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A Second Chance Review, Author Post and Giveaway!

If you’re wondering if you’ve seen this book on my blog before, the answer is yes. But it was such a sweet story, I wanted to partake in this blog tour as well to give you another chance to be introduced to the book and the wonderful author, Alexis Goring! Please welcome her to the blog today:)

 

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About the Book
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Book: A Second Chance

Author: Alexis A. Goring

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: Jan 25, 2017

 

Newly single food critic and newspaper reporter Traci Hightower is done with dating. After the man of her dreams left her at the altar on their wedding day and ran off with the woman she thought was her best friend, Traci resolves to focus on work and resigns herself to being a bachelorette for life.

Marc Roberts is a political reporter who is known as Mr. Nice Guy, the one who always finishes last. However, Marc’s compassion and kindness are of invaluable help to his newly widowed sister Gina Braxton who is trying to raise her two kids in the wake of her firefighter husband’s death.
Traci and Marc may be the perfect match, but they don’t know it yet. With God’s guidance and the help of Gina’s matchmaking skills honed by her career as a bestselling romance novelist, there is hope for a happily ever after for these two broken hearts.
 My Perspective

This was such a sweet story. I think we’ve all been in situations that leave us down and questioning life, and sometimes (if we’re honest) even God. Traci had to learn that even in hard times, God knows what is best for us. He can turn something bad into something good. Although we all haven’t lived the same experience that Traci did, we can certainly relate with her on the overall theme here. This was a wonderful reminder of our need to trust God to take care of us.

I enjoyed seeing Marc and Traci together. Although I would have preferred a little more about their first few dates, I understand the need to speed a storyline along when you have limited time to get in all the details. Marc sounds like such a great guy. I think those readers who look for book boyfriends will be swooning. I mean, what’s not to love? He seems trustworthy, great with kids, thoughtful, and I think a little cute, at least that is how I pictured him!

I hope you will give this story a chance. It’s a wonderful story of letting go of the past, hope, trusting God, and second chances. It just may be the story that you need to hear!

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

About the Author

Original photo of Alexis A. Goring, Nov. 2014

Alexis A. Goring is a passionate writer with a degree in Print Journalism and an MFA in Creative Writing. She loves the art of storytelling and hopes that her stories will connect readers with the enduring, forever love of Jesus Christ.

 

Guest Post from Alexis Goring

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

~Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

 

God has good plans for every single person living here on Earth. It’s important to remember to trust Him because no matter how bleak a situation looks, hope is always on the horizon when God’s in the picture…and the good news is that no matter what God is always in the picture.

I thought that it would be a good idea to explore the theme of Jeremiah 29:11 through a fictional story about characters who are in need of a second chance in life and love. So I create Traci and Marc and wrote their story, A Second Chance.

Traci and Marc are entry-level journalists therefore they struggle with the industry’s tough system of paying your dues and they know the conflicts firsthand about struggling to pay your bills because of that system.

But it’s not just the bills that weigh heavily on their hearts. Traci and Marc are facing battles that are unique to their individual life stories but common to people in the real world.

When the reader meets Traci, they see that she is bitter and cynical because she was left at the altar. Her fiancé ran off with her Maid of Honor and left Traci with a mile-high stack of bills to pay for their wedding that never happened. So when Traci’s Mom shows up on her doorstep with an inheritance letter that stipulates Traci must be married before receiving her inheritance from her late grandfather, Traci is closer to destroying the letter and being a bachelorette for life than she is about husband hunting.

When the reader meets Marc, they see that he is smitten with Traci at first sight. But they soon learn that he has trust issues because of his previous romantic relationships with women who would dump him because he was “too nice.” However, his niceness is of invaluable help to his newly widowed sister Gina who is struggling to raise her children in the wake of her firefighter husband’s death. Naturally, Marc wants to help his sister. So he volunteers to babysit her kids and take them out of the house so that she can meet her book deadlines. Gina is a bestselling romance novelist.

All of these main characters go on their own faith journey with God. Some resist His love at first (like Traci), some draw back because of broken trust (like Marc) and some heal slowly from pain (like Gina) but they all realize how much they need God in their life.

Faith elements are a woven lightly throughout this story but also go deep as the characters work toward wholeness and restoration.

If anything, this is a story about how the Creator of the Universe (God) loves humankind and desires to restore broken hearts, homes and lives.

I hope that you will enjoy reading this book!

God bless your heart.

Sincerely,

Alexis A. Goring

Author of A Second Chance

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Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Alexis is giving away four eBook copies of her book – A Second Chance!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/b54b

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