Book Review: A Year of Second Chances by Buffy Andrews

“And you couldn’t believe that such a large and beautiful shell could be found on such a busy beach. That people had walked by and, apparently, no one had noticed it or, if they had, thought it worthwhile picking up”

Goodreads Synopsis:A Year of Second Chances

When Scarlett comes across a box containing her most precious items from her teenage years, she’s forced to confront the adult she has become. As a divorced mother of two twentysomethings, Scarlett has to admit her life has ground to a halt! Whatever happened to that girl whose hopes and dreams were so naively displayed in a wish list for her life?

So, armed with the list, Scarlett sets about checking off each and every item possible, determined to fulfil her promises to her younger self. Some are easy. Dancing in the rain? Bring on the next thunderstorm! Marrying her high-school sweetheart? Not so easy when married Jake lives clear across the country!

But what started out as a challenge to herself quickly takes on a life of its own, catapulting Scarlett out of her slump and into a life even her younger self could never have dreamed of!


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What made me first pick up this book was the idea of finding a list that you wrote many moons ago and seeing just how much you had accomplished or changed. It kind of reminded me of those letters that teachers would make you write at school at the start of the year, only to be given back on the last day of school. Scarlett herself finds this at the time with her life where she is not only faced with a number of decisions but at a time where her mortality has been brought it sharp focus.

Scarlett herself was an interesting enough character, she was able to see her flaws, contemplate her decisions in life and make a few that I didn’t see coming, but she was just missing something for me to make her fantastic, this potentially has to do with the fact that she is in a completely different stage of her life right now, making it a it harder to relate and connect. She shines in her interactions with others, especially her children and bestie.

The story itself moves at a fast enough pace, which did keep me engaged throughout and has enough twists and turns to keep it from becoming boring, but the same as above it just felt like there was something missing, that extra little oomf that could of lifted it from being a great enjoyable read to five star material, saying that this was the first book I have tried from this author and it has no way dissuaded me from trying more!

If your looking for a fun, easy, enjoyable read then this one’s for you.

Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 3.5/5

Would I read again: No

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes



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