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My Thoughts On… The City of Second Chances by Jane Lacey-Crane (& Giveaway!)

The City of Second Chances by Jane Lacey-Crane

Hi All!
Today is my stop on the blog tour for The City of Second Chances and I am here today with a review of this fantastic book!

Title: The City of Second Chances
Author: Jane Lacey-Crane
Publisher: Aria Fiction
Published: 11th December 2018
Pages: 414
Format: ebook
Source:: Review Copy from Netgalley
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Summary:She’s already met The One, it was just that Mr Right came along at the wrong time….
Evie Grant is forty-five years old, a widow, and single mum of two children about to leave the nest. Suddenly alone in the family home, Evie realizes she hates her job, hardly goes out and hasn’t had a date since who knows when…

So it feels like fate when the opportunity arises for a girls trip to New York City. Staying with her sister on the Upper East Side, Evie is enchanted by a snow-covered city consumed by preparing for Christmas. Bobble hat firmly on, Evie is walking through the city one day when she bumps into Daniel Roberts, Hollywood heartthrob and one-time boyfriend of hers.

It’s now or never for Evie – but she open her heart to the possibility of a new beginnings and true happiness once again….?

Funny, real and wonderfully romantic, this is the perfect feel-good read to keep you warm this winter!

My Thoughts

This is the perfect time of year for this kind of book. It is just the most wonderful, warm and magical book with that extra special Christmas feel. It was incredibly easy to get wrapped up into Evie’s world and I absolutely loved the descriptions of New York throughout. While this book does dive into some deep, darker topics such as adultery and affairs, it still has the light airy-ness of Christmas reads that I truly love. It is a fantastic read that you may just be able to get through in one sitting or to draw it out over a few because you simply do not want it to end. Jane Lacey-Crane has created a romantic novel that you simply cannot help but fall in love with – as far as I’m concerned anyhow!

While there are many things about this book to love, I have to admit that one of my absolute favourite things about this book is Judy – the waitress in the diner that Evie finds herself in on her first day in New York. It is this diner that Evie returns to each day and this setting that I truly loved about this book. I love that this diner has such a welcoming, friendly and home-coming feel to it. Of course, as well as Judy and the diner, I also absolutely admired Daniel. He was hard not to love with his ultimate shyness over the media and just how charming and lovely he was. I could understand Evie’s reluctance with him as she felt that she had already had her one true love in life but it was so special being able to witness the two characters rekindle their relationship with each other.

I also really loved the side characters Rachel and Kate. These two each had their own problems going on and it was great to see how these impacted Evie’s life and the story as a whole too. This is just another example of how Jane Lacey-Crane managed to write such a fulfilling novel whereby even the side characters had their own little arcs going on too. Which, as a character-led book lover, I thought was absolutely brilliant. I definitely think both of these characters could have their own books written about them at some point and I would be more than happy to read them.

So all in all, I very much enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it. Especially if you’re looking for both a deep book that delves into darker topics and one that is also light, fluffy and romantic. This is definitely a best of both worlds kind of read that you don’t want to miss!

About the Author

Born in London, Jane’s writing career began in cable TV, writing true crime documentaries. More recently, Jane has contributed to an anthology of short stories and written two weekly crime serials. When she’s not writing, Jane loves to read good books, binge watch TV boxsets and drink tea. And wine.

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One Comment

  • Dianna

    New visitor on your blog, found it via Twitter.

    Love this book cover. It’s a win when side characters get to have their own stories. Great review!

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