Book Review: Second Time Around – Beth Kendrick

Title: Second Time Around: A Novel
Author: Beth Kendrick
ISBN: 9780385342247
Pages: 336
Release Date: March 30, 2010
Publisher: Bantam
Genre: Chick Lit
Source: Author
Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary:

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.

Review:

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!

Comments

  1. This is on my list and now I’m really looking forward to reading it!

  2. This is on my list and now I’m really looking forward to reading it!

  3. I like the look of this book. Such a pretty cover. Love those chairs. Thanks for the review!

  4. I like the look of this book. Such a pretty cover. Love those chairs. Thanks for the review!

  5. I don’t think I could take a steady diet of these types of books, but they are nice now and again. Just to take the edge off. I’ll put this one on the “vacation” list!

  6. I don’t think I could take a steady diet of these types of books, but they are nice now and again. Just to take the edge off. I’ll put this one on the “vacation” list!

  7. I’ve not read ny Beth Kendrick, but looks like I should have! I’ll keep an eye out for this book!

  8. I’ve not read ny Beth Kendrick, but looks like I should have! I’ll keep an eye out for this book!

  9. Sounds like fun 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  10. Sounds like fun 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  11. definite read, thanks, for the review.

  12. definite read, thanks, for the review.

  13. definite read, thanks, for the review.

  14. definite read, thanks, for the review.

  15. I love books with great women’s friendships in them. That cover is great too!

  16. I love books with great women’s friendships in them. That cover is great too!

  17. I don’t read much chick-lit, but this one sounds like it’s a cut above the average. This might make a perfect beach read this summer. I will keep my eyes open for it. Thanks for the great review!

  18. I don’t read much chick-lit, but this one sounds like it’s a cut above the average. This might make a perfect beach read this summer. I will keep my eyes open for it. Thanks for the great review!

  19. It does sound like a light, entertaining novel – a good one for summer vacation!

  20. It does sound like a light, entertaining novel – a good one for summer vacation!

  21. I haven’t read any books by this author before but this one sounds great! I’ll have to add it to my list!

  22. I haven’t read any books by this author before but this one sounds great! I’ll have to add it to my list!

  23. I’ll consider this next time I’m cravinc chick lit! Thanks for the review!

  24. I’ll consider this next time I’m cravinc chick lit! Thanks for the review!

  25. This book sounds wonderful for a lazy summer day of porch reading. It’s nice to see even though you had a favorite character, all the characters were enjoyable. It looks like a fun read!

  26. This book sounds wonderful for a lazy summer day of porch reading. It’s nice to see even though you had a favorite character, all the characters were enjoyable. It looks like a fun read!

  27. This sounds like a book I would enjoy. Chick-lit is always fun when you want a light read. I’ll be sure to add this one to my wishlist. Great review, as always!

  28. This sounds like a book I would enjoy. Chick-lit is always fun when you want a light read. I’ll be sure to add this one to my wishlist. Great review, as always!

  29. Thanks for the review! I saw the book on the internet and thought it looked interesting. Plus, the cover is really nice!

  30. Thanks for the review! I saw the book on the internet and thought it looked interesting. Plus, the cover is really nice!

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