Publication Date: February 6, 2020
What are the chances that twelve little tokens could change a life?
Seventeen years ago, Eve Roberts had the wonderful life she’d always dreamed of: a degree in archaeology, a gorgeous boyfriend, and exciting plans to travel the world with him, working on digs. But when her sister Faye died, the life Eve knew ended too. Faye’s daughter Caitlyn came to live with Eve, her boyfriend left, and she quickly gave up on her dreams.
Now approaching her forties birthday, Eve faces the prospect of an empty nest as Caitlyn is leaving home. Caitlyn gives Eve a set of twelve ‘Be Kind to Yourself’ vouchers, telling her that she has to start living for herself again, and that she should fill one in every time she does something to treat herself.
With her very first voucher, Eve’s life will change its course. But with eleven more vouchers to go, can Eve learn to put herself first and follow the dreams she’s kept secret for so long? Because life is for living – and as she well knows, it’s too short to waste even a moment…
(Synopsis from Goodreads)
A Dozen Second Chances by Kate Field is one of those books that will make you feel a whole range of emotions. It is a charming romantic comedy which happens to deal with some heavy topics, namely grief. I found myself laughing at some points, and on the verge of tears at others. This book is a bit of an emotional whirlwind.
I hope that this does not come across as negative, because that is not what I intend at all. I just wouldn’t want anyone to go into this novel thinking that it is a light-hearted story from beginning to end. It could perhaps even be triggering for anyone who has lost someone recently. The author writes about grief in such a powerful way; it is worth reading for that alone. No pressure is placed on Eve, the protagonist, to grieve in a timely manner. Her grief adapts throughout the story, and through it she grows and learns how to forgive, and how to live again. It really is a wonderful storyline.
A Dozen Second Chances isn’t entirely heavy though. Eve’s relationships with a number of people forms the heart of the story. The relationship with her sassy grandmother was particularly delightful to read about – I couldn’t get enough. Eve’s connection with Caitlyn, her niece who she raised as her own daughter, was beautiful. It was wonderful to see how their relationship progressed throughout the story. And, of course, there is Paddy – Eve’s charming ex-boyfriend. The chemistry between these two characters was powerful; I couldn’t get enough.
The only critiques I have about this book are that it could be a bit repetitive at times, and it was slightly predictable. However, neither of these factors impeded my enjoyment of A Dozen Second Chances in any way. It is a delightful book that just so happens to contain a few key lessons about life, and the way we live it.
Kate Field is an English author. She writes contemporary women’s fiction, primarily set in the county of Lancashire.
A Dozen Second Chances is a great book. It is a sweet romantic comedy that happens to deal with heavy topics. You will find yourself rooting for Eve as she learns how to live for herself again.
My rating: ★★★★☆