Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Second Chances - By Jennifer Place

Release Date: 6/9/2010
Publisher: PK Books Inc.
Purchase Info: Amazon, Barnes & Noble

Eva Sterling left Walnut Hill without a backward glance...ran at high speed is actually more accurate. She has been living the life she always wanted with her husband Matt until tragedy strikes and turns her world upside down. Her hometown, until now, has never given her what she needed...has always been more draining than sustaining. Now, she must return home to the life...the family...everything upon which she once turned her back and hope that the place from whence she came has what she needs now to heal.
Jesse Hawthorne instigated Eva's departure. He was utterly responsible for breaking her heart more times than he could count. He has carried with him the knowledge and the burden that she ran away, not from the town, but from him. With her arrival back in his life, he is bound and determined to be the man he always knew she deserved.

What a breath of fresh air! Don't get me wrong I love my PNR, UF and all that jazz, but reading something different totally refreshed me.

Eva is struggling to cope with her husband's death. Packing up and moving back home is the only thing that she feels will allow her to move on with her life the right way. But moving back home means that she's being force to face the thing that made her run away from it in the first place.

Though she's living back with her parents in their antique, clutter filled home, she sudden finds herself becoming inspired by her surroundings. Taking a step towards a new life, and a second chance, Eva decides to open an antiques store. What she doesn't realize is that renovating her store will throw her right back into a daily relationship with the man who broke her heart more then anyone ever has, Jesse Hawthorne.

You know from the beginning that the unresolved feelings between these two are going to cause some major friction. The author does a great job of not pushing their relationship too fast, and respecting the death of Eva's husbands. There's no feeling as though he's been forgotten or pushed aside, Eva is constantly dealing with his death, and at the same time struggling to understand what she's feeling for Jesse underneath all her surpressed hatred. With a few great side stories, they made the plot in this book as a whole really great. I would definetly suggest this book if you were looking for a little break from the paranormal and just wanted a great heart tugging read!



Jacqueline Naile Sozio said...

I couldn't put it down. It has a story line that grabs hold of you and won't let you go until the end. Can't wait for your next book!!

Jessica Hansen said...

It was a really good book! I'm glad that you enjoyed it too :)