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||Feb. 10, 2012
Romance. Tripp Andrews is the first boy Keely's been attracted to since her boyfriend was killed drag racing, but why is he moving in with Mark's mother? Tripp has a second chance at life, thanks to a new heart, but what would Keely say if she knew it was Mark's?
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Betty Jo Writes
Mark Jefferson was killed eight months ago, drag-racing. Stacy's friend and neighbor for many years, he was daring and impetuous, everything she wasn't. Being with him was exciting, and they'd started dating just a few months before his death. When she meets Tripp, he's looking for the Jefferson home which seems like an odd coincidence. Dark and good-looking, he's the first guy she's really looked at since Mark.
Tripp (Jonathon Michael Andrews III) was born with a heart problem, but just eight months ago, received a new heart. Mark's. Evelyn Jefferson, Mark's mother, wanted to meet Tripp, and now asks him to spend the summer. She's lonely with her husband in an Alzheimer unit. His parents are going to Europe. And the hospital where he volunteers is closer to the Jefferson house than his home in Destiny. All good reasons, and Tripp has one more. Auburn-haired Stacy, the girl he just met, lives two doors away.
Keely watched a dark green car edge by. It was so quiet. Mark's Mustang used to shake the plants on their porch. Her time with Mark had been short and she’d already suspected he was losing interest. No. She hugged her arms to her waist and closed her eyes. She couldn’t think that and keep their love alive inside her heart and head.
"Pardon me." Keely's eyes flew open at the sound of a husky male voice.
A tall guy with light brown hair had appeared out of nowhere to smile down at her from beneath thick lashes. Dimples framed his mouth like parentheses. His eyes were the color of coffee, his face lean with chiseled features. "Can you tell me where I'd find the Jefferson house?"
Keely stared up at the stranger. Dressed in neatly pressed khaki chinos and a polo shirt, he didn’t look like a friend of Mark’s. Mark always wore grunge clothes, and so did his buddies.
Second Chance at Love--5 Star Review
SECOND CHANCE AT LOVE is a delightful young adult romance that captures the intensity and self-focus of adolescence. Anyone who is or has been seventeen will recognize Keely's tumble of conflicting feelings and impulses. The secondary characters, like Mark's mother, Evelyn, are equally well realized, but my favorite character is Tripp. It would have been easy to make Tripp two dimensional—little more than Mark's opposite - but instead, Ms. Schuler deftly wove a complex of history and motivation to create a character who is strong, passionate, sensitive, and thoughtful. He's the kind of man who can cry and not care if anyone is watching. It's no wonder Keely falls so hard for him.
In SECOND CHANCE AT LOVE, Ms. Schuler balances a sweet love story with serious and timely issues, like the dangers of reckless driving and the importance of organ donation. She explores the difference between infatuation and love, and shows how vital trust and honesty are to any good relationship. Even more important, she shows the courage it takes to embrace life in the face of death. Though the themes in this story are serious, the book never drags.
SECOND CHANCE AT LOVE is a fast-paced, well-written novel that catches the reader's interest on page one and keeps it until the story's sweet and satisfying conclusion. For teens and adult readers alike, I give SECOND CHANCE AT LOVE my highest recommendation.
Reviewed by: Carrie S. Masek
Second Chance at Love
"Second Chance At Love" by Betty Jo Schuler will capture your heart for eternity. Is it ever okay to withhold the truth? Tripp finds it extremely difficult to confide in Keely his secret. Should he take a chance and tell her the heart transplant he received was donated by her recently deceased boyfriend? How will Keely react when she discovers the truth? Will she believe Tripp truly loves her, or will she think it's Mark's heart? This tale isn't for only Young Adults, I recommend it for all those hopeless romantics.
Kim's Reviews~~Reviewed by Kim Gaona http://kimgaona.com
E-Books for Kids--Reviewers Choices
Keely's first boyfriend Mark was a dare-devil and got himself killed drag
racing. Months later, Keely is still unwilling to date other boys. Then a
romantic, caring young man called Tripp moves in with Mark's mother for the
summer. Keely can't help taking an instant liking to him, but doesn't want him
to know that she was dating Mark. Tripp, on the other hand, promised Mark's
mother not to tell anyone that Mark's heart is now beating in his chest - a
transplant that saved his life. While exploring their new-found love, Keely and
Tripp carefully avoid revealing their secrets until it's almost too late.
My favorite character in the book is Rose, a young girl waiting for a heart
transplant. Tripp takes Keely along to the hospital to cheer up Rose while he
does his clown stunt to entertain the other kids in coronary care. I don't want
to give away the surprise ending ... let me just say that Rose teaches Keely
some basic truths about second chances.
"Second Chance At Love" is a unique story. Tender, moving, funny, gripping and
intelligent, a perfect mix, excellently written with a wonderful ear for modern
teenager's dialogs. The serious issues - organ donation, recklessness, honesty -
melt seamlessly with the smoothly flowing plot. Irresistible!
--Christine Spindler, E-Books for Kids, http://www.dreamwater.com/spindler
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