Percy has money, position, and just
about everything he could want—except for love. Since he
prefers his own sex, he doesn’t expect to ever find a true
love to spend his life with. Will Percy find a way to live
his life the way he chooses, despite society’s restrictions
(and the ghost haunting his ancestral home)?
Having read Ghost of a Chance, I
was interested in discovering how Percy came to be the
mischievous and helpful ghost he was in that story.
Once in a Lifetime answered that question, and many
more. Percy is a sheltered and rather spoiled young man.
His father, the only family he has, is distant. Percy longs
for love and companionship, and sets off to find it. He
finds temporary satisfaction here and there, but not the
real love he wants. Then he meets Professor Alastair Kent,
his math teacher at university. Things go smoothly for a
while, but there are many obstacles in their path. In spite
of Percy’s naïve nature and unrealistic ability to find
fellow gay men everywhere he goes, I couldn’t help but like
him. I wasn’t crazy about Alastair, at least at first. He
initially came across as controlling and cold. After a
while I started to like him, but then conflicts made me
wonder if they were going to end up together at all. Anyone
who’s read Ghost of a Chance will be expecting the
bittersweet ending, but even though I was expecting it I was
still unhappy when it came. Overall, Once in a
Lifetime was a pretty good read, but not as good as
Ghost of a Chance. Readers who read and enjoyed
Ghost of a Chance will probably want to pick up
Once in a Lifetime to fill in the blanks of Percy’s
life, however, just as I did.