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Second Time Around [Kindle Edition]

Erin Kaye
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A story of family tensions in a small-town rocked by the antics of a cougar.

A heart-warming tale of love in the face of family and friendship, perfect for fans of Cathy Kelly and Maeve Binchy.

Divorcee Jennifer Irwin has it all – a successful interior design business and two loving children. But as her 45th birthday approaches and her children prepare to start their own lives, Jennifer is left feeling lonely in her empty nest.

That’s when she meets Ben Crawford – a man 16 years her junior – as their attraction heightens, Jennifer realises what she’s been missing. But mindful that the small-town Ballyfergus residents would never approve, they conduct their affair in secret.

But a secret is never a secret for long…

As the affair surfaces, Jennifer encounters opposition from friends and family, especially her daughter Lucy. Enraged by her mother’s relationship, Lucy seeks comfort in the arms of charismatic but troubled, Oren. Jennifer knows that Oren is not the man he seems, but can she convince her daughter of that?

And with everything going against them, can Jennifer and Ben’s love survive? Or will she risk losing her daughter to be with the man she loves?


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"An engrossing read – wonderful.” Maeve Binchy

"Erin Kaye…gave up a career in finance to write, and that, along with her different background, gives her a breadth that many other popular writers here don't have – and makes her one of the best."
- Ann Dunne, Irish Independent Review

“Fresh, funny, utterly absorbing right from the first page and quite unlike anything else out there, Second Time Round is an absolutely must-read for anyone who'd ever thought that it was too late for love. Erin Kaye writes with wisdom, warmth and a lovely lightness of touch you'll adore. Be warned though; it's definitely a stay-up-till-all-hours- to-finish-it book!” Claudia Carroll

About the Author

Erin Kaye was born in 1966 in Larne, Co Antrim to a Polish-American father and an Anglo-Irish mother. She pursued a successful career in finance before becoming a writer. Her previous bestselling novels include Mothers and Daughters (2003), Choices (2004), Second Chances (2005), Closer to Home (2006) and My Husband's Lover (2008) - all published by Poolbeg Press. She lives in North Berwick on the east coast of Scotland with her husband Mervyn, two young sons and Murphy the dog.


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Erin Kaye was born and grew up in in Larne, Northern Ireland in 1966 but moved to Scotland in 1988, where she now lives. The daughter of an Anglo-Irish mother and a Polish-American father, she was one of five siblings growing up during The Troubles in Ulster. Her best-selling novels are all set in Ballyfergus, loosely based on Larne. They have been compared to Cathy Kelly and Maeve Binchy and described as "way beyond the realms of chick-lit". Erin loves her dog, Murphy, redbush tea and shoes.

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Follow your heart 7 July 2012
By C. Colley TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Erin Kaye is a new author to me and I have to say I really enjoyed this story about finding love, second time around.
The story drew me in from the very first page and I found it very easy to feel involved with the characters and care about them.
The plot surrounds Jennifer Irwin and the difficulties that occur within her family when they object to her relationship with Ben Crawford, who is sixteen years younger than Jennifer.
Ben Crawford is the heir to the Crawford Empire, but looks set to lose his inheritance if he defies his parents and continues to see Jennifer.
So with everyone against them, can Jennifer and Ben ever be a couple?
This is not just a romantic story, it's about families learning to be honest with each other and moving forward. It's also about following your heart. The story is engaging and written in an easy read style.
Recommended to anyone that enjoys a story about love, families and friendship.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking read, great. 31 Aug. 2013
Format:Paperback
I picked up a copy of this recently when I saw it in the supermarket. The cover is pretty and the subject sounded like something I would usually like - it had nothing to do with the author and I sharing the same name - honest! I like how this book has been given a content guide on the back cover so if the blurb isn't enough to convince you this is your type of book then this will.

The story is set in Ireland, focusing on the Irwin family and is told from Jennifer, Lucy and Ben's point of views. I was glad to see this as I have been reading a lot lately and wishing that some books had some perspective from the other characters - so this was an added bonus. I was hooked straight away after reading the first chapter and couldn't put it down until I had finished it two days later.

Single mother, divorcee Jennifer is starting to live her life for herself again now that her children are grown up and have flown the nest. While being encouraged to start dating again Jennifer's eyes lock with Ben's. Their mutual attraction is instant and their relationship flourishes as they start working together in Ben's new business.

Ben has been in business with his father since the death of his brother. He's not interested and would have much rather followed his own path in life. Meeting Jennifer is like having his eyes opened to what he is missing in life and he can finally face up to the secret burden he has carried for many years.

Lucy is Jennifer's 20 year old daughter. Struggling to cope with university and with an addiction she can't admit, she is on the brink - until she meets Oren. Tall, handsome worldy Oren takes Lucy under his wing and with guidance gifted to him by God Oren helps her on the right path, and to find her calling in life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review: 'Second Time Around' by Erin Kaye 9 Aug. 2013
Format:Paperback
Jennifer Irwin is a 44-year-old, divorced businesswoman who lives in the town of Ballyfergus in Ireland. With her daughter Lucy off at university, and her son Matt making plans to find a place of his own, Jennifer decides it is time for her to get back in the field and start dating again. However, she doesn't expect to find lust and love packaged in the form of Ben Crawford, heir to the Crawford empire, and 16 years younger than her. It doesn't take long before the news of their relationship comes out, and both Jennifer and Ben's families aren't thrilled, to say the least. While Jennifer has her own love life to deal with, her daughter Lucy has found her own Prince Charming at university. His name is Oren and he is a devoted Christian, looking for the perfect wife. As soon as Lucy brings him home, Jennifer can feel something is not right. But with her own love troubles to deal with, will she be able to convince everyone else of Oren's true nature?

`Second Time Around' focuses on a modern-day theme that is often looked at in a slightly humorous light; older women falling for younger men (does the term `cougar' ring any bells?). It is slightly ridiculous that it is widely accepted that older men have relationships with younger women, but when it's the other way around, it is considered strange or simply not done. I love how Erin Kaye tackled this subject, mainly because I loved the pairing of Jennifer and Ben. Jennifer is a great leading character, and I fell in love with Ben from the first description of him. There was absolutely nothing weird about their relationship, and I could really feel the chemistry between them throughout the novel. All the characters in the book were really well-written, though, and I specifically liked the extra storyline that focused on Lucy and Oren.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great book at a great price xXx 1 Aug. 2012
By realovesbooks TOP 500 REVIEWER TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Erin Kaye is an author I had not come across before, I loved the sound of the synopsis as it is a situation I am sure alot of people find themselves in when they have had a previous relationship which has ended and having the uncertainty of how the children will feel about a new relationship looming.

Jennifer who is our lead character is a loveable character and it is clear although her children are now grown up they are still the centre of her world and her emotions shown well in this book where she is torn between following her head or her heart as she really cannot bear the thought of disappointing her children but she has clearly fallen for Ben who although is younger in age comes across as a very mature character but |I think this is because of the characters background story.

This book flowed at a perfect pace and had me hooked from the first chapter the only time I was a little hesitant was when the religious aspect was brought into the storyline as I know we all have our own beliefs but I personally do not to read about religion but I needn't have worried as this didn't distract me from the storyline and it also had its own little twist!

The book was slightly predictable but it was great to see the journey the author created to get us to the predictable outcome. I will look for future books by this author as this was a great book and at a fantastic price on Kindle at the moment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Good read
Published 1 month ago by hello
4.0 out of 5 stars A lovely wee read - would love to know where Ballyfergus is as I live...
A lovely wee read - would love to know where Ballyfergus is as I live in Carrickfergus, near Whitehead, Ballycarry and all the other places mentioned and know of no such place. Read more
Published 2 months ago by MADMAX
5.0 out of 5 stars curious
Wasn't sure at first about the depth of some characters such as Maggie and David and would have liked to have known more about Matt, Brian, Ben and Jennifer. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Connie Pickles
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I really enjoyed this book I will read more by this author. Erin has a style of writing that has the reader gripped from the first chapter to the last.
Published 4 months ago by leigh atchison
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
ok will look forward to the next one
Published 7 months ago by ALSMUM
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Bit boring worked out what would happen very quickly
Published 7 months ago by Janbut
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
New author to me - loved it !
Published 8 months ago by Diane D
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great holiday read
Published 9 months ago by Mad Mick
5.0 out of 5 stars a great read on a rainy day
Had nothing to do on Saturday so downloaded and started to read. Great book with happy ending. Finished in a day so easy read.
Published 9 months ago by Mandy
4.0 out of 5 stars another great read
Another great read from Erin Kate , why should we all conform
Published 11 months ago by Mark Mairs
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