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An unforgettable tale of love, loss and second chances.

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 a
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Paperback, 313 pages
Published October 30th 2012 by Christine Nolfi
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Susan
Mar 12, 2013 Susan rated it it was amazing
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Second Chance Grill is book one in the Liberty Series! I loved this book! I want to go and live in Liberty and have breakfast every morning at the grill and dive into all the local gossip. It was like reading about a group of friends. I can not wait to continue this series!


Second Chance Grill is owned by Mary. She was given the diner by her aunt and is a doctor. To say she has no idea how to run a diner isn't saying much! She is so way over her head but luckily the towns people help her out. She
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Marcy
Just what I needed.

Brought to my attention by my Goodreads book club moderator, this book and author have now been pushed to the top of my favorites list. At the time our book club was scheduled to start this read, I had a lot going on in my personal life and really didn't feel like I had the time to read this one. But the fact that the author herself was taking time out of her busy life to chat with us throughout the read influenced me to take the plunge. And I couldn't be more glad that I did.
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Sheila
Sep 02, 2016 Sheila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Part romance, part drama, part social commentary, Christine Nolfi’s Second Chance Grill is a feel-good novel of small-town America, where a doctor takes a sabbatical to run a restaurant and definitely finds much more than she bargained for.

The romance is tasteful. The dialog is hilariously natural (with just the occasional swear-word used in a family-friendly way). The cast of characters is wonderful and fun. And the underlying drama of a young girl in remission from leukemia is heart-rending in
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Naomi
Feb 05, 2013 Naomi rated it it was amazing
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4.5 Stars


My opinion: OH MY GOODNESS...I LOVED THIS BOOK! Not being a huge fan of Ms. Nolfi's first book, Treasure Me, I went into this book with oodles of trepidation. I was SO pleasantly surprised!

I actually abhor when people do this, but Second Chance Grill reminded me of novels written by my favorite romance author, LaVyrle Spencer. There was such an innocence to this novel in the romance between Mary and Anthony, that I found myself smiling the ent
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Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Jun 12, 2013 Philomena Callan Cheekypee rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book. I found myself ignoring tv & staying up late to finish this book. This book has a lovely storyline to it. The author did a fantastic job.
I had goosebumps from about three quarters way through.
Highly recommend this delightful yet emotional book to all readers:)
Elyse
Mar 14, 2013 Elyse rated it it was amazing
I literally devoured this book! Its part of a series but it can 'completely' stand alone.

Its packed filled with emotion -- (its the 2nd book I cried like a baby in within the last month)....which until having read "Calling Me Home" by Julie Kibler", (cried in her book also) --I can't remember crying in a book in long time.
So, I cried in "Second Chance Grill". [sue me]. Sure smiled and laughed a lot, also.

I'm not a fan of traditional 'chick' books ---but this is NOT that -- but yes, I do think
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Mary
Oct 28, 2012 Mary rated it it was amazing
A small town community goes viral.

The town is Liberty, Ohio and the setting is Second Chance Grill. The Grill has a new owner, Dr. Mary Chance, who inherits the restaurant, and is determined to turn it into a success in about a year.

Being a doctor, Mary is a fish out of water running a restaurant. But the inheritance coincided with a tragedy. Mary lost her best friend where she lived and worked in Cincinnati. In trying to deal with her grief she takes a sabbatical and decides to go to Liberty t
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Sue1958
SECOND CHANCE GRILL What a fantastic read! I think I've found a brand new author for me. This book was so good. Easy to read, had some fun times in it, some really good things where you actually forgot where you were and in the same room at the characters in this story.

Single dad, mother walked out, brought up his daughter on his own, went through a very hard illness with her. That girl has spunk! I loved her, you couldn't help but love Blossom. The imagination with how the dad looked, well, I
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Melodie
Apr 24, 2013 Melodie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mary Chance(love the last name) has inherited the Second Chance Grill. This dovetails nicely with the fact that she is dealing with the loss of her best friend and colleague, killed in a hit and run. Taking a sabbatical sounds like a great idea, and how hard can it be to run a diner in small town Liberty?
Well actually, really hard. Her staff are quirky to say the least. Opening day turns into Mary's baptism by fire. And the women of the Second Chance aren't the only oddball characters in Libert
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Mary
Aug 28, 2014 Mary rated it it was amazing
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I absolutely loved this book. It takes place in Liberty, a quaint and lovely little town full of very shall we say interesting people. Mary is a doctor on sabbatical, trying to run a restaurant her aunt gives her. And she doesn't do it very well, I am sorry to report :) The characters are quite funny, Theadora to Finney the cook to Meade and her dopey little dog ...I laughed out loud so many times. Of course there's a serious side, little Blossom has cancer. So the book can take you from laughte ...more
Linda Boyd
Read this book as part of a group read and I was pleasantly surprised. This is a sweet feel good book about a young doctor who inherits a restaurant in a small town at a critical time in her life. The town, and the people bring Dr. Mary Chance out of her sadness and helps her to embrace life again.
Kelly
Oct 29, 2012 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pull up a tall glass of sweet tea, or an icy beer or whatever drink brings you to recall those feelings that you get when you think of a small midwestern town. Got it? Good. Now get comfortable. This review is going to take you on some explanations and will hopefully convince you to go out there and buy this book. Buy all any any books you can find by this author. You won't be sorry and in fact, I'm going to go out a limb and say that you might even be a better person for it. Really? Really.

This
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Nikki Bywater
Feb 26, 2013 Nikki Bywater rated it it was amazing
When Dr Mary Chance inherits a restaurant from her late aunt, she travels from Cincinnati to Liberty, to relaunch and reopen the restaurant naming it The Second Chance Grill. The gift of inheriting the restaurant had just come along at the right time for Mary, it had given her a chance to get away and reflect on her life, after the tragic loss of her dear friend Sadie. Sadie also a doctor and Mary had been planning to take over Sadie’s fathers practice when he retired, but now with Sadie’s death ...more
Jennifer C
Dec 27, 2012 Jennifer C rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-read
This is a lovely book about a small town pulling together finding love, friendship and a sense of belonging. As the reader, I couldn’t help but fall in love with the wacky characters, the struggling restaurant, and a little girl battling a very grown up issue. I adore stories about small towns and this one ranks right up there with the best. It provides a detailed view of the town, it allows us to meet the townspeople in a way that I cheered them on and want them to succeed and the author leaves ...more
Christine
Feb 20, 2016 Christine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Thanks to BooksGoSocial and Christine Nolfi for the chance to read and give an honest review.
I loved this novel, I enjoyed getting to know all of the characters of Liberty, Ohio, they were charming, funny, very eccentric and all very endearing. I loved Dr. Mary Chance, she takes a
sabbatical from medicine because of the loss of her best friend.
She inherits a restaurant from her aunt and decides to become a restaurant owner, needless to say she know nothing about running a business, and boy d
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Kathryn
I really enjoyed this novel and now I know I have a new author to me to read all the backlist which is always exciting. I loved this small town setting with its variety of interesting characters. The tension built really well and as I came to sit at the 50% mark I had to just sit on the couch for the evening and read to the end. Very heartwarming and depicts how hope and determination is so important.
Kelly
Oct 29, 2012 Kelly rated it it was amazing
Pull up a tall glass of sweet tea, or an icy beer or whatever drink brings you to recall those feelings that you get when you think of a small midwestern town. Got it? Good. Now get comfortable. This review is going to take you on some explanations and will hopefully convince you to go out there and buy this book. Buy all any any books you can find by this author. You won't be sorry and in fact, I'm going to go out a limb and say that you might even be a better person for it. Really? Really.

Thi
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John Hancock
Jan 16, 2013 John Hancock rated it it was amazing
TURNED MY HEART AROUND:

Ok. I stayed up last night finishing this book. Against my will? well, kinda. Let me explain:
When I first started reading this, I thought, as a 50 something adult male, I had stumbled onto another YA romance book. But I was wrong.
Well, maybe I was right I have no idea what category this is in.
Sorry, let me get back on track.

This was very well written, and the dialogue between characters was not only believable, but felt organic to their characters, and was interesting and
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Karen K. Miller
Even though I knew some of what was going to happen in the story, having read TREASURE ME, I was still incredibly moved by the story. The love and tenderness of the characters warmed my heart. I love eccentric characters and this book has plenty of them. The characters are well developed and at times are dazzling. I'd like to be friends with some of these people, not only because they are eccentric and fun, but because they are down to earth and just so REAL. I read it from cover to cover in one ...more
Olga Miret
Dec 30, 2013 Olga Miret rated it it was amazing
Second Chance Grill (Book Two Liberty Series) by Christine Nolfi
I read about ‘Second Chance Grill’ in Goodreads, and being a doctor (a psychiatrist) thinking about having a break from my career and doing something completely different, the plot appealed to me from the beginning. I had not read the first novel in the series ‘Treasure Me’, but must say that although I’ve read the extract at the end of the novel, ‘Second Chance Grill’ stands alone and it seems that one could start reading at any po
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Nikki
Jan 20, 2014 Nikki rated it it was amazing
What is a person to do when they need to take a break from their life, when things have become too overwhelming to go on? For Mary Chance, the answer comes in the form of a small-town diner.

Second Chance Grill is the second in Christine Nolfi's Liberty, Ohio, series which began with Treasure Me. In this story, we finally get to learn how Liberty and all of it's inhabitants came to be where they were in the first novel.

The first thing I liked about this book is that it can be read alone or as a
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Laurel-Rain
Jun 05, 2014 Laurel-Rain rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After her best friend Sadie Goldstein is killed, dashing their plans to take over the clinic in Cincinnati, Dr. Mary Chance is looking for solace. So when her Aunt Meg leaves her the struggling diner in Liberty, she takes on the challenge.

Best laid plans often go awry, and Mary had definitely not planned on falling in love with the handsome Anthony Perini and his eleven-year-old daughter Blossom, a precocious child in remission from leukemia.

Since Mary always knew she would be going back to Cinc
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Laurie
Mary Chance inherits a restaurant in Liberty Ohio and jumps at the opportunity it offers for a new beginning and a welcome break away from her medical career. Still mourning the loss of her best friend, Mary is excited to be taking her life in a new direction. She needs the break and jumps right in to small town life.

This delightful story swept me up and away to Liberty and the Second Chance Grill. Ms Nolfi writes beautifully evocative sentences that allow readers to savor the little nuggets an
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Sarah (Workaday Reads)
This book needs to come with a big warning label: “Caution! You will bawl your eyes out! And swoon over the sweetness!” I did both. Not at the same time, but there is definitely a huge amount of emotion within the story, moving from sad to funny to sexy, over and over. This is the type of book you read in private, unless you want people to ask why you are crying, or why you are smiling and blushing.

There is a lot more sadness than I expected, with death, abandonment, illness, self-doubt, and gui
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Gail
Dec 08, 2013 Gail rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an AWESOME story! I do not know how anyone could not fall in love with this story. So well written. The book will make you laugh and cry. Mary comes to Liberty, Ohio to take over the 2nd Chance Grill for her Aunt Meg and since she needed a break from being a doctor it came at the right time. Anthony a mechanic and single dad to Blossom who suffers from Leukemia. Blossom tries to bring them together and the sparks are flying but they keep fighting them. Blossom is a very lovable character an ...more
Cindy
May 08, 2013 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I truly loved everything about this book! Christine Nolfi once again brings the small town of Liberty to life where we get to know Mary and Anthony better. In this book we learn how they fell in love and what a beautiful romance they have despite problems along the way.

This was a heart breaking at times story but the heart warming parts were there too and they were superb. It was so touching how this small town came together to help one of its own. Of course, we couldn't visit Liberty without th
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Elaine
Aug 27, 2014 Elaine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not going to give you a synopsis of the plot, as many already have. I will leave you with my impressions.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It has real characters in real situations dealing with real issues - no plastic people here. The setting, the people and the story keep you intrigued, and make you want more. In turns captivating, poignant and funny, it's a beautifully written story that is hard to put down once you begin.

Although this is the second book in the Liberty series, it is a preq
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 Gigi Ann
Nov 07, 2013 Gigi Ann rated it really liked it
You can find my thoughts here... http://gigianns.blogspot.com/2013/11/...
Betty
Oct 23, 2016 Betty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Was not familiar with this series. Enjoyed very much. Looking forward to the next in the series.
Gina
Goodreads Description- 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 fall
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Some writers are gifted with an unusual life and I’m certainly one of those. I’ve lived in Ohio, Virginia, California, Utah and now South Carolina. In college I was featured on the front page of the Houston Post for a lark that erased all my debt. I met my four adopted children for the first time in the sweltering heat of the tropics. I helped build several companies and was lucky enough to earn a ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Liberty (5 books)
  • Treasure Me (Liberty, #2)
  • The Impossible Wish (Liberty, #3)
  • Four Wishes (Liberty, #4)
  • The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge (Liberty, #5)

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