About the Book
Book: A Second Chance for Grace
Author: Karen Malley
Genre: Christian Women’s Romantic Fiction
Release date: April 23, 2021
A new life coming into the world disrupts Susan’s quiet life.
Susan Montgomery is used to a quiet, peaceful life managing her apartment building, where the hardest problem is her grouchy neighbor’s leaky faucet. She soon finds herself dealing with a pregnant teenage niece, a mysterious briefcase left behind by a tenant, and two very different men vying for her heart.
A near-death experience gives Mac a new outlook on life.
Christopher “Mac” MacAllister is trying to figure out how to “do the Christian thing.” As a new convert, he’s drawn to Susan’s love for life and for God. She’s nothing like the women he used to date; but can Mac compete with the guy who’s come out of nowhere and knows all the right things to say?
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About the Author
Karen is an author of Christian fiction. She lives in Southeastern Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons. She works full time as a scientist, but enjoys writing in her spare time. When not writing (with her left hand), she enjoys camping, hiking, playing board games, and especially reading! She loves reading faith-based stories, because we can all use a happy ending.
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Follow your heart or your head?
In my early days in college, I dated a young man who wasn’t a Christian, but that didn’t stop my attraction to him. My heart wanted to be with him, but my head knew better. Later, another young man entered my life who was perfect for me on paper. He was kind, intelligent, taught Sunday school… We went out one time, but there wasn’t a spark. I decided I had to find the guy who captured both my heart and my head.
Fast forward to the summer before my junior year, and a third young man entered the picture. He was fun to be around, made me laugh, and believed in Jesus. We became friends and spent a lot of together before I finally admitted my attraction to him. Having been hurt before, I vowed not to get involved unless God was in it. I prayed about it, felt God’s blessing, and we’ve now been married over 20 years.
In A Second Chance for Grace, Susan finds herself in a similar situation. Mac instantly captures her heart, but circumstances cause her to doubt whether he’s the right man for her. When she meets Sam, she finds he checks all the boxes on paper, but she can’t seem to convince her heart he’s right for her. Having been in the same situation, it was easy for me to write about Susan’s dilemma.
Susan navigates many twists and turns throughout the book, from her pregnant niece moving into her apartment, to dealing with a mysterious briefcase left behind by a tenant, to trying to solve the dilemma of which man to choose. Through it all, she tries to follow God’s will for her life.
A Second Chance for Grace is the second book in the Pine Springs series. Mac and Susan meet in the first book, Following the Sparrows. To learn more about them (and their good friends), you’ll want to read Following the Sparrows first, but it isn’t necessary, as A Second Chance for Grace is a standalone novel.
Just like in real life, the characters in the novel have difficult decisions to make. Sometimes they make the right ones, sometimes they do not. Through it all, God proves He is the God of second chances!
A Second Chance for Grace by Karen Malley is a Christian Fiction book. This is also book 2 in the Pine Springs series. This is the first book that I have read by this author. I have not read the other book in the series. This book can be read as a stand alone.
Main character Susan Montgomery was easy to like. She liked her life in order, peaceful and routine. However, her niece calls her first when she finds out she is pregnant. She knows her parents are not going to be happy. I love how she dropped what she was doing to come to the aid of her niece. I was a teen mom, I wish I would have had an aunt like Susan. All of a sudden Susan's routine life is thrust into chaos. She has two men that are wanting her attention. She finds a mysterious briefcase that was left behind by a tenant.
Mac, one of the men that are vying for her attention is a new Christian, he was fun to watch mature during the story. I love how Susan, who was secure in her faith helped him along.
All the characters in this story come to life with the authors writing flow. She will keep you engaged from the first chapter. I will be going back and reading the other books. I look forward to more from this author.
I received a copy of this book through the Celebrate Lit blogging program - all thoughts are my own.
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To celebrate her tour, Karen is giving away the grand prize package of an eBook copy of the first book in the series, Following the Sparrows, along with a journal and necklace that go with the theme of the book!!
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