The First Time

by Joy Fielding | Women's Fiction |
ISBN: 0743407067 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Lizabeth86 of Middletown, Connecticut USA on 3/22/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by Lizabeth86 from Middletown, Connecticut USA on Wednesday, March 22, 2006
FROM THE PUBLISHER
Behind the shiny facade of her seemingly idyllic life in Chicago, Mattie Hart feels as if she is falling apart. After sixteen years of marriage, and one beautiful teenage daughter, Mattie has discovered that her husband, Jake, a high-profile defense attorney, is ensconced in yet another love affair.

It is only after Jake finally confesses his infidelity and leaves to live with his girlfriend that a far greater crisis descends upon the embattled Hart family -- Mattie receives some devastating news that will alter all their lives. Wracked by guilt at these unforeseen developments, Jake returns home to be with Mattie. Here, in this most daunting and unexpected of circumstances, Joy Fielding deftly ushers her characters through a poignant and heartbreaking drama about love's astonishing power to defy the greatest odds and to heal the deepest wounds.

Bearing all the distinctive qualities of a contemporary classic, The First Time is a dazzling illumination of a marriage at the crossroads, where the ties that bind become frayed but refuse to sever, and where a long estranged husband and wife discover, for the first time, exactly what love really means. At once profoundly cathartic and inspiring, The First Time finds Joy Fielding at the height of her powers as she explores the amazing resilience of the human spirit.

Journal Entry 2 by Lizabeth86 from Middletown, Connecticut USA on Tuesday, June 06, 2006
Reserved for Sidney1220 from an ALS.

Journal Entry 3 by Sidney1220 from McLean, Virginia USA on Sunday, June 11, 2006
Received today. Thanks a lot...

8/7/06 Reserved for lauraloo29.

Journal Entry 4 by Sidney1220 from McLean, Virginia USA on Wednesday, August 30, 2006
This is a beautifully written book about second chances. There were a couple of things that didn't quite work for me- such as Mattie's neediness and Jake's bad childhood- but it all worked out in the end to give us an ending with one hell of an emotional punch. I was actually crying by the time I closed the book.

9/6/06 Mailed at the post office.

Journal Entry 5 by lauraloo29 from Edmonton, Alberta Canada on Monday, September 18, 2006
This book arrived safe and sound today. Thank you.

Journal Entry 6 by lauraloo29 from Edmonton, Alberta Canada on Thursday, December 28, 2006
Sending as a RABCK to AceofHearts. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 7 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Thursday, January 11, 2007
received in the mail today. Thanks :) You are always so generous

Journal Entry 8 by wingAceofHeartswing at Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Sunday, February 19, 2012
Mattie Hart discovers her lawyer husband, Jake is involved in another love affair. Their sixteen year marriage is finished. Jake moves out to live with his girlfriend. Soon after Mattie discovers she has Lou Gehrig's disease.

Jake returns home to help Mattie. Jake is feeling guilty. Mattie is needy and their teenaged daughter wants nothing to do with Jake.

This is a romance with a bit more meat to it. It is about how conflict and tragedy brings people together. There should be second chances in life.


Journal Entry 9 by HoserLauren at Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Sunday, November 10, 2013
My mom, AceofHearts, passed away from breast cancer on September 17, 2013. Aside from being one of the best people I know, she was an avid reader and took immense pleasure in Bookcrossing, her book club, and reading many great books.

Before she passed, she showed me all of her owed books and the books she wanted to give away as RABCKs, making sure that I would send everything on should anything happen. This book was marked for Boomda as a owed.

Sent today.

Journal Entry 10 by boomda181 at a Bookcrosser, A Book Swap! -- Controlled Releases on Sunday, November 24, 2013
Arrived in the mail from a wonderful Bookcrosser and friend on Bookobsessed! I look forward to reading this book and remembering fondly AceofHearts. Thanks HoserLauren for making sure this one was passed along.

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