Second Chance

Second Chance

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by Jane Green
     
 

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When tragedy strikes, four friends reunite in this life-affirming tale from the New York Times bestselling author of Falling.
 
In school, Tom, Holly, Saffron, Paul, and Olivia were the best of friends. Twenty years later, they’re barely more than strangers. But when Tom dies in a heartbreaking instance of being in the

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When tragedy strikes, four friends reunite in this life-affirming tale from the New York Times bestselling author of Falling.
 
In school, Tom, Holly, Saffron, Paul, and Olivia were the best of friends. Twenty years later, they’re barely more than strangers. But when Tom dies in a heartbreaking instance of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, the four that remain are thrust back into each other’s lives.
 
Quickly falling back into the intimacy of their youth, Holly, Saffron, Paul, and Olivia are forced to reexamine the choices they’ve made. As their secrets rise to the surface, Tom’s death becomes the catalyst that changes them all, giving four estranged friends the chance to find a new beginning...


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Editorial Reviews

People Magazine
Inspiring.
Entertainment Weekly
Green's many fans will revel in her interwoven plots.
Booklist
Peopled with her trademark likable, sympathetic characters, Green's latest is sure to have wide appeal.
Library Journal
An awful death brings together friends who haven't been in touch since school. Maybe they'll all get a "second chance." Reading group guide. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The sudden death of their close friend in a terrorist attack triggers big changes in the lives of four school friends who reunite after 20 years. When affable British-born internet mogul Tom Fitzgerald's Boston-bound train is bombed, his stunned friends get together at his memorial service in London to reflect on his, and their own, lives. All in their late 30s, the group includes journalist Paul, Hollywood actress Saffron and earthy Olivia, who runs an animal shelter. There is also Tom's longtime "best friend" Holly, a part-time illustrator and mother of two married to a rich lawyer. On the surface, their lives appear placid enough, but as they rekindle their friendship the cracks appear. Onetime womanizer Paul is happily married to Swedish businesswoman Anna, but the two are going broke over repeated in-vitro treatments that the increasingly child-desperate Anna insists on having. Olivia, in contrast, finds herself single and pregnant, and at a loss over what to do. Saffron is a recovering alcoholic carrying on a secret relationship with a married movie star she met in AA. And Holly-perhaps hit hardest by Tom's death-feels increasingly alienated from her pompous prig of a husband Marcus, and preoccupied over what might have been with Tom if the two had only acted on their attraction, and not married other people. In her vulnerable state, Holly grows closer to Tom's younger brother Will, a charming carpenter who nursed a secret crush on her when they were kids. Another crisis tightens the group after Saffron's affair is exposed, and she falls off the wagon. Then they all congregate at Paul and Anna's dilapidated rural home, for more bonding, rebuilding and assorted country shenanigans.Considering its subject matter, Green's latest (Swapping Lives, 2006, etc.) is neither morbid nor overly sentimental, with sensible and appealing characters who, for the most part, end up doing the right thing. Warm and chummy exploration of how friends can become our chosen families.
From the Publisher
“Inspiring.”—People

“Green’s many fans will revel in her interwoven plots.”—Entertainment Weekly

“Peopled with her trademark likeable, sympathetic characters, Green’s latest is sure to have wide appeal.”—Booklist

More Praise for the Novels of Jane Green

“Gripping and powerful.”—Emily Giffin, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“The perfect summer read.”―Kristin Hannah, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“A warm bath of a novel that draws you in...Green’s sympathetic portrayals...resonate.”—USA Today

“Warm, witty, sharp and insightful. Jane Green writes with such honesty and zing.”―Sophie Kinsella, New York Times bestselling author

“Her compelling tale reflects an understanding of contemporary women that’s acute and compassionate, served up with style.”―People

“The kind of novel you’ll gobble up at a single sitting.”—Cosmopolitan

“A smart, complex, character-driven read.”—The Washington Post

“Green’s novels consistently deliver believable, accessible, heartfelt, often heartwarming stories about real people, problems, and feelings.”—Redbook

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101147184
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/19/2007
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
75,436
File size:
365 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

A former journalist in the U.K. and a graduate of the International Culinary Center in New York, Jane Green is a New York Times bestselling author whose novels have been published in more than twenty-five languages. She has more than ten million books in print worldwide.




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Brief Biography

Hometown:
Westport, Connecticut
Date of Birth:
May 31, 1968
Place of Birth:
London, England
Education:
"Managed to drop out of Fine Art Degree at University."
Website:
http://www.janegreen.com

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I got the CD to listen to since I'm traveling and it's just on and on and on until I was about to scream 'GET ON WITH THE STORY!' I can't even imagine sitting and reading all that ... all the descriptions, all the things that just aren't that important to make the story good. The thing is, the idea is good .. we all saw that in the big chill, and it would have been a good book if it had taken a different turn. I started out with a good attitude about it. After a while, I was ready to throw the CD's out the window. Next time I'll choose more carefully when I'm trying to be entertained while driving across country ... something like that is just dangerous. A person could fall asleep listening to such drivel!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was actually my first experience reading a Jane Green novel. I must admit that when it was chosen for this month's book club... I was a bit skeptical. However, once I began reading this book, I fell instantly in love with her writing style and character development. Definitely a 'must-read'
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jane Green is by far my favorite author.This book was a great read. At first I thought it was a little morbid, but as you continue to read because you can't put it down, it gets lighter. This book will make you look at your own relationships with people including friends and family. This book made me realizes that I'm normal to have certain feelings that I have and at the end of the day I wouldn't want my life any different than how it is. Double thumbs up!
Lindsie More than 1 year ago
I read some peoples reviews on this book and im sorry but I dont agree. I thought this book was touching, it had a great plot and it was hard to put down. Maybe not as romantic as I assumed it would be, but still a great read. Its sad what brought all these friends back together after so many years but it happens. I enjoyed the characters, and I thought the whole idea around the book was great. Im def. getting into Jane Green's novels more and more. I have read quite a few now and I think she hits the spot everytime.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a great tale of friendships and relationships. I truly couldn't put it down and would recommend it to anyone - especially those who have enjoyed her other books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first chapter started off slow, so I was not sure how I was going to like the book as a whole. However, once I got past that first chapter it is AMAZING!!! I have been having a hard time putting it down, as I want to know what happens next! It's not Jemima J, however, it is just as good!! I love Jane Green and countdown until her next book is out!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's not Jemima J, and if people are expecting that they will be disappointed. But if you are excited about new characters and how great Jane Green is at developing characters - you will really enjoy this. I personally couldn't put it down because I was dying to see what was going to happen next and how the characters were going to get on with their lives. I love Jane Green and I look forward to her books each time they are released.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the Jane Green books and this one was not bad but not as good as some of her others. Her writing was good and I did feel feel that I could relate to the main character Holly. The ending left me wanting a little more closure but overall this is not a bad book in my opinion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been eagerly anticipating the arrival of Green's new book. My mom and I both loved the story and found it impossible to put down. The story about rekindling old friendships, and beginning new ones made us laugh and cry out loud. A fun book for pool side reading. Go into it with an open mind, because the book gets better and better as it goes on. It is only proper that an author's style will change as she grows.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Can't even finish the book!! Totally disappoined in the author's last few books. Loved her older ones. Oh well!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jane..love anything you write.Beautiful,touching and very hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From the description, i thought this would be a warm story about old friends rekindling their friendship and acting like kids again, realizing after the sudden death of their friend that they've only got so much time left together. Instead, I got the story of a bunch of rich ladies clucking about how hard their lives are. The main character, Holly, is the worst. All she thinks about is how much she hates her husband and everyone else's wives. Another mediocre story by Jane, surprise surprise.
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Read it on my honeymoon in Jamaica. Great feel good book. Love the one you're with.
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I didn't love this book as much Jane Green's others. It was a good story, but I think it drug on a bit through the middle. Still a good read.
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