So I got the wonderful opportunity to read author Alexis A. Goring's latest novel and also interviewed her. Yayyy!!! But not only that, she's giving out a cool prize, so make sure to read through and participate!
About the book:
Newly single food critic and newspaper reporter Traci Hightower is done with dating. After the man of her dreams left her at the altar on their wedding day and ran off with the woman she thought was her best friend, Traci resolves to focus on work and resigns herself to being a bachelorette for life.
Marc Roberts is a political reporter who is known as Mr. Nice Guy, the one who always finishes last. However, Marc’s compassion and kindness are of invaluable help to his newly widowed sister Gina Braxton who is trying to raise her two kids in the wake of her firefighter husband’s death.
Traci and Marc may be the perfect match, but they don’t know it yet. With God’s guidance and the help of Gina’s matchmaking skills honed by her career as a bestselling romance novelist, there is hope for a happily ever after for these two broken hearts.
Traci and Marc's story is a sweet one to read on a rainy day. It's a light read that will warm your heart. Traci is easy to sympathize with and you'll find yourself easily warming up to Marc. I liked their very first encounter and how their friends got involved in making sure they saw each other again.
However, I felt their romance moved too fast. It almost felt like parts of the story were missing. I felt a lot of things that could have been developed in the book were simply skipped. So that the plot twists that could have been interesting were suddenly overlooked. At a stage I had to go back and look, asking myself when the characters suddenly got together. I also felt their relationship was very marriage-focused. I read a lot of Contemporary Christian romance in which the characters don't date just for the sake of dating (which is awesome!!). But in this book the goal of getting marriage seemed to weigh too heavily upon the characters. Let me explain, it was as if they were so into the thought of marriage that they barely took the time to properly get to know each other. If they did, those parts were skipped and brushed over, rather than being expanded on.
When conflict did arise, sadly I wasn't at all convinced about the reason for the conflict. I kept asking myself why the issue at hand was even something that could cause such a high level of conflict like was portrayed in the book. It appeared quite incredulous. But while I didn't believe their disagreement was worth the drama, it was encouraging to see them both finally work through it in spite of being hurt in the past.
I believe this could truly have been an amazing book had things not been so rushed. The characters are definitely like-able and I liked how they both worked to achieve their different dreams.
Overall, it was a nice short read for an evening in.
About the author:
Alexis A. Goring is a passionate writer with a degree in Print Journalism and an MFA in Creative Writing. She loves the art of storytelling and hopes that her stories will connect readers with the enduring, forever love of Jesus Christ.
Author contact links:
“God is Love” blog: http://capturingtheidea.blogspot.com
What inspired you to write A Second Chance?
I’ve heard real-life stories about the agony of being a jilted bride by someone you thought was your Mr. Right, so I created Traci (the heroine) and explored matters of the heart through her character. Also, I thought it would be a good idea to write about a man who was known as a “nice” guy who as a result, was unlucky in love…this led to the creation of Marc (the hero).
Which scene was the most difficult to write? Why? (Or which scene(s) did you enjoy writing most? Why?)
The scene that was the most difficult to write was the one where Traci’s Mom shares the inheritance letter with Traci. It was difficult to write because I needed to make the letter and the terms and conditions therein, sound true to real life. I didn’t have any experience in the real world with this, so it took a true stretch of my imagination, story research and editorial advice from my editor to help me make this scene believable.
The scene that I enjoyed writing the most was when Marc surprises Traci with a visit to her parent’s house in California. You’ll have to read my book to find out why!
Which character(s) from A Second Chance do you identify with most? Why?
I identify most with Carla who is Traci’s colleague and best friend. The reason is because we are go-getters, women who are vocal about our faith in God, and we have the gift of encouragement.
Please share an interesting fact about A Second Chance.
This story was re-written completely from start to finish, and then revised from the middle to the end before publication.
What would you tell someone who may have been hurt in the past (like Traci and Marc) and who still struggles to forgive or trust?
Forgiveness is good for the human soul. God restores broken hearts. Don’t give up. Ask God to help you heal and He will!
Two winners will receive a free e-copy of “A Second Chance”.
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