A Contemporary Romance Novel
By Suzi Macdonald
Release Date: October 17, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Second Chances, Reunion, First Love, Decisions, Family
Teige Adams fell for the dazzling Alexandra “Zani” Fairmichael in high school, but Zani was far too sophisticated to fall for a tall, geeky misfit like Teige. Twenty years later, he is a successful photographer with a string of glamorous ex-girlfriends behind him, and Zani has become plain Allie Brown, the mother of demanding teenage twins.
When Teige discovers Allie has separated from her husband and is moving back to their hometown, he is determined to try for a second chance at the girl he never had. But Allie, on the rebound from a difficult marriage, isn’t certain what (or who) she wants. Plus, Teige’s slightly unhinged ex-fiancée and Allie’s soon-to-be-ex-husband have their own ideas about who Teige and Allie should be with. And then there is Katie, who is certain Teige is “The One” for her.
Second Chances is a book about, well.. second chances. There seems to be a theme around the genre at the moment and I’m totally okay with that! I love a good missed opportunity story. This book delves into the lives of Tiege and Zani. Tiege always had a thing for Zani but it just wasn’t meant to be, with two different people and two different agendas during high school. They meet later, as their friends intertwine lives, and the sizzle starts to bubble up. The thing about this book is: it’s set in the UK, so you have to read it like that. By that I mean there is a lot of Britishisms, which I was okay with.
The characters are older and more mature than a lot of books I’ve read lately. This added to the intrigue of the storyline. There were moments of frustration about both main character’s behaviour (and also the secondary characters), but really, what comes out of this story simply, is flawed characters looking for love. It’s good to read a book with flawed, mature characters and some not so great characters looking to cause trouble for love.
This book is a good read from Suzi Macdonald, and I recommend it to anyone who is after a few twists and turns in an imperfect story of getting back a love that has bubbled under the surface for decades.