Buggy’s Review of Once Upon a Second Chance by Marian Vere
I’d like to extend my thanks to both the author, Marian Vere, and AToMR Book Tours for letting me participate in this event. For a full list of all the blogs involved, and for a chance to enter the giveaway associated with this tour, please visit HERE! =^.^=
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Date Published: November 6, 2012
What happens to your Happily-Ever-After when your Fairy Godmother doesn’t show up for work?
Julia Basham’s life was perfect. She was finally done with school, about to start an internship with a prestigious financial company which would lead to a great job and, best of all, she’d just become engaged to her very own Prince Charming, Nicholas Kerkley. Unfortunately, while Nick was warm, intelligent, and completely devoted to Julia, he was also a college dropout, with no job to speak of, and almost completely broke. While none of his shortcomings were a problem for Julia, they were a big problem for her older sister Lisa, who told her that a guy like Nick wasn’t proper marriage material for a girl on the fast track to success, Julia began to reconsider the relationship. Although she didn’t wholeheartedly agree with Lisa, after some thought Julia decided that she would take her sister’s advice and end her engagement with Nick, convincing herself that it was the right thing to do. Only after breaking Nick’s heart, and her own in the process, did Julia realize what a horrible mistake it was.
As the story opens nearly a decade later, Julia is the quiet shadow of the woman everyone thought she’d be, who’s once fulfilling life has fallen into a stale and safe existence. Her shell of a world is thrown into upheaval when she finds out that the financial planning team she works for has taken on a new client; a now successful and very rich Nick Kerkley. Stuck in a horribly awkward situation, Julia makes a decision–take charge, step up, and find her own happy ending. However, she quickly realizes that fairy tales aren’t as strait forward as we’ve been brought up to believe. Sometimes, to get to happily ever after, you have to stop waiting for fate, strap on a pair of wings, and be your own fairy godmother.
Once Upon A Second Chance, is a modern yet whimsical take on Austen’s classic love story, Persuasion.
The moment I found out that this was a modern-day take on Jane Austen’s Persuasion, I knew I had to read this book! And I’m so glad I did because I truly enjoyed this story. If you are a fan of Jane Austen’s novels, then I highly recommend you check this book out! =^.^=
I first wish to say that I loved the message Vere gives within this story. The idea that a woman can be her own “fairy godmother” and can make her own “happily ever after” really put a fantastic spin on the entire plot. It made me purr out loud when Julia realizes this, and I will admit that I couldn’t help but smile during the last few scenes. The whole novel was a joy to read and Vere did a wonderful job of retelling Austen’s work.
I automatically loved both Julia and Nick, though will admit that there were a number of times where I wanted to slap both of them for their obtuseness. And yes, there were a few moments where Julia’s self-pity made me a bit twitchy, but generally speaking, both characters found a place in my heart, and by the end of the book I wanted them to work things out. I also enjoyed the whole cast of secondary characters. Chris and Derek provided a few comedic moments, Bree’s enthusiasm was contagious, and Lisa and Cathy’s sisterly wisdom was insightful. All of the characters that Vere introduces the reader to were easily likeable. Even Zach was a great guy despite everything.
There were also many memorable scenes throughout this book. The scene at the hospital and the events leading up to it is just one example. Then there’s the wedding reception scene, and the wedding scene itself…Well, I could go on, but I think it’s better for you to discover the rest for yourselves, don’t you agree? I will say this much though, some scenes will make you laugh, some will make you get a bit teary eyed, and a few will make you want to hiss in frustration. Truthfully it’s rather hard not to get caught up in some of the events that take place in this book.
I don’t know if Vere has plans on writing other modern-day retellings of Austen’s stories, but I can definitely say that if she does, I’ll be one of the first in line to check them out. I offer purrs and tail waves for a job well done! =^.^=
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–oddly enough–vocal music performance, only to later discover her love of writing and storytelling. Marian is represented by Carly Watters of PS Literary, and currently lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her Husband, and two daughters.