Kaylie Flynn was luckier than most children left to the Texas foster care system, blessed with a foster mother who taught her the comfort of home…and the healing power of baking the perfect brownie.
Now, Kaylie has journeyed back to Hope Springs to open a café in the charming Victorian she once shared with her foster family — and to finally find answers about her past and where she came from.
Yet Kaylie’s carefully laid plans quickly become complicated. The house needs far more work than she realized, and Tennessee Keller, the carpenter Kaylie hires, stirs up feelings she hasn’t felt in a long while. When an unexpected crisis threatens to unravel her dreams, Kaylie seems to have all the ingredients for a perfect disaster — or quite possibly the perfect love.
About the Author
Alison Kent is the author of more than fifty published works, including her debut novel, Call Me, which she sold live on CBS’s 48 Hours, in an episode called “Isn’t It Romantic?” Her novels A Long, Hard Ride and Striptease were both finalists for the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award, while The Beach Alibi was honored by the national Quill Awards and No Limits was selected by Cosmopolitan as a Red Hot Read. The author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Writing Erotic Romance and a veteran blogger, Alison decided long ago that if there’s a better career than writing, she doesn’t want to know about it. She lives in her native Texas with her geologist husband and a passel of pets.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I listened to the audio version of this book and really liked it. There is more depth and more intense topics than it seems most people were expecting, going by what this author apparently usually writes. I had no preconceptions and maybe that's why it's a 5 star book for me. It is definitely more Chick Lit (or Women's Literature, if you prefer) than straight up romance. The characters have issues. Deep, dark issues with very serious topics involved. Having said that, I loved the relationship between the hero and the heroine. There's not a whole lot of trust towards other people for either of them, but there is a definite something between them that allows them to tell each other things from their past that they don't usually discuss. It could be the push towards forgiveness that they both need. The development of the relationship between Kaylie and Ten (Tennessee) may have been fairly slow, but we're dealing with two fairly messed up people here. It's only right that they are cautious. Kaylie is finally at a good place in her life and is surrounded by people that care about her. Then everything seems to go to hel_ in a hand basket. Will it be too much for her or can her new happiness be saved?
Who says you can’t go home? Sometimes returning home is all you need to make your hopes and dreams come true. I immediately knew I was going to love this book. It felt familiar from the start. If you’re a fan of Robyn Carr’s Virgin River Series, then you are going to love this book as well. The Second Chance Cafe is full of characters who deserve second chances. Many of whom believe they have done something so horribly wrong that they don’t deserve happiness. A majority of the characters are carrying around demons they shouldn’t be carrying around and punishing themselves for things they believe they should have done but failed to do. Twenty-eight-year old Kaylie Flynn spent thirteen years of her life as a ward of the state of Texas, after something terrible happened to the only parent she knew. When she was ten, she moved to Hope Springs and became the foster child of May and Winton Wise. With the Wise’s, Kaylie was finally able to have a home and know what it was like to feel love for the first time. The day she turned eighteen, she packed her bags and left, never returning because it was too painful for her to know that the Wise’s weren’t truly her family. When Tennessee “Ten” Keller was sixteen, his whole life changed and his family was destroyed. Tennessee blames himself. Ten was only trying to be a friend which resulted in a crime being committed. Ten’s self-imposed punishment is to isolate himself from his family, because he feels he let his family down and didn’t protect them. Ten also feels the need to help non-violent ex-cons out on parole get adjusted to the outside world. He tends to hire them to help him with various construction jobs. Ten years later, Kaylie has returned to Hope Springs with three goals in mind. She wants to purchase her “true” home with money left to her by May after she passed away. Kaylie wants to honor the two people she loved and cared for by opening a cafe called Two Owls Cafe, in the home once owned by the Wise’s. And finally, she wants to look for her birth parents. Kaylie hires Ten to do the renovations on her house. There’s an immediate attraction between the two but both try desperately to fight it. Kaylie and Ten become friends, with Kaylie sharing some of her dreams and secrets with him. Ten in return does the same. Telling Kaylie things he’s never told anyone before. After hearing gossip about Kaylie, Luna Meadows comes into the picture and becomes a close friend. Luna, herself, has a decade old secret that she thinks about consistently. Luna has known a man named Mitch Peppers her whole life. She knows of the guilt he has been living with and sees a way to relieve that guilt and takes the opportunity to do so. In that one moment, Luna’s only concern is for Mitch until she realizes that she might have overstepped. What transpires within the pages of this book will test the bonds of friendships, both old and new. Events will unfold to allow some of the characters the closure and forgiveness they are seeking. One character will finally get the courage to face the demons of their own past. The Second Chance Cafe is a sweet, heart-warming story. At times, it will make you want to cry. I can’t wait to return to Hope Springs and to the wonderful characters I was introduced to. I’m looking forward to seeing what else is in store. Source: NetGalley Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews