The Way They Were - Mary Campisi

The Way They Were

By Mary Campisi

  • Release Date: 2013-11-20
  • Genre: Contemporary
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 353 Ratings)


It's all about that second chance...

Sometimes we’re lucky enough to get that second chance - in life and in love. The Way They Were is a stand-alone story of a young woman who battles heartache and loss with a courage and determination to find new paths and true love. This is book two of That Second Chance series. It is also the prequel to Mary’s bestselling family saga, A Family Affair: The Secret, Truth in Lies, Book Eight.

They promised to love one another forever, but tragedy tore them apart. Now, destiny may just bring them back together.

At eighteen, Rourke Flannigan and Kate Redmond thought they’d spend the rest of their lives together—until a family tragedy tore them apart. Fourteen years have passed, and they’ve both carved out separate lives hundreds of miles apart—hers as a wife and mother, his as a successful, driven businessman. But once a year, Kate pulls out a red velvet journal and writes a letter, which she’ll never send, to the man who still owns her heart. Once a year, on the anniversary of the first and only night they made love, Rourke permits himself to read the annual investigative report detailing an ordinary day in Kate’s life.

When a subcontractor at one of Rourke’s holding companies is killed, Rourke decides to pay the widow a visit and offer condolences, never dreaming the widow will be Kate. As they embark on a cautious journey of rediscovery, one far greater than they could have imagined, secrets and lies threaten to destroy their newfound closeness—forever.

BONUS: Included in this e-book is an Excerpt from Simple Riches, That Second Chance Series, Book Three.

That Second Chance Series:
Book One: Pulling Home – (Also prequel to A Family Affair: The Promise
Book Two: The Way They Were – (Also prequel to A Family Affair: The Secret)
Book Three: Simple Riches – (Also prequel to A Family Affair: Winter
Book Four: Paradise Found – (Also prequel to A Family Affair: The Wish)
Book Five: Not Your Everyday Housewife – (Also prequel to A Family Affair: The Gift)
Book Six: The Butterfly Garden – (Also prequel to A Family Affair: The Return)


  • The way they were

    By jlcatron
    I just loved this book. I could hardly put it down. I couldn’t wait to see if Kate and Rourke would finally get to be together after all of those years of being separated and longing for each other. I loved the happy ending!
  • Loved it!

    By sbsbrinson
    Years of misunderstandings, lies, and a love that never died. Read and enjoy all the different veins of this story!
  • Intriguing

    By Montanafilly73
    Kept me turning pages and surprised me over and over. A wonderful book and the perfect HEA!
  • The way we were

    By DannyGirl2146
    Kate is a liar and Rourke is gullible. He believes everything Kate says and Janice too. Only reason I finished it BC I don’t like to start and not finish. Check it out to develop your own opinion but it wasn’t worth the money I paid and I paid 0. GOD bless the author
  • Well-written but dated

    By Reg4luv
    This. Oil is well-written but seems like it was written much longer ago than a few years. All of the topical cultural references and even the perspectives of the characters make it seem like it is taking place in 1980, not sometime in the 2015 ish range. This is especially true of the characters perspectives— they just don’t think, talk and act the way people of today do— and it pretty much makes the story unbelievable and less captivating.