The Top Second-Chance Romance Novels of the Year (So Far)

Posted by Hayley on April 18, 2019
Everywhere we look, fictional characters are finding their second chance at love. High school sweethearts are reuniting, one-night stands are multiplying into many-night stands, and longtime crushes are transforming into lifelong romances.

The power of perseverance and optimism fuels the second-chance trope, which is all about two people reconnecting after fate drove them apart. After all, who gets it right the first time around?

If you want more of "the one who got away," we're here for you. We rounded up the most popular second-chance romances published this year. This isn't a new trend by any means, and you can check out readers' all-time favorites here.

Browse the books below, ranked by how many times Goodreads members have added them to their shelves. Perhaps one has caught your eye before. Don't you think it deserves a second chance?


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message 1: by Debra Kell (new)

Debra Kell Unless someone writes about an old whitehaired widow who looks a bit rough around the edges but still managed to find a second chance love I will stick with my political thrillers and mysteries.


message 2: by Shannon (new)

Shannon Debra Kell wrote: "Unless someone writes about an old whitehaired widow who looks a bit rough around the edges but still managed to find a second chance love I will stick with my political thrillers and mysteries."

Oh Debra, why don't you come off your high horse and live a little?
How about a white-haired widower who finds his second chance at love in a retirement community? Forever and Ever by Devon McCormack might be just what you need!


message 3: by Lucy catterall (new)

Lucy catterall Debra Kell, you should read Emotional Geology by Linda Gillard because that's exactly what you described :)


message 4: by Dawn (new)

Dawn Debra Kell wrote: "Unless someone writes about an old whitehaired widow who looks a bit rough around the edges but still managed to find a second chance love I will stick with my political thrillers and mysteries."

I'm kinda with you there. Most romance novels skew towards twenty-somethings; maybe early thirties. Most romance READERS skew higher in age. Harlequin USED TO have an imprint for the forties and fifties age range, which I loved, but they phased it out. Maybe a Goodreads Author will pick up on this and write for those of us over the median.


message 5: by DreamCloud (new)

DreamCloud Debra Kell wrote: "Unless someone writes about an old whitehaired widow who looks a bit rough around the edges but still managed to find a second chance love I will stick with my political thrillers and mysteries."
Thanks for suggesting this one! I've added it to my list to read :)


message 6: by Acasuper (new)

Acasuper Dark Water Rising by Sharon Sala


message 7: by MK (new)

MK Debra Kell wrote: "Unless someone writes about an old whitehaired widow who looks a bit rough around the edges but still managed to find a second chance love I will stick with my political thrillers and mysteries."

I haven't read it yet (still waiting on a library copy) but have heard great things about Mrs. Martin’s Incomparable Adventure.


message 8: by Lorrie (new)

Lorrie Debra Kell you should try the Christmas Room and Strawberry Hill both by Catherine Anderson. They are 60 + people and the stories are really good!


message 9: by Raymond (new)

Raymond Thompson Jane Austen's Persuasion.


message 10: by Clare (new)

Clare Liz Byrski's books are all written for the over 50s. Great stories and characters.


message 11: by Judith Watkinson (new)

Judith Watkinson Debra Kell wrote: "Unless someone writes about an old whitehaired widow who looks a bit rough around the edges but still managed to find a second chance love I will stick with my political thrillers and mysteries."

Know the feeling


message 12: by Darlene (new)

Darlene This is Fiction ...I imagine myself as the woman and in my fantasy I am not over weight or over 50 ! Love second chance books where hero screwed up ( because in my Fantasy I sure don’t want to be the one that screwed up ) and has to work at getting his girl back ! Any suggestions!


message 13: by Me Like Reading (new)

Me Like Reading Hmmm...recently finished reading the Chaos series by Kristen Ashley...’Ride Steady’ was pretty good...then there are ‘Walk Through Fire’ and ‘Wild Like the Wind’ for the older crowd. Recommend as enjoyable 2nd Stab at Romance stories...as long as one doesn’t mind MC alphas and old ladies...and erotic scenes...and profanity. Lots of profanity. 🙂


message 14: by Renata (new)

Renata Rukavina Unforgiven by Elizabeth Finn - for any age. Tragic and passion don't have time and age definition. If the book is good, why fence it? Read this and weep!


message 15: by Nicky (new)

Nicky Webber I've just released a romance for the 45+ readers called In the Deep End by Nicky Webber. It ends with the lovers united and living happily ever after in their mid-50's. But quite a saga and lots of intrigue getting to that point!!!! Emotional tension to say the least!


message 16: by Kayla (new)

Kayla Jorgensen I haven't read any of these yet. I can't wait!!!!!! I recently finished Nomad's Island by author Derek E. Keeling. It wasn't a true romance book, but had lots of romance. The best part was the crazy twist in the middle, and then again at the end. Honestly, I enjoyed it and highly recommend. There were some minor grammatical errors, but nothing I couldn't overlook because the story was so enthralling. Have any of you read it?


message 17: by Miss Maya (new)

Miss Maya Debra Kell wrote: "Unless someone writes about an old whitehaired widow who looks a bit rough around the edges but still managed to find a second chance love I will stick with my political thrillers and mysteries."

Wow... this was the best comment I've seen in a while.


message 18: by Cindy (new)

Cindy People always want to knock romance, but it's the top selling genre by quite a bit. Just sayin'.


Bookishnymph *needs hea* Cindy wrote: "People always want to knock romance, but it's the top selling genre by quite a bit. Just sayin'."

Thank you.


message 20: by ♡AbbyBooks♡ (new)

♡AbbyBooks♡ Cindy wrote: "People always want to knock romance, but it's the top selling genre by quite a bit. Just sayin'."

True that.


message 21: by Nicky (new)

Nicky Grant Beyond the Truth by Nicky F Grant ;) Featured in USA Today Happily Ever After


message 22: by Attack Salmon (new)

Attack Salmon Debra Kell wrote: "Unless someone writes about an old whitehaired widow who looks a bit rough around the edges but still managed to find a second chance love I will stick with my political thrillers and mysteries."

The Woman Who Met Her Match
MC is 40 ish


message 23: by Steph B (new)

Steph B Any more recommendations for good second-chance love story in regency or historical settings? Something like The Lost Letter or The Gentleman Physician?


message 24: by mwana (new)

mwana Y'all should have specified second chance HETERO romances.


message 25: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Second Chances by Sharon Sala - I've read it many times and still get teary eyed :)


Pinnacleeventrentals People always want to knock romance, but it's the top selling genre by quite a bit


message 27: by Patty (new)

Patty Never apologize for your reading tastes or denigrate other people's preferred reading. There are more than enough books for us all.


message 28: by Arelys (new)

Arelys Can anyone recommend Jane Austen’s Persuasion inspired books that are releasing in 2019/2020 and/or released in 2018? Preferably actual physical books.


message 29: by Purnima (new)

Purnima Lakshmanan Debra Kell wrote: "Unless someone writes about an old whitehaired widow who looks a bit rough around the edges but still managed to find a second chance love I will stick with my political thrillers and mysteries."
thats oddly specific Debra kell do you know someone like that or is that your imagination.


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