Hi again! Welcome to another blog tour from AToMR & Passionate Encounters. Today, I have the pleasure of introducing Once Upon a Second Chance by Marian Vere, a light hearted take on the Cinderella fairy tale we all know and love. Below is a blurb of the book, my review, the trailer, and a really fantastic giveaway. But before we get to all that here is a list of the many other tour stops for this book, which means many other chances to win a magic wand! *sigh* Wouldn’t it be great to have one of those?
Julia’s life seemed to be falling perfectly into place. She had burgeoning job prospects in the finance industry, an exciting life in New York City, and a wonderful fiancé, Nick Kerkley, who she was totally in love with. Nick however, while being completely devoted to Julia, did not have the career potential or financial stability to be worthy of someone like her — or at least that’s what she came to convince herself. Hesitantly, Julia ended the relationship, forcing herself to believe it would all be for the best. Little did she know, that one decision would lead both their lives to spiral away from each other, only to converge again.
What happens to your fairytale when you let someone else wave the magic wand? Will your dreams of love and enchantment still come true, or will your ‘happily ever after’ pass by without you?
Once Upon a Second Chance is a contemporary retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion.
I was totally into this book at first, until the actual fairy Godmother came into the story. I love the premise of old loves reunited, but there is a line between real and imaginary. To me, you can’t have a fairy tale character just pop into a real situation. Granted, it is sort of a Cinderella story and yes since it is a fairy tale type, you would expect that sort of thing to pop up as your reading but it still kind of caught me off guard and had me rolling my eyes.
From the first moment Julia and Nick meet, they just know. And within three months they are engaged. But it seems Julia has no backbone and is weak since she can’t stand up for herself against her strong willed sister, and when her sister Lisa, kowtows Julia into breaking things off, telling her that the relationship is moving too quickly, Julia heeds her older sister’s advice and for the next eight years is miserable…as Nick is too.
Eight years later Nick needs a financial company’s help with buying a house and guess who works at that company? Of course they don’t get together right away, what fun would that be? Miscommunication and hurt feelings last for about three quarters of the way through this book, but in between page 1 and the last page?
It was cute, you could totally picture yourself in Julia’s place and the man of your dreams as Nick. Actually my version would be a whole lot…friskier, but I’m not the author. Anyway, Once Upon a Second Chance overall was a nice, enjoyable read that will take you away for a short while. It took less than a couple hours to read. I was wishing it were longer and had more substance and plot but it was overall was a nice escape for an afternoon. I wouldn’t mind reading more from this author.
A bit about the author
Marian Vere is a twenty eight year old writer of Women’s Fiction. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she received her degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in–get this–vocal music performance, only to later discover her love of writing and story telling. Marian currently lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her Husband, and two daughters.