What do you do when the one person you have always wanted, you can almost never have?
We found each other by chance and it was perfect, easy and everything I could have asked for. Our love was one for the books. When he moved next door, my entire world flipped upside down and inside out, but it was the best feeling I had ever experienced. Until the time came to choose between him and my family. I was young and in love, but in the end, I chose my family. I’ve regretted that decision since the day I made it. Now fate has given me a second chance with the one person I knew I was always supposed to be with. But this time so much more was standing in our way.
Can I choose him over the life I’ve come to know?
Will he be able to forgive me and give us a second chance? I
s true love really enough to conquer everything standing in our way?
Sometimes the hardest decisions in life, are the most liberating, I just hope that this time I made the right one.
I am a sucker for a second chance romance. Something about losing someone when you’re young through your own stupidity or poor choices, regretting it deeply and then have them come back into your life when you are actually mature enough to handle it? Yeah, I’ve not been there. No sir, not me.
The story starts with Dad. He’s moving into a new place with his friends when he spots his new next door neighbor Charlee. They have an instant attraction to each other, and before long begin something that is bigger than either has experienced before. But, through circumstances that would test any young relationship, they separate. 10 years later, they reconnect. Will they be able to work it out this time?
This book had pluses and minuses for me. The plus is that I liked the general plot. As I said, I’m a sucker for the second chance romance, and I like it when characters are torn apart for reasons that unnecessary and find their way back to one another. I think that idea fulfills a lot of fantasies that people have about certain people that have touched their lives at different points.
The minuses, I’m afraid, outweighed the pluses for me. The way the plot flowed I found a bit confusing. I mean things seemed to happen out of nowhere with no prelude or previous mention of important facts that would have lended themselves to understanding the action in the plot. I found myself having to go back and make sure I didn’t miss something that lead up to the particular moment in the book. I guess what I’m saying is that there was serious lack of not only build up, but foreshadowing in this book. I also didn’t feel that the characterization was lacking. I really didn’t understand the characters and their choices. I mean, I understand how they dealt the way they did with each other in the moment for the most part, but not why they reacted the way they did. I mean, for example, the reason they break up seemed very unrealistic to me. Charlee and her mom didn’t have a healthy relationship as far as I could tell, yet she was willing to leave the love of her life for her family? It just didn’t make sense to me with how the
book and characters were set up.
Overall, this wasn’t a bad book, but I think with a little bit more it could have been better. I’m giving it 3.5 stars.
“I honestly, never thought you loved me that much. I always thought I loved you more.”
It was literally killing me to talk to her about all of this. I knew deep down, it was a good thing, to get it all out in the open and be over it, but a part of me knew it would only make saying good bye, harder. “Honestly Charlee, I felt more strongly than I led on. It was hard for me when you left. I would love more than anything to see you, but if we were to meet up, it would literally wreck her. She knows the love I felt for you, and she feels like she will never be able to live up to that. And, I’m not sure that I could see you without having feelings get involved.”
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Amanda currently lives in Utah with her many men (her husband, two little boys, and two dogs). She is an avid San Francisco 49ers and Dexter fan. In high school she developed a love for writing and storytelling, and in the past couple years has made it her passion as she just released her ninth book.