When tragedy strikes, four friends reunite in this life-affirming tale from the New York Times bestselling author of Falling.
In school, Tom, Holly, Saffron, Paul, and Olivia were the best of friends. Twenty years later, they’re barely more than strangers. But when Tom dies in a heartbreaking instance of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, the four that remain are thrust back into each other’s lives.
Quickly falling back into the intimacy of their youth, Holly, Saffron, Paul, and Olivia are forced to reexamine the choices they’ve made. As their secrets rise to the surface, Tom’s death becomes the catalyst that changes them all, giving four estranged friends the chance to find a new beginning...
Bestseller Green (Swapping Lives, The Other Woman) injects a topical note into an otherwise paint-by-numbers work. After a terrorist attack on an Amtrak train kills 39-year-old Tom, his death serves as the catalyst for changes in the lives of four estranged schoolmates he left behind in England. Reuniting at Tom's memorial service are Holly, a former free spirit uncomfortably forced into becoming a suburban matron by her workaholic, social-climbing husband; Olivia, a lonely director of an animal shelter; Paul, a writer whose blissful marriage with his fashionable wife is marred by their inability to conceive; and Saffron, a recovering alcoholic actress secretly involved with a married Hollywood megastar. Tom's death reignites their friendship, causes them to reevaluate their lives and sends them marching toward a concluding warm fuzzy. Green's writing is competent, though her characters feel more like embodiments of their problems than actual people. There are few surprises, but the fairy tale ending should appease Green's many fans.
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A Delightful Indulgence
It is a difficult thing to not be able to relate to one of the characters in Jane Green's novel--as well as keeping from reading the whole book in one sitting! The entirety of Second Chance is inspiring to those who are still comprehending life and deliciously mesmerizing in a British sort of groove.
Ok, I know you're not supposed to write a review until you've finished the book, but i'm over halfway through & if I can save anyone the time & $$ of buying this book - then it's worth it. If it turns around anytime soon, I promise to revise my review.
I've read several Jane Green novels and have liked & even loved all of them (especially The Other Woman) so I don't understand how this one can be so BAD!
It's boring & repetitive. She OVER-explains everything. Things that don't need explaining as they're fairly obvious. It seems as though she had a good story to tell- but had to add fluff in between because the story itself wasn't long enough. I'm crossing my fingers that it gets better.