Title: Second Time Around: A Novel
Author: Beth Kendrick
Release Date: March 30, 2010
Genre: Chick Lit
Rating: 4 out of 5
Jamie, Anna, Brooke, Arden, and Cait have been best friends since their days as English majors at the small Thurwell College. When Arden passes away unexpectedly, she leaves each of her friends a small fortune, and thus, a chance to pursue their dreams and do things the right way the second time around.
Beth Kendrick’s chick lit novels are always light, fun and easy to read (my reviews of The Pre-Nup and Nearlyweds), and Second Time Around was no exception. I love how Kendrick can develop solid and sympathetic characters in a short amount of time. It’s easy to fall in love with the four women in this book; they’re strong, loyal, and absolutely hilarious.
My personal favorite character was Brooke. I loved how she never let anyone underestimate her, and never doubted her capabilities. She’s a petite blonde, yet she undertook the incredible task of rewiring a house all on her own. While she wasn’t afraid to ask for help when she needed it, she was resourceful and determined. She would make a wonderful role model for a teenage girl, as she refused to let others tell her what she could and couldn’t do.
Each of the stories in Second Time Around was interesting – I never found myself bored or impatient to move onto another character. I loved the small mystery that Cait had to deal with, as well as Anna’s hilariously juvenile rivalry with another baker.
Second Time Around was an entertaining chick lit novel that I definitely enjoyed. If you’re looking for something easy to read and enjoyable, look no further!