The Second Chance Cafe by Alison Kent: Review

March 5, 2013 Reviews 0

secondchances220Kaylie Flynn was just five years old when her mother abandoned her to the Texas foster  system and vanished. But Kaylie was luckier than most, blessed with a foster mother who taught her the comfort of home…and the healing power of baking the perfect brownie.

Now two  decades later, Kaylie has journeyed back to Hope Springs to open a café in the rambling Victorian she once shared with her foster family—and hopefully to find answers to lingering questions about her birth parents.

Yet Kaylie’s carefully laid plans quickly take a turn for the complicated. The  house needs more work than she ever imagined, and handsome Tennessee Keller, the carpenter Kaylie hires for the job, is having an unnerving effect on her heart. Add an unexpected crisis to the mix, and Kaylie has all the ingredients for a perfect disaster—or a perfect love.

This was a difficult review for me to write. I have mixed feelings about this book, having wanted to enjoy it more than I ended up doing. It was a lovely well-written story, but unfortunately there was something missing for me.

The romance between Kaylie and Tennessee (or Ten as he is referred to throughout the book) is slow in developing, and they take their time getting to know one another before becoming involved. However to me, the romance didn’t appear to be the focus of the story.

Kaylie’s journey back to Hope Springs and her need to reconcile with her past and find her family seemed to be the main driver of the story. It read more as women’s fiction with strong romantic elements, rather than an actual romance – which is fine, but I was anticipating much more focus on the romance between Kaylie and Ten.

I did get a little irritated with Ten’s constant self-flagellation over the issues with his siblings. He was all about shouldering any blame for the situation, which was really out of his control – this tired me out a little. He got a little holier-than-thou with Luna and Mitch (two minor characters), telling them to make things right when he refused to do it with his own siblings.

Other than that, I did enjoy aspects of this story, in particular the side story involving Luna. I see that she is the subject of the next book in the series, which I am keen to read.

My rating: 2.5 out of 5

Release Date: 17 January 2013

Purchase Links: Amazon

Note: I was provided with an advanced reader copy of this book by Montlake Romance via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

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