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On the night of her 35th birthday, Flora Brunelli is full of regrets. The celebrations have turned sour and life hasn't gone according to plan. She wishes she could be 20 again. Then she finds herself zapped back in time, landing in the summer of 1998 when she was 20 years old. The Spice Girls are at the top of the charts and the X-Files is the hit TV show. It's also the ...more
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Published February 10th 2013
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Desere
Feb 12, 2013 Desere rated it really liked it

This was a very quick, cute and fun read. It was also the very first time ever that I have read a book where I was expecting just contemporary romance but ended up with time travelling involved.

The read focused on Flora, when she was 21 she not only lost the man of her dreams, but she lost out on the job of her dreams, crashed her car, lost her best friend and made an enemy she never again wants to face.

Aged 36 she has nothing but a plain old job, no boyfriend and instead of celebrating her bi
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Lee
Jul 16, 2013 Lee rated it really liked it
I bought this book on a whim, wanting something I didn't really need to think too much about on my ereader, and, let's be honest, it was offered at a really good price. A cheap book that doesn't have the usual black and white cover with a piece of jewellery, thus screaming Shades of Grey 'erotica' (using the term loosely) ripoff rubbish, is a rarity in ebook world. I wasn't expecting much, and I wasn't expecting to add it to my Goodreads feed or review it. But, here I am doing both because I ...more
TashNz
Mar 12, 2013 TashNz rated it really liked it
Carla Caruso, you had me at Hello!

I loved the light, fun and humorous read that Second Chance offers. It could in fact totally be a movie, I know I'd watch it!

Flora is literally given a second chance at the week that she considers ruined her life 15 years ago. The second chance happens pretty quickly and before I knew it i was giggling away to the many references of the 90's and Flora's reactions to things that happened so many years ago. Even tho she was transported back to the past she still h
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Christine
Apr 07, 2014 Christine rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, read-2013, arc
I felt a lot of what Flora was experiencing. If only, I could go back in time, I would change this and that. If only I had a second chance.

Half of the book was highlighted in my Kindle. The author did an amazing job going back in time and bringing us to the mid-90s. Spice Girls, Vanilla Ice, the slang “NOT”, saying “bodacious” or “eat my shorts”, P. Diddy (previously known as Puffy Daddy), seeing Titanic for the first time” I loved all of them.

But that is not the only thing I appreciated in th
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Maria
Feb 27, 2013 Maria rated it really liked it
A very reader friendly novel which pulls you right in. This author's style is immensely pleasing.

Flora Brunelli is a thirtysomething single woman who has an enjoyable life, a career, a home and loving parents and a sister, but something is definitely missing. Love has eluded her and she regrets a couple of mistakes she made in her early twenties. It's a textbook 'if I could turn back time' situation. After her thirty sixth birthday celebrations fall flat and she's wallowing in the mire, so to sp
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Jemi Fraser
Fun, fun, FUN! Terrific story - loved the time travel and the plot. Flora is a fantastic character. The 90s theme brought back lots of smiles too :)
Roz ~ My Written Romance
This review and others can be found at my blog, My Written Romance. Just click here.

I just realised when I was writing this review that the last two books I have read have had Second Chance in the title. Well, in the case of Carla Caruso's book, I would definitely give this another go.

Reading this was like one giant flashback to my first year of university, which ironically was 1998, the year Flora revisits in the story. The music, the clothes, friends with dodgy boyfriends....it was as if I was
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Adeselna
Jan 01, 2014 Adeselna rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook
Full review: http://madwomaninattic.wordpress.com/...

The first chapter of Second Chance is a true delight for an editor and the reader. It presents the main character Flora, a graphic designer whose life is basically a mess. Her best friend does not talk to her, she lost the love of her life and her dream job. She finds Lance, her ex-boyfriend best friend, the one who was responsible for the mess and goes back home wishing she could turn back time and re-do things. This is the first chapter, it
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Michela Walters
Second Chance is a quick and fun read that examines the question, What if?

What if you could go back in time and fix some of the mistakes you made? What would happen? How could one simple change affect your entire life?

When Flora stumbles home after a disastrous 35th birthday, she is transported back to when she was 20. The year she was first starting out after university, trying to find her way into the crazy and adult world of responsibility and careers. She thinks this is her big chance to fi
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Renee
Jun 12, 2015 Renee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
I've read a lot of Carla's recent books and I like her style, so I decided to go back and read some of the older ones. I was drawn to this one because I had just read another book where the main character went back in time to relive a week where she had made some bad decisions. This book was exactly what I felt like reading and I loved it.

I was also a 20 year old Aussie girl in the summer of 1998, so I really related to Flora. She is the kind of girl I could imagine being friends with. She was
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Emmeline Lock
Jun 03, 2013 Emmeline Lock rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-ebook, saras
Ya know, I read CITYGLITTER, Carla Caruso's other Destiny title, and I thought it was great. Interesting, cute, fun, sexy, all that. A really good book.

Well, I've just finished SECOND CHANCE, and I bloody loved it! The nineties pop culture references, the irreverent heroine, the character arcs, the fabulous city, the simply-done time travel. Went nuts for the cool retro-ness of it all.

Such much awesome.

It also helped that the hero was completely gorgeous. If I ever meet him in real life, I want
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Nas Dean
Feb 13, 2013 Nas Dean rated it it was amazing
SECOND CHANCE by author Carla Caruso is a February 2013 release from Destiny Romance.


Flora is getting tired of her life in early thirties. Then she zaps back to her teens. Hilarious events follow after that.


A very fun, entertaining story. It is time-travel in romance!


SECOND CHANCE brings us to the question, if we could change the past what would we change?


Author Carla Caruso has created characters which leap off the page and speak to you.



Highly entertaining and well recommended!
Sue
Mar 23, 2013 Sue rated it really liked it

I loved this book from start to finish. The main character, Flora, was pretty likeable, although I did want to shake her a few times when she was swooning after Ruben. There were plenty of comparisons to life now and life in the mid nineties, and I couldn't help but marvel at how far we have come in terms of technology. It would be pretty cool if we could all go back and right a wrong turning we took in life!!!

Rated 4 stars ****
Marian
Jun 17, 2013 Marian rated it really liked it
A fun, feel good read! Anyone who has ever wished they could have a do-over to get the one that got away, this book's totally for you!

Synopsis:
On the night of her 35th birthday, Flora Brunelli is full of regrets. The celebrations have turned sour and life hasn't gone according to plan. She wishes she could be 20 again. Then she finds herself zapped back in time, landing in the summer of 1998 when she was 20 years old. The Spice Girls are at the top of the charts and the X-Files is the hit TV sho
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Jennifer Zorko
Apr 16, 2013 Jennifer Zorko rated it it was amazing
What if you could go back in time and undo a mistake that caused you to lose the love of your life? That exactly what happened to Flora. On the eve of her 36th birthday after watching her ex-boyfriend Ruben propose to another women, bumping into her ex-best friend and running into Lance, the man that helped blow her world apart, she wishes she could have a do-over.

She suddenly finds herself back in 1998, pre-boyfriend breakup and realizes this is her chance to undo the mistakes of the past. But
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Carla Caruso was born in Adelaide, grew up amid a boisterous extended Italian family – yet somehow managed to become a bookworm...
Carla always wanted to be a novelist, annoying the kindergarten teachers by dictating long, detailed stories to them. It just took her a while to realise her childhood dream - journalism seemed a more practical course. Her media career has included stints as a newspape
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