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Second Chances

4.42  ·  Rating Details  ·  43 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Set in London, in the noughties, sometime after the smoking ban, and before the great 21st century recession... James has always believed in happy ever after, and he plans to get there one day. He is doing okay. At the age of thirty-three, he has a top job, dream house, two healthy children, and a wife who always stands by him. These things, James can rely on, until one da ...more
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Published September 2010 by Rose And Freedom Books (first published July 1st 2010)
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Jen Knox
Dec 28, 2010 Jen Knox rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is nothing so destructive to a relationship than that which goes unsaid. It is everything that is not said, that is kept a secret, that wears away at a marriage: easily summed up, not so easily portrayed in a novel. It is this portrayal of a silent, strained marriage, as it follows husband and wife through normal personal struggles (James, working too hard; Pamela, feeling ignored) that creates such a subtle, heartbreaking beauty here. But what begins as a sparse and realistic plotline qui ...more
Laura Schultz
Jan 08, 2011 Laura Schultz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The novel Second Chances by Maria Savva is a journey across continents, that gives the reader a birds-eye view into the consequences within relationships of keeping secrets and the continuation of dysfunctional communication patterns. It is not uncommon for partners within marriages to withhold the truth with a catastrophic outcome for both people. The spouses in Second Chances are the epitome of this dynamic and luckily for them after much agony, are able to piece together the jigsaw of their m ...more
Darcia Helle
With Second Chances, Maria Savva shows us how the love that drew two people together can so easily fade into the background when the daily struggles take over. James is a lawyer, working long hours for a demanding firm. Pamela is a stay-at-home mother of two young children, longing for her husband’s attention. Somewhere beneath the stress, the arguments and the resentment, they still love one another. But by the time they figure that out, their love might be too damaged to repair.

Savva does a ma
Julie Powell
Oct 13, 2010 Julie Powell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maria Savva is a great storyteller and Second Chances is no exception. I particularly liked the way both male and female points of view were portrayed, so that the reader could understand both sides of the story.

Second Chances has an easy to read style and successfully delves into the ups and downs of relationships where most, if not all, of us can certainly relate.

Not to give away any spoilers, I thought it clever how it was sprinkled with surprises – a few twists and turns, so that we’re not
Sep 05, 2010 Stuart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Already a fan of Maria Savva's previous work, I expected to be entertained by her true to life storytelling---Second Chances didn't let me down.

Clearly, a novel for today, the story (set in London) opens highlighting the pressures that creating a manageable work/life balance has on young couples nowadays. This tale has many layers, as the author takes us on an emotion charged journey, centring on estranged couple, James and Pamela. Pamela leaves James, and with their children, heads off to Aust
Jul 02, 2010 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
My third novel.
I love it of course, I hope you will too :)
Lisette Brodey
Dec 27, 2010 Lisette Brodey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Second Chances is a novel that mirrors so many people’s lives. James and Pamela have been married for several years with two children. As an attorney at a law firm run by partners who are brutal and unsympathetic toward their staff, James is put in a tough position to spend too much time away from his family. He knows that his wife Pamela hates his demanding work schedule and after-work obligations, but financial times are tough and new jobs are difficult to come by. And so, despite arguments ab ...more
Jerry Travis
Jul 15, 2010 Jerry Travis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Second Chances is a story about the strength of love and its weaknesses, all the things that can undermine and destroy it, such as: economic pressures, entitlement, dishonesty, misunderstanding, deception, selfishness, needs (physical, mental and spiritual) not being fulfilled, and so on. It’s especially timely for this severe economic downturn we all find ourselves in today. With so many physical demands on us from the outside, the needs of family life can easily suffer.

The story starts with a
Jenny Hilborne
Apr 25, 2013 Jenny Hilborne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Second Chances is a modern day novel set in London.

James is a thirty-something father with a successful career in a law firm, a supportive wife, and a nice house. He has the life many people dream of. Then everything changes when his wife leaves him and takes the couple's two children. So caught up his own life, James did not see it coming.

While Second Chances is a fictional look at what might happen to anyone if they neglect to appreciate what they have while they have it, it is an accurate por
Jun 13, 2012 RJ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Second Chances gives us a tremendous insight into the problems that can be caused by unrealistic expectations. On the surface, James and Pamela appear to be living the dream. James is a well-paid lawyer on track to make partner. Pamela is raising their two children in a beautiful home in an upscale neighborhood. But as we get to know these people we learn that their expectations have rendered each both victim and perpetrator of potentially relationship-ending harm.

Author Maria Savva does a wonde
Georgiann Hennelly
James and Pamela a married couple with twwo young children, James is a Lawyer married to his job.Pamela feels neglected. When James has some trouble at work he comes home to find a note from Pamela saying she has taken the children and left him and please don,t try to find her. Pamela has a secret from her past that has haunted her all these years. A secret she has kept from James. James is determined to find her and try to save his marriage. An emotional ead. Maria brings each person to life li ...more
Sandra MacKay
Oct 23, 2010 Sandra MacKay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Maria Savva is perceptive about couples' behavior when faced with difficult, complicated situations. She skillfully molds a fine tale of miscommunication, foibles, and conflict. Second Chances is very believable and entertaining at the same time. The exchanges between characters are deceptive, based on different motives, forming a tangled web.

James and Pamela face the challenges of marriage. James is a lawyer at a London law firm, where his superiors ruthlessly manipulate him and his co-workers
Second Chances (Maria Savva)
This story is about James and Pamela. A married couple with two young children. James is a lawyer, who is "married" to his job. Pamela feels neglected by him. While James has troubles at work he comes home to find a note, Pamela has left with the children, and asks him not to try to find her.

Pamela has a secret from her past, that haunts her , a secret she kept from her husband all these years. James is determined to find his wife , and save his marriage.

An emotional
Oct 06, 2012 Sharon rated it really liked it
James and Pamela's marriage is on the rocks. James works ridiculous hours as a solicitor and Pamela is chafing at being at home all day with two small children and no adult companionship. She also has a secret that she's been keeping from James.

Set in London sometime in the early 21st century, Maria Savva's literary fiction has two people at incredible cross purposes even when they're trying to work together. Near misses on two continents, anger and miscommunication abound.

Savva's prose is enter
Laura Smith
Feb 27, 2013 Laura Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another fabulous book by Maria Savva. I absolutely loved it and couldn't put it down!

James seems to have everything he ever wanted, a good job, nice house, two kids and a loving wife. Then suddenly overnight all that changes and James has to then fight to get it all back. After taking the kids and running back to her parents in Australia, Pamela (james wife) has to face her own past and confront the demons that could threaten to ruin her marriage to Jsmes completely.

Will James and Pamela have
Oct 19, 2010 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Kindle edition of my novel.
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Writer of novels and short stories, multi-genre. Maria's short stories have appeared in the BestsellerBound anthologies and the Mind's Eye Series of books.

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