Would you abandon your present for a second chance at your past?
Cecelia Reynolds has spent most of her life trying to forget the commitment-phobic man who broke her heart. It wasn't easy, but eventually she did it, or so she thought...
As Cecelia and her husband gather for a friend's wedding, her perfect world is thrown into complete turmoil. Even though it's been twenty years since she last laid eyes on Keith Emerson, all it takes is one glance for her to feel emotions she thought were long gone. When Keith ends up officiating the ceremony, she quickly realizes his message of love is directed at her, not the happy couple. But can she believe him?
We live our entire lives thinking we know ourselves. But do we ever really?
As secrets and lies cause Cecelia's world to spin completely out of control, she is forced to seek advice from the most unlikely ally. In the process, she must confront the demons of her past and the events that shaped her into the woman she is now. Will she finally learn the real meaning of love, friendship, and family?
While this book is a sequel to Plan Bea, it also reads as a standalone.
"The story had a lot of twists and turns and intriguing plot twists that kept me on the edge of my seat. I loved the ending. It was real yet satisfying." - Meredith Schorr bestselling author of Just Friends With Benefits
"If you're a lover of true to life women's fiction. You'll laugh, you'll cry and you'll have a love-hate relationship with SO many of the characters!" - Hello Chick Lit
"This book is an emotional ride about love, family, friendships" - Janine's Cool Cats & Reviews
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Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings The second in a series, but this is one of those series where the second book centers around a different character than book one, so yes a series, but two separate works that are linked. I loved book one, so check out Plan Bea. Plan Cee centers around Cecelia who had a hard childhood and still bears the pain from those years. She runs into a past boyfriend and he turns her world upside down and she must confront those demons of the past so she can actually move forward.
Why do we lie to ourselves when we intimately knew the truth? Do we think we can really fool ourselves? If I slept two and a half hours last night, I slept a lot. I couldn’t stop thinking about everything that happened with both Bryce and Anna. I hated myself for the way I had acted, and how I treated two of the people I loved most in the world. I had to get my act together. I needed to start being myself again. And while I didn’t really know how I’d be able to stop thinking about Keith, I knew I didn’t have a choice. I had to try. You know those moments when you go, “What on earth was I thinking?” Most of those moments are played out by your emotions, not thoughts. That is why there is a very big quote that goes, “Think with your head, not with your heart.” Sometimes, these moments are great and you really get to indulge in your passion…but sometimes, they just get you into trouble—especially if you don’t really know what your heart wants. Cecilia has a wonderful husband, two wonderful children, and some wonderful friends who she would do anything for. But, when a judge by the name of Keith Emerson shows up to officiate the marriage of Cecilia’s best friend’s mother—all of that wonderful flies out the window. Grossman makes an impact with this second installment. Emotions fly rampant, hearts are broken…and there are a lot of things that readers can really relate to. Cecilia is happy, but there is something missing in her marriage. She doesn’t understand what she is feeling, so she buries it deep inside because everyone tells her how wonderful and lucky she is to have her husband, Bryce. He is the perfect man. He is the epitome of success and Cecilia knows that she should be thankful…but he is just not…Keith! When Keith shows up at Walter and Bea’s wedding, Cecilia is caught off guard. After the run-in, she slowly closes herself off to her friends and family—just like her father. The same father who abandoned her…for all of the years she spent growing up, thinking that it was her fault that he left. She becomes excited to see text messages from Keith and against her better judgement, begins spending time with him…until her husband finds out. When the perfect man walks out of her life, possibly for good…Cecilia knows that she really messed up…but was it worth it? Did she really find what she was looking for or was she chasing a fantasy all of these years? Grossman sheds some light on the strengths and weaknesses of human emotions. This story is chalked full of creativity and chaos all bundled into her characters’ lives. The character development is superb and the story is well-written. This author takes the time to engage her readers with finding sympathy for all characters involved, even if the path that is being traveled is all wrong. Grossman gives the statement worth… “You never know what you have until it’s gone.” There are reasons for everything that happens, but choices must always be made and then consequences are sure to follow. Sometimes, there are times when mistakes need to be made in order to find one’s self out of the darkness that they live in. If you are a reader of contemporary romance and women’s fiction, you may be interested in reading this. It is recommended that the first installment be read, simply because this picks up right where that one ends; however, it can be read as a standalone if preferred. A copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by the author, but this in no way affects our honest opi
How would you react if the man you loved in the past suddenly came back into your life decades later wanting a second chance? Twenty years ago Cecelia was head over heels in love with Keith, but he never could admit he loved her. So she ended the relationship. She couldn't go on with a man who was only half invested in a relationship. Cecelia is now happily married to Bryce and they have twin boys. She has a great job and wonderful friends. Life couldn't be better. At a friend’s wedding, Cecelia runs into Keith again. She never thought she would see him again. All of the memories she tried so hard to forget come rushing back causing confusion and upheaval in her life. If Cecelia was so happy with her life, why is she feeling his way? Keith regretted letting Cecilia a walk away all those years ago and now he will do anything to get her back, even if it means destroying her marriage. He just wanted a second chance with Cee. When Cecelia's life starts spinning out of control, she turns to her friends for support. Together they devise a plan to help Cecelia find happiness again. This brilliantly written book had such a real feel to it. The creative plot and characters had me hooked from the start. Reading from both Cecelia and Keith's point of view gave the story a true feeling to what they were both going through. This book is an emotional ride about love, family, friendships, and leaves you pondering the question of what would you do if you found yourself in a similar situation.
After reading Plan Bea I knew instinctively I would enjoy this one. We meet up again with Bea, Walter, Anna and Cole. But this story revolves primarily around Anna’s best friend Cecelia. Cee is happily married to Bryce has toddler twin sons and all is well until they attend Bea and Walter’s wedding. Cee has the shock of her life when she realises the official at the marriage is a heart-breaker from her past. This is a brilliant tale that explores how our thoughts, actions and reactions can affect us from childhood and throughout our lives. So many questions revolve around in Cee’s head, what, why, how and the biggest regret of all ‘What If’? After the initial shock Cee doesn’t really take anyone else’s feelings into consideration. She has suffered assumed rejection all of her life and now isn’t going to be any different. She manages to alienate her friends along with her husband to a point where she only thinks of herself. I sympathised with her at the beginning but as the book progresses her actions become increasingly selfish .. will she see the light before it’s too late!? This kept me glued to the page, during the first book Bea was a difficult/obnoxious woman, it was nice to see how she has changed. Anna is a sweetie who has Cee’s best interests at heart as does Meredith but Cee can’t always see/think straight. I particularly liked the beach location it made it a pleasure to imagine lazing in the sunshine. An enjoyable book that actually makes the reader stop and ponder some life events. It does follow on from Plan Bea but can easily be read as a stand-alone if you so desire. Thanks to Hilary for my ARC .. I read and reviewed this voluntarily.