- 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
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #323,393 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Sense and Second Chances Kindle Edition
This month's Book With Buzz: "Little Fires Everywhere" by Celeste Ng
From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture - perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. See more
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This was such a fun read! Emily, Annie, Bryce, Luke, Joel are all such great characters! BL did a great job modernizing the JA story, and including some fun new elements to make it interesting. I loved the story with Annie's issues, how she faces her problems, and the healing that comes when they finally get back to a place that is really 'home' for them all. Joel was a great character. While the back and forth between two love interests wasn't a favorite, it stayed true to the original JA story line with the other, former love interest. Joel's help, the way the ranch came together, and how they coped with the difficulties they had to face to stay together as a family, along with Emily's dilemma's made for a cute retelling, that I would definitely re-read again to savor some of the tiny details.
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!
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