Second Chances and Other Tales of Love by Sayword B. Eller
Release Date: February 27, 2011
The Story: Kali Douglas is disenchanted with life, and why shouldn't she be? She's newly divorced from her husband of over ten years- with an extra thirty pounds to prove it- and he is newly engaged to a stick-figure. Her sister is back in town with a less-than-stellar makeover and a devastating secret, and her mother is playing at matchmaker again. With all these complications it's a wonder she can be at all distracted by Jake Templeton, but what a distraction he is! In addition to the title story, Second Chances offers fourteen stories to get you caught up in the utterly fantastic and unpredictable thing that is love!
Review: When I was asked to review this book, I was immediately interested. I love the title and couldn't wait to see what the stories were about. Second Chances is comprised of fifteen short stories on love, loss and family.The title story is the longest, giving an inside look into Kali's life as a recently divorced and overweight woman who wants to move on but doing so is proving harder she'd like.
The most heartbreaking story for me was Leaving. It's told from Meredith's point of view. She's a married woman who abandoned her husband and children. She was very lost emotionally and it's not until her husband truly shows her what she's missing that she realizes she wants to stay and will fight to stay.
I really enjoyed reading these short stories. At 179 pages, Second Chances is a super quick read. It's not exactly an easy read, however, as many of the stories are emotional ones. I think this author has great potential and I hope to read more from her in the future.