Title: Second Chances
Author: Linda Chadwick
Publisher: Bonneville Books/Cedar Fort
Release Date: August 8, 2009
Size: 240 pages, softcover
He slowly sat down in the porch swing. Even though it was not raining, he thought he could hear the rain falling softly from a darkened sky. He imagined Barbara sitting beside him, a sweet smile on her beautiful face and her silky brown hair blowing in the breeze.
Suddenly, the front door opened, and a small, elderly woman stepped out onto the porch. Can I help you? she asked abruptly.
Embarrassed, Larry jumped out of the swing. I . . . I used to live in this house . . . I was . . . reminiscing . . . he tried to explain. He quickly came to his senses. I m sorry to have bothered you. I ll be going now.
Still grieving over the loss of his wife, forty-one-year-old Larry Porter is facing challenges that no father should ever have to face. Almost overnight he becomes both father and mother to his three children, and they aren t having anything to do with him. A former workaholic, he now regrets being an absentee parent, but doesn t know how to make amends. Soon, Larry comes to understand that his children are more important to him than anything else. He must change the path they are on or lose them forever.
This tender and thought-provoking story will bring you face-to-face with the realities of losing a loved one. It will touch your heart, lift your spirit, and inspire you to tackle your own challenges with determination and hope.
This book puts you right in the middle of an extreme family situation and keeps you there until the end – I felt like a part of this family by the time I finished the book. Nobody has the perfect family and this book shows just how flawed families are, but also how they can pull back together. PrP