Alexis A. Goring’s A Second Chance was kind of a mixed bag for me.
A light — it’s only 154 pages long — and mostly lighthearted Christian contemporary romance, it fails to tick several of my boxes when it comes to reading enjoyment.
The novella follows Traci Hightower, a recently jilted bride facing a mountain of bills and some tough decisions.
Her jobs as a food critic and education reporter aren’t quite as lucrative as she needs, and her bruised heart is hard pressed to trust men again.
Marc Roberts is the nice guy who’s relationships always end with him back in the “friend zone.”
When he meets Traci, though, everything changes and he thinks he might have found “the one” at last.
Here is the first thing that really bothers me — there is an extreme case of “insta-love” in this novella.
Marc and Tracie say less than a dozen words to each other, and then Marc is calling her his dream girl.
Why? Because she has curly blonde hair and wears pearls?
He knows nothing about her personality. If this is how his previous relationships developed, I think I have discovered part of his problem.
Both Marc and Tracie are sweet characters who have been hurt before and now are trying to move forward.
They are both likable good people with trust issues that lead into the heart of the story, which is learning to trust and have faith.
The novella moves quickly from the first date to several dates later and we don’t have the opportunity to see it develop, so much as the outcome.
Yes, this helps the story to move forward quickly.
However, I think that if the novella had been longer, there might have been more room to explore and build their relationship at a pace that wasn’t light-speed.
If you are looking for a quick read, then give A Second Chance a shot.
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About A Second Chance
Book: A Second Chance
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: Jan 25, 2017
Newly single food critic and newspaper reporter Traci Hightower is done with dating. After the man of her dreams left her at the altar on their wedding day and ran off with the woman she thought was her best friend, Traci resolves to focus on work and resigns herself to being a bachelorette for life.
Marc Roberts is a political reporter who is known as Mr. Nice Guy, the one who always finishes last. However, Marc’s compassion and kindness are of invaluable help to his newly widowed sister, Gina Braxton, who is trying to raise her two kids in the wake of her firefighter husband’s death.
Traci and Marc may be the perfect match, but they don’t know it yet. With God’s guidance and the help of Gina’s matchmaking skills, honed by her career as a best-selling romance novelist, there is hope for a happily ever after for these two broken hearts.
About the Author
She loves the art of storytelling and hopes that her stories will connect readers with the enduring, forever love of Jesus Christ.
Guest Post from Alexis Goring
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” ~Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
God has good plans for every single person living here on Earth. It’s important to remember to trust Him because no matter how bleak a situation looks, hope is always on the horizon when God’s in the picture … and the good news is that no matter what God is always in the picture.
I thought that it would be a good idea to explore the theme of Jeremiah 29:11 through a fictional story about characters who are in need of a second chance in life and love. So I created Traci and Marc and wrote their story, A Second Chance.
Traci and Marc are entry-level journalists, therefore they struggle with the industry’s tough system of paying your dues and they know the conflicts firsthand about struggling to pay your bills because of that system.
But it’s not just the bills that weigh heavily on their hearts. Traci and Marc are facing battles that are unique to their individual life stories, but common to people in the real world.
When the reader meets Traci, they see that she is bitter and cynical because she was left at the altar. Her fiancé ran off with her Maid of Honor and left Traci with a mile-high stack of bills to pay for their wedding that never happened. So when Traci’s mom shows up on her doorstep with an inheritance letter that stipulates Traci must be married before receiving her inheritance from her late grandfather, Traci is closer to destroying the letter and being a bachelorette for life than she is about husband hunting.
When the reader meets Marc, they see that he is smitten with Traci at first sight. But they soon learn that he has trust issues because of his previous romantic relationships with women who would dump him because he was “too nice.” However, his niceness is of invaluable help to his newly widowed sister, Gina, who is struggling to raise her children in the wake of her firefighter husband’s death. Naturally, Marc wants to help his sister. So he volunteers to babysit her kids and take them out of the house so that she can meet her book deadlines. Gina is a bestselling romance novelist.
All of these main characters go on their own faith journey with God. Some resist His love at first (like Traci), some draw back because of broken trust (like Marc) and some heal slowly from pain (like Gina), but they all realize how much they need God in their life.
Faith elements are a woven lightly throughout this story, but also go deep as the characters work toward wholeness and restoration.
If anything, this is a story about how the Creator of the Universe (God) loves humankind and desires to restore broken hearts, homes, and lives.
I hope that you will enjoy reading this book!
God bless your heart.
Alexis A. Goring
Author of A Second Chance
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