Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Second Time Around

Title: Second Time Around
Publisher: Bantam
Pub Date: March 30th 2010
Author: Beth Kendrick
Received From: Purchased
Second Time Around by Beth Kendrick

Every summer, four college friends hold a mini-reunion. They laugh, reminisce, and commiserate about their soul-sucking jobs. Maybe they should have listened to everyone who warned them to study something “practical.”

Then an unexpected windfall arrives—one million dollars, to be exact—with the stipulation that they use it to jump-start their new careers. Almost overnight, a professor, a bartender, a copywriter, and an administrative assistant reinvent themselves as a novelist, an event planner, a pastry chef, and a bed-and-breakfast owner. But the changes in their professional roles create unexpected turbulence in their personal lives, and soon the secrets and scandals from their past start to resurface. 

For anyone who has ever wondered “What if?,” this engaging novel provides a sweet, funny look at friendship, romance, and second chances. 

This book really pulled at my heartstrings, I loved the story of the survival and growth of the lives of four woman, who were each given the opportunity to get what they want out of life when one of their friends leaves them each some money when she passes away. I would have liked to see a small bit more of the back story of Arden who lost her life and left her friends this amazing gift. . She was sprinkled throughout the story to show us the relationship between the characters and Arden, but how did she as a young woman obtain this amount of money while dealing with an illness? that piece just seemed a bit unbelievable to me. What I did feel and know throughout the book was the love these women shared with her and the friendships with one another that may have stagnated overtime but grew when they returned to their college home together! this was a truly wonderful tale of young women, friendship, growth and love!


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