Title: Second Chances
Author: Lincoln Cole
Genre: Literary Romance, Literary Fiction
Nichole, a young intern at a prestigious law firm, is caught in a tough position. She is juggling too many responsibilities as her world falls apart around her. After her mother goes missing while performing an errand, Nichole is left picking up the pieces of her shattered life and taking care of her younger siblings. She isn’t sure where she can turn to for help, and she is facing a lot of harsh realities about how life works and how much prejudice can hold her back.
Richard is a lawyer who lost his identity in corporate law. He wants to help Nichole through this heartbreaking situation, but he makes mistakes and loses her trust. He discovers that he’s been doing the right things for the wrong reasons for a long time and it has cost him a lot. Everything begins to fall apart as he realizes he’s swept problems under the rug for so long he might no longer be able to fix them.
After meeting an alcoholic who is struggling to take control of his life, Richard wakes up to just how far off-course his life has become and attempts to right it. He asks Nichole for a second chance to help her overcome her obstacles, and he hopes it isn’t too late.
Can Nichole and Richard overcome their differences and get a Second Chance?
This is a well written book that takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster while sharing the stories of two people who face some of the challenges life can present to us. The accurate portrayal of racism in America brought my rage into focus. The author really helps highlight how an issue that America should have gotten past 50 years ago is still destroying what should be a great country.
The story of Nichole and Richard was interwoven well and the utter despair of Nichole’s family really hit home. Richard’s finally coming to grips with his issues was touching as well.
For a good part of the book, I felt I was reading a modern retelling of Scrooged with Richard as the high powered lawyer and his kid brother who was not the same kind of person. Later, during the wrap-up, when Richard realized he could make a difference – I was struck by how if this transformation had been witnessed on Mount Crumpet everyone in Whoville would say Richard’s heart grew three sizes that day!
I found the extended story of Ben, as told to Richard, too long. In the end, it was the one part of the story that wasn’t nicely cleared up and the reader was left thinking…one more sentence and we would have the answer. Another issue is that this book is defined as literary romance and there is no romance between Richard and Nichole. I don’t think the story of Ben qualified nor did the upcoming wedding of Rico.
I did really love the character of Meghan; she was by far the best one in the book.
As a tough book that takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster, I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a solid drama with touch of humor.
My Rating: 4 stars
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Lincoln Cole is a Columbus-based author who enjoys traveling and has visited many different parts of the world, including Australia and Cambodia, but always returns home to his pugamonster puppy and wife. His love for writing was kindled at an early age through the works of Isaac Asimov and Stephen King and he enjoys telling stories to anyone who will listen.
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Reviewed by: Mr. N