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Once Upon A Second Chance

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  244 ratings  ·  47 reviews
What happens to your Happily-Ever-After when your Fairy Godmother doesn't show up for work?

Julia Basham’s life was perfect. She was finally done with school, about to start an internship with a prestigious financial company which would lead to a great job and, best of all, she’d just become engaged to her very own Prince Charming, Nicholas Kerkley. Unfortunately, while Nic
Paperback, 210 pages
Published November 6th 2012 by Omnific Publishing (first published November 2012)
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Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Let me start this review by saying I adore Persuasion and there aren't nearly enough retellings of it out there. It's right up there next to Pride and Prejudice in terms of my love for Jane Austen books. While P&P is full of snark, Persuasion is basically an angst-fest and I love it! So obviously I had to read this book!
Everyone who knows the plot of Persuasion, knows the plot of Once upon a Second Chance. Eight years ago Julia was persuaded (get it? Hence the original title :P) to break off her
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Bridget Jones Meets Cinderella!

For some reason I had some pretty inaccurate assumptions about this book! Judging this contemporary retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion by its youthful cover and fairytale-inspired title, I instantly thought this story would be more geared towards Young Adult audiences and be filled with lots of magic and enchantment. However, this story ended up being for adult audiences and not as heavily steeped in the fairytale realm as one might anticipate. Which I liked eve
Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love Persuasion. It’s my second favorite Austen to Pride and Prejudice, but only just barely. There’s so much to love about it – and by so much to love I mostly mean Captain Wentworth (and of course, The Letter). One of the biggest problems with Persuasion for many readers, though, is Anne. I like Anne. I get why she originally rejected Wentworth, why she let herself be swayed, why she ended up as the epitome of a wallflower in the years after. I get it, but it still makes her not as easy to f ...more
Oct 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Once Upon A Second Chance

I loved this book. Yes, I know you hear that from me more often than not, but a lot of times I see a book cover I like or a read a description that sounds interesting and I go into reading a book with little or no expectations. So when I find one that I honestly enjoy to the point of not being able to put it down, I get ridiculously excited because I didn’t expect it to be that good in the first place, so it’s like a treat.

Once Upon a Second Chance by Marian Vere is that
Kazhy (My Library in the Making)
(This review was originally posted at My Library in the Making.)

When I started reading Once Upon a Second Chance, I was only expecting a light love story with a few cute moments here and there, but what I got was a captivating tale of a woman who had finally decided to take charge of her life.

At first glance, Julia Basham seemed happy. She had a nice job and even nicer co-workers, a supportive older sister, and a life that she was living the way she wanted to. But she wasn't. For eight years, s
Nov 12, 2012 rated it really liked it

Julia is a girl down on her luck. She actually brings herself down and always needs advice from her sister who was not only the best sister growing up, she was also her mother growing up doing everything for her. This might be why she went to her for "support" when she was proposed to eight years ago and why she took her advice and let him go. Immediately she knows she made a huge mistake but of course she does nothing about it. She does sound like a take
Aug 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced copy of this book and to put things in perspective, I'm a guy. To be honest I really quite enjoyed the read. Naturally this is not the type of book I would normally read but, Once upon a second chance is quite well written and the story makes you want to keep reading. I would highly recommend picking this book up when it comes out.
Dec 31, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Umm...too Disney for me...:(
“I don’t want dreams, and I don’t want fairy tales. They are not made for everyone, and that’s just how it is. My life was fine before I screwed it up by trying to fix what wasn’t broken. It may have been far from perfect, but that doesn’t equal bad. The only goal I have is to get through this night and tomorrow. After that, who knows.”

(Lol, idk what quote to copy & paste for this review. There are lots of good ones!)

Reading this book is like a roller coaster ride, it has ups downs, twists and m
I received Once Upon a Second Chance as part of the blog tour hosted by AToMR Tours in return for a honest review. Eight years have changed since Julia’s life changed forever and the name staring up at her is about to bring her little world crashing down. Her newest client for work just happens to be the man she almost married but didn’t and who she can’t stop dreaming or thinking about. Even though her sister talked to into she still regrets breaking up with Nick Kerkley because to her he was p ...more
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Nov 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Originally posted at:

Have you ever wished for a “Do over” in your life? Well, that is just what happens in this fairy tale like novel. The author tells the amusing story of a true love surviving all obstacles after eight years apart.

Julia had it all until she let her older sister whom she looked up to as a second mom, give her advice. Now, eight years later, broken and a shadow of her former self, A chance meeting with the “one” she let get away has Julia rethinking
Nov 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
I received a review copy in exchange for my participation in the blog tour. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I wanted to like Julia, but she was just too uninvolved in her own life. Having grown up with her sister acting as her mother, Julia lets Lisa {her sister} make all of her decisions for her, including calling off her engagement to true love Nick Kerkley and setting her up on dates. Just when I think Julia is going to stand her ground and do something about her life, she goes right bac
Dec 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is Ms. Vere's modern version of Jane Austen's Persuasion.

Julia's life seemed to be falling perfectly into place. She had burgeoning job prospects in the finance industry, an exciting life in New York City, and a wonderful fiancé, Nick Kerkley, who she was totally in love with. Nick however, while being completely devoted to Julia, did not have the career potential or financial stability to be worthy of someone like her -- or at least that's what she came to convince herself. Hesitantly, Ju
Nov 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
So super cute! I know nothing about Persuasion, but it didn't matter, I loved it. It is a fluffy easy read, with an awesome, swoon-worthy hero who actually isn't a total ass.

Shocking, I know.

This one is really worth a read for any other romantics out there like me.

The only thing I will say is that it is on the shorter side--just over 200 pages--and as such, I don't think it is worth the $16.99 price tag for the paper back. However, the ebook is only 5 bucks, and it is WELL worth that!
(I know tha
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I just had to keep emailing the author to tell her that she was *killing me*. Really sweet, fun book. Love that the heroine decides to become her own "fairy godmother". (once you read about her hilarious dream godmother, you will know why! haha!)

The hero is dreamy and sweet, the heroine is smart, funny, and relateable. Great, fun, read.
Nov 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Incredibly romantic! I prefer books with more 'heat' so when I heard this one was 'cooler' I didn't think I'd like it, but it was more romantic than alot of the sexfilled books I've read! Julia was funny and real, and Nick was perfect, but in a real world way, not the annoying unrealistic way. Will definitively read again and recommend.
Aug 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was so similar to Persuasion ... It's like an updated rendition of it! I enjoyed reading it very much... Frankly i needed a much needed break from all the vampires, werewolves, and erotic novels that I've been reading lately.
This was a pleasant surprise !

They should make it into a movie
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I absolutely loved this modern retelling of Persuasion. It didn't follow the original plot as closely as some other adaptations I've read, but the leads, Julia and Nick, were a fresh and fun take on the characters and kept the essence of the Anne/Wentworth love story! I was rooting for the couple the whole time and felt all the angst and heartache, along with the pining and love throughout the story and was engaged and invested in how their story would play out in this adaptation. I especially l ...more
Dec 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. There was a lot of inner Monolog about Whether or not the guy was love with her but that makes sense cause it's sort of like the original story. Overall it was pretty cute and I like to comparing it to the original story since persuasion is My favorite Jane Austen story
Goddess Of Blah
Aug 12, 2014 rated it did not like it

Dumb, OTT fairy-tale, poorly written tripe. It's so bad that I want refund on my time for reading it (I only read a few chapters).

1 dimensional characters and so far-fetched that it makes Cinderella seem plausible.
Mousy, loser admin assistant has hot, tall, dark handsome cliché billionaire fall in love with her. The End.

there are loads of better adaptations of Persuasion that aren't stupid.

Dumb, OT
Nov 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
Originally posted on the blog: What the Cat Read

The moment I found out that this was a modern-day take on Jane Austen’s Persuasion, I knew I had to read this book! And I’m so glad I did because I truly enjoyed this story. If you are a fan of Jane Austen’s novels, then I highly recommend you check this book out! =^.^=

I first wish to say that I loved the message Vere gives within this story. The idea that a woman can be her own “fairy godmother” and can make her own “happily ever after” really put
Nov 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Note: This is an adult book, but it is appropriate for the New Adult or YA audience. The characters are around 30, but there is nothing racy in the book. (Actually all the New Adult books I have read so far, were much more explicit than Once Upon A Second Chance)

I enjoyed Once Upon A Second Chance. It kind of reminded me of Austentatious, which I loved. It is a total contemporary, but there are glimpses of something that could be magic. When I say glimpses, I mean maybe two or three times in th
You say Chick Lit, I say YES! I love this genre. It's cute, sweet and makes me smile.

"Women are taught to believe they have to look for and find ‘the one,’ while men are taught to believe there will always be another princess.”

This is a modern day retelling of Jane Austen's, Persuasion. I haven't read Persuasion and I am hoping rectify that mistake soon. I love the concept. Who doesn't like second chances?
Being the hopeless romantic that I am there was no way that I wasn't going to like this b
Nov 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was totally into this book at first, until the actual fairy Godmother came into the story. I love the premise of old loves reunited, but there is a line between real and imaginary. To me, you can’t have a fairy tale character just pop into a real situation. Granted, it is sort of a Cinderella story and yes since it is a fairy tale type, you would expect that sort of thing to pop up as your reading but it still kind of caught me off guard and had me rolling my eyes.
From the first moment Julia
Snigdha Prakash
Once Upon A Second Chance

I have to tell you people, as those who are reading this review in order to gain perspective about this book that whether or not they should read this is my duty to tell you. This is one frustrating hell of a book. I swear.

I have never seen so much of drama, crying, stupidly ignorant heroine, too sweet of a hero, too many misunderstandings...I could go on.

Seriously. I could.

I have never been a fan of books which are too predictable and have too much melodra

Jane Austen’s Persuasion is one of my favorite books. I love the lost-love story and seeing couples get a second chance. So, I was looking forward to this modern day retelling. I liked it. I thought some parts were a bit wordy or overly descriptive. I also was looking for more interactions/conversations between Nick and Julia. I thought them finally getting together was super fast and I didn’t really feel the chemistry between them. I wanted more build up between them before they just jump ba
This book is predictable as I thought it would be, the only thing that caught me off guard was the fact that the author continued to their story after they made up and got back together to just for them to (view spoiler)

I probably would have li
Feb 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute modern version

This book was based on Persuasion but there is enough differences that it feels like an homage rather than a copy. Some of the familiar plot points remain, but just enough to navigate with.

While it might have used Austen's framework none of the characters feel like transfers. And nothing is forced like some modern adaptations do when they try to recreate the story too closely.

I think this could have been better only if it had been filled out with other points of view, or amou
Aug 25, 2016 rated it liked it
When I read that this book was an adaption of persuasion by Jane Austen I was so excited. But though the beginning started out well,It begun to drag. I feel like this would've worked better if it wasn't in the main characters head so much and it had two PoV because I didn't really see a connection from the couple and the ending felt rushed. There weren't enough "moments" between them so I felt like they're love wasn't really true. Plus Julia came off as whinny for half the book and it was really ...more
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! This is one of those feel-good reads--warm, fuzzy, and light-hearted. The main character, Julia, was adorable and funny! Her inner thoughts cracked me up; so many times I found myself saying, "Been there, done that!" And then there's swoon-worthy Nick. He's a real-life Prince Charming, without the cliche and cheesiness--I loved him!

Overall, an enjoyable, quick read :) If you like toe-tingling romance, I highly recommend it! :)
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Marian Vere is a twenty eight year old writer of Women's Fiction. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she received her degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in--oddly enough--vocal music performance, only to later discover her love of writing and storytelling. Marian is represented by Carly Watters of PS Literary, and currently lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her Husband, a ...more

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