Don’t be overwhelmed by the substantial amount of characters in this book. Some are just stand by, you’ll want to focus on: Francie, Colette, Nell, and Winnie. (Maybe Token on the side but he’s more a supportive role) it may seem haphazard and all over the place which is why it’s best to just focus on these four moms.
The chapters switch from different points of view and there’s that one lone chapter that’s presented in first person. It’s a mystery as to who that is until much later, but it certainly does keep you guessing on who that person could be. It may seem obvious at first and during the reading you feel so sure you know who that is and what’s behind the entire story but the blind side moment comes fast in the last few chapters and you’re left with a shock.
The plot slowly builds to a good mystery and suspense. The thrilling bits get you at the end. It’s a satisfying read, the characters grate on you (Francie and Nell are the ones I disliked the most), but it’s the suspense and the ‘keeping you guessing’ bits that get the reading going.
So although it may seem like it’s all over the place, give the book a chance and read. It’s well worth it with the superb ending.
I received this book for free from the publisher (Harlequin) as part of their bookstagram publicity campaign.
This book and I got off to a rocky start. In the beginning, I had a hard time connecting with the book and the characters. I typically get sucked into chick lit, but I didn’t with this one. To me, it felt a bit like fan fiction in the beginning. It kind of felt like I was reading someone’s fantasy election season. Like the 2016 election was so bad that they just created their own.
Once I hit the halfway mark, things got a whole lot better. The story finally seemed to be picking up and I was able to connect more with the characters. The friendship between the widows also started to blossom at this point and that’s when the book actually started to work for me. However, their friendship never reached its full potential. I would loved to have seen more of them together. A lot of the times two or three of them would be hanging out but not all four of them.
Out of all the widows, I loved Cady and her storyline the most. She had the most development and was really the glue that brought everyone together.
As much as I loved Cady, my favorite character was Parker. I loved his sense of humor and his bar was such a genius idea.
Overall, this was your average chick lit novel, just with an election backdrop.
Second Wind is a feel good book, with plenty of sweetness, but without that sickly feeling you sometimes get with a sweetness overload.
Both men are wonderfully enough in their forties - which makes a nice change from twenty-somethings lol. However, through a series of memories, you find out about their youth, and the decisions they made, bringing you up to the current day. This is a complete story, without anything being missed out, but all necessary to the story.
This is a low-angst story that is very well written, with no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow. The pacing was smooth, and all the characters were well fleshed out and completely believable. If you are looking for a sweet story about second chances, then I can definitely recommend this one.
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *
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A special thank you to Edelweiss and Harper for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
A mommy group dubbed as the May Mothers meet at a park twice a week to discuss being new mothers, swap stories, alleviate their anxieties, and offer advice and support.
It is one of the hottest summers on record. As a break from the heat, and the babies, the members decide a night out is in order at the local hip bar. Winnie, a single mother, had never left her six-week-old infant, Midas. One of the May Mothers offers up her babysitter so that Winnie can join them, insisting everything would be fine. On this stifling Fourth of July, something goes terrifyingly wrong: one of the babies is abducted right from his home. Midas is missing and the police are asking disturbing questions that are putting Winnie's private life on display and the media can't get enough.
None of the other members are particularly close to the guarded Winnie, yet three of them will go to great lengths to help find her baby. Secrets are exposes, relationships are tested, and the mothers are scrutinized.
All I can say is, what a surprise! Apparently this book will be adapted for the big screen and will star Kerry Washington (um...yes, please). Molloy's novel is also eagerly anticipated as one of this coming summer's must reads and I would definitely recommend it as well.