Good Minds Suggest: Renée Carlino's Favorite Second-Chance Love Stories

Posted by Goodreads on August 14, 2017

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Sometimes Mr. Right turns out to be Mr. Not-Right-Yet.

In Renée Carlino's new romance, Wish You Were Here, Charlotte can't believe her luck when she meets Adam, a sweet, hunky painter who shares champagne and Chinese food with her on a whirlwind late-night date. Then Adam gives her the cold shoulder the next morning. Confused and hurt, Charlotte tries to put the incident behind her…until their paths cross months later and the truth of that fateful first date is revealed.

Carlino, who also wrote Swear on This Life and Before We Were Strangers, shares some of her favorite stories about giving love another chance, from an epic romance about the decisions that drive lovers apart to a "hilarious and terrifying" thriller about obsession.

Three Wishes by Kristen Ashley
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"This is a contemporary romance with a supernatural twist. The story spans multiple generations and should come with a warning: Read with a box of tissues."

The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo
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"Epic is the only way I can describe this book. It is told in second-person POV and felt like the most intense love letter I ever read. A love letter to a best friend, a lover, and to New York City. For me it was about the desire to tell one person everything you have felt for them, to explain the complex and difficult decisions we make in life that affect our loved ones. It's a story of loving, longing, friendship, marriage, and a lifelong bond two people share. This is one of my favorite books, and it will stay with me forever."

Say You'll Stay by Corinne Michaels
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"This standalone second-chance romance heats up 17 years later in a small town in Tennessee. After being betrayed by her husband, the heroine and her children move back home, not thinking he would be there to open up old wounds she thought had forever been closed."

Don't Let Go by Sharla Lovelace
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"This is an emotional love story about two people who grow up as friends and become young lovers destined to be together forever. One unspeakable decision tears them apart. Twenty-six years later, he comes back, stirring up old feelings and uncovering secrets that change everything."

You by Caroline Kepnes
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"This is not a romance but a brilliant account of an obsessive and deluded man who has managed to master the art of manipulation and stalking while still somehow appealing to the reader. It is written in second person, and Kepnes' writing is at times hilarious and terrifying all at once. It's a contemporary and unpredictable story with twists and turns that will make you question the intentions of even the most charming people in your life."

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message 1: by Thomas (new)

Thomas Wills Seems like an interesting premise

message 2: by Camilla (last edited Aug 15, 2017 11:53PM) (new)

Camilla Isley I love second-chance stories <3

message 3: by Peggie (new)

Peggie Biessmann Thank you for this blog. I have written a "second chance" novel, too, but I had no idea they were so in vogue! This one is about two mature women who have to re-think their lives.

message 4: by Dana (new)

Dana Wayne My first book - Secrets of The Heart - was about second chances and starting over after a significant tragedy. Love that whole premise!

message 5: by Melissa (new)

Melissa Great list! Love second chance romance .

message 6: by Denise (new)

Denise Say You'll Stay was an awesome read! I've read all of Corinne's books, and every book has been a 5* for me!

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