Second Chances by Connie Stephany

A year after being dumped on her wedding day, Abby Simon was still left wondering what had gone wrong. It made Adam almost impossible for Abby to get over. Since then, Abby had been on a series of dates that usually ended in disaster, and she was ready to just give up on men entirely….

A year after being dumped on her wedding day, Abby Simon was still left wondering what had gone wrong. It made Adam almost impossible for Abby to get over. Since then, Abby had been on a series of dates that usually ended in disaster, and she was ready to just give up on men entirely.

When Abby unexpectedly runs into an old crush she hasn’t seen in thirteen years, she can’t help but notice he’s hotter than ever. Max wouldn’t give her the time of day back then, but to her total surprise, he seemed very interested in her now.

Just as things are heating up with Max, Adam shows up claiming he still loves Abby and leaving her was the biggest mistake of his life. Adam finally gives Abby answers as to why he left and is asking for another chance.

Abby must now make the biggest decision of her life…which man deserves a second chance?

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“A superbly sumptuous read – sample this book now!”

Five Star Review on Amazon By Mrs Michelle Nora Medhat

This is a sumptuous book. On the surface it appears to be a wholesome, heart-warming romance, but in fact it’s a dissection of relationships and what motivates people to do what they do. Weaved amongst the pages, there are characters who enjoy subjugating others for pleasure – using their weakness to dominate and deceive. And in balance, there are other characters who show compassion, genuine care and interest for another’s life and wellbeing. These secondary characters create a maze of emotions for the main characters to navigate through. Connie’s gentle but captivating writing style takes you on that journey and you live those experiences, the hurt, the joy and of course, the hope of there being a chance to find love again. The central character Abby is a truly delightful woman who is jilted at her wedding by her fiancé Adam. Throughout the book, the reader, like Abby is waiting for the reason why. This immediately invests the reader to feel Abby’s pain but also delivers a heightened sense of intrigue. What would really make someone say they can’t marry their beloved on their big day? As a writer myself, all kinds of scenarios manifested in my mind, and this only drew me further into the story. It must be said, I’m not a chick lit kind of girl, and my usual diet is that of hard core thrillers that hold nothing back, however Second Chances enthralled me and I loved reading it. I can’t pretend that at times I wanted Abby to explode and give certain characters a good thrashing or at least a vicious whipping with her tongue! Although, I understand that it wouldn’t have been in her character at all, it would however have delivered just ‘Desserts’ to people who mistreated her. Abby as a woman, has a bit of ‘super’ attached to her; she makes great desserts from the crack of dawn, is a successful business woman, looks ravishingly edible herself (even with no make up!), spends time with elderly friends, organises her best friend’s party & wedding and is a great track driver (with virtually no training!). Is it any wonder men are fighting over her? And yet, all of this doesn’t come over as heavy or unbelievable. It all seems natural, and therein lies the skill of Connie’s writing. The character of Max, I didn’t warm to at first, as I was seeing him through a lens Connie wanted me to see through. An interesting device which kept me hooked, and I was pleased to be enlightened to his real disposition when that moment came. The focus on desserts and cakes is a fascinating aside, and enables the storyline to be seamlessly strung through, giving rise to long, lingering looks over the ice cream cakes. Such scenes also made me feel quite hungry whilst reading! Overall, Second Chances is a superb read by a talented author with much more to entice and attract than your average cupcake chick lit. Highly recommended.

About the Author

Connie Stephany was born in 1975 to her loving parents, both of whom are still alive and kicking. She grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota wither her four sisters and one brother.

Connie’s first novel, Second Chances, was a finalist in the 2015 National Indie Excellence Awards. She also has a short story and is working on her second and third novels, expected in late 2015 to early 2016.

She writes what she likes to read; fictional romance novels with happily every afters allowing the reader to escape every day reality, even if just for 20 minute each night. Although they are fiction, they do contain real pieces of Connie’s life, such as the “hairing” event which is described in Second Chances. You have to read it to understand what that means!

Connie now lives in Zimmerman, Minnesota with her husband of 16 years, their three children, a dog and a bearded dragon. Along with her friends, some of which she has had since grade school, they are her inspiration. No one encourages her more than her loving husband and children.

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