Second Chance Grill by Christine Nolfi

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    It is an emotional and heart warming story about second chances and being open to life’s journey, even when it derails all your carefully laid plans.

    An unforgettable tale of love, loss and second chances.

    Second Chance Grill is the prequel to Treasure Me, 2012 Next Generation Indie Awards Finalist, which The Midwest Book Review calls “A riveting read for those who enjoy adventure fiction, highly recommended.”

    Dr. Mary Chance needs a sabbatical from medicine to grieve the loss of her closest friend. But when she inherits a struggling restaurant in Liberty, Ohio she isn’t prepared for Blossom Perini. Mary can’t resist falling for the precocious preteen—or the girl’s father. The bond they forge will transform all their lives and set in motion an outpouring of love that spreads across America.

    Welcome back to Liberty, where the women surrounding the town’s only restaurant are as charming as they are eccentric.

    Review by Megan:

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    What a great book! I really enjoyed this one. It is an emotional and heart warming story about second chances and being open to life’s journey, even when it derails all your carefully laid plans. The characters are large as life and you can’t help but love them. The story takes place in a fictional small town in North East Ohio which was great fun for me, being from Ohio myself.

    You really get a feel for the town and the people who live there and it all just comes alive. All in all, I loved this book and look forward to the next one. I labeled this an adult book because it is a romance with some discussion of sex but it is nowhere near as graphic as most romances. It could easily be read by almost anyone.

    Review by Charlotte Lynns Reviews: Blossom, age eleven and in remission from leukemia, convinces her dad, Anthony, to take her to the Second Chance Grill for ice cream. The young girl has ulterior motives; her long time single dad needs to meet the new owner, Dr. Mary Chance.

    Dr. Mary Chance moves to Liberty, Ohio after her best friend dies. In Liberty, she has inherited a struggling restaurant from her aunt. When Blossom and Anthony come to her restaurant the first time the connection is immediate. Will their bond keep her in Liberty?

    Second Chance Grill takes us to a charming, typical Midwestern town. I love towns like these. Everyone knows each other and there are no secrets. Dr. Mary Chance comes from big town Cincinnati and doesn’t quite fit right in, but as time goes on she becomes one of the townsfolk.
    Watching Mary fend off her feelings and stay on course for her original plan was fun. The story was not predictable, I know how some parts would end, but were happily surprised with other parts. The unpredictability made me keep reading having to know what happen next. I also loved how Anthony persuades her to doubt her original plan without ultimatums. Not being over bearing, just incredibly sexy, sweet, and thoughtful won him a place in my heart.

    The there is Blossom. My favorite character in the whole book. At eleven she is witty and smart beyond her years, but Nolfi did not make her old beyond her years. She still had tantrums and struggles with tween issues. The fact that she wants and needs a mother was not lost on me and that is the true reason I was hoping for Anthony and Mary to get together.

    I believe this is a novel you will enjoy and come back to again and again. Second Chance Grill is a truly good book with a truly amazing story. I know that I will most definitely read the rest of this series.