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  • Hardcover: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Books; First Printing edition (19 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670038571
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670038572
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 14.8 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,615,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jane Green Warburg is a former journalist who gave up her job on the Daily Express to write a real woman's account of being single in the city. That account became Jane's first novel, Straight Talking. It was followed by nine more bestselling novels: Jemima J, Mr Maybe, Bookends, Babyville, Spellbound, The Other Woman, Life Swap, Second Chance and The Beach House. Jane has four children and lives in Connecticut.

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A corker of a story, sharply and elegantly told (Heat )

Fizzing with fast-and-furious dialogue, this is vintage Green (Eve ) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Jane Green is the bestselling author of Straight Talking, Jemima J, Mr Maybe, Bookends, Babyville, Spellbound, The Other Woman and Life Swap. She has four children and lives in Connecticut.... --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By CM on 20 Jan. 2009
Format: Paperback
I have not read any other Jane Green books and after this one I am unlikely to. The characters bored me, they were wooden and cliched and the central character of Holly was spoilt and tiresome. The dead hero, Tom, was too good to be true and if he was so good why did nobody bother to keep in regular touch with him when he was alive? As for Holly rekindling her relationship with Tom's mother, just too unbelievable. If they were really like mother and daughter then why did they never keep in touch for 20 years. The story dragged on and I only finished it in the hope of it getting better - it didn't. Given it 2 stars because some might like this sort of unreal boring chick lit.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Tina Waters on 18 July 2008
Format: Paperback
I have been a fan of Jane Green for many years and have read all her books. I would never describe Green as producing a literary classic, but on the whole, her books are well written and normally turn into 'page turners'. So what went wrong with Second Chance? Firstly, I found myself disliking Holly the main character immensely. A self obsessed , big house owning mother whose au pair looks after the two kids whilst she illustrates the odd greeting card for a living is not someone I can readily identify with. Secondly, it felt like Green had to evolve Marcus, Holly's husband, into a monster in order to justify her flirtation and subsequent cheating. After all, in the beginning of the book he is portrayed as a bit work obsessed, and possibly a little brand/label conscious. However, by the end of the book, he becomes this angry, rude, arrogant, cheat yet with no character formulation. Maybe Green felt that this may allow Holly to become slightly likable?

I was also confused as to Holly's reaction to her friends Tom's death, given they had had no contact for months and months. Also, the idea that Tom's (the deceased) Mother want's to have lunch with Holly whilst she drones on about how miserable her marriage is, seems laughable! Oh and obviously, Holly is this 'perceptive, creative, free-spirited' Mother Theresa type that everyone adores!

Really not my cup of tea, no page turning moments, no humor and by the way a bizarre use of the word 'Stoic'. Must have been used in almost every paragraph at the funeral!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Austin on 15 July 2008
Format: Paperback
I have in the past tended to steer clear of Jane Green novels and any other novel, in fact, that has that unmistakable chic lit look about its cover. I don't really know why I decided then to pick it up and flick through it but within about half a minute I knew I wanted to buy it. It was not a disappointment. It is descriped on the cover as 'escapism' and that's exactly what it is except with the added ingredient that I found I could relate to so much of it from my personal experiences. Even with the characters and situations I couldn't directly relate to I could see some of my friends' and familys' circumstances and dilemmas reflected perfectly in the storyline. So I finished it within one day and was a bit surprised about it considering I usually can't bear chic-lit...however, after reading some óf the reviews on here it seems that this book is NOT typical of Jane Green and not really considered chic-lit in its purist form so perhaps that explains it! Very enjoyable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By girly book fan on 7 Feb. 2008
Format: Hardcover
I absolutely love Jane Green, Jemima J is of my favourite ever books and has been re-read thousands of times! However, I can safely say this one will not be in my re-read pile. It look me long enough to get through it the first time!
I agree with the comments from other reviewers, I felt that it had been published without being edited. It just didn't seem finished. There are some words that were used over and over again within just 1 page, like she had ran out of adjectives to use and just kept using the same one!
Plus the way Tom & Wills mother spoke, does anyone really speak like that - even if they are very fond of you?!
It was pretty predictable, although the initial idea was a good one.
The whole thing just felt quite amateurish, not her usual standard.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lottie of London on 26 Jun. 2008
Format: Paperback
I am HUGE Jame Green fan and Jemima J, Babyville and Straight talking are some of my favourite books which I have re read many times. So I was really looking forward to seond chance and was serioulsy dissappointed the story didnt have any of the normal little twists and turns but ambled on like a dependable old spanial on a walk and then ended out of nowhere! it was almost like she got bored 3/4 way through and just ended it.... Come on Jane whats happend to the old sparkle!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Starling on 31 Dec. 2013
Format: Paperback
As I started to read this book I felt swamped by the number of characters in it and found it difficult to remember who was married/in a relationship with whom. This was probably due to the fact that the characters were so incredibly boring. There wasn't a single character which one could give two hoots about. As I reached the halfway mark there was still no sign of life in the book....no humour, no drama, no romance, no nothing. It was a painfully dull, dull read. If there had been some mass destruction and all the characters had died....well, I wouldn't have given a damn (in fact, I probably would've cheered, just because that would have been indicative of the end of this 'story'). And if I read the word 'stoic', or read a man being described as 'delicious' just one more time.....argh!! Then the way the characters spoke, hell, it was just too unbelievable. If you have the choice of watching paint dry or reading this book, I'd say go for it (paint can change colour slightly as it dries).
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