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4.09  ·  Rating details ·  11 ratings  ·  12 reviews
It has been four years since the first Travelers came back, and in that time their numbers have grown. There is still no explanation for their existence, but for the most part they have been accepted into society and given special protection under the law. There are those, however, who see these Imposters as a threat to both their lives and their faith. The True Borns beli ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 27th 2020 by Flame Tree Press
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Jul 16, 2020 rated it liked it
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Second Chances is the follow-up to P.D. Cacek's 2019 release, Second Lives, which I read and reviewed last year.

In that novel, we learn of a global phenomenon where souls, in some cases, a long time dead, are reincarnated into the bodies of recently deceased humans.

There seems to be no rhyme or reason to the bizarre occurrences, but the newly reinvigorated souls are known as Travelers, mostly accepted within society and protected under the law.

In some cases, the families of the recently deceased
Nov 14, 2020 rated it liked it
This is the sequel to Second Lives in which lives that were cut short return from the dead, not as newborns and not with new lives, but in the bodies of the recently deceased.

They are called the Travelers, and although there are more of them than ever, and they have been given more rights and protections, there are still those who believe they are an abomination.

I loved the start of the story when we first meet the soon to be "traveler" but as the book progressed she was less of a main character
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing


I loved this book! The storyline is unlike anything I have read, and I did not want it to end.

The author immediately draws you in with various characters with different storylines and how they connect. Jessie is my favorite character. As a trans person who fights against the Travelers with her family, I loved seeing her conflicting emotions in a difficult situation. At times I got angry at her for playing with her life and riskin
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Review: SECOND CHANCES by P. D. Cacek

Quite some time ago I read and admired Ms. Cacek’s novel SECOND LIVES. SECOND CHANCES is more of a continuation than a sequel. Perhaps it is due to reading in late 2020, a year distraught with a global pandemic, civil unrest, human rights violations, and political chaos, that this novel I found tremendously disturbing. At several points I was impelled to stop reading till I could regain my composure. From the very beginning the novel is heart-wrenching. I fel
Lou Jacobs
P. D. Cacek wonderfully spins another engaging tale that expands upon the same concept from her previous novel, "Second Lives". People are dying and their body is being taken over by another soul ... a transmigration of a soul that is met with both wonder and disdain. Some refer to these "new" individuals as Travelers or Newcomers, while others call them Imposters ... an abomination to the Lord. World governments have accepted their presence, and adopted new laws protecting their rights ... and, ...more
Jane Turner
Nov 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
This review of Second Chances by P.D. Cacek is part of a Blog Tour organised by Random Things. I received a free copy of the paperback. Second Chances is published by Flame Tree Press in November 2020.

Wow. Just … wow.

I haven’t read the first novel. But this one works well as a standalone – though I’m now inspired to get the first!

It’s an engaging premise – that random souls can inject themselves into the recently dead and reanimate the bodies. The old soul has to realise they’re not who they wer
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
In this second book we again follow a few of the lives of people that will die shortly and those that have died long ago. Main characters involve a twin that shares a very special bond and are the sole daughters of a reverend that is one of the leading influencers on the ´One Body, One Soul´ movement.

The thing with change is, is that you will always have people embracing the change and people resisting. If one thing history has shown us, is that people who are against something speak louder than
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
WOWZERS!!! What an amazing story!! I read the first book in the series. The good news for those who haven't read the first book... no worries!! Both books totally stand apart! I honestly didn't see a sequel coming... but, DANG!!! I'm so glad I got to read, SECOND CHANCES early having received an ARC (Advance Reader Copy) from the publisher.

SECOND CHANCES focuses more on just a few of the "travelers or imps". I love that the author thought to include a set of twins who can speak to one another t
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Flame Tree Press for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

Second Chances
By: P. D. Cacek

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This book, y'all. Wow! Second Chances is kind of mind blowing and definitely heart breaking all in one fell swoop. I've never read P. D. Cacek prior to this book, but I intend to seek out more of her work, particularly Second Lives. Cacek has constructed a complex, harrowing and way out of the box plot that manages to remain grounded
Review Copy 4.5 stars

I was so excited to see a novel by author PD Cacek that I simply grabbed it and started reading without looking at any of the information provided. On opening the cover I ound it was a first draft. Ok, that's fine, that means I have to buy the final copy when it it's published. Poor me. Hope I like it. Ha!

It's been a year and a half since I read SECOND LIVES and with roughly 150 books since it was tough remembering details. I'll be rereading it - just because. But it's not n
Angela Maher
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a bit different to the book it follows on from, and would probably be capable of being read as a standalone. Reading the first would help set the scene but the story is its own entity. There are quite a few different threads but they weave together nicely as the book progresses. An interesting exploration of mortality and loss, and how a change to these confronting realities could affect individuals and society in general.
Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting and engrossing story that can be read as a stand alone.
I liked the style of writing, the world building and the character development.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine
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Occasionally credited as Patricia D. Cacek.

Patricia Diana Joy Anne Cacek (December 22, 1951, Hollywood, California) is an American author, mostly of horror novels. She graduated with a B.A in Creative Writing from California State University, Long Beach in 1975.

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