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The Second Chance Café: A Hope Springs Novel, Book 1 | [Alison Kent]

The Second Chance Café: A Hope Springs Novel, Book 1

Kaylie Flynn was luckier than most children left to the Texas foster care system, blessed with a foster mother who taught her the comfort of home…and the healing power of baking the perfect brownie. Now, Kaylie has journeyed back to Hope Springs to open a café in the charming Victorian she once shared with her foster family - and to finally find answers about her past and where she came from. Yet Kaylie’s carefully laid plans quickly become complicated....
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Publisher's Summary

Kaylie Flynn was luckier than most children left to the Texas foster care system, blessed with a foster mother who taught her the comfort of home…and the healing power of baking the perfect brownie.

Now, Kaylie has journeyed back to Hope Springs to open a café in the charming Victorian she once shared with her foster family - and to finally find answers about her past and where she came from.

Yet Kaylie’s carefully laid plans quickly become complicated. The house needs far more work than she realized, and Tennessee Keller, the carpenter Kaylie hires, stirs up feelings she hasn’t felt in a long while. When an unexpected crisis threatens to unravel her dreams, Kaylie seems to have all the ingredients for a perfect disaster - or quite possibly the perfect love.

©2013 Alison Kent (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Diana DC Washington, DC, United States 04-19-13
    Diana DC Washington, DC, United States 04-19-13 Member Since 2008

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    "Lovely"

    I want to call this a sweet romance (and it is!) but there are enough conflicts, obstacles, and hardships to keep it from being too sweeeeeet. I love that I can always count on Alison Kent for real grown up characters who behave like adults -- flawed adults who struggle to work it out and do the right thing.

    Narrator Natalie Ross is terrific as usual.

    It would be terrific to hear Kent's steamy Dalton Gang trilogy in audio.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Mantua, OH, United States 09-13-13
    Deborah Mantua, OH, United States 09-13-13 Member Since 2007
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    "A mishmash of stress, worry, and confused story."

    I have noooo idea who might want to read/listen to this. It's a disorganized blur of insecurity and confusion. I enjoy all sorts of books, in numerous genres. I like serious books, funny books, educational, and certainly casual books, including fluffy romance or other light reads but this book tries to go in too many conflicting directions.

    The narrator is very good though, so no need to blame Ms Ross for it. Good voice, good clear expression etc but all her efforts can't save this story. I will watch for her in other books, but never again with this author! Big disappointment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    HL PARKER LINCOLN, NEBRASKA, United States 05-09-13
    HL PARKER LINCOLN, NEBRASKA, United States 05-09-13 Member Since 2009

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    "I tried so hard to endure this awful book"
    Would you try another book from Alison Kent and/or Natalie Ross?

    Never


    What could Alison Kent have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The characters are unbelievable. Way too much introspection. The heroine has just met the hero and within a day decided he wanted to 'protect her' and that her future plans were in jeopardy. I disliked the inner voice of the heroine a lot. Constant, impossible, unrealistic thoughts.

    I am astounded to see the other reviews that are so good and went back, trying to listen to more of the book, but it was impossible.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I'd have to listen to another performance by the narrator to see if she was part of the problem. I doubt it.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Gorgeous cover, interesting plot. I love books on chefs and people opening little cafe's in small towns.


    Any additional comments?

    I listen to Audiobooks all the time and am not fussy. So sorry I bought the ebook too!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Define 05-02-14
    Define 05-02-14 Member Since 2012
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    "This is a 'stay up all night to finish it" book!"
    If you could sum up The Second Chance Café in three words, what would they be?

    Excellent story line


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Second Chance Café?

    The connection between father and daughter


    What does Natalie Ross bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The feeling of being part of the story


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The final acceptance of the lost past and making the future work as a family!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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