Today I am so thrilled to be sharing my review on its publication day for Second Chance Lane by Nicola Marsh, published by Mira.
Second Chance Lane by Nicola Marsh
The Brockenridge Series Book 2
Release Date: 7th of October 2020
Print Length: 384 pages
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From USA Today bestselling Australian author Nicola Marsh comes a compelling story of love, redemption and community.
When the past crashes into the future, there’s more than hearts on the line.
Natasha Trigg leads a simple life in small-town Brockenridge. She works at the roadhouse, has good friends, and at the centre of her world is her daughter, Isla. She knows dumping musician Kody Lansdowne thirteen years ago by misleading him about her pregnancy was best in the long run. She drove him away so he could achieve his dreams but has always felt guilty. When a matchmaking Isla invites a surprise new neighbour to dinner, Tash and Kody come face to face once again…
Now a bona fide rockstar, Kody’s in hiding to sort through the mess his life has become after a concert resulted in devastation. The last thing he needs is discovering he has a child. Especially as it means the one woman he’s never been able to forget is now permanently part of his life. Pity he’s so furious with her…
For Jane Jefferson, who has deliberately fooled townsfolk into believing her reputation is worse than it is for years, a second chance is something she thought she’d never get. Reconnecting with friendships she thought lost forces her to face the question: do past mistakes define you forever?
While navigating the troubled waters of forgiveness, friendship and love, will these three Brockenridge residents discover everyone deserves a second chance?
Ok, so if you are a regular viewer to my blog, you know that psychological thrillers, crime fiction and domestic suspense genres are the only books I tend to read, so you may be thinking, a romance review, am I on the right blog? I know its strange but, yes you most certainly are in the right place!
If there is any author that could get me to cross over on to the warm and fuzzy side, it is Nicola Marsh! I was introduced to the first book in the Brockenridge series, Long Way Home, last year and having loved it more than I thought I would, I was eagerly awaiting Second Chance Lane. I am so thrilled to say that this book has also exceeded my expectations.
Nicola Marsh takes the reader back to Brockenridge, this time for Natasha (Tash), Kody and Jane’s stories. Tash and Jane were secondary characters in Long Way Home, but you don’t need to have read this one to be able to follow along. In saying that though, you really should read it, as it is another beautiful story that you would be missing out on.
Second Chance Lane is exactly as the title states. It is about second chances, in righting the wrongs of the past, forgiveness and most importantly love. I enjoyed Tash and Kody’s story the most and was rooting for them throughout. You could really feel the pain that Tash has gone through doing what she thought was best at the time and my heart broke for Kody when he learns of his daughter’s existence.
Nicola Marsh has put her heart and soul into this book and each word has been lovingly created. The plot is fresh, the characters are strong and it shows that she cares a great deal about them which in turn has the reader feeling the same way. They are brought to life so beautifully and just jump off the page. I must admit that I was not a fan of Jane based on snippets from Long Way Home, but her development and growth over the course of this book made me warm to her and as the reader, forgive her past mistakes.
Nicola Marsh is really such a versatile author who can seamlessly switch between romance and more recently the domestic suspense genre, which is how she came up on my radar. She is such a gifted storyteller and I look forward to reading her books for a long time to come, in both genres! I think it’s fair to say that the Brockenridge series and its characters has completely captured my heart and I look forward to hopefully another book to come.
Thank you to Nicola Marsh, Harlequin Australia and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Second Chance Lane which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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Let’s Get to Know Nicola Marsh
USA Today bestselling and multi-award winning author Nicola Marsh writes feel-good fiction…with a twist. She has published seventy books and sold over eight million copies worldwide. She currently writes rural romance for HarperCollins Australia’s Mira imprint, emotional domestic suspense for Hachette UK’s Bookouture and contemporary romance for Harlequin Dare.
She’s a Romantic Book of the Year and National Readers’ Choice Award winner. A physiotherapist for thirteen years, she now adores writing full time, raising her two dashing young heroes, sharing fine food with family and friends, barracking loudly for her beloved North Melbourne Kangaroos footy team, and curling up with a good book!
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