Once, a terrible scandal forced
Bradford Pemberton to lose both his land and his fiancée,
Verity Morrison. Now, twelve years later, Bradford has
returned to London and only his nephew, Charlie, knows it.
While Bradford cannot forget Verity, he assumes that in the
passing years she has married and left behind the memory of
their ill-fated romance. What Bradford doesn’t know is that
Verity refused ever to marry. Instead, she lives with her
family, helping to raise her young niece, Lisbet.
Lisbet travels to London to make her
debut wanting to take London by storm and, though she won’t
admit it, impress her childhood playmate Charlie. But
Lisbet’s trip isn’t all she planned, as her chaperone, her
aunt Catherine, is a notorious gambler indebted to a
disreputable fortune-hunter. Verity soon finds herself in
London, determined to free Lisbet from Catherine’s
clutches. When Verity discovers Bradford is in town, the
plot thickens, as she believes him to be in love with
Catherine and he believes her to be wed to another. Where
lies, misconceptions, and hesitant hearts reign, will a few
abductions and a dash of chaos be what it takes to help four
people find their true loves?
With nearly as many threads as a
Shakespeare comedy, Second Chance may sound as
if it has a few too many threads. Yet when reading
Second Chance, I was impressed how each storyline
seamlessly wove in and out of every other, allowing me to
see the story progress from multiple points of view without
the book getting bogged down in the process.
This was my first book by Janis Susan May and I doubt it
will be my last. Ms. May created likeable characters in
Bradford and Verity and the story itself flowed smoothly.
It is difficult, I think, to fully connect with a romance
where the hero and heroine do not interact for much of the
book. However, I still found myself invested in Bradford
and Verity’s romance, hoping that they would find their
happily ever after. As for Charlie and Lisbet, while both
were entertaining in their own right, I cannot say they were
as likeable as their respective uncle and aunt; both were a
bit too melodramatic for my personal preference. All in
all, I was utterly charmed by Second Chance, a
delightful story that proves there are some loves that
neither time nor distance can fade.