Friday, March 23, 2018

Book Review: 'Second Time’s a Charm' by Kay Blake


Second Time’s a Charm is a title that pretty much explains the context of this story. This is a quick read that contains a safe and common plot. The author adds in realistic complications that could come with dating outside one’s race.
The beginning of the story is a sad opening of Elizabeth attending a burial service for her long time friend Samantha. While attending the service Liz runs into her high school boyfriend, Liam Parker. During her stay they decide to open up and discuss their past. Liz left right after high school and was gone for six years. I felt the story was very hard to believe because during six year there was no mention of either Liz or Liam being in a relationship with anyone else. Not only that but after six years apart I am sure that they had to have grown in some way but they didn’t spend much time getting to re-know each other before they were having relations.
Things I couldn’t get past beside the long absence of Liz and her running away. Liz still had a Snoopy t-shirt that she wore in high school. Liam’s father had a huge problem with Liam dating outside his race but he gave in so quick and easy. Liz being a runner, running from being hurt and holding on to old hurts and letting it dictate her friendship with Sam and hindered her making visits to her home town.
The author has potential. I liked Liam and found it cute how he still remembered a lot about Liz and what she liked six years ago. He also had a willingness to make things work between them two. He finally stood up to his dad and Nicole Taylor. The book is short and ends with a happy ending. I like how the author gave hers and his voice and perspective. I enjoyed reading about Liz and Liam’s attraction and need for each other.
This was a plot that’s been done before and though the author didn’t add much additional spin to the story, it does give the reader a happy ending. This is a quick appetizer read for those that don’t want to spend a lot of time reading a story.

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