- File Size: 3672 KB
- Print Length: 133 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1944203931
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Forget Me Not Romances, a division of Winged Publications (January 25, 2017)
- Publication Date: January 25, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MSBMKEP
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Is her attraction to political journalist Marc desperation, or is it real? With her history, how can Traci tell? And given those who have lied to him in the past, and his current responsibilities, will Marc open his heart up to her?
Alexis Goring’s novel, A Second Chance, starts off with an intriguing premise. How will Traci and Marc sort through all the issues as they build a relationship? This is exactly the kind of romance I enjoy (I’m normally a suspense gal, of course). Their faith issues play an important role in their relationship, as well. And you know what, in real life, this is how it is for Christians, working out their relationship with God as they navigate the challenges of life. This is what made Goring’s novel such a good read. The faith aspect was real, not contrived, not ignored, not glossed-over. Again, this is the way it is for real Christians in a real world. We get to sit back and watch Traci and Marc unravel the knots of their lives to see if their lives can be knotted together in a good way.
The writing itself is another excellent aspect of A Second Chance. Goring is a smooth writer, skillfully weaving the subplots (Marc’s sister and her kids, and Traci’s financial situation) into the main love story plot, and hitting all the awww moments romance readers crave. Skillfully, I have to add — those awww moments are neither forced, nor are they so sweet they give you a tummy ache. Well done!
What did I not like about A Second Chance? I felt the relationship between Traci and her mother, while not ignored, was given short shrift, especially given her grandfather’s mandate that her mother approve her marriage. She does approve, of course, but this could’ve been a source of tension, though Traci and her mom get along well, that would have enriched the story. Of course, it would’ve lengthened it, too, and it is just about perfect, length-wise. A tough balance for any writer.
Goring’s intriguing premise, and her adroit weaving of the subplots, and the adept heart-touching awww moments make the reader’s day.
I highly recommend it!
The characters were probably the strongest point. As people, I felt they were unique individuals, and I appreciated that the best friends were written (I think) to be Latinx. I especially liked the love interest's niece and nephew. Each main character had a solid network of friends and family outside each other, which is often lacking in romance novels. That independence, present more towards the beginning of the story, was valuable.
However, the plot leaves a lot to be desired. I felt like most of the controversy and drama was contrived. Honestly, it felt to me like the biggest roadblocks to the happily ever after were the characters making ridiculous mountains out of basic miscommunications.
The romance felt off, too. I think the biggest weakness here is a lack of show, don't tell. Past the halfway point of the book, Marc and Traci start to reference things they know about each other, but we never got to see them learning those things. They talk about their feelings, but we didn't see those feelings develop—they just sort of popped into existence.
This ties into pacing problems. Marc and Traci seem smitten with each other before they've even spoken. Not just "oh, he's cute"—no, I mean imagining a future family smitten. This over-the-top emoting gets worse after their actual first date. Then we skip ahead to all the Big Plot Drama, when what we (or at least I) really want to see is their blossoming relationship. Not to mention, both main characters and their best friends take minor miscommunications or potential concerns wayyyyyy too seriously without actually discussing things through.
Another issue I found was that exposition was handled poorly. Information that should have been built up to was dropped at the beginning, and things that were built up either took too long to reveal or felt unsatisfying or incomplete when they were brought up. There's never actually any discussion about the best friend with whom Traci's finance ran away. Similarly, we're told over and over that Marc's exes have hurt him, but we never learn details.
I think this book has merit. I think the characters are real enough to shine, when given the chance. But I felt like they were being led from Point A to Point B through a preconceived outline, in a story that made little sense most of the time. If the story focused less on their needs for a "second chance" or all the reasons they wouldn't work (which seemed blown out of proportion to me), then Marc and Traci's actual romance could have been something beautiful.
I received a free e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.
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