The Second Chance Cafe by Alison Kent
Narrator: Natalie Ross
Date Read: May 2013
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Growing up, Kaylie Flynn was shuffled from foster home to foster home before being welcomed into Winton and May Wise’s family. It was May who taught Kaylie the comfort of home, and the healing power of baking the perfect brownie. Years later, May leaves Kaylie the money she needs to open her own café in the charming Victorian house they once shared. Now back in Hope Springs, Kaylie’s determined to finally make all her dreams a reality—and unearth answers to lingering questions about her past.
Soon, however, Kaylie’s carefully laid plans take an unexpected turn. The house needs far more work than she realized, and Tennessee Keller, the carpenter Kaylie hires, is proving to be a very handsome and very unneeded distraction from her quest to uncover the truth about her parents. When a crisis threatens to destroy everything she’s worked so hard to build, Kaylie must decide where her heart lies: with the ghosts of her past or the love and promise of her future.
Publisher: Brilliance Audio, Montlake Romance
Series: Hope Springs #1
Overall Rating: 3.50
Story Rating: 3.50
Character Rating: 3.50
Audio Rating: 3.50 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought When Finished: Strong beginning but the end kind of tapered off. I think there were too many things that were trying to be tied up.
Story Thoughts: The Second Chance Cafe was a heart-warming story that made me want to believe in second chances. While I think the story had to much going on at certain times, the overall theme was fantastic. There were some heart-warming moments, some sad moments, and one really steamy scene towards the end (I read romance so this wasn’t too bad but it felt a little out of place in this story). The romance was sweet, slow, and perfect for the two people involved. The side-story was actually a little more interesting to me and would have loved for it to be flushed out more.
Character Thoughts: The characters in The Second Chance Cafe came in all shades of grey. I kind of like the idea that no one is perfect and we all have flaws. The main decisions that each of them had to make made me want to give them all a big ole group hug. There was a lot of love and wanting to do the right behind every single person in this story.
Narrated By Natalie Ross / Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
Natalie Ross is really brilliant at women’s voices, pacing, and emotions. My only complaint with this audiobook was the main guy’s voice, it just did not click for me.
Final Thought: The Second Chance Cafe was a sweet romance with a strong emotional backbone!
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