Chance Encounter is the first book in A Chance and A Hope trilogy. These books are NOT meant to be read as standalones. If you like your entire story wrapped up in one book, you won't enjoy this one. This one is for you if you don't mind journeying with a character who has some healing to do before he's ready for his forever.
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Chance knew love once—a long time ago. She died when they were eighteen and the best of him died with her. Since then his work on a ranch in Montana has allowed him to keep his distance from people and from happiness. Eighteen years later, he may be ready to start living again—maybe. He’s watched all his friends find love and embark on the next stage of their lives. Part of him would like to do the same; part of him would rather cling to the past.
He’s hoping that a trip to the Oregon Coast, and a couple of weeks away from his normal life, might help him figure out how he can move forward and maybe even be happy.
It’s taken him eighteen years to get to this point, but a chance encounter on the beach will make him want to figure it all out in just two weeks.
He’s come a long way, but can he really open his heart up to happiness—and to Hope?
Chance Encounter is the first of three books in A Chance and a Hope Series. These are not standalone reads. In fact, when you get to the end of this story, you may be faced with a cliffhanger – or you may not. The choice is yours!
What do I mean? Well, when you reach the end of Chapter Twenty you’ll be left with a warm and fuzzy Happy-For-Now. Then you’ll be faced with a choice – read on, all the way up to the edge of a cliff where I’ll leave you hanging, or stop right where you are and wait for Book Two to come out on June 13 and read Chapter Twenty-One then. If you love a cliffy, you can have one. If you detest a cliffy, you don’t have to deal with it! And if you hate waiting for the next books in a trilogy, don't worry because they are coming out one month apart:
Book Two: Finding Hope
Book Three: Give Hope a Chance
Remington Ranch series
Meet the sexy brothers of Remington Ranch! Just like in SJ's Summer Lake Romance series you can expect a story that is both sweet and steamy!
Book 1: Mason
Book 2: Shane
Book 3: Carter
Book 4: Beau
Book 5: Four Weddings and a Vendetta
Summer Lake Romance Series
Each Summer Lake Romance can be read as a stand alone book – no cliff hangers here! Each book contains one couple's story. However, they are best read in order to get full enjoyment of the underlying story and friendships.
Book 1: Love Like You've Never Been Hurt - Emma and Jack
Book 2: Work Like You Don't Need the Money - Pete and Holly
Book 3: Dance Like Nobody's Watching - Missy and Dan
Book 4: Fly Like You've Never Been Grounded - Smoke and Laura
Book 5: Laugh Like You've Never Cried - Michael and Megan
Book 6: Sing Like Nobody's Listening - Kenzie and Chase
Book 7: Smile Like You Mean It - Gabe and Renée
Book 8: The Wedding Dance - Missy and Dan's Wedding
Book 9: Chasing Tomorrow - Ben's backstory with Charlotte
Book 10: Dream Like Nothing's Impossible - April and Eddie
Book 11: Ride Like You've Never Fallen - Nate and Lily
Book 12: Live Like There's No Tomorrow - Ben's story
Book 13: The Wedding Flight – Smoke and Laura’s Wedding
The Hamiltons Series
This series follows the Hamilton family in California wine country. If you recognize the name Hamilton it’s because this is Smoke’s family who own one of the largest wine growing and distribution businesses in the country. In this set of connected stand-alone books you will meet Smoke’s brother and sister as well as a couple of cousins.
Book 1: Red Wine and Roses
Book 2: Champagne and daisies
Book 3: Marsala and Magnolias
Book 4: Prosecco and Peonies
The Davenports Series
The upcoming series featuring Hope’s cousins, the sexy brothers, of the Billionaire Davenport family.
Book 1: Oscar
Book 2: TJ
Book 3: Reid
Summer Lake Silver is a new series featuring couples in their fifties and older. Just because a few decades—or more—have skipped by since you were in your twenties it doesn’t mean you can’t find love, does it? Summer Lake Silver stories find happily ever afters for those who remember being thirty-something—vaguely.
Clay and Marianne in Like Some Old Country Song
Summer Lake Seasons
A return to the wonderful small town so many readers have grown to love. We'll see our old friends around town and they'll feature to a greater or lesser extent in the new stories. I want you to be able to catch up on their lives if you know them - and to not feel like you're missing anything if you didn't read the original series.
Angel and Luke in Take These Broken Wings
Zack and Maria in Too much Love to Hide
Love in Nashville
Everyone knows that Nashville is the home of country and with so many Country songs about love it seems natural to find love in Nashville. Unfortunately, just like the road to the Grand Ole Opry, so many aspire but only the lucky ones, who work at it, find harmony center stage.
Autumn and Matt in Bring on The Night
Thank you for writing such a beautiful story I enjoyed every word and page that you wrote and I hope sometime soon I will get the chance to read more of your books best wishes for your future x
The story we've been waiting for...
I received an ARC of this book and this is my voluntary and honest review.
Finally, the story we've all been waiting for. Chance is reading to move forward with his life and meets Hope, an heiress who's taking time for herself following a break-up. They both agree to a two-week relationship that will end when they leave, but is the two weeks enough?
I love Chance and Hope and I can't wait for the next instalment.
This story ends with a cliffhanger, but I love that S.J gives you the choice for the happy ending or the cliffhanger.
You will not be disappointed with this story!