Bestselling romance and women's fiction author, Mary Campisi, brings readers Books 4-6 of That Second Chance series in a boxed set. Her small town romances center on family life, friendship, forgiveness, and of course, second chances, as they explore the issues of today's contemporary women. And if you're following Mary's "A Family Affair" saga, (Truth in Lies series), the stories in this boxed set are, or will become, prequels to the A Family Affair books!
Sometimes we're lucky enough to get that second chance--in life and in love. That Second Chance Series are stand-alone stories of strong women who battle heartache and loss with courage and determination to find new paths and true love. What ties them together? A common theme: belief in the beauty of that second chance.
It's all about that second chance...
PARADISE FOUND is Book Four of That Second Chance Series.
How does one see truly--with the heart or with the eyes?
Matt Brandon has it all--wealth, power, looks, and talent. Women want him; men want to be like him. When a freak ski accident strips him of one of life's most basic needs--his sight--he struggles to accept the possibility that his blindness may be permanent.
Enter psychologist Sara Hamilton, a woman who has known her own share of grief and loss and may just be the one person who can help Matt redefine his new world. Sara is every woman's woman--she's not a toothpick or a Cosmo girl, has never been prom queen, or dated the blond-haired god with the big white teeth. She's honest and decent and real...and lives on the perimeter, applauding her patients' successes, nursing them through their failures, but never acknowledging or accepting what she lacks in her own life. She's loved and lost once and has been so emotionally scarred, she's not willing to risk those feelings again.
Of course, she's never met a man like Matt Brandon. As Matt and Sara explore the delicate balance between "blind" trust and hope, they will discover that sometimes you have to lose everything to find what you are truly looking for...
NOT YOUR EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE is Book Five of That Second Chance Series.
A wise and humorous tale of living large after 40 as women finally make peace with themselves--wrinkles, blubber, neuroses, exes, and all.
Three women embark on a month-long "discovery" journey and uncover quite a few tidbits along the way...one bottle of Clairol Midnight will not cover a full head of red hair, and never talk to men wearing polyester pants hiked up with a tan belt. But most of what they unearth is about themselves--who they are, what they really want, what they really don't want. The center of controversy is a Maid-for-You mixer, which symbolizes a boring, routine suburban life with no second chances--then along comes insight in the form of Tula Rae, a sixty-something salsa-dancing, Dalai Lama-quoting, four-time widow in Spandex and a gray braid who gives them a different perspective on life, love, do-overs, and the real reason a man buys his woman a Maid-for-You mixer, which she says is all about S-E-X.
THE BUTTERFLY GARDEN is Book Six of That Second Chance Series.
Sometimes love happens when you least expect it...
Jenny Romano has never been a white-picket-fence, happily-ever-after girl. Despite a mother who rejected her free-spirited, unique ways as irresponsible and just plain wrong, Jenny has found happiness as a photographer, flitting around the country and snapping photos of other people's lives. Her older sister, Grace, has a husband, children, and a carpool schedule. She's the one their mother calls "perfect."
But when tragedy strikes her sister's carefully constructed life, Jenny must step in and offer support. Soon, she finds herself in the sort of small-town suburban life she swore to avoid...
Psychologist Elliot Drake spends so much time healing other people's pain and witnessing the backlash of caring too deeply that he prefers to keep his own relationships short and bittersweet. He's loved and lost once and with a young daughter to raise, he's not willing to risk his heart again. But he's never met anyone quite like Jenny. Outrageous and unpredictable, she's a force of nature--not at all like her well-controlled older sister. Suddenly, Elliot isn't so sure that short-term is what he wants...
Taken by surprise and unsure of the next step, Elliot and Jenny are about to discover that real life happens whether you want it to or not. Will they let real love happen, too?
That Second Chance Series
Book One: Pulling Home – (Also prequel to A Family Affair: The Promise)
Book Two: The Way They Were – (Also prequel to A Family Affair: The Secret)
Book Three: Simple Riches – (Also prequel to A Family Affair: The Wish)
Book Five: Not Your Everyday Housewife – (Also prequel to A Family Affair: The Gift)
Book Six: The Butterfly Garden – (Also prequel to A Family Affair: The Return)
About the Author
Mary should have known she’d become a writer when at age thirteen she began changing the ending to all the books she read. It took several years and a number of jobs, including registered nurse, receptionist in a swanky hair salon, accounts payable clerk, and practice manager in an OB/GYN office, for her to rediscover writing. Enter a mouse-less computer, a floppy disk, and a dream large enough to fill a zip drive. The rest of the story lives on in every book she writes.
When she’s not working on her craft or keeping up with the lives of five adult children, Mary’s digging in the dirt with her flowers and herbs, cooking, reading, walking her rescue Lab mix, Cooper, or on the perfect day, riding off into the sunset with her very own “hero” husband on his Ultra Limited aka Harley.
Mary has published with Kensington, Carina Press, and The Wild Rose Press.
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