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Most of us would jump at a chance for a do-over of our teenage years…but what if our worst mistakes lead to our happily-ever-after?

Josie Gardner’s life revolves around her amazing children and her career. But, when her husband threatens to take her kids in their divorce, and the business she’s put most of her passion, time and money into building is at risk of failing, a panic attack shatters her grip on reality… and the present.

Josie wakes up in her teenage bedroom, thirty years in the past. She’s forced to relive her emotionally devastating senior year of high school — the year she cut her father out of her life, caused one of her best friends to sever ties, and turned away the boy she loved.

Determined to get back to her children in her own time, Josie tries to fix the mistakes she made, in the hope that righting wrongs will send her back to the present. But when tempted by her high school crush Josie faces the real possibility of losing her future for good.

Would you take a second chance for love…even if it meant losing everything?




Kimberly Packard weaves a tapestry of memories, emotions, and realities in her multi-dimensional narrative of Josie Berry’s life. One moment, she’s immersed in the present, and the next, she’s transported back to her senior year in high school. These moments are not just revisited but reimagined with the wisdom of hindsight. Yet, the rawness of the original experiences is palpable in the vividness of friends, conversations, experiences, and emotions.

The passage of thirty years is a mere blink, a testament to the unique approach to time travel fiction in This Time Around. Josie and her friends’ adult attributes are not just a result of time travel but a reflection of their teenage traits. The lens of life experiences allows Josie to review choices made or options not pursued, fostering a deeper understanding of others and concern for potential shifts in outcomes. Josie’s introspection on the unchangeable parts of her life is a thought-provoking aspect that invites readers to reflect on their choices and experiences.

Snappy, endearing dialogue with contemporary terms makes the story relatable. What would you do if you could re-live your senior year of high school? How honestly would you see yourself and others? Would you change your goals or destinations? Why do some decisions from your youth plague you today? Kimberly Packard is a master storyteller who explores the love between parents, children, friends, and acquaintances in a thrilling, gripping adventure that is impossible to put down until the last line. This Time Around takes time travel romance reading to an outstanding level that will leave you breathless. 


Kimberly Packard is an award-winning author of women’s fiction.

When she isn’t writing, she can be found planning her next trip, asking her dog what’s in his mouth or curled up with a book. She resides in Texas with her husband Colby, a clever cat named Oliver and a precocious black lab named Tully. 

Her debut novel, Phoenix, was awarded as Best General Fiction of 2013 by the Texas Association of Authors. She is also the author of a Christmas novella, The Crazy Yates, and the sequels to Phoenix, Pardon Falls and Prospera Pass, and her stand-alone titles Vortex, Dire’s Club and This Time Around. She was honored as one of the Top 10 Haute Young Authors by Southern Methodist University in 2019. Vortex was the 2019 winner of the Pencraft award in Women’s Fiction, and Dire’s Club, was awarded the 2021 General Fiction of the Year by the North Texas Book Festival.




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