Second Chance Paperback – 12 Jun 2008
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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)
About the Author
Jane Green is the Number One bestselling author of fourteen novels: Straight Talking, Jemima J, Mr Maybe,Bookends, Babyville, Spellbound, The Other Woman, Life Swap, Second Chance, The Beach House, Girl Friday, The Love Verb, The Patchwork Marriage and The Accidental Husband. Jane and her husband live in Connecticut with their blended family of six children.
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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!
The latter 2 authors are still writing gems; Green, though, appears to have lost the desire to write anything beautiful, and it's genuinely disappointing.
This is so desperately formulaic. The dialogue is clunky; the characters are cardboard (the main character's husband, Marcus, especially, is almost a caricature) and the initially promising premise quickly devolves into something mundane.
The editing is very peculiar. One minute, people are breaking apart from grief over having lost someone they love, but within 30 seconds, they're grinning at each other shyly. Huh? That really does happen in here. It's like it was written non-sequentially. Or perhaps she put it down for months, having forgotten what she'd just written. Either way, the continuity is bizarre.
Equally, it lacks the humour and quirkiness of her previous efforts. There isn't a single laugh out loud moment in Second Chance; there's a few quick chuckles, but nothing that raises it above any other book you'll forget within 5 minutes of finishing.
It's just not a very good book. It's sort of smug, and a little lazy and doesn't feel like British chick lit by a British author. It feels like an American trying to emulate it, and getting it completely wrong.Read more ›
What happened here?? Or rather, what did NOT happen here. A group of friends have not seen each other in twenty years but after one of them dies in tragic circumstances they are re-united. I can accept that their friendship seems not to have changed at all. But apart from that, what is this book about?? What is the story, any meaningful twists and turns, fun dialogues .... ?
Holly, mother of two and married to busy (!) lawyer Marcus (with whom she has never been in love and who drives her slightly crazy, thank you very much) hates her life. Well, she loves her two adorable children but could not care less about her big house, her designer clothes and all together safe and comfortable life. She misses fun and feeling sexy, but most of all (she says) she misses friendship with a man!! And since, despite having not seen each other in such a long time, Tom seems to have filled that role in Holly's life, what is more naturally than Holly falling in love with Tom's younger brother Will, who looks just like him. Will is a sexy free spirit and single and tells Holly he had a huge crush on here when they were young. Imagine!!!
There is a lot of rambling about finding out (Holly) "who am I?" and utterly boring emails between Holly and Will, leading to Holly's unfaithfullness. It goes on and on and Marcus, the big bad wolf, becomes more and more distant and unlikeable. A proper house tyrant causing his family to walk on eggshells when he is home. Puh!!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Holly reconnects with her friends after their friend Tom dies - they were close at one point but haven't seen each other for twenty years but his loss has devastated them. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Anne
i was so pleased with the way it was so well wrapped ,I iove the book so thank you.Published 13 months ago by patsy
Classic Jane Green. Great easy read - if you've read her later novels, it's worth reading this one as part of her back catalogue.Published 18 months ago by Nicola Lighterness
For those of you who love a romantic read this is for you. Lots of happy and sad moments in the book that keeps you wanting to read on. Excellent escape and relaxed reading.Published 18 months ago by TRACEY ALI