Second Time Around Melody Carlson

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Who doesn’t love a second chance?

When empty nester Mallory Farrell inherits her grandmother’s run-down tourist shop in Seaport, Oregon, it seems the only sensible thing to do is to sell it. But when her former secret crush, Grayson Matthews, wants to buy the property in order to complete his plans to redevelop the funky town’s business district into a soulless, cookie-cutter outdoor mall, Mallory digs in her heels and decides to renovate the property herself.

With a lot of hard work and a little bit of help, Mallory makes incredible progress turning the store into an eclectic home décor shop called Romancing the Home–all while trying to ignore the depressing and decrepit apartment she’s living in on the second floor. When the shop catches the eye of a popular renovation TV show producer, Mallory is thrilled–until it becomes clear that her apartment is to be part of the segment as well.

She’s tempted to abandon her dreams and the town under a cloud of shame. But perhaps there’s more to Grayson than meets the eye. Can he swallow his pride, change his plans, and help Mallory romance her own home–and possibly her life?

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Hott Review of Second Time Around:

A small beach town.
An unexpected inheritance.
A second chance… For a souvenir shop, friendship, a career, and possibly love.
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I loved Second Time Around! While officially this is probably considered a Christian Romance, I thought it was more about Mallory becoming herself. At a loss after her kids grew up and made their own lives, as they should, Mallory needed to find a new direction for her life and an unexpected inheritance provides the opportunity for her to reinvent her life.

This is especially poignant in my life right now. While I still have my hubby, my kids are moving on, and my career is changing directions. I could completely appreciate how lost Mallory felt and her fear of becoming the village idiot!

I’m really enjoying books featuring empty-nesters. While my kids aren’t exactly gone, they are all adults with their own lives and hubby and I are on our own 🤷

Thank you Melody Carlson for sharing yet another book that impacts us where we are in our lives and reminds us that we can bring every moment to our Lord.


Author: Melody Carlson
Source: NetGalley
Publisher & Date: March 7, 2023 by Fleming H. Revell Company
Genre: Christian Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Romance
Grade: A+
Steam: None
Setting: Oregon, US

Gina ~ Hott Books

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