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This is an updated cover edition. Life can change in an instant. No one knows that better than Candace Chang.After being widowed with three young children to care for, it was all she could do to keep her household functioning, and herself in one piece. In the two years since her husband’s death, never once has she considered getting remarried. Candace is fine with her bookThis is an updated cover edition. Life can change in an instant. No one knows that better than Candace Chang.After being widowed with three young children to care for, it was all she could do to keep her household functioning, and herself in one piece. In the two years since her husband’s death, never once has she considered getting remarried. Candace is fine with her books, her tea, and her memories, despite her friends’ and family’s growing concern.When handsome, twenty-six year old cop, Mason Ledger, buys the house next door, Candace is quickly reminded of just how alone she is. Her kids are gone with grandma for the summer, and other than her attempts at restarting the career she abandoned to become a wife and mother, she's got nothing but spare time. What starts off as friendly neighbors simply sharing a fence line, takes no time to evolve into an attraction neither expected. Before she knows it, Candace is feeling more than just a need for distraction. The problem is, Mason sees a future between the two of them, and Candace is trying desperately to keep things casual.Can Candace keep her meddling family at bay while she figures out this unexpected romantic conundrum? Will this almost-cougar and her young neighbor find some sort of middle ground? Or will Candace discover that love is every bit as sweet the second time around?...

Title : Then & Now
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ISBN : 9781520505541
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 310 Pages
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Then & Now Reviews

  • Kanoko
    2018-12-29 18:49

    This book made me so angry. I can't quite remember how I responded to Candace's character before, but here I was alternating between frustrated with her and indignant on her behalf. Her family was just outrageous. I couldn't stomach how she was being treated. Even her friends' (well, mostly Marisol's) heavy-handed intervention didn't particularly sit well with me. Candace recognised she was a pushover but never really did anything about it.It made so angry, I considered dropping this. I wanted to know her story after Brian, but I wasn't enjoying myself.And in the end, she was only able to stand up for herself because Marisol and Lexie did it first. And even then, it wasn't much. It did NOT make me happy. I got that friendship was a beautiful thing. Yeah, of course. But I didn't want others to have to fight Candace's battle for her. She grew, but not enough for me. Maybe if she tore a new one on every member of her overbearing family… She also needed to be concerned more about the welfare of her children while she's driving. Good gods.Mason was okay. He was an adorable boy-next-door, and I liked that he didn't let Candace push him away with her insecurities, that he gave her confidence, listened to her, be a friend, called out on her when it was obvious she spoke her mind only around him. I didn't really take to his character much, but I liked him a lot better than Demo.It was heart-warming how Candace chose to honour Brian's memory. Loved how she remembered Brian not only as her husband, but as her best friend. Loved how she realised the world went on without Brian. It went on even without her. I just didn't appreciate how she felt she needed his permission to move on with her life. And it even arrived at the form of an old letter. Wow. I just…can't.There were some typos here I couldn't help noticing, especially when the sister got called Candace (twice, I believe). The wordmarks disclaimer mentioned "Lamborghihi" (that made me laugh).Overall, it was a good, well-told story with characters I'd love to strangle and some moments I found incredibly troubling.

  • Mimi Lovell
    2019-01-09 14:16

    First off, I want to thank the author of this book. Mostly because I loved the book so much and I feel compelled to let her know how much joy she gave me just by reading this, and other books of hers.I have to say, when I first started reading this book, I felt like the setting of this book might be a little more serious and depressing than the other two. I wasn't wrong, but I didn't go through the book feeling depressed or unhappy in any way. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it.The book is about Candace, a 35 year old recent widow (recent as in 2 years) who is trying to find her way in her world now that being a wife and mother isn't her sole purpose in life. Everyone she knows wants her to be happy, but they all have their own idea of what will make her happy. And Candace has no idea what will make her happy. So she spends her summer, since her 3 children are off with her mother in law, trying to find herself. And along the way, she meets her new neighbor, Mason. A 26 year old cop, who she becomes smitten with and wants to find herself with him. Easy enough, since her kids are away, he can be a nice distraction until her life can begin again. Neither one of them counted on feeling more. But, you can't fight what the heart wants.I think I haven't enjoyed a book like this in such a long time. Even though there were many sad times, and SO many frustrating times throughout this book, I loved feeling every emotion. Some emotions I felt as though I could really relate to, having experienced them, and some, even though I haven't experiences these feelings, I really could connect with, because the writing and story was just that beautiful.I have to say I am completely in love with Mason, because he didn't take an older woman as a conquest, and he didn't really even see her as just an 'older woman', but a beautiful woman, who happened to be older. And he was not easily deterred by Candace's insecurities about age, or the other people in her life who were holding her back.I hope anyone, who finds themselves in a situation similar to Candace's finds their own Mason to help bring out their true self.I really hope there is a 4th and 5th book in this series. Since I absolutely love Brooke Moss' books and can't wait for more.

  • Susan W
    2018-12-19 19:49

    Ok love story, I don't think younger man, older woman is my cup of tea. I would have liked to get Mason's POV during the relationship, not just epilogue.

  • Ricki Dagosta
    2019-01-03 20:01

    Emotional on many levelsThis is my favorite of the series because it touched every one of my emotions. I laughed through my tears at times, but when Candace and Fletcher finally talked. Wow. Full on ugly cry for me! Great job Brooke!

  • Jenn-F*** you, you get a pickle-RD
    2019-01-13 22:14

    Loved itGreat story. I find myself wanting to shout at times and cry at others. Wished it went through more editing. But I was able to over look misspelling and extra spacing.

  • Rhianna
    2018-12-31 22:18

    Relatable, Moving, and Simply WonderfulSince the blurb does such a great job of setting this story up I don't feel like I need to rehash it at all. If you've read the previous entries in the series you probably balled your eyes out when Candace was widowed. I'm pretty sure I emailed the author at 2am to tell her she owed me a box of tissues after that one and as much as I hate when bad things happen to characters I love, sometimes something amazing comes out of it. That is the case here. From the opening chapter to the final page I was hard pressed to put THEN & NOW down. It's a realistic dilemma Candace faces in the wake of being widowed but also, in the concerns over an age difference in a new relationship. If you're a married thirty-something like me you'll likely see a little bit of yourself in Candace and the what-if factor will have you rabidly tearing through the story. It could certainly stand alone though I'd very much recommend not reading this series out of order. I think having some perspective on her husband that passed away before this story starts made the stakes that much higher for me.Being from Eastern Washington and having spent part of my childhood living in the area the story takes place I felt swept back home with every turn of the page. The hot summers, the crazy drivers, the endless desire to sneak into your neighbor's pool. Moss always manages to transport me in this way but I think this might have been the strongest connection I've had with an overall story yet. I even thought to myself at one point 'huh, I haven't cried yet... what's up with that?' and within a few chapters I had big ol' alligator tears rolling down my cheeks. If you love the sort of romance that can move you, that feels so real you could be friends with the characters, you simply MUST read this series. THEN & NOW is very high on my list of favorite romances and if you take one recommendation from me, ever, I hope it will be to give Moss a try.Notes: Review copy received via author.

  • Kooky
    2018-12-25 17:09

    Candace is widowed and has lost her positive outlook on life. She's just functioning as a mother and not doing anything for herself, becoming reliant on her family for support while distancing herself from friends she blames. Her new neighbour Mason is a young and virile cop. She struggles to understand why he would want to be lumbered by an older woman with 3 kids.I got a little annoyed with Candace at times and at others I felt I needed to defend her. She let her family talk about her as if she wasn't there, letting them decide what was best for her. Mason made it clear over and over what he wanted, what he felt but she hurt him more than once by not admitting they were together in front of family and friends.An ok short read.

  • Yelania Nightwalker
    2019-01-17 18:51

    Nop, algo pasó aquí y no sé bien qué es pero no terminé de enamorarme de los personajes. Estaba tan ansiosa por leer este libro y me siento completamente decepcionada porque la historia no logró gustarme ni atraparme el tiempo suficiente, fue un martirio terminarla. Candance me pareció la mujer más inmadura del planeta y cuando debió realmente dar la cara y enfrentar lo que sentía, tuvo que esperar a que sus amigas lo hicieran para que finalmente "hablara"... En fin, fueron tantas cosas que me desilusionaron que no puedo empezar a nombrarlas. Me quedo con la maravillosa Baby & Bump. Las dos novelas siguientes han ido de mal en peor. No sé si leeré algo más de esta serie, por más que la hermana de Candance tenga potencial para una buena historia.

  • Jo
    2019-01-19 15:57

    before i read, i do know the where the story goes. no exceptation but want to get the ends, becuase i chase the three women, how they had their second chance, to build up their own family and their other half how to accept what they are.however, is it really serious need the letter from Brian? the accident? if Candace really in love with Brian, she didn't need any prove from him to show she can be love again. it also no need to have the accident to show Manson truly in love with her..... anyway, glad i read it, it seems completed now

  • Taylor
    2019-01-18 15:10

    I really didn't know why we had to make Brian die in order to get this book. I was actually more interested in Candace's sister's story. But this book was good. It was nice to see that she got her own HEA after all the crap she went through. Mason seemed like a great guy.I really did not Candace's family. They were extremely pushy, rude, and annoying. I understand she needed their help with the kids, but I wish she had the balls to stand up to them. Not have Marisol and Lexie do it for her.Overall this was a good series.

  • Kirsty Eastwick
    2018-12-31 22:14

    I have looking forward to the this one coming out for what felt like ages only because I was eager to hear more from Brook about these awesome characters. And I loved it. This was a real journey story & it has made me think, have I had that conversation with my husband,, how would I react in the same situation. Thank you Brook for another great story, just a side note, umm a story about Candace's sister maybe? ☺

  • Tracy Lundy-Munn
    2019-01-02 16:18

    Then & Now is the third book in the This & That series by Brooke Moss. This book had my attention from begging to end. The storyline was spot on and had lots of twists and turns that had me hooked from beginning to end. The characters had depth, emotion and lots of chemistry. I really enjoyed this series and I would definitely recommend it!!

  • Heidi Chan
    2019-01-08 17:13

    Great series. The books got better as the series progressed. Only slight irritation is the timeline. At start of book Quentin is 7 and a half years old and at the end of the book 8 ( however the end of the book is supposed to occur two years later). That being said, I'd recommend it to anyone.

  • Sarah Monson
    2018-12-24 21:12

    Couldn't put it down5 stars doesn't even do the book justice. Amazing, gripping story. I fell in love with the characters. I read the 3 books in order and loved all 3. Looking forward to reading more from Brooke Moss:)

  • Beryl Audrey Foreman
    2019-01-09 19:48

    A Super ReadThis book kept my interest, made me laugh, and at times, cry. I felt as if I could easily become a friend with these characters. A really good read.

  • YasminVasquez
    2018-12-29 22:06

    Great I enjoyed this book so much. Candice was a sweet widow who deserved to get her happy ending and I enjoyed reading her journey.

  • Genna
    2019-01-14 19:00

    Immgonna go with four bc I wanted to murder Candaces family every time they came into it. Nut other than that PERFECTION

  • ines M
    2019-01-13 19:57

    Delightful bookFantastic story about life, love, friendship and second chances. Needless to say I would love to meet its characters and begin a new trip with them.

  • Sarah
    2019-01-15 19:09

    Loved this series but this was my favourite of the 3 books!

  • Jeannette
    2019-01-12 13:51

    Sweet bookI liked this book. It had sad and sweet moments. I liked the characters and their story line. I hope to read more from this author.