- File Size: 1767 KB
- Print Length: 272 pages
- Publisher: Covenant Communications (May 1, 2017)
- Publication Date: May 1, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B072HJJ94V
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- Word Wise: Enabled
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,905 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Sense and Second Chances Kindle Edition
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This is an LDS fiction novel, and it was definitely written with a Mormon readership in mind. Readers who appreciate clean romance may also enjoy it, but might not understand the significance behind Emily's conflict over starting a long-term relationship with a man of a different faith.
(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
And I'm going to break it down for you how it is just like the original:
The main couple come from two different worlds. Instead of the social classes this couple comes from different religions. Joel is Jewish and Emily is Mormon. Emily and Joel want the same things in life. I really like that the chemistry is there. As Emily navigates trying to stay in the friend zone, she is fighting a losing battle to Joel's kindness and his gentlemanly personality. He inadvertenly starts learning more about her religion. He has questions. His brother died due to circumstances around being an alcoholic. The religions differ on what happens after they die. But I really enjoyed watching the struggles it brought with their respective families as well.
Emily's half brother who gets the house (after their parents die) and is kicking the other siblings out is also Jewish. I'm not saying he being Jewish is a bad thing, I am just pointing out that he is Jewish, and that as in the original the brother is the one kicking them out of the house. But Emily, Annie and Bryce didn't really get to know a lot about their half brother growing up.
I heard in my head at one point where Annie, Emily's sister, apologizes to Emily. I heard it in my head with a British accent! Ha!
Drew (Mr Willoughby's modern version) was very much like his counterpart. Annie fell for him. And everyone knew something was not right with him. His aunt had a lot of money. It isn't until later in the book do you find out what he did that put a better perspective on what kind of person he was. Poor Luke! It was obvious from the beginning that he was really the better match! He plays in a band and is good and he has a business as well. He is always there for Annie even when she doesn't want him to be there. Doesn't that ring a familiar bell?!?
In this retelling, there is a difference that I much rather like than the original is that the 3rd sibling is a male. Also their parents both died in an airplane crash so no mom either. But having Joel and Luke around was really good for the youngest sibling as male role models. I liked that he was a normal 10 year old and had supersonic hearing when he wanted to and hard of hearing when he didn't! What kid doesn't? Haha!
Annie was an actress. She had values and that made it hard for her to get jobs because she wouldn't bend her beliefs. She was part of an anitpornography piece and since then it became harder for her to find a job. She then made a huge mistake and everything fell to pieces. She also suffers from severe depression. I like how things work in the end for her! Although, I am sure everyone can guess how that goes since it is a retelling. But it is still unique to this story how it goes!
The other love interest in Joel's life was Becca, a girl whom he was once engaged to but she broke it off because she didn't want kids. Then she decides to retry. Because Emily is moving and she doesn't think there is a future with Joel she pushes them together and her heart (and mine) ripped in two! But Becca is a smart girl and she is so sweet that you can't help but love and hate her in the same second!
Another similarity is there is a time where they all are out on a little gathering on horses! I found that scene a little amusing and a little irritating (at Drew)! And a little familiar! Again, loved it!!
There were so many sparks flying between them, I could have roasted a marshmallow.
The end had me with a sigh and heartrate spiking!
If you like retellings, Mormons, Jewish people and weddings, horses, bands, second chances, ranches, Los Angeles, B& B's, eco friendly stuff, actors, Planes, and finding your soul mate then this might be for you! I loved it!
I loved Emily. She's really unselfish. When her parents died, she gave up her job she loved, her condo and pretty much her whole life to take care of her two younger siblings. But now it's been 9 months and her older half brother has decided to get married and that means that Emily, and her siblings Annie and Bryce, will no longer have a place to live. I loved the way that Emily's main concern was that Bryce have a place to live in the area so that he could finish out the school year, and that Annie stay in LA to work more on her acting career. So unselfish.
I loved the way she met Joel. Joel is Jason's fiance's brother. Joel is going to be remodeling the kitchen for Jason and Rachel because they are Jewish, and they need to have a Kosher kitchen. I loved Joel, he's amazing with Emily's younger siblings. Emily and Jason have a huge connection, but Emily knows it can never go anywhere because she wants nothing less than a Temple marriage. She knows just how much work Joel would have to go through to convert.
The plot of this one takes you all over, from life in busy, crazy LA to life on a ranch in small town Utah. There are tons of conflicts going on, making the plot come to life and almost jump off the page. I loved the way they were mostly resolved, but some of them left me wanting more. I'm really hoping for more to find out just what happens to Emily and Joel and Annie and Bryce!
I loved this book so much! Go grab this one and read it for yourself!
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Modern retelling of classic books have become one of my favorite genres. In this case, the book is a spin from Sense and Sensibility.Read more
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