Second Chance Gift by Merrillee Whren – Book Review, Preview

Posted June 12, 2020 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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Second Chance Gift

by Merrillee Whren

Series: Pinecrest #2
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Published by Amazon Digital Services
Publication Date June 9, 2020
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Washington Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults


Single mom Beth Carlson wasn’t thrilled with her new neighbor Clay Reynolds and his motorcycle. They only served to remind her of the past she wanted to forget. Her focus was on her teenage son and getting her teaching degree, so she didn’t have time for romance.
Clay wasn’t interested in putting down roots or living in a small town. He was only in Pinecrest for a few months to help out a friend, but a troubled teenage boy and his pretty mom made Clay question those choices.
But Beth can’t trust a temporary guy, and Clay can’t fall for a woman who didn’t share his faith. What will it take to bring them the gift of love?

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

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Second Chance Love is a sweet story of faith and forgiveness.

Beth’s parents and the congregation at their church had hurt her when she was a teen and rebelled against them. Despite turning her back on God, she still had strong moral values that she tried to pass on to her son. The pain and the guilt she still carried caused her to keep everyone at arm’s length and not let them get close to her. Until Clay…

Clay had a big secret he was keeping from Beth. He thought he was helping but when it came out, she was convinced this justified keeping her distance.

Clay and the others in town shared their faith with Beth in a non-threatening, non-judgmental manner and the story was not preachy at all. The ending was quite touching!

Emotions that Beth and Clay struggled with were mentioned more times than I felt necessary. They were “told” much more than shown and it caused the story drag a little. Moreover, I was shocked that Clay would have taken it on himself to know what was best for another person’s child! While he did end up apologizing for it, it did seem more like it was because it upset Beth rather than because he realized it was actually wrong.

Though part of a series that carries characters from one book to the next, Second Chance Love stands alone. If you enjoy romance with a faith element, this would make a nice addition to your library.

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About Merrillee Whren

Merrillee Whren is an award-winning, USA Today bestselling author who writes
inspirational romance. She is the winner of the 2003 Golden Heart Award for best
inspirational romance manuscript presented by Romance Writers of America. She has also been the recipient of the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award and the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award. She is married to her own personal hero, her husband of forty-plus years, and has two grown daughters. She has lived in Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Chicago and Florida but now makes her home in the Arizona desert. She spends her free time playing tennis or walking while she does the plotting for her novels.

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