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Shelly's Second Chance (The Wish Granters Book 1) by [Gschwandtner, L B]
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  • File Size: 428 KB
  • Print Length: 197 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: December 11, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006KXITWW
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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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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 story...it 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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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. No, that is not a spoiler; it is the start. Yes, there has to be a problem, and we see it when Shelley is given $2,500 to organize the engagement party. She spends the lot on lotto tickets. She is an addict, and she does not even check the tickets for minor prizes! Meanwhile, Alanna drowns, Joe gets mangled by a truck, and their spirits, or whatever, go to a place called Transition. The two spirits are given the task of granting Shelley one wish. Needless to say, they also have a problem: they are given no training whatsoever, and they have no idea how to grant such wishes. As it happens, this may not matter, because they soon find that they are not exactly in control of whatever they try to do anyway. The writing is very fluid and the pages simply flow. The presentation is good, the concept is quite original, the situations are deftly handled, and there are points about gambling addiction that give the reader something to think about. For me, there was only one flaw, and this lost the fifth star. A situation occurred about two-thirds of the way through, followed very quickly by something else that did little else but flag the ending, and there was no "how" to compensate for knowing "what?" Leaving that aside, this book was a surprisingly enjoyable read.

Ian J. Miller
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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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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. Just when all seems lost, she gets help from Alanna and Joe, Wish Granters in training. As a result of fateful accidents, Alanna and Joe land in Transition, a state of being between life and death. In order to get back into life and take care of unfinished business or move forward to wherever one goes after death, they need to fulfill some tasks under the supervision of their boss and mentor Morgan (who looks like Morgan Freeman, hence the name).

Helping Shelly fulfill her wish to win enough money in Las Vegas to pay off her debt is Alanna and Joe's first task. The rooky wish granters muddle their way through and actually succeed, but when they do, things take an unexpected turn for Shelly. She begins to realize that winning that money might not be exactly what she needed and wanted. And Shelly, as well as her wish granters, need to learn some important lessons.

This is the first book in the Wish Granters series and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The characters are genuine and psychologically interesting. The story is full of humorous as well as tender and moving moments. A very entertaining book with a serious undertone!
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