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Second Time Around: A Christian Romance Novel (the Lewis Legacy Series, Book Two) Paperback – September 15, 2011


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Torn Veil Books (September 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1926712358
  • ISBN-13: 978-1926712352
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,271,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I like to say I've "been around" in the nicest possible sense. Meaning I've lived in several states in this great country, and I've lived long enough to have gained a certain amount of hard-earned wisdom. I've always heard to "write what you know." My debut novel, Awakening (November 2010), is the beginning of The Lewis Legacy Series, and is loosely based on my love story with my husband, Jim. Subsequent releases in The Lewis Legacy Series include Second Time Around (September 2011), Twin Hearts (April 2012) and Daydreams (December 2012). The fifth book in the series, Moonbeams, released in June 2014. Many more installments are planned for the series!

Catching Serenity, a full-length, standalone novel, released in September 2013. A novella, Echoes of Edinburgh, is set to release in late September 2014. I also have two fun Christmas novellas in the Starlight Christmas Saga: Meet Me Under the Mistletoe and Starlight, Star Bright. The third and final installment of the series, Sleigh Ride Together with You, is planned for a November 2014 release.

All of the above-mentioned full-length books (not the novellas, however) are available in both eBook and paperback editions. I like to call my books contemporary Christian romantic adventures and are slightly longer in length and more "outside the box" of traditional "formula" romance with elements of romance, a little mystery here and there, emotion, drama and an abundance of humor along with showing how God works in the lives of my characters.

Thank you for checking out my Author Page on Amazon, and happy reading! Many blessings to you.

Customer Reviews

By JoAnn Durgin Again I'm amazed at JoAnn's writing!
Larik Burci
I really enjoyed reading both Awakening and Second Time Around (and stayed up way too late several nights because I simply could not put either book down).
Rhonda
I love that your books challenge us in our own life and our personal walk with God.
(Sunshine) Judy K Burgi

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By NoelaN on February 28, 2012
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Second Time Around is the deeply moving and beautiful love story of Marc and Natalie, in finding themselves again, learning to trust in God, and re-discovering their shared love, as Natalie slowly recovers from a terrible accident that left her void of any memories of her new husband Marc. As with JoAnn Durgin's first book in the series, Awakening, I couldn't put this one down either! Her stories draw you in from the moment you begin reading and have you fully immersed in the deep and rich character's lives as you go on their journey with them. JoAnn's stories are THE most romantic, inspiring, AND fun stories that I've read in a very long time! I absolutely cannot wait until her next book is released!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bsharpton on December 17, 2011
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Second Time Around's storyline has a great mixture of forgiveness, persistence, friendship, hope, and most of all love. Mrs. Durgin did a great job demonstrating that to have a true romance between a man and a woman, God must be in COMPLETE control. This book reminded me that God uses things that happen in our life that we view as "bad" to bring us to a place that we will be more open to hearing His voice. You will not regret purchasing this book, in fact, you'll be anxiously awaiting the next one! If you haven't read Mrs. Durgin's Awakening which is the first book in this series, you should seriously consider making that purchase as well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Susan Fryman on February 13, 2013
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A wonderful addition to The Lewis Legacy Series. This is a deeply moving book. Even though this is fiction, amazing courting and marriage lessons are taught here. I have so many favorite parts of this book, I can't begin to include them all. This book had it all for me: God, romance and adventure. We continue to get acquainted with Sam and Lexa and the other TeamWork Missions group. The setting in Boston and Montana are written so well, they're vivid in your mind's eye. JoAnn Durgin does such a wonderful job writing that while I'm reading I can see everything vividly. Looking forward to reading the rest in the series and looking forward to reading more books by this Godly, Christ filled author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By (Sunshine) Judy K Burgi on April 17, 2012
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Marc Thompson and his wife Natalie have been married for two months when Natalie has a nasty fall going down the stairs to the basement. When Natalie finally regains consciousness in the hospital she doesn't even remember Marc. He is a complete stranger to her.

Marc is a Christian man but his faith and trust is being tested and stretched to the limit. His concern is for Natalie and even tells God he will fight him to get her back.

There are many ups and downs trying to live a normal life once Natalie is released from the hospital. How can she live with a man she doesn't even know let alone be married to him? Both Natalie and Marc are put in an awkward position. Natalie decides it is best for her to move out.

With the suggestion from Marc and Natalie's pastor he contacts Sam and Lexa Lewis of TeamWork Missions. Sam suggests that Marc and Natalie work with him and Lexa on a short term mission near Helena , Montana . Since Natalie has volunteered her services to several TeamWork Missions in the past Sam thought maybe this would help with the return of her memory.

Does Natalie regain her memory? Does she forgive Marc for some things in his past that he has never told her about? Does she even love Marc?

I am for marriage 100%; so I rooted from my living room sofa for Marc and Natalie every step of the way. I cried with the characters in this book. I cried for the characters in this book. Many I have come to love.

This book was an emotional one for me. It touched me in a way that opened my eyes up to some things happening in my own life. Ouch! That hurt. I had to acknowledge that I needed to let go and let God be in control.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christine Lindsay on September 28, 2012
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I read Second Time Around by JoAnn Durgin on a long flight home, and didn't want to put it down. I read till I was bleary-eyed and finished it.

This contemporary romance is a book I highly recommend to women from the ages of 20 to 45 because not only is the story heart-wrenching, but it teaches in a gentle manner how to fall in love again with your spouse. Older female readers will enjoy it for the simple romantic enjoyment.

The author hooked me from the start as newly married Natalie Thompson falls and suffers a brain injury. Much of her recent memory has gone, and she no longer remembers Marc Thompson, the man she's been married to for only 8 weeks.

This is a Christian romance--not in that its characters are perfect and have halos around their heads, but that they know how the painful things in life can stretch their faith to the limit---especially if that character has only been a Christian for a few years, like Marc. In the story he finds that the secrets he's kept from his former life now affect whether or not his wife will ever love him again.

On an interesting note, this book is about 70 % written from Marc's point of view--a refreshing change.

This is a book with great depth and reality to its romance, and deals with tough issues. It is also book 2 in the Lewis Legacy series, and we catch up with characters, Sam and Lexa from the author's first book Awakening.

I thoroughly enjoyed this journey with Marc and Natalie Thompson.
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