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Second Chance Grill (Liberty Series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Christine Nolfi
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Welcome to Book Two of The Liberty Series, where the heartwarming stories of love, friendship and family life provide an inspiring second chance for the town’s new doctor and a precocious adolescent.

Dr. Mary Chance needs a sabbatical from medicine to grieve the loss of her closest friend. But when she inherits a struggling restaurant in Liberty, Ohio she isn’t prepared for Blossom Perini. Mary can’t resist falling for the amusing preteen—or the girl’s father. The bond they forge will transform all their lives and set in motion an outpouring of love that spreads across America.

The books of The Liberty Series work as stand-alone novels you may enjoy in any order. Look for the other books in the series: Treasure Me, The Impossible Wish and Four Wishes.

Second Chance Grill is the prequel to Treasure Me, 2012 Next Generation Indie Awards Finalist, which The Midwest Book Review calls “A riveting read for those who enjoy adventure fiction, highly recommended.”

Praise for Treasure Me and The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge:

“Treasure Me is a riveting read for those who enjoy adventure fiction, highly recommended.”
—Susan Bethany, The Midwest Book Review

“The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge is a novel of remarkable, rare substance.”
—Literary Inklings

Editorial Reviews


"Nolfi writes with a richness of heart that is incredibly endearing and totally refreshing." --Book Fetish
"A vastly enjoyable read and a triumphant celebration of love." --Literary Inklings
"Oh my goodness, I loved this book!" --A Book and a Review

About the Author

Award-winning author Christine Nolfi provides readers with heartwarming and inspiring fiction. Her 2011 debut Treasure Me is a Next Generation Indie Awards finalist. The Midwest Book Review lists many of her novels as "highly recommended" and her books have enjoyed bestseller status. She has also written the manual for writers Reviews Sell Books. Visit her at

Product Details

  • File Size: 521 KB
  • Print Length: 319 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1478342226
  • Publisher: Christine Nolfi; 1 edition (January 4, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009Y4ZSFK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,643 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So excited for this series to continue! October 31, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
After the death of her best friend, Mary needs to take a break from her medical practice. She finds herself in Liberty, Ohio, having inherited her aunt's restaurant. Mary decides to reopen the restaurant, and takes on the task of running it, temporarily, until she is able to return to medicine. But, something unexpected happens when Mary befriends a young girl named Blossom, and Blossom's father Anthony. Suddenly, nothing is going as planned, for everyone involved.

I was so excited to learn a second book was being released in this series set in a small Ohio town. Having grown up in a small Ohio town, the setting is one that speaks to me quite deeply. The characters are so vivid, and reminiscent of the people I knew growing up. I really liked Mary's character, I found her genuine and robustly developed. And the interactions between Mary, Blossom, and Anthony are really quite touching.

I liked that this story has the aspects of romance, and passion, but were still moderately tame and in good taste. I also liked that the romance was merely one aspect of the story. There are several subplots which are rich stories in their own right, while still contributing well to the overall story of the novel. The book was an engaging read, prompting me to read it cover to cover in one sitting. I think that this book will appeal to fans of small town stories, as well as romances and dramatic novels. All in all, an excellent read.

I received a review copy courtesy of the author in exchange for an honest review.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heart-warming and emotional January 14, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I stumbled across this book when I was going through the 'fiction humor' charts, and I'm glad that I did! But I must also say that I am a tad baffled as to why this book is listed in 'fiction humor', as, although there were a few moments that made me smile, this is not a humorous book per se. If it is essentially humor you are after, then maybe you should look elsewhere (perhaps try I'm Dreaming of a Wilde Christmas (A laugh-out-loud romantic comedy) which is a very funny romantic comedy). Instead, Second Chance Grill is a very touching, romantic story with good characters (Mary and Blossom) and set in small southern town - which gives the book a nice cosy feel. It's also a compelling read and you can't help but feel good at the end of it! Not my usual sort of read, but I'm glad I came across it. Because this is a prequel, I will certainly consider reading 'Treasure Me' in the not so distant future.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging romantic read! November 2, 2012
By Megan
Format:Kindle Edition
What a great book! I really enjoyed this one. It is an emotional and heart warming story about second chances and being open to life's journey, even when it derails all your carefully laid plans. The characters are large as life and you can't help but love them. The story takes place in a fictional small town in North East Ohio which was great fun for me, being from Ohio myself. You really get a feel for the town and the people who live there and it all just comes alive. All in all, I loved this book and look forward to the next one. I labeled this an adult book because it is a romance with some discussion of sex but it is nowhere near as graphic as most romances. It could easily be read by almost anyone.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just What I Needed! December 30, 2012
Brought to my attention by my Goodreads book club moderator, this book and author have now been pushed to the top of my favorites list. At the time our book club was scheduled to start this read, I had a lot going on in my personal life and really didn't feel like I had the time to read this one. But the fact that the author herself was taking time out of her busy life to chat with us throughout the read influenced me to take the plunge. And I couldn't be more glad that I did.

Author Christine Nolfi truly has a talent for creating characters brimming with personality. Her use of dialog tics is outstanding, especially when it came to sweet little Blossom. Only a couple pages after being introduced to the precious sixth grader, I felt such a connection with Blossom. So funny, stubborn, and strong. She quickly had my heart: a connection that caused me to blubber and bawl a number of times as if she were my own child.

Having been born and raised in a small town myself, I easily connected with and related to several other characters throughout the book, especially Theodora and Ethel Lynn. When reading their dialog, images of some "old biddies" (and I say that lovingly) in my hometown easily came to mind. Nolfi has informed our group that characters such as Theodora and Meade are explored further throughout the series, so I will most definitely be on the lookout for the rest of her works of art to become available.

If you're looking for a light, heartwarming read that is still full of meaning, I highly recommend Second Chance Grill. It had me laughing out loud one moment and wiping away tears the next, which is an effect that very few books have ever had on me. Second Chance Grill ended up being just what I needed at this time in my life: a reminder to slow down, ground my perspective a bit, and focus on the important things in and friends...and being there for them no matter what
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Heart-warming read... December 31, 2012
By Zed
Format:Kindle Edition
I found this an adorable read, it was cute, entertaining and truly heartwarming; a book packed with emotions.

The story begins with a young doctor taking a sabbatical from her medical career by setting up the restaurant that her aunt had left her. Mary is re-opening the restaurant diner to keep herself busy and help herself overcome the loss of her bestfriend and almost-sister Sadie, who died in an accident.

I enjoyed reading about Mary because she sounded genuine, with her attempts to fit into this new town that did not trust her, especially since her cook had given half the town food poisoning on opening day! Mary has her own battles between following her heart or standing by her responsibilities.

And in enters Blossom, an 11 year old girl who is mentally older than her years. Blossom's mother left her when she was very young so her Italian father, Anthony, brought her up. The father-daughter relationship is fun to read as there are times when Anthony isn't sure how to react with his daughter's adolescent behaviour.

I felt very connected to Blossom. Her mischievious ways and snarky yet adoring comments could charm anyone and she won my affection entirely. Blossom tries to set her dad up with Mary for her dad and herself since she does not have a mother.

The growing friendship and love between the two felt very real and touched me. Mary's feeling of hopelessness when cancer attacks Blossom again almost made me cry. Almost.

Overall a touching and delightful read and a great way to end 2012!
Zed (:
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It was okay. A little too much romance for me
Published 11 days ago by PK Hampton
4.0 out of 5 stars Read Book Two First!
One would assume that, though the review says each book stands alone, it would make sense to read them in numerical order. Wrong! Read more
Published 22 days ago by P. Hirst
4.0 out of 5 stars A Heartwarming Story
This was such a good book. The characters capture your heart and you don't want to put the book down. I was holding my breath near the end.
Published 1 month ago by mom2boys
5.0 out of 5 stars Start with Book #1, but this is a great sequel.
It has been a while since I read this book, but I recall it and book #1 very well. This is just a good read!! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Susan L. Carrier
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read!!
This was my very first Nolfi book - So wasn't sure what to expect when I started it. I literally stayed up half the night just to finish this awesome book! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ashley Irby
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this series!
I'm not going to give you a synopsis of the plot, as many already have. I will leave you with my impressions.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Elaine
5.0 out of 5 stars A Really Great Read!
I absolutely loved this book. It takes place in Liberty, a quaint and lovely little town full of very shall we say interesting people. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mary Hoffmann
5.0 out of 5 stars Second Chance Grill
Mary Chance(love the last name) has inherited the Second Chance Grill. This dovetails nicely with the fact that she is dealing with the loss of her best friend and colleague,... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
After her best friend Sadie Goldstein is killed, dashing their plans to take over the clinic in Cincinnati, Dr. Mary Chance is looking for solace. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Laurel-Rain Snow
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
Good summer read. Strong characters variety and humor were great . Would enjoy a sequel expanding on the folks we've met
Published 6 months ago by lora letterman
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Award-winning author Christine Nolfi provides readers with heartwarming and inspiring fiction. Her 2011 debut Treasure Me is a Next Generation Indie Awards finalist. The Midwest Book Review lists many of her novels as "highly recommended" and her books have enjoyed bestseller status. She has also written the manual for writers Reviews Sell Books. Visit her at

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