Second Chance

Second Chance

by Joy Collins


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ISBN-13: 9780984431915
Publisher: Desert Spirit Press
Publication date: 03/26/2010
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.58(d)

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Second Chance 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It took me only a few days to read Second Chance as I kept picking it up every time I had a few minutes to spare. It definitely held my attention. The characters are completely believable and the plot flows smoothly. The first third or so of the book is told with frequent flashbacks, which let the reader learn about Sara, the protagonist, with glimpses of her life so far. She narrates her life with strong emotions, laced with an occasional touch of humor to keep things from becoming melodramatic. The book is engrossing and, as another reviewer mentioned, would likely be enjoyed by anyone who is fond of watching Lifetime. 'I mean that in a good way, a LOT of women like Lifetime.' The only flaw, or the main reason I gave it four stars instead of five, was that Sara spent a great deal of the book complaining that the women around her 'primarily the ex-wife and her sister' loved to create drama and feel put upon while never recognizing those same qualities in herself. This might have worked as intentional irony, but the ending left me thinking I was expected to feel a little more sympathy for Sara than I could muster. All in all though, Second Chance is a book I am happy to recommend to others.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although this is Joy Collins¿ first novel, that fact is concealed by the maturity of the writing. She has composed a fictional little slice-of-life story in the classic show-don¿t-tell style indigenous to thinking, accomplished writers. The plotline of Second Chance could so easily have been just another formulaic, fill-in-the-blanks script for a movie made for the women¿s cable channel, but speaking as a person of the male persuasion who only tolerates such tearjerker blather, Second Chance handily dodges that bullet. The editing is tightly wound around the lives of several key characters just trying to hold their psychological cookies together while they deal with common human frailties and each other. If you enjoy well-crafted psychodrama, or if you like your Lifetime movies to display more imagination than most of them do, give this little book a first chance. You won¿t be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the moment I started reading Second Chance I couldn't put it down. As the reader I felt as if Sara was talking to me, disussing her problems trying to find solutions. I felt as if I was part of the family. I couldn't wait to get home in the evening to find out what was happening in Sara's life. So much so I was sorry to see the story end. I eagerly await the next book by Joy Collins.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reading Joy Collins' Second Chance is like riding a whirlwind under dark skies of a desert monsoon. We experience the blinding dust of lies and innuendos in conflicts of marriage, both first and second time around. We cringe at the thundering clash of personalities to a given situation and forked lightning strikes of vengence. We are surrounded by a flood of family emotions. Clearly seen are not only the hazards of raising a child, but the trauma of being one, the sad fulfillment in old age of the adage 'What goes around comes around',the bitterness of rejection. Second Chance is deeply insightful into relationships and in the end displays the beauty of that double rainbow we call love. It is a well written and compelling read.