Second Chance Grill

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An unforgettable tale of love, loss and second chances.

Second Chance Grill is the prequel to Treasure Me, 2012 Next Generation Indie Awards Finalist, which The Midwest Book Review calls "A riveting read for those who enjoy adventure fiction, highly recommended."

Dr. Mary Chance needs a sabbatical from medicine to grieve the loss of her closest friend. But when she inherits a struggling restaurant in Liberty, Ohio she isn't prepared for Blossom...

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Overview

An unforgettable tale of love, loss and second chances.

Second Chance Grill is the prequel to Treasure Me, 2012 Next Generation Indie Awards Finalist, which The Midwest Book Review calls "A riveting read for those who enjoy adventure fiction, highly recommended."

Dr. Mary Chance needs a sabbatical from medicine to grieve the loss of her closest friend. But when she inherits a struggling restaurant in Liberty, Ohio she isn't prepared for Blossom Perini. Mary can't resist falling for the precocious preteen--or the girl's father. The bond they forge will transform all their lives and set in motion an outpouring of love that spreads across America.

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Editorial Reviews

Tiffany's Bookshelf - Tiffany Harkleroad
The book was an engaging read, prompting me to read it cover to cover in one sitting. I think that this book will appeal to fans of small town stories, as well as romances and dramatic novels. All in all, an excellent read.
Literary Inklings - Casee Marie Clow
Nolfi’s delightful concoction of Liberty, Ohio, with its small town feel and larger-than-life characters, is literary escapism at its finest. The story of Second Chance Grill is a whirlwind of love and loss, joy and sorrow, honoring time-tested concepts through the art of fiction, in which Nolfi is especially gifted. It takes no time at all when the reader journeys into its pages to realize that this novel is all heart and all love.
GoodReads - Kelly Lester
Christine Nolfi writes this captivating story, Second Chance Grill, applying her expertise writing brilliance. Her characters are all unique and we care about each one of them. No one is perfect in Liberty, Ohio, especially at Second Chance Grill. But everyone deserves a second chance.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781478342229
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 10/24/2012
  • Pages: 318
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Some writers are gifted with an unusual life and I'm certainly one of those. I've lived in Ohio, Virginia, California, Utah and now South Carolina. In college I was featured on the front page of the Houston Post for a lark that erased all my debt. I met my four adopted children for the first time in the sweltering heat of the tropics. I helped build several companies and was lucky enough to earn a living doing what I love best--writing--in a PR firm I owned.

In 2004 I made the wisest and most irrational decision of my life--I began writing fiction full-time. All those years of hard work pay off daily in sweet notes and comments by readers. Please continue the mail, tweets and comments on FaceBook, GoodReads and other sites. I cherish your support and love chatting with readers.

www.christinenolfi.com

@christinenolfi on Twitter

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  • Posted December 13, 2012

    Blossom, age eleven and in remission from leukemia, convinces he

    Blossom, age eleven and in remission from leukemia, convinces her dad, Anthony, to take her to the Second Chance Grill for ice cream.  The young girl has ulterior motives; her long time single dad needs to meet the new owner, Dr. Mary Chance.




    Dr. Mary Chance moves to Liberty, Ohio after her best friend dies.  In Liberty, she has inherited a struggling restaurant from her aunt.  When Blossom and Anthony come to her restaurant the first time the connection is immediate.  Will their bond keep her in Liberty?




    Second Chance Grill takes us to a charming, typical Midwestern town.  I love towns like these.  Everyone knows each other and there are no secrets.  Dr. Mary Chance comes from big town Cincinnati and doesn't quite fit right in, but as time goes on she becomes one of the townsfolk.
    Watching Mary fend off her feelings and stay on course for her original plan was fun.  The story was not predictable, I know how some parts would end, but were happily surprised with other parts.   The unpredictability made me keep reading having to know what happen next.  I also loved how Anthony persuades her to doubt her original plan without ultimatums.  Not being over bearing, just incredibly sexy, sweet, and thoughtful won him a place in my heart.




    The there is Blossom.  My favorite character in the whole book.  At eleven she is witty and smart beyond her years, but Nolfi did not make her old beyond her years.   She still had tantrums and struggles with tween issues.  The fact that she wants and needs a mother was not lost on me and that is the true reason I was hoping for Anthony and Mary to get together.




    I believe this is a novel you will enjoy and come back to again and again.  Second Chance Grill is a truly good book with a truly amazing story.  I know that I will most definitely read the rest of this series.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 5, 2012

    Second chance at life and love. Miracles do happen. These are t

    Second chance at life and love.
    Miracles do happen.

    These are the two things that anybody will need, in order to summarize Second Chance Grill. But, let's take things from the top.
    Dr. Mary Chance needs a break from her life as a doctor. And the perfect opportunity comes up. Her aunt decides to retire and gives her restaurant to Mary, which is named Second Chance Grill. Mary decorates it, hires a decent cook and after a quite hard beginning, business is finally open. That's when Blossom, the cutest girl she's ever seen, walks in and steals her heart. Well, half her heart because the other half belongs to Blossom's father, Anthony. That's right people. Love at first sight.
    Anthony has been through enough. He got married and raised his daughter too young. Then his wife leaves him for another guy. And then Blossom is diagnosed with leukemia. Anthony is a great man, an amazing father and Mary has no other choice but to fall in love with him and vice versa.
    Everything seems to be perfect in Mary's new life. So, what's the problem? The thing is Mary wants to run the restaurant for a year and then return to her old life and take over the clinic she worked at. Sounds nice, right? Well, it's not. Because not everything in life goes as planned.
    She has to take over the clinic much sooner than she expected. But what about Anthony? Now that she's found true love, can she just let it slip away from her? And Blossom, who may be healthy for now but nobody knows when or if cancer will return. And in this case it does. But in order for Blossom to live , sacrifices must be made. But like I said, miracles do happen. And sometimes there's a happily ever after.
    All in all, I loved this book even if it's narrated from an adult's point of view. I really didn't mind because it's a story full of messages about life and the decisions that makes us who we are.
    For readers who loved The Fault in Our Stars and The Probability of Miracles, they will definitely adore Second Chance Grill.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 9, 2013

    Very good book. You will feel every emotion imaginable at some

    Very good book. You will feel every emotion imaginable at some point during this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 13, 2013

    I truly loved everything about this book! Christine Nolfi once a

    I truly loved everything about this book! Christine Nolfi once again brings the small town of Liberty to life where we get to know Mary and Anthony better. In this book we learn how they fell in love and what a beautiful romance they have despite problems along the way.

    This was a heart breaking at times story but the heart warming parts were there too and they were superb. It was so touching how this small town came together to help one of its own. Of course, we couldn't visit Liberty without the comical Theodora. Once again, she brought a smile to my face. :)

    I do look forward to more stories about Liberty and the wonderful cast of characters that the author has created for us. There are some books that are unforgettable and this is one of them!

    The author gave me a copy of this book in return for my honest review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2013

    Heartwarming

    A bit far-fetched at times (are we really supposed to believe that three people can run a busy restaurant every day for three meals a day??) Characters have depth and likeability.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 19, 2013

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    I have read all three of Christine Nolfi¿s novels and this is my

    I have read all three of Christine Nolfi’s novels and this is my favorite. They just keep getting better and better. Even though this is the second book in the series, it is the prequel to Treasure Me, the first book. I wondered if knowing how the book ended before starting to read it would make it less enjoyable for me. The story was delightful and it didn’t matter that I knew what would happen in the end.

    It was a pleasure visiting Liberty again. I continue to be enchanted by the town and its quirky residents. I loved the story of Mary and Anthony and how they fell in love. I loved the story of Blossom and how ordinary citizens came together to help save her life. I loved the story of the restaurant. This was such a heartwarming story and I loved the humor that was expertly used throughout the book.

    Read this book!! This gifted storyteller really outdid herself on this one. Although it is the second book of the series, you can read them in any order and not take away from the enjoyment. I can’t wait for more.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 25, 2013

    Nolfi asked me to read and review Second Chance Grill, and I imm

    Nolfi asked me to read and review Second Chance Grill, and I immediately jumped at the chance.  The reason is that I have loved her previous books Treasure Me and Tree of Everlasting Knowledge.  Plus Second Chance Grill is the prequel to Treasure Me, so I wanted to return to Liberty and experience the characters and charm of the town.
    Let me just say that if you haven't experienced any of Nolfi's writing you are missing out!  She is very talented in drawing the reader in and holding the attention until the very end!  Also you connect with the characters to the point that you experience the joys and sorrows that they experience.  
    Second Chance Grill is another great read!  All the elements that I love about Nolfi's writing is here.  The story drew me in quickly and I just wanted to keep reading.  In fact at the end of the story my e-reader died, and I had to let it charge just enough that I could finish it.  I was that involved that I was not happy that I couldn't finish it right then.  Especially as emotionally charged as the ending was, even though technically I knew what happened, I needed to experienced it!
    The characters are great!  Having Mary and Anthony narrate the story is great, since both have things in the past that needed to be revealed.  Blossom, while had to deal with a lot for a teenager, has the typical teenager mood swings.  Plus all the other native characters you grew to love from Treasure Me make their appearances as well.
    So if you can't tell you really ought to pick up this book and the others by Christine Nolfi!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    highly recommend

    Really enjoyed it. Like the humor.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    Great Read

    Here is a wonderful story of a young Doctor, who give her all to give a young girl a second chance in life. Very moving and wonderful story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 29, 2013

    A young doctor inherits a restaurant in the small town of Libert

    A young doctor inherits a restaurant in the small town of Liberty Ohio.  She decides to take a sabbatical from medicine to run the restaurant before taking over a clinic in Cincinnati as promised to a dear friend who has to retire.  Of course many obstacles threaten to upset her plans.  The author demonstrates her writing skill by creating a variety of interesting characters and situations.  Dr. Mary Chance deals with grief, jealousy, gossip, love, loyalty, life threatening illness, guilt and a few other problems along the way.  The exploration of the character's viewpoints provides valuable insights and empathy  The story flows easily and there are many twists and turns that kept me reading.  Everyone deserves a second chance.     
    I received my copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway.  

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 29, 2013

    Everyone deserves a second (and sometimes a third, fourth, and s

    Everyone deserves a second (and sometimes a third, fourth, and so on) chance. It doesn't matter what people have done or what situation they're in, if they are trying to do better another chance should be given to them. Stop living in the past and look towards the future.

    Mary deserves a second chance with her medical career that helps her to feel fulfilled while not disappointing anyone. Her best friend, another doctor, was killed recently by a drunk driver. The two friends had intended on taking over a free clinic as a way to give back to the community, but now that her friend was dead Mary needed to get away. With her aunt retiring, Mary acquires the Liberty's only restaurant. She renames the place, revamps the menu, and opens up shop ... to a horrendous, disastrous first day.

    Anthony deserves a second chance at true love. He had never been in love even though he had been married before. A girl in high school, not even his "girlfriend," was waiting on his bed for him one day after school ... naked. Being a teenage boy with raging hormones, he did what any male in his situation would do ... he had sex with her. That one time was enough to get her pregnant and, being the honorable guy that he was, Anthony married her shortly after graduation. Two years later, she divorces Anthony leaving him in Liberty with their child.

    Blossom deserves a second chance at having a mother and at life. Growing up as a single child with a single parent, Blossom is somewhat spoiled. Anthony's done the best he could during her childhood years, but now that Blossom is a preteen she needs a mother. When Blossom sets eyes on Mary, she determines to have Mary in that role. While pushing Anthony and Mary together every chance she can, Blossom's hiding the fact that she's not feeling well. She's in remission from leukemia and doesn't want to worry her father about her health. About a month before the long-awaited two-year remission mark, Blossom takes a serious turn for the worse: her leukemia has come back with a vengeance. Her only possible chance at survival is a bone marrow transplant, which costs a ton of money her family cannot afford.

    Second Chance Grill is a wonderfully realistic story that I could read over and over again. It made me laugh and cry. Even though Liberty isn't a real city, I could easily picture this happening in any small town across America. This is a town that I want to live in with people I would love to have as friends. Christine Nolfi has a wonderful thing going on with the Liberty series and I cannot wait to see who we'll learn more about next.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 29, 2013

    Smalltown, America... To be more real than this you would actual

    Smalltown, America... To be more real than this you would actually have to be living there. Everyone is in your business and when times
     are hard those same people are still in your business...holding you up. I felt the laughter, frustration, anger, and even balled my eyes out
     when my heart was breaking. If you have never experienced it, read this book. Its time you did. 

    I received this book from the author for free through Goodreads First Reads.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 2, 2014

    This book is exceptional. This author, Christine Nolfi, has a tr

    This book is exceptional. This author, Christine Nolfi, has a true gift. I felt IN this story, like I was a part of it, throughout. The characters could be based on people I know. They aren't perfect but they are multifaceted, which makes the story feel so real. It's such a good, fun read, I flew through it. Although I needed a box of tissues next to me for the last several chapters, It left me with a great feeling of hope, Haven’t cried so much over a book since I ... can’t remember when. I laughed out loud a lot throughout as well at the dialogue and Nolfi's nuanced turns of phrase. It’s one of those books you don’t want to put down and, after it ends, you miss the characters. I am going to check out her other books and her FB page. If you need a great read--and who doesn't?--buy this book, no matter what it costs!

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    Posted December 20, 2013

    To nebula

    Traitor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2013

    Nebula

    What? I cant make my own dragon rp? Uhg. CAMP MOVING TO 'Dragons nest' res 1!!

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    Posted December 20, 2013

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    Hi.

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    Posted December 10, 2013

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  • Posted November 14, 2013

    Absolutely loved this story. I found myself ignoring everything

    Absolutely loved this story. I found myself ignoring everything around me to read this. This book had a fantastic storyline which had me gripped. I had goosebumps about three quarters way through this. what a remarkable journey this author took me on.
    Highly recommend this delightful yet emotional book to all readers.
    received from author in return for honest review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2013

    The Second Chance Grill was the location around which several 's

    The Second Chance Grill was the location around which several 'second chance' story lines revolved.  I liked the way Ms. Nolfi navigated us through all of them.  The comic scenes kept the serious plot line from overwhelming the story.  Using three points of view was a nice touch, especially since one of them was a teenaged girl.  I enjoyed this book, and was pleased to be offered a complimentary copy in exchange for this review.

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    Posted January 28, 2014

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