On the night of her 35th birthday, Flora Brunelli is full of regrets. The celebrations have turned sour and life hasn’t gone according to plan. She wishes she could be 20 again. Then she finds herself zapped back in time, landing in the summer of 1998 when she was 20 years old. The Spice Girls are at the top of the charts and the X-Files is the hit TV show. It’s also the week Flora’s life unravelled.
For Flora, this is a chance to change her future: win back the love of her life, stay friends with her former best mate and succeed in landing her dream job. It should be easy. But her ex’s best friend, Lance Devic, who she never really noticed before, keeps popping up and messing with her head. And after a while Flora begins to wonder if living in the past really will deliver her the happiness she seeks?
I just realised when I was writing this review that the last two books I have read have had Second Chance in the title. Well, in the case of Carla Caruso’s book, I would definitely give this another go.
Reading this was like one giant flashback to my first year of university, which ironically was 1998, the year Flora revisits in the story. The music, the clothes, friends with dodgy boyfriends….it was as if I was back in Albury.
I really enjoyed this book. Yes, because it brought back some interesting memories, but also because I liked the characters. Flora is like many people, looking back on their life and wondering why things aren’t different and whether things would be better if they could just go back in time and re-live it.
Unlike the rest of us, Flora gets that chance. It could have been a very saccharine and slowly meandering journey down memory lane. However, in this case, it isn’t. Second Chance is a smart, funny story where you find yourself cheering for Flora, and you always want her to get her happy ending (which, being a romance, she does).
My rating: 4 out of 5.
Release Date: 10 February 2013
Note: I was provided with an advanced reader copy of this book by Destiny Romance, an imprint of Penguin Australia via NetGalley in return for an honest review.