Welcome to the Blog Tour for Second Chance at Happiness by Greta Picklesimer, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: Second Chance at Happiness
Author: Greta Picklesimer
Publisher: Ambassador International
Release Date: April 12, 2022
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
After Catherine Reed’s husband dies in a tragic logging accident, Catherine and her four-year-old daughter, Clair, move home with Clair’s mother and brother in order to accept a new position as the teacher for the town’s one-room schoolhouse. But Catherine carries a dark secret that she hasn’t even shared with her mother. Will she ever find forgiveness?
Samuel Harris has suffered his own loss, losing his wife and unborn child over a year prior. Although he is the town’s preacher, he struggles to trust God, blaming God for allowing him to be absent when his wife died. The guilt has burdened him ever since. But when his old flame Catherine Reed comes back to town, he wonders if they can find healing together.
Catherine believes that anyone who wants to learn should be allowed to learn, but she is quick to find a town divided on that issue. As she and Samuel set out to change people’s minds in a post-Civil War era, they find themselves drawn to each other over and over again. As they join together for the same cause, could they also find a second chance at happiness?
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IN MY OPINION
A Second Chance at Happiness by Greta Picklesimer is a second chance romance set following the Civil War—which plays into a large part of the conflict of this story.
The author does a good job with her setting and (most of) her characters are likable. There are, of course, a couple of antagonists in there that aren’t so lovable. And I appreciated how Catherine wants change for the community and is willing to teach anyone who wants to learn.
I personally would have liked a little less repetition in some areas in exchange for some deeper character development—especially some based around little Clair. I wished the author would have given us more insight into Catherine’s emotions at leaving her daughter at home while she taught other people’s children or into Samuel’s regrets when Clair sits on his lap.
Knowing this is the author’s debut, I can give those minor missed opportunities a pass because Picklesimer does pack this story with a lot of heart, community, and faith along with a strong message of inclusion.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
(1) winner will receive a print copy of Second Chance at Happiness and a spiral-bound notebook with a picture of the cover of the book on it!
Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight May 24, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on May 31, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.
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Carrie @ JustRead Tours says
thanks so much for your thoughts, Suzie!
Roxanne C. says
It sounds like a good “second chance” love story set during a very interesting era of American history.