- Mass Market Paperback: 383 pages
- Publisher: Citadel Press (Jun 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1575667916
- ISBN-13: 978-1575667911
- Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.9 x 3 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,543,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nevertheless, it's a fun read for the most part. The plot is improbable, and often silly, but it moves along if one is willing to suspend belief. And what better time to do it than summertime?
Ms. Shyer is not a bad writer. She expresses herself well, she does not go off on tangents, the plot, while unbelievable in parts, has a beginning, a middle, and an end--and she sustains one's interest (at least mine) enough to keep the pages turning.
This is not a Nora Roberts gobble-it-up-like chocolate novel, but neither is it horrible. Take it to the beach, take it to the pool, read it in the bathtub while escaping the kids. If you don't expect too much, you will enjoy this book.
Julie is wracked with guilt, but her three daughters (Karen, Susanna, and Gaby) refuse to allow her to destroy herself. They manage to arrange for her to take Tango lessons, not even thinking their mom would begin to fall in love with her younger instructor. Gaby is torn between two lovers; Susanna struggles with her husband's refusal to have children; and Karen feels trapped in her marriage to a much older man. Happiness is not even an illusion for the four disconsolate female Kesslers.
SECOND CHANCE is an interesting relationship drama that would have had a better chance of success if Marlene Fanta Shyer broke the four subplots into a quartet of novels. At times, the story line engages the reader, but fans never feel compassion towards the emotional baggage of any one character because too many feelings overflow the story line. Although SECOND CHANCES isn't perfect, the author is very talented and just needs time to perfect her craft a bit better.
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