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Second on the Right Paperback – March 15, 2014
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About the Author
Elizabeth uses writing as therapy, her release from everyday stress. At night, after work and once the children are finally tucked in bed, for the fifth time, she sits at her laptop and lets her imagination flow. Elizabeth has produced short stories, one of which will be published in an anthology. She had a blast writing Sherlock Holmes fan fiction story entitled A Case of Need, based on the BBC’s Sherlock. By July 2011, her first novel, Second on the Right, had been completed. She spent several years polishing the story in order to provide a high quality product to the public. Second on the Right is her first professional novel.
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This book had me all over the place with my emotions! I was happy, I was sad, I was creeped out, I was grossed out, and most importantly, I was entertained. Although this story was romantic, I cannot really classify this as a romance, and that is a good thing. The romance was there, but it didn’t overpower the actual story-line, it enhanced it. Eileen’s’ relationship with the two very different captains was simply one aspect of a very immersive and multidimensional fairy tale. Along with the romance, there was mystery, action, magic, a sprinkling of horror, and plenty of drama, and that, my dear fellow readers, is the formula for a great book!
The story built up slowly over a long period of time. Not only do the three main characters travel back and forth between present day and the past, but they spend years in each time period growing and changing. I always appreciate it when a story takes it’s time, but all of that build up needs to be leading somewhere or else the entire journey will feel like a let down. Although there was not a really grand climactic scene near the end of this book, things did pick up about 60% into the story, and they never slowed down. Everything prior to that final 40% was entertaining and necessary, but there were fewer exciting scenes. Let me be clear, THIS BOOK WAS NEVER BORING, but it focused on the personal growth of its characters.
In fact, a lot of the excitement in this story came from drama not action. Eileen is a very intelligent but timid young woman who is thrust into a nautical adventure because of a mistake her ancestor made long before she was ever born. But just before she begins this adventure, she meets a man named James Benedict; and throughout the course of the book, we find out that they have a lot more in common than just their initial attraction for each other. Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on who you ask, James and Eileen don’t get to spend more than a few awkward moments together before she is magically thrown back in time and into the sometimes rough, sometimes gentle, but always open arms of Captain Robert Benedict.
After I started reading it seemed like I might be dealing with a love triangle so, I did something that I haven’t done in a while. I read a few the reviews of this book hoping I would stumble upon a clue about just how conflicted Eileen would be while choosing between these two men. One thing that I noticed is that although I found some very well written and enthusiastic reviews, no one gave me any clues or major spoilers! And now I know why. The most enjoyable aspect of reading Second on the Right, was dealing with the unknown. Will Eileen fall in love with both James and Robert? Is Robert a complicated but good man or a pirate through and through? How on earth will a sensitive, charming, and somewhat coddled man like James end up being Captain Hook? And why oh why is Peter Pan so creepy?! Heck, there are even a few questions that I asked myself while reading that I cannot share with you. This is just one of those books that is best experienced spoiler free. However, I can assure you that most if not all of your questions will be answered.
My only issue with the story was the abruptness of the ending. For a different book, it would not have been an abrupt ending, but this book really messed with my head and kept me guessing. All the ending did was make me smile. (Yes, you read that last statement correctly.) The ending had me grinning from ear to ear, and I even got that warm tingly feeling that I always get at the end of a good fairy tale, but this book took the traditional fairy tale and gave it a pretty awesome makeover. I guess I just expected the ending to screw with the fairy tale formula the way the rest of the story did. The complaint is minor, but I wanted a little bit more out of the ending.
Even though the book is more about adventure and story telling, the romance is there, and I want to spend some time on it.
Both Robert and James are in love with Eileen, and in a way, she loves both of them. It never read like a traditional “love triangle”, it was made very clear who she loved, but her feelings were complicated.
When Eileen is transported back in time and onto “The Mistral Thief”, Robert treats her with as much tenderness as he can manage even though it doesn’t come naturally to him. Both of these relationships have their adorable moments.
I especially enjoyed reading about Robert’s feelings for Eileen. It’s as though the fact that he can care for, respect, and be attracted to a woman all at the same time is more than his brain can comprehend. It isn’t love at first sight, but his feelings for her run deep and only get stronger over time. I have a theory that James would not have loved Eileen as much as he did had it not been for the time she spent with Robert. Working on The Mistral Thief, and winning the friendship, loyalty, and respect of a man like him, gave Eileen so much confidence, that she was a much different woman when she and James actually got to know one another.
James falls for Eileen the moment he meets her on a cruise, but it took her a little bit longer to warm up to him. As the story progressed, I always felt like his feelings for her were stronger, and that’s not a bad thing. He loved her in that intense, never-ending, all-encompassing way. He definitely “got hit by the thunder bolt” when he met her. I’m sure some people complain when they read about an unrealistic love like that, in fact I’ve complained when I’ve read about love like that, but I liked the way it was written in this story. It just fit. James should have loved her more because loving Eileen is what inspired him to make it through a lot of horrible things, and fighting for her was what he did best. Plus, sometimes it’s nice to read about a guy going the extra mile for the woman he loves.
If you are like me and dislike love triangles, this book will not be difficult for you to read. I was very upset more than once when I felt the man Eileen did not belong with was overstepping his bounds, but the story progresses in such a way that she is with the man she belongs with when she is supposed to be with him. Everything happens at the right time.
Lastly,I don’t know if this is a spoiler or not, but I have been trying so hard to give a thoughtful and detailed review without spoiling, that I think I’m owed a small spoiler…
Peter Pan is such a great villain! I hated him so much, and LOVED hating him so much! I have never wished so hard for the death of a beloved Disney character in my life, and I had a blast reading about all of his naughtiness. He had a sick sense of humor and childishness that accompanied his pure evil, and it was definitely a winning combination.
There is so much that I have not touched on that I enjoyed about this story, but like I said, it would spoil things for you so you’re just going to have to trust me on this one. If you like adventures with a little romance and magical mysteries. Second on the Right will not disappoint.
Because of violence and very mild sexual content, I would recommend this book for ages 14 and up.
In "Second On The Right," we are introduced to James Robert Benedict. He's reluctantly getting ready to board a cruise ship. His family has been after him to meet someone and settle down. After many failed attempts of blind dates, the felt that he might meet his future wife on a cruise.
Eileen Davis is also getting ready to take a vacation of a lifetime. She's won a cruise in a drawing and she is now ready to get away from everything that has been bringing her down. She has let so many people walk over her, take advantage of her generosity and her relationship just ended. This is going to be a perfect opportunity to find herself and start a new life focusing on her wants and desires.
James is standing all of sudden sets his sights on the crowd of people boarding the ship when he spies this beautiful woman approaching. As she is rushing past him, she suddenly stops. It's at this moment that James decides to step up and seize this moment. He speaks to her. Only problem is that his words aren't coming out correctly. Everything he says is not what he wants. It's like he has lost control over his mouth.
Eileen is taken aback by the fact that he is even speaking to her. She finds him attractive, but it's unbelievable that a man a good-looking as him would even speak to her. However, she feels herself drawn to him for some reason or other...hmmm?
It's when the two get an opportunity to meet after the safety instructions that James decides that it's now or never with this woman. Trying to carry on a conversation, he can't get his words to come out right again! Only thing that he knows is that he wants to meet this woman and get to know her.
When Eileen seeks refuge in her cabin, a chain of events begin to cause her question her sanity. As she is sleeping, a storm blows in. The engines on the ship stop working. Eileen has forgotten to lock her sliding glass door on her balcony and has now been thrust into the ocean to perish. It's when she awakens in the ocean, she realizes she isn't wearing her bed-clothes. Wearing 1600 clothing, a jacket, pants and shirt, she can't figure out what in the world is going on. It's when a wooden ancient looking ship approaches that she starts to question what is going on. Once on the ship, Captain Robert James Benedict starts to interrogate her and how she ended up floating out in the middle of the water.
While on Mistral Thief, she learns that she has went back in time to 1641. Captain Benedict has been told by a witch that he will find a woman who lead him to many hidden treasures. Taking this information into account, he begins to realize that Eileen is said woman. Once he has her in his quarters, he tries to figure out what she knows and how to extract the hidden treasure information. Only problem is, she doesn't know.
It's only through time on the Mistral Thief that Eileen starts to forge a friendship with all her shipmates. She has been tasked with many chores. She has to earn her keep in order to stay on the ship. Days turn into months and she realizes that she isn't going to be going back to her own time. The only thing that she knows to do is start creating a new Eileen that will become a stronger and more powerful woman.
In the meantime in 2001, James has his own issues. Someone has vandalized his business and has started creating havoc. A black circle has been painted on walls. Things have been destroyed. He has to try to figure out what is going on with his business as well as how to deal with Eileen Davis.
Back in 1641, Eileen is learning what it takes to be a pirate. She has learned all about plundering, life on a ship, now she is learning all about the men that have become her friends and mentors. It's Benedict that she starts to develop a strong friendship with. Only problem is, Eileen doesn't have the same romantic feelings for him.
Captain Benedict soon discovers that what he has been seeking from Eileen isn't actual treasure, but love. Only problem is that she doesn't feel the same way. It's when she tells him how she has traveled back in time he realizes that she needs to go to her time.
When Eileen wakes up from what she thinks is a dream, time hasn't elapsed at all. Where she has spent months at sea, it's only been hours in 2001. Knowing that she has a date with James, she sees that the evening part has been changed from 80's themed to Pirate themed. Taking this in stride, she goes on her date with her Pirate James Benedict.
Eileen and James develop a relationship through this cruise and soon they are inseparable, with the exception of work. With him in England and she in America, they travel frequently to spend time with each other. James convinces Eileen that she needs to go back to medical school and finish her degree and become a doctor.
With such a successful life ahead of them, things take a drastic turn when a stranger is found on the streets dead. When he finally comes too in the hospital, Eileen and the stranger discover that it's Captain Robert James Benedict. He has somehow traveled forward in time and has come to seek her out and bring her back with him.
It's the love that she has for James that destroys all hope for the Captain. James discovers that what Eileen had been telling him about her dreams of being a pirate in 1641 was actually true. Not only has the love of his life actually time traveled, he know is looking eye to eye with a distant relative of his.
It's this chain of events that starts to bring tragedy to Eileen and James. The attacks on his company have now started to become more aggressive. Someone is now attacking Eileen as well. It's only when they have a child that things really go wrong.
Trying to escape the mysterious person who is trying to kidnap their son Robert, do they find out that this person is actually a child. He has the ability to fly, he possess a magical ability to move like no other, plus he has this evil to him that he will kill whoever is in his way. His name is Peter Pan!
It's now up to James and Captain Benedict to help save Eileen and his son. Only problem is, how is James and the Captain going to get to the island of Neverland? Plus are the ever going to figure out a way to destroy Pan before he destroys their family?
I was a lover of the story "Peter Pan" when I was a child. For some reason, I always loved Captain Hook. Granted he was the bad guy in the story, I was drawn to him. I never did trust Peter Pan and Tinkerbell. I always felt that there was something wrong with how Pan always whisked kids away to Neverland and kept them in his hideout.
Now with "Second To The Right" I get to see Pan for who he actually is, an evil person that feeds off the soul and emotions of the boys he kidnaps. I loved how Captain Hook is not made out to be the actual villain. This story brought joy to the kid in me to find that someone else felt the same about Pan as I did.
This isn't a story for younger audiences, there is just too much violence involved. However, the adults that once loved the fairy tale will fall in love with this twisted version. It was a breath of fresh air to read an excellent re-write to a classic tale.
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