Three women. Three very different lives. One life-changing adventure.
Charlie is a single mum unlucky in life. Her multiple jobs make barely enough to feed the family cat, never mind being able to give her son the life he deserves. So when an opportunity to make a lot of cash comes along, she simply has to take it.
Suzie has always wanted to be a mother. But fate has been cruel and now time is running out. Soon her final frozen egg will be destroyed and her last chance of having a baby will go with it. With her husband resolved to their childless life Suzie takes matters into her own hands.
Dawn is about to turn fifty and seems to have misplaced her mojo along with the car keys. But with an interfering mother-in-law and a gaggle of judgemental mums at her children’s school, it’s proving harder to find than a decent fitting bra. Especially after a series of highly embarrassing incidents…
Over the course of a year three lives are about to collide and as they do be prepared to laugh, cry and fall in love with these women as they discover how life can give you a second chance.
I really enjoyed A Year of Second Chances which features the lives of three very different women who are all struggling or missing something in their lives.
Suzie and Dawn have been friends since university, they meet Charlie who is a cleaner at the gym they attend. Dawn is approaching fifty and craves some excitement in her life, Suzie is heartbroken after several failed fertility treatments and Charlie has a loan shark knocking at her door.
Charlie and Suzie come up with a plan that could be beneficial to them both. Meanwhile, Dawn is on a mission to come out of her comfort zone (with hilarious consequences). A blast from the past reappears who causes Suzie’s heart to flutter and an extrovert mother in law gives Dawn some major headaches.
I loved the Spanish au pair Ramone who is studying English and makes ‘special’ brownies. There is literally something for everyone in this story, the characters are hugely relatable and there are plenty of shocks and surprises along the way. My heart went out to each of the women at different times, I loved the friendship, the humour, and the romance. A lovely escapist novel from a talented author.
Reading the acknowledgments I was shocked to read that this book nearly didn’t happen because Kendra Smith was badly hurt in a road traffic accident whilst writing A Year of Second Chances. Sending Best Wishes to this amazing author and brave lady.
Thank you to Aria Fiction for a copy of the book via NetGalley, which I have reviewed honestly.