I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Second Chance Friends by Jennifer Scott
Published by Penguin on May 5th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Women, Fiction
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Also by this author: The Accidental Book Club
The national bestselling author of The Sister Season shares a novel of four ordinary women at one extraordinary crossroads.... Karen, Melinda, and Joanna have never met until the morning they witness an accident outside a local diner—and rush to help. As a single mom whose sweet-faced boy has become a misguided young man, Karen immediately sets aside her own concerns and moves into action. Emergency first responder Melinda also calmly steps up to the plate, as she does every day; no one would ever suspect the insecurity that threatens her marriage to the man she loves. And blond, beautiful, bohemian Joanna is hiding—from her friends, her family, and, most important, herself. Yet she’s first on the scene. The accident leaves another, mother to be, Maddie, crushed by grief. But rather than retreat, Karen, Melinda, and Joanna open their arms and hearts. During the next nine months they’ll return to the diner over and over. They’ll come to find Maddie. They’ll end up finding themselves—learning what it means to be a mother, lover, wife, and friend. By reaching out and holding on, these four women will unite to show us life can be transformed at the most surprising moments.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Second Chance Friends definitely shows you how powerful friendships can be. Also how unexpected circumstances can bring a group of people together.
I have to admit after reading the very first chapter. I was leery because that opening scene is very emotional. But I’m happy I read on. I loved reading about Karen, Melinda, and Joanna. Each character was there on the day that changed an young woman’s life, but somehow that even brought them together. They begin to form a friendship, and lean on each other through their own problems.
These three unite to see what is going on with Maddie, the woman they witnessed in a life changing moment. I loved the connection all of these women felt to each other and that day. There are definitely some hard times for them, but somehow they find a way to get through the mess to try to make a better life, and decisions, for themselves.
I really enjoyed this book, and the focus on friendships. They can truly make your life better.
In Love and Friendship, Opposites Attract
By Jennifer Scott, author of SECOND CHANCE FRIENDS (NAL; On sale May 5, 2015)
There are so many clichés about friends and friendships. A friend in need is a friend indeed. Any friend of yours is a friend of mine. With friends like that, who needs enemies? Birds of a feather flock together. Opposites attract.
Okay, so technically the last one may be more meant for romantic relationships, but I’ve found it to be true in friend relationships, as well.
As a card-carrying introvert, I can be hard to get to know. My friends have to be willing to accept that there are times I won’t talk about my troubles, that Friday nights are the alone time I’ve been looking forward to all week, and that sometimes we have to make two or three runs at lunch date plans before I’ll finally find the courage to stop canceling.
All of my best friends are extroverts. They love to lunch and shop and—egads!—organize GNOs. They push me to join them, sometimes gently (“Let me know when you have an evening available for dinner. . .”) and sometimes with a shove (“I’m not leaving you alone until you say yes and are in your car heading toward my house.”). These are the people, the things, I need. Were it left up to me, I would seldom leave the house. Were I friends with an army of introverts—people just like me—I would never organize a party. Were it not for the energy and pressure from my extrovert friends—my complete personality opposites—I wouldn’t confide anything in anyone. I would be missing out on some of the deepest, most meaningful connections in my life.
In many ways, the four friends who come together in SECOND CHANCE FRIENDS are opposites. Or at least not likely friendship candidates. Karen, whose child has grown, finds connection with Melinda, who has yet to have any children. Joanna is hiding from everyone and everything, yet won’t let Maddie Routh hide.
But maybe they aren’t quite as opposite as they appear.
Some of the very nightmares that keep Melinda from plunging, eyes-closed and fingers crossed, into motherhood, are the difficulties that Karen is going through with her own son right at this very moment. Joanna hides because the one she loves is unavailable to her; Maddie hides for the exact same reason. These women, while at first blush seeming opposite, are, in fact, so very similar. And maybe that’s why they get each other.
Throughout the novel, these four friends use their, at times, opposing strengths, to push and pull one another along into a better place. They help each other grow. Just as my friends do for me.
Because, really, that’s what friendships are for, I think. Pushing us and pulling us to a better place—places of love, places of comfort, places of hilarity, places of growth, places of connection. Because it’s when we begin to notice the similarities that are buried beneath our differences that real relationships are born.