Jane Lacey-Crane comes to the blog today with her second book, a contemporary woman’s fiction with several twists in
The City of Second Chances
Evie is forty-five, working in a job she hates for a woman she can’t stand, her two children are away at university and she’s still talking (in her head) with her husband, Tom. Some days are better than others, and some days she’d rather hide under her covers and let the world go by without her. But, thanks to her best friend Rachel, her younger sister Kate and the courage to work with a therapist, while the dark days come, she understands that they can be overcome, and most of her life is spent overcoming one thing or another (most simply just embarrassing or momentarily agonizing) and with her sharp wit and increasingly vocal honesty she takes steps to answer some two decade-old questions and discover things about herself long-forgotten.
A last minute trip to New York after seeing an article that mentions Rachel and Evie’s best friend from sixth-form college, Olivia, who disappeared in New York without a trace after leaving their little group at the bar for their hotel. Newspapers and worry, not to mention her odious boyfriend throwing mud, the two left the city years ago, and neither had been back. Now with free time due to her rather ‘messy’ resignation and Rachel pushing for them to ‘run away’ for a week to get answers’, she’s off to New York planning to stay in her sister’s apartment. With Rachel’s marriage issues, Evie running into an old boyfriend from school, her befriending a diner waitress, and extending her stay in New York – Evie is discovering her old self, learning to not always run away from emotions or conflict, and with both of her children settled she’s returning to England and into London to find something that sparks her joy.
With a reunited pair of childhood sweethearts, some marvelously romantic moments, a solid character in Evie with her matter-of-fact approach to managing each day with depression, and her truly clever sense of humor, her supportive relationships with friends and family and her determination to make a life that can be happy, the story was entertaining, laugh out loud funny, and even swoony as Evie navigates her life and allows us all to follow along.
Title: The City of Second Chances
Author: Jane Lacey-Crane
Genre: Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Depression, Family Saga, Friendship, Romantic Elements
Published by: Aria
Published on: 11 December, 2018
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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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!
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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