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It Wasn't Always Like This

Joy Preble

In 1916, Emma O Neill is frozen in time. After sampling an experimental polio vaccine brewed on a remote island off St. Augustine, Florida, she and her family stop aging as do the Ryans, her family's business partners. In a way, this suits Emma fine because she's in love with Charlie Ryan. Being seventeen forever with him is a dream. But soon a group of religious fanatics, the Church of Light, takes note. Drinking the elixir has made the O Neills and Ryans impervious to aging, but not to murder. When their families are massacred, Emma and Charlie are the only ones who escape with their lives. On the run, Emma is tragically separated from Charlie. For the next hundred years, she plays a cat-and-mouse game with the Church of Light and their descendants. She becomes a private investigator when a series of murders whose victims all bear more than a passing resemblance to her indicate that her enemies are closing in. Yet as the danger grows, so does Emma s hope for finding the boy she s certain is still out there . .

In 1916, Emma O Neill is frozen in time. After sampling an experimental polio vaccine brewed on a remote island off St. Augustine, Florida, she and her family stop aging as do the Ryans, her family's business partners. In a way, this suits Emma fine because she's in love with Charlie Ryan. Being seventeen forever with him is a dream. But soon a group of religious fanatics, the Church of Light, takes note. Drinking the elixir has made the O Neills and Ryans impervious to aging, but not to murder. When their families are massacred, Emma and Charlie are the only ones who escape with their lives. On the run, Emma is tragically separated from Charlie. For the next hundred years, she plays a cat-and-mouse game with the Church of Light and their descendants. She becomes a private investigator when a series of murders whose victims all bear more than a passing resemblance to her indicate that her enemies are closing in. Yet as the danger grows, so does Emma s hope for finding the boy she s certain is still out there . .
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In 1916, Emma O Neill is frozen in time. After sampling an experimental polio vaccine brewed on a remote island off St. Augustine, Florida, she and her family stop aging as do the Ryans, her family's business partners. In a way, this suits Emma fine because she's in love with Charlie Ryan. Being seventeen forever with him is a dream. But soon a group of religious fanatics, the Church of Light, takes note. Drinking the elixir has made the O Neills and Ryans impervious to aging, but not to murder. When their families are massacred, Emma and Charlie are the only ones who escape with their lives. On the run, Emma is tragically separated from Charlie. For the next hundred years, she plays a cat-and-mouse game with the Church of Light and their descendants. She becomes a private investigator when a series of murders whose victims all bear more than a passing resemblance to her indicate that her enemies are closing in. Yet as the danger grows, so does Emma s hope for finding the boy she s certain is still out there . .

Language:

English

Narrators:

Jennifer Grace

Length:

8h 13m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:25


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

09:07


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

24:16


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

36:30


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

21:49


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

27:24


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

16:08


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

26:49


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

25:01


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

18:00


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

18:34


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

11:09


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

16:06


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:49


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

25:28


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

23:13


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

16:17


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

14:54


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

12:33


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

18:34


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

22:40


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

15:34


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

17:33


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

14:05


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

09:03


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

14:24


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:10


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

09:25


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:11


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

10:24


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

00:33