Thursday, November 15, 2012

Blog Tour Stop: Once Upon A Second Chance by Marian Vere: Review

Once Upon A Second ChanceTitle: Once Upon a Second Chance
Author: Marian Vere
Publisher:  Omnific Publishing
Publication: November5th, 2012
Pages: 210
Format: eARC
Rating: 5/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

What happens to your Happily-Ever-After when your Fairy Godmother doesn't show up for work?

Julia Basham’s life was perfect. She was finally done with school, about to start an internship with a prestigious financial company which would lead to a great job and, best of all, she’d just become engaged to her very own Prince Charming, Nicholas Kerkley. Unfortunately, while Nick was warm, intelligent, and completely devoted to Julia, he was also a college dropout, with no job to speak of, and almost completely broke. While none of his shortcomings were a problem for Julia, they were a big problem for her older sister Lisa, who told her that a guy like Nick wasn’t proper marriage material for a girl on the fast track to success, Julia began to reconsider the relationship. Although she didn’t wholeheartedly agree with Lisa, after some thought Julia decided that she would take her sister’s advice and end her engagement with Nick, convincing herself that it was the right thing to do. Only after breaking Nick’s heart, and her own in the process, did Julia realize what a horrible mistake it was.

As the story opens nearly a decade later, Julia is the quiet shadow of the woman everyone thought she’d be, who’s once fulfilling life has fallen into a stale and safe existence. Her shell of a world is thrown into upheaval when she finds out that the financial planning team she works for has taken on a new client; a now successful and very rich Nick Kerkley. Stuck in a horribly awkward situation, Julia makes a decision–take charge, step up, and find her own happy ending. However, she quickly realizes that fairy tales aren’t as strait forward as we’ve been brought up to believe. Sometimes, to get to happily ever after, you have to stop waiting for fate, strap on a pair of wings, and be your own fairy godmother.

Once Upon A Second Chance, is a modern yet whimsical take on Austen’s classic love story, Persuasion.

My Review

I fell in love with this story immediately.  It is a modern-retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion so I knew I would love it.  I was completely hooked after the very first page.  I read this book in one sitting.  I had to keep going so I could what would happen next.  There wasn't a character that I didn't like in this story.  I could see them all as friends.  This book is definitely one that I will be rereading. 

Julia ends her relationship with her fiance, Nick due to her sister's opinion.  She has become a shell of herself since this has happened.  He was the one thing that made her truly feel alive.  Nick was very devastated with the break up. Julia isn't who she used to be anymore.  Her job is what it should be.  She could have done so much more.   Eight years later, they meet again.  

I loved Julia as a character.  I was able to relate to her early on in the book.  She realized what a huge mistake she made and has suffered the consequences.  She even quit dating and became so depressed.  When seeing Nick again, I enjoyed seeing her old self again.  The fight in her would pop out at moments.  

I loved Nick so much.  I would marry that man in a heartbeat.  I really felt for him when she ended it.  I wanted to shake her. I am glad that he made his dreams come true.  He built his business himself and did what everyone believed he couldn't do.

This was a great book!!!  Marian did a wonderful job!!!  I recommend this to anyone who loves a good romance story!!!

                                                               About the Author

 Marian Vere is a twenty eight year old writer of Women's Fiction. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she received her degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in--oddly enough--vocal music performance, only to later discover her love of writing and storytelling. Marian is represented by Carly Watters of PS Literary, and currently lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her Husband, and two daughters.


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