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Shelly's Second Chance (The Wish Granters Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

L B Gschwandtner
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Book Description

A story about taking a chance on love.*

Shelly Wagner is in trouble but her fiancé, Ben, doesn’t know it. Broke and ready to gamble her last dollar on a Super Lotto ticket, she really needs some help.

It arrives in the form of Joe and Alanna—Wish Granters from another world. One problem: it’s their very first assignment and they’re fairly clueless about their new wish granting powers and how to best use them. Plus they have a few things to work out in their own lives—if only they were still among the living. They want to return to earth, but can only get back by helping Shelly first.

After Joe and Alanna show up, Shelly’s life takes a drastic turn. So drastic that Shelly sees she may have been wishing for the wrong thing all along.

Is Shelly doomed or will Joe and Alanna help her squeak through? And, once they grant her wish, will she truly be able to turn her life around?

The Wish Granters: They’ll grant your wish, but the rest is up to you.

From a Blogger's Review:
Chandler and Swan weave a beautiful story about tough choices within this novel. As the reader, you are quickly drawn into the bright lights, big city feel of what Shelly wants, but you also know this won't be the way she solves her problems. Even while reading, the subconscious constantly nags at you for Shelly - you know this can't be the way her life will be. This is the result of great writing, to make the reader feel what the characters feel - want for them, hurt for them, laugh at them, love them. Shelly's journey is one we all know too well - the desire for a quick fix. Chandler and Swan help us all see that a "quick fix" will not change our destiny - we must change ourselves.

Also by LB Gschwandtner: The Naked Gardener, Page Truly and The Journey To Nearandfar, Maybelle's Revenge, Foxy's Tale (with Karen Cantwell) & Megan's New Year (with Hope Chandler)

Product Details

  • File Size: 315 KB
  • Print Length: 197 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1468007610
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #593,893 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This one's a winner!! February 9, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I had high hopes for this story because of all the five-star reviews and I am happy to say that Shelley's Second Chance met and even surpassed my expectations. Both the writing and editing were excellent and the imagery was both vivid and believable. All the characters had well-developed and three-dimensional personalities. Joe and Alanna (the Wish Granters) and Morgan (their boss) were totally original and I can't wait to read more about them to see how their relationships develop in the next books of this series. Shelley and Ben learn that a loving commitment is the only thing worth wishing for after a difficult journey that made for wonderful reading. This story really made an impression on me and pulled on my heartstrings, especially with the surprise ending. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a charming romantic fantasy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Made Treadmill Time More Pleasant November 19, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Over a year after buying my first Kindle, it finally hit me in late October (yes, just a few weeks ago) that I could actually sit it on the little ledge on the control panel made for books. Not sure how it would work out, I was surprised after I started reading Shelly's Second Chance, to find that nearly ten minutes had passed. This was the point where I was usually ready to give up because I was bored out of my mind. To my further surprise, within about a week, I'd worked up to 25 minutes...because I wanted to see what happened next in the story...and I'd decided the first night to make this book my 'treadmill book.'

Obviously it was good enough that I started spending a lot more time on that piece of exercise equipment.

Why? Because it involves death...or maybe death, because we're not quite sure whether Joe and Alanna are entirely dead, or just on the verge of being dead. It also involves Shelly, a woman with a serious gambling problem. Honestly, I didn't especially like Shelly throughout most of the was the wish granters who held my interest the most. And their guide, who apparently has a strong resemblance to Morgan Freeman.

There is also Shelly's fiance Ben, who I wasn't too sure about for the first half of the book. Fortunately both characters turned out to be people I could like and respect if they were real. Both of them grew and changed throughout the story, though it took some drastic circumstances to bring it about. Still, without motivation, no one would change, and I thought both were handled in realistic ways.

When we're first introduced to Joe and Alanna, they don't remember much about their lives on earth, but begin to recall some things as the pages turn.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun read that also makes you think April 8, 2012
By Doris
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a terrific book about choices. About telling the truth to your fiance and even to yourself. Shelly, the "heroine" and I say it like that because she's a flawed but likeable girl who's gotten herself into a jam, thinks her problem is money but it's really that she doesn't know what matters in life. In this time when so many people are playing the lottery and looking for a quick fix, this book is right on the money. It gets its point across without being preachy and in fact it's funny. Alanna and Joe are the wish granters who have been stuck together by their boss Morgan, a godlike figure named on his resemblance to Morgan Freeman. The three of them are an interesting team who I assume will travel through all the books in the series granting the wishes of women and maybe teaching them a little about life as they go.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it December 13, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I very much enjoyed this book. Characters are well developed and the reader cares about them. I eagerly await the next one.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting start for a new series January 17, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I borrowed this book from the Amazon Prime lending library but ended up buying the second book.

This book introduces us to the Wish Granters and their boss they've named Morgan. In the very beginning it was a little confusing, but stick with it! This book is a great start to what I am hoping becomes a series with a lot of titles.

The main characters are finding their way as Wish Granters and finding more out about themselves along the way but what I liked best about this book was the fact that it really made me feel good. There is a lot of truth also in the book - truth about what's important in life etc.

Give it a try and you won't be sorry!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another fun read October 8, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I read these books out of order, having downloaded book 2 when it was offered for free. I enjoyed that one enough that I sought out the first book in the series. I'm happy to say, I enjoyed this one as well. My only complaint was that the editor seemed to have given up around 77% of the book, and suddenly there were quite a number of typos. They weren't major, and didn't take me out of the story, perhaps because I was already so far into the book, but there were there nonetheless.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool premise May 31, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the first, excellent installment of a promising series called "The Wish Granters". The premise is that people who kind of, but don't really die, wind up in Transition. Here, they are paired up and given assignments. One possibility is to become a Wish Granter--self-explanatory!

The woman in her late twenties who is to be granted a wish, and therefore her second chance, is called Shelly. She has a stack of overdue bills in her bottom drawer, and a boyfriend who is never there for her. She tries to beat the lottery, using a probability algorithm that doesn't work. So, if anyone were ever in need of a Wish Granter, it's her. As I read the early chapters of this novella, I was expecting a rather sentimental story in the vein of the Twilight Zone episode "Mr. Bevis". However, this turned out to be smart and funny, and not predictable.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good.
It was a different kind of read that turned out good. Maybe there is room for a sequel. I would read it.
Published 21 days ago by Bigteees
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved the storyline...
I received this book as a Goodreads "first reads", all opinions offered are mine alone.

This is a cute, "offbeat" story. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Rachel Hilton
2.0 out of 5 stars Just ok
This read was ok, nothing offensive, but not memorable. I probably wouldn't read any more in the series. Maybe I should give it a "second chance?"
Published 18 months ago by J. Lewis
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
very well written. kept me interested to see what happens. the ending not-it left you hanging. hope there is a second book
Published 20 months ago by Rosemary Vincent
2.0 out of 5 stars Creative plot, but slow
Although the plot was creative, and the story line rather interesting, I found the story to be slow and the writing very basic.
Published 21 months ago by zzz
5.0 out of 5 stars Be careful what you wish for!
Shelly has problems. She is broke and unable to beat her addiction to gambling, and on top of it her relationship with her fiancé is in serious trouble. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Christa Polkinhorn
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It
This was a very good story about two people who died and went into another realm. They didn't know why and couldn't remember their past life. Read more
Published 21 months ago by barbara cates
5.0 out of 5 stars Wishes for learning
Sometimes getting your wish isn't what you want even if it's granted by supposed angels (?)' Are they angels or what?
Published 23 months ago by Carol
4.0 out of 5 stars What if wishes were granted?
"Is that the wish we grant her? Directions to easy street?" This is the dilemma that Alanna and Joe must confront. Read more
Published 24 months ago by David Clarke
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice cozy romantic fantasy
If you happen to like a light romantic comedy/fantasy with a "feel-good" touch, this book is well worth considering. Shelley and Ben are in love, and they have agreed to marry. Read more
Published on May 24, 2013 by Ian J. Miller
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Hi and thanks for visiting with me.
My work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. I've received awards from the Writer's Digest and the Lorian Hemingway short fiction competitions.
My books, The Naked Gardener, Page Truly and The Journey To Nearandfar, Maybelle's Revenge, and Shelly's Second Chance, are available for Kindle at Some are also available in print.
I'm an avid kayaker (touring) and grew up fishing in the Florida Keys.
Here's a tidbit of interest. My husband proposed on our first and only date and we were married five weeks later.
I hope you enjoy my books.

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