they weren’t just plot devices to keep them apart.

It was extremely refreshing to read a book about two adults that actually behave as adults. Kay and James seemed like real people…people I could be friends with.

I would definitely recommend this book and I’ll definitely read more from this author. 🙂


My reviews can also be found on Goodreads. To purchase: Amazon and Barnes & Noble.


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