Archive for February 2012
Mave Robertson, a recent empty nester, wants the fire back in her marriage, but her husband, Jerry, remains aloof. Is he having an affair? A midlife crisis? When a neighbor suggests she “get a life,” Mave accepts the challenge and volunteers at an inner-city teen ministry where she is thrown into a culture of drugs, gangs, and unwed teen moms. She soon discovers someone she can help, but might he also be the cure for both her stale marriage and her crumbling relationship with her father?
Dareece Jackson, a teen from the projects, wants something in Mave’s purse…and he’ll stop at nothing to get it.
“Gently unfolds the truth that sometimes, the best is yet to come, from unexpected people, and places, and hearts.”
—Sandra Byrd, author of To Die For: A Novel of Anne Boleyn
“Transcends race and reaches the extremes—from suburbia to the ghetto, from guilt over a loved one’s murder to a marriage gone dull. With a dash of humor for balance, Second Chance will speak to your heart, no matter your station in life.”
—April W. Gardner, author of the Creek Country Saga; Sr. Editor of the literary site, Clash of the Titles
“Refreshing and thought-provoking.”
—Jennifer Slattery of Novel Reviews and Clash of the Titles
“Transports readers into the worlds of two very diverse characters. With laughter, tears, and sighs, you’ll enjoy every turn of the page.”
—Fay Lamb, author of Because of Me, Treble Heart Books
“Lovingly crafted imagery and dialog will carry you into the lives of two very different families and show you what forgiveness really looks like.”
—Lisa Lickel, author of Meander Scar
About Second Chance: A poignant story of middle age, surprising friendships, and unexpected places. Inspired by Eileen’s own journey through the empty nest and her daughter’s and son-in-law’s work with inner city teens.
About Author Eileen Rife:
An alumna of Christian Writers Guild and member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Eileen has published several non-fiction books, written newsletters, a marriage column, and over ten church dramas. Her byline has appeared in magazines, such as Discipleship Journal, Marriage Partnership, Mature Living, Christian Home & School, Drama Ministry, and ParentLife, as well as other print and online publications. Her fiction works include Journey to Judah, Restored Hearts, and Chosen Ones in the Born for India trilogy, and a stand-alone novel, Second Chance. She and husband, Chuck, conduct marriage seminars in the States and overseas. Her favorite pastime in this season of life is dancing with hubby, spending time with her daughters and sons-in-law, and playing with her six grandchildren.
Kate Neilson’s terrible childhood lead her down the road that eventually landed her in the Pennsylvania Penitentiary. While there, she finds the Lord and earns a marketing degree and is offered an internship at a Wyoming Guest Ranch. Desperately wanting a fresh start and to be a truly changed person she heads there with high hopes. But her high hopes are soon crushed when a man from her past finds her and will stop at nothing to get her back. Mike Duncan is trying hard to fill his father’s shoes in running the ranch along with his mom. He’s not sure about her hiring a new intern but when he meets Kate there is an immediate attraction. But it seems like the trouble their having started when Kate hit town. Will Kate get that fresh new start or will her dark past, she’s tried so hard to hide, be brought to light? And will her new found faith be strong enough to carry her through?
What an amazing story of God’s redemptive love and the power of His grace! I was totally immersed in the story from beginning to end and loved hanging out at Whispering Pines. Kate Neilson is the total embodiment of God’s amazing grace. She was such an encouragement to me. Dymple was one of my favorite characters in the story. Everyone should have a Dymple in their life. She exemplified the love of God in her life. This was a very gritty and realistic story. This author didn’t white-wash evil or sin. Yet this story is filled with hope that God can truly change hearts and lives. I love the way the author so naturally blended scripture throughout the story. It really caused me to ponder these truths in my own life. This tale has suspense, humor, romance and something happening on just about every page. It was difficult to put down. One of my favorite parts was toward the end. Although we are treated to a great conclusion, there are a few things left open. Nothing that would drive you crazy, but I am hoping there will be a sequel! This is the first time I’ve read anything by this author but I will definitely be watching for her next tale to arrive! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you take a trip to Whispering Pines Guest Ranch. I guarantee it’s worth the trip. Great job, Rebecca!
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 609 KB
Publisher: StoneHouse Ink; 1 edition (January 2, 2012)
Multi-published author Donna Fletcher Crow graciously hosted me on her beautiful blog. Thanks, Donna!
Fiction writers are the ultimate artists, in my opinion, because we incorporate all the disciplines in our work. Like painters, we create scenes and color settings, using keystrokes rather than brush strokes. Like photographers and filmmakers, we provide snapshots of real life. The musician in us adds rhythm to our stories with ear-pleasing beats to move the action forward and keep the reader tuned-in. In the manner of a sculptor, we chip away unnecessary words and sand blemishes until the final product resembles our vision as nearly as possible. Choreographers may lead dancers across a stage, but our stories float through imaginations. Playwrights, songwriters and poets strive to choose and arrange words so that they ring with meaning and emotion. So do we. But in the end, readers—in the company of singers and actors—are the ones who breathe life into our words. God bless our readers!
Do I really believe the Good News of Jesus Christ?
Do I hear his word spoken to my heart:
“Shalom, be at peace.
I understand your fears, your failures, your brokenness.
I don’t expect you to be perfect.
I have been there.
All is well.
You have my love.
You don’t have to pay for it, and you can’t deserve it.
You only have to open and receive it.
You only have to say yes to my love –
a love beyond anything you can intellectualize or imagine.”
Reflections for Ragamuffins