"Utterly unforgettable.” —Falguni Kothari, author of The Object of Your Affections, on Then, Now, Always
"This was the kind of story that lives and breathes with you." —Shaila Patel, author of Soulmated, on Then, Now, Always
Sometimes first love is better the second time around.
Maya Rao has made her own dreams come true: she’s the owner of a bustling café and bakery in New York and the mother of a beautiful teenage daughter, Samantha. But when Samantha lands in legal trouble over a misdemeanor she didn’t commit, Maya is desperate. Desperate enough to call Samantha’s dad, Sam Hutcherson, whom Maya left abruptly many years ago, and who is now a successful lawyer. The problem? Sam doesn’t know he has a daughter.
Sam has put Maya firmly in his past, despite how shattered he was when she broke his heart. So he’s both dumbfounded and furious to find Maya outside his office asking for his help—with a picture of a girl who looks just like him. But as Sam reconnects with Maya, those old sparks begin to fly. Can he even picture a future with the woman who wrecked his past?
Don’t miss The Second First Chance by Mona Shroff! A stunning new novel about courage, hope and second chances perfect for fans of Katherine Center and Jill Santopolo.
Shroff manages to make several of romance's most enduring tropes feel fresh in her cute contemporary debut. Sam Hutcherson and Maya Rao first fell in love 15 years ago, when Maya worked as a nanny for Sam's niece and nephew in Maryland, bonding over their shared Indian heritage and affection for the kids. When Maya found out she was pregnant with Sam's child, she dumped Sam without explanation, breaking his heart. Now the co-owner of a bakery caf in Queens, N.Y., Maya has raised her daughter, Samantha, on her own. But when teenage Samantha lands in legal trouble at her snooty Manhattan prep school, Maya has no choice but to reach out to her daughter's father and her first love for help. Sam is now a successful attorney, and is happily engaged to another woman. But the discovery that he has a daughter, along with the reappearance of Maya in his life, throws his world off-kilter. Their sweet second-chance romance is rendered with nimble prose, quick plotting, and rich cultural details, making it clear that Shroff a writer to watch.
Not What I Expected
I am not going to lie I had a hard time with this read. I was not a fan of going back and fourth from the past and the present, but the novel would not have been the same. The past held the background of the two min characters which was needed.
Overall man what a great second chance story. It was so sweet and down to earth. It really felt like real life.
Sam and Maya were definitely meant to be together and that is very apparent throughout the entire book.
I am really glad that I made the choice to read this novel.
Usually I am not a huge fan of second-chance romances, but this one was so adorable. I loved the cultural aspects of the book and how the author incorporated it in the book. The characters were also really enjoyable and I was rooting for them through out the whole read. Overall, super light and romantic read and I would definitely recommend.