Book Review: A Year of Second Chances by Kendra Smith

May 24, 2019 Book review 4 ★★★

A Year of Second Chances by Kendra Smith nearly lost me at the very start. So many things annoyed me, so even I am surprised that by the end of the book, that everything had picked up sufficiently for to reverse my initial doubts.

Thanks to Aria Fiction for giving me for giving me a copy of this book for review consideration. As always, no matter what the source of the book, you get my honest, unbiased opinion.

Book Review: A Year of Second Chances by Kendra SmithA Year of Second Chances by Kendra Smith
Published by Aria Fiction on 20 Jun 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Women
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Three women. Three very different lives. One life changing adventure.

Charlie is a single mum unlucky in life. She's working multiple jobs just to try and put food on the table. She dreams of being able to give her son the life he deserves. So when an opportunity to make a lot of cash comes along, she simply has to take it.

Suzie has always wanted to be a mother. But fate has been cruel and now time is running out. Soon her final frozen egg will be destroyed and her last chance of having a baby will go with it. With her husband resigned to their childless lives Suzie will take matters into her own hands.

Dawn has hit a midlife crisis. Soon to be fifty she's trying to inject the fun back into her life. But with an interfering mother-in-law and judgemental mums at her children's school it's proving harder than it looks.

Over the course of a year three lives are about to collide and as they do, friendships blossom and new beginnings emerge.


First Line

My heart is hammering in my chest as if a small marsupial is trying to escape.

My Thoughts on A Year of Second Chances by Kendra Smith

Like I said, my early impressions weren’t good. Some of the things that annoyed me were:

  • – Two characters were shoplifters. One because she was trying to spice up turning 50. I was staring at the page thinking WHAT!
  • – Then there was inaccuracy about how long an IVF procedure would be. 
  • – A child knew how to pronounce cleavage cos “she heard mummy use the word when she was on-line shopping”. HOW do you hear online shopping. Urrggh. 

So I very nearly put down the book and moved on. But something stopped me, I still felt the book had potential.

And the more I read, the more I enjoyed the characters, their various journeys and the laughs, cries and screaming matches they had together. I could relate to the themes about infertility and getting older and wanting more. The mix of characters added balance as they all were at such different stages in life, but united in their yearning to achieve their dreams.

I thought the author made me feel emotional as I read. And I had a few laughs, and surprises along the way. So despite the very rocky start, I’m glad I read this one.

Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: three-stars

Who should read A Year of Second Chances by Kendra Smith?

If you would be annoyed by the things I listed, then I don’t recommend this book. If however you are looking for a fun read, that also tackles emotional issues, then maybe this one would be for you. Fans of Tilly Tennant, Lindsey Kelk and Faith Hogan might also enjoy this book.


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4 Responses to “Book Review: A Year of Second Chances by Kendra Smith”

  1. Mystica

    I think lots of people can put themselves in any of these women’s shoes at sometime in their lives. This sounds compelling.

  2. Angela

    I’m glad the book turned around for you! I probably would have DNFed and possibly missed out on a good story!

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