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 straight 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.
You say Chick Lit, I say YES! I love this genre. It’s cute, sweet and makes me smile.
Women are taught to believe they have to look for and find ‘the one,’ while men are taught to believe there will always be another princess.”
This is a modern day retelling of Jane Austen’s, Persuasion. I haven’t read Persuasion and I am hoping rectify that mistake soon. I love the concept. Who doesn’t like second chances?
Being the hopeless romantic that I am there was no way that I wasn’t going to like this book. And it didn’t disappoint. So the synopsis pretty much tells the entire story but the question is whether the second chance given to Julia leads to a happy ending or not. I had absolutely no idea what would happen next and I couldn’t put the book down until I read the very last page. I finished the book in one sitting.
Julia was confusing. I never really hated her but she was too whiny for my liking. She broke up with Nick, right? She has no right to play the victim. She is just a mute spectator for about half the novel and does absolutely nothing. If there was a guy that I thought was my soul mate I would have fought for him. I just couldn’t connect with Julia and understand her decisions.
But toward the end she did get more sensible and decided to become her own fairy Godmother. I like the idea. We all have the power to make or break our lives. We need to make our own choices and stop blaming others. And when Julia finally realized that and strapped on the wings and decided to DO something. I was relieved and the story got so much better towards the end.
Nick is totally swoon worthy. I do have certain issues with how easily he could forgive Jules but I guess he is just too sweet. And I can’t complain about that, it won’t be fair. I loved the moments between Julia and Nick. They are adorable together.
I LOVED the ending!! *sigh*
I smiled a lot reading the book and I adore the cover. Read this if you like the genre and are looking for a light, fluffy read.
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