Mrs. Sommersby's Second Chance

Mrs. Sommersby's Second Chance

by Laurie Benson

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She’s played Cupid for others

Now she’s met her own unlikely match!

Part of The Sommersby Brides. Widowed society matchmaker Mrs. Clara Sommersby thinks self-made businessman William Lane is just the man for her neighbor’s overlooked daughter. He’s successful and confident, if emotionally distant, until suddenly—shockingly—his attention turns to Clara herself! She thought her days of romance were over, but is this younger man intent on giving her a second chance?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781335635280
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 07/16/2019
Series: The Sommersby Brides , #4
Edition description: Original
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 760,803
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Laurie Benson is an award-winning historical romance author. Her novel An Unexpected Countess was voted Harlequin's 2017 Hero of the Year. She began her writing career as an advertising copywriter, where she learned more than you could ever want to know about hot dogs and credit score reports. When she isn't at her laptop avoiding laundry, Laurie can be found browsing museums or taking ridiculously long hikes with her husband and two sons. For more info go to:

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Mrs. Sommersby's Second Chance 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
lcdolphin 6 days ago
This book definitely deserves 5 stars. The story is well written, the characters are well fleshed out, and the historical points are very interesting. I couldn't put the book down. Highly recommend.
19304309 7 days ago
This was a great read and I couldn't put it down. I loved that both the hero/heroine were in their late 30's - mid 40's and were getting their happily ever after. There are so many books out there about young debutantes and gentlemen that is was great to read this story. Laurie Benson brings the characters to life with a well written story. Looking forward to reading many more from her.
georgia1 6 months ago
Bath, England 1820 Sigh. What a wonderfully engaging story of the heart, that takes you on a journey of two unlikely people meeting by happenstance and forming an attraction. Laurie Benson's wonderful descriptions and charming characters makes it seem like you are there, and wouldn't that be amazing? Her stories are as close as you can get to feeling the atmosphere and even imagining the taste of the restorative waters. Mrs. Clara Sommersby has made a place for herself in Bath, having been widowed for many years and now owns the hotel next to the baths. Of course that is not public knowledge and she has a male cousin managing it for her. She has been known to do a little matchmaking and maintains her independence. William Lane is in Bath looking at making a business deal. He wants to buy the hotel next to his coffeehouse since he discovered a spring he discovered a spring underneath. He meets Clara while trying to determine if he should take a drink of the restorative waters or not. I loved the banter between these two and their slow buildup iin attraction (although he is attracted to her at the first meeting!) They both have pasts that have made them the people they are but I was especially pulled in to Lane's and really felt for him. Wonderful secondary characters and of course who could not love Humphrey! Really enjoyed the age difference and the second chance for Clara to find true happiness and Lane to realize he is not defined by his upbringing. A little sad because this is the last in the series, but wow, what a romance of the heart. Cannot wait to read more by this author who is on my must read list!! Lori Dykes
MoniqueD 8 months ago
Charming, enchanting, captivating: this is what MRS. SOMMERSBY'S SECOND CHANCE is! On the surface, this is a very simple story - boy meets girl - but beneath the surface, there is so much going on! There's the age difference: Clara is 45 and William 37, and it was not well regarded at the time the story is set. There are class differences, which are not immediately apparent, and Society's preoccupations with appearances. William and Clara come very different backgrounds, but they are fundamentally very much alike: they have worked hard for what they have and intend to succeed in their future endeavours. They are also very different: he is reserved and often far too serious while she is bubbly and gregarious, yet they complement each other so well. They also have tragic backstories, and I thought the author gave an unusual spin to Clara's marriage. Clara and William were just so lovely, I couldn't wait to see them together, but oh the obstacles the reader knows they will encounter! It is refreshing to have a Regency romance with older characters: William is 37 and Clara 45, and especially with the woman being older. I loved how everyone behaved according to their age, from the Dowager Duchess to nineteen year-old Harriet. There are so many wonderful characters in this story! The irrepressible Dowager, who threatens to steal the show, and whose interactions with Clara are simply delightful; William's friends, the Earl of Hartwick and the Duke of Lyonsdale, are fabulous and they have wonderful exchanges that made me laugh quite a few times. Even Clara's dog, Humphrey, was perfect; not too cute, just a normal, mischievous puppy. I thought it absolutely marvellous that both Clara and William earned my respect with their actions; there is no telling here, gentle readers, only showing. Clara is an admirable heroine; she knows what she wants and she takes the appropriate measures to make it happen. The attraction between Clara and William is palpable right from the start, with none of those endlessly hardening and tightening body parts. You feel that shimmering moment of awareness when they look at each other that first time when they realise that they cannot ignore what is happening. Ms. Benson possesses an impeccable sense of time and place, of history and customs; I felt I also was in 1820 Bath for a little while. MRS. SOMMERSBY'S SECOND CHANCE is so intelligently crafted, I felt secure that nothing stupid would occur, but I wondered how Clara and William would react when the conflicts arose. There was no lack of communication, but there were things that had remained unsaid between them because there was no need for some details to be discussed until they naturally came up, and to witness the characters deal with the issues like reasonable adults was a joy to behold. MRS. SOMMERSBY'S SECOND CHANCE is a grand love story with the most perfect ending one could wish for; oh my heart!