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The Second Chance Café (A Hope Springs Novel) Kindle Edition

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From Publishers Weekly

Veteran romance author Kent (Undeniable) inaugurates a small-town series set in Hope Springs, Tex., the kind of place where people remember Kaylie Flynn by name when she comes back after 10 years away. She left as a newly emancipated foster child; now she's a college-educated woman with one successful business built and another taking shape in her mind. The gorgeous but deteriorating Victorian house that was her refuge in childhood will be renovated and opened to the town as a lunch café – if the surprises in those old walls and Kaylie's own secrets don't bring her plans crashing down. Shoring up the dream is building contractor Tennessee Keller, a man with a troubled family history of his own and a determination not to mix business and pleasure. Girl talk, brownie recipes and a goofy dog named Magoo complete this pleasant confection with the right balance of hope and memory, tears and sizzle.

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Fans of womanly romances set in small communities where outsiders become family, as in Robyn Carr's Virgin River series or Cathie Linz's Serenity Falls series, will enjoy this first installment in the Hope Springs series. Kaylie Flynn returns to Hope Springs, Texas, where she had lived with a wonderful fosterfamily from age 10 to 18. After success in Austin as a baker, Kaylie, accompanied by her enormous dog, Magoo, moves into the only real home she had growing up, intent on turning it into a unique lunch place.  The huge, old Victorian house needs work, so she hires Tennessee "Ten" Keller, who is committed to family but estranged from his own. Her new friend, Luna, a celebrity weaver, sends a potential chef to her door but doesn’t reveal a secret he has involving Kaylie. The prolific Kent introduces a cast of good-hearted folks with interesting, practical, and unusual talents, who readers will enjoy getting to know and visiting in future titles. Luna's story is slated for a fall release. — Diana Tixier Herald

Product Details

  • File Size: 821 KB
  • Print Length: 358 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1611097894
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance (March 5, 2013)
  • Publication Date: March 5, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0091TMCE8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,993 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

A native Texan, Alison sold one of the first of her over fifty published works live on the "Isn't It Romantic?" episode of CBS 48 Hours. The resulting book, CALL ME, was a Romantic Times finalist for Best First Series Book. Alison's book, A LONG, HARD RIDE, part of Harlequin's 60th Anniversary celebration, was nominated for an RT Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Harlequin Blaze of 2009. STRIPTEASE, a 2003 release from Harlequin Blaze and part of her popular gIRL-gEAR series, was also an RT Reviewer's Choice Award nominee.

Her 2005 Kensington Brava release, THE BEACH ALIBI, was a nominee for the national Quill Awards, sponsored by Reed Business Information. Alison is also the author of THE COMPLETE IDIOT'S GUIDE TO WRITING EROTIC ROMANCE, and her 2009 novel, NO LIMITS, was a Cosmopolitan Magazine Red Hot Read. THE SECOND CHANCE CAFE, the first in her Hope Springs series from Amazon Montlake, was a 2014 RITA finalist in contemporary romance.

If there's a better career out there than writing, she doesn't want to know about it, as she's quite happy putting pen to paper in the backyard of her Texas home. That's where she lives with her petroleum geologist husband, three rescue dogs, and a colony of not-quite-feral cats, battling the heat each year to raise a bumper crop of tomatoes and jalapeno peppers.

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90 of 95 people found the following review helpful By Quirky Girl VINE VOICE on February 27, 2013
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Finally - an author who doesn't use cliches as a won't find any "her eyes sparkled like a diamond" in this charming story - what you will find is an immediate like-able character in Kaylie and an author who uses description like Paula Deen uses butter (creatively and deliciously). There was "chemistry" between Kaylie and Tennessee "Ten" and instead of relying on graphic description for love scenes - the author does a great job allowing the reader to use their own imagination (I'm so tried of vulgar descriptions!). Thankfully, The Second Chance Cafe is a romantic, sweet, story with some mystery. The town was as much a character in the book and it reminded me of Stars Hollow from "Gilmore Girls."
Loved it.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Shelly Itkin VINE VOICE on March 13, 2013
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I was not prepared for such a delightful and heartwarming story as the one Alison Kent has written. The Second Chance Café had me hooked from page one and hope to read many other books by her.

This book introduces, Kaylie, a foster child who has spent most of her life in foster care. After going from one foster home to another, Kalie arrives at May and Winton's home and remains their for eight years. It is the best home she has ever been placed in and now she is returning to Hope Springs with her dog Magoo, to open a café in her former home.

This story is beautifully written and you will almost think you know the characters. Life has not been easy for Kalie but she had a dream and now is trying to make it come true. She returns to the home she shared with May and Winton for eight wonderful years.

Kalyie has worked hard, graduated from college and had owned the Sweet Shoppe before returning to Hope Springs. What Kaylie is not prepared for are surprises about her past, who her parents were and why she ended up in foster care? Along the way she meets people she had gone to school with, meets new friends and might actually have time for finding "Mr Right" which is something she has never even thought about.

The Second Chance Café had me hooked from page one and hope to read many other books by her. A truly wonderful story and one I was sad to finish as I wanted more and you will too.
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Pamerd on March 8, 2013
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Kaylie Flynn has lived all her life waiting for something to happen, wondering if her mother or father was ever coming to get her, wondering when was she going to her next foster home and when she turned eighteen she wondered how long before her foster parents would kick her out. But by that time, she was done wondering what was going to happen to her and made her own things happen. She left Hope Springs and her heartache behind, moving on with her life. Ten years later she is back, the proud owner of a three story Victorian house, the one she had spent the best years of her life in. She came back to Hope Springs, Texas to find the answers she is still wondering about.

Ten years ago Kaylie left Hope Springs; she was eighteen and afraid of the rejection she knew was coming now that she was too old to be in foster care. She had loved the eight years she spent with May and Winton Wise, they were wonderful to her, however she was always waiting for the next thing.

When Kaylie was twelve, May introduced her to brownies and she has never looked back, after graduating from college, she opened the Sweet Spot and for over four year, it was a great business for her. And although she left town because she did not want to miss what she could no longer have, thinking it would all disappear, it took her a while to realize that May and Winton were always there for her and would seek her out over the years.

When she was ready, she sold her business in Austin and paid cash for the house, finally coming home. She planned to open a café called Two Owls Café, a place for people to gather and enjoy themselves during the hours of 10 and 2 each day. She also had another reason for moving back to town, to find out what happened to her parents.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Js VINE VOICE on February 5, 2013
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Three and a half stars, really.

This is my first reading of an Alison Kent book. I liked a lot about it. The town, the characters, the author's attention to detail and way of telling the story drew me in and made me want to keep reading. But I just could not get my head around one of the major premises. Why would someone who has been looking for a particular person for years not rejoice when that person is finally found? Especially if that person seems to be mentally balanced and a contributing, normal member of society. I felt the author never gave a good reason why this main plot point was one of such angst instead of happiness. Yes, she attempted to address the subject, but not when it was needed in the plot, and it was never convincing.

That aside, I enjoyed the overall story and was interesting in finding out what would happen next. I will probably read more of Alison Kent's books, and I hope the characters emotions do not end up feeling so plot-driven.

This is definitely worth a try.

(Mrs. JS)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K M B on April 30, 2014
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The setting and story idea are lovely. However, my problem with this book is that the author tends to ramble on too much (e.g. internal dialogue etc) rather than just getting on with the story. I tried several times to read this book, but I kept giving up because it became too boring and onerous to read. I often forgot what was happening in the scenes I was reading because of the lengthy prattle. In the end, I gave it up for good after only reading half of it.
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