I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Second Chances by Abbie Williams
Series: Shore Leave Café #2
Published by Everheart Books on July 24, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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The past summer has been a wild ride for Joelle Gordon; after discovering her husband cheating she fled Chicago for Landon, Minnesota, her childhood home. There, her family's lakeside restaurant, the Shore Leave Café, remains unchanged. Yet nothing else in Landon is the same, including her family of women, her three teenage daughters and the new, intense love she finds unexpectedly with Blythe Tilson. Now Blythe is in trouble, Jackson is back, and Joelle must face one of the most important and difficult decisions of her life.
This story resumes where the last one ended, with Bly Tilson having to return home to Oklahoma and face charges for having violated his parole. Joelle is planning to make the trip to see him before his court date and meet his mother for the first time. Meanwhile, she’s leaving behind her pregnant teenaged daughter and a soon to be ex-husband who seems to be having second thoughts.
I love these characters, especially Joelle and Bly’s romance. I’m not normally a fan of the older woman/younger man relationship premise but there’s a lot here that works. You won’t find any of the traditional traps common for this storyline and you quickly forget the age difference. Bly’s terribly romantic and sensual and Joelle seems to have overcome all of that angst from the last book and completely focuses on loving her guy.
That’s not to say there aren’t plenty of issues for them to contend with, most notably Bly’s problems in Oklahoma and Joelle’s husband, Jackson, rethinking the divorce. It’s how the two of them handle these conflicts that deepens their relationship.
The story ends, again, with some things up in the air but not as dramatically as the previous book. There are other characters who are important in the story that I’m looking forward to seeing be more prominent going forward (Joelle’s sister Jilly, hint, hint). And, the Shore Leave Cafe is still the center of gravity for the women of this story and I’m anxious to go back there. This was a really nice return and I loved Bly and Joelle’s journey.
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