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One More Second Chance -- Jana Richards

One More Second Chance

Dr. Alex Campbell has an agenda—finish his contract to provide medical services in Maine, pay off his medical school debt, and head back to his real life in San Diego. But when he meets Julia, all his carefully laid plans are put in jeopardy.

Julia Stewart, Lobster Cove’s high school principal, swears she’ll never let another man drag her away from the home she loves. Her aging parents need her, and the Cove is where she wants to raise her daughter. When her mother’s illness brings her and the big city doctor closer together, panic sets in. Her marriage taught her men don’t stay.

Can she put aside the heartaches of the past and trust Alex enough to accept the love he’s offering? Or will her fear of abandonment mean she’ll send him away forever?

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I was delighted by the story of Julia and Alex…One More Second Chance is a sweet romance. If you like small town settings and big, real issues, you will love Jana Richards’s novel. More than once did I have to wipe a tear.

Romance and Beyond

The story is sweet and a wonderful read about love and family. About friends and being there no matter what. About healing and finding what you are missing in life and grabbing it by the horns before it is too late.

Books are Love

While I loved the romance part of this book, I was also extremely drawn into Julia's story about dealing with her aging parents. I went through something almost identical with my own parents a few years ago. I perfectly understood her struggle to accept the diagnoses, her desire to do what is best, and the drive to protect them at all costs… I really enjoyed reading this book, and am now interested in what other stories may lie within Lobster Cove.

Andi’s Book Reviews

I LOVED this book. There wasn’t a thing in it that I would change. The relationship we grow with the characters and residents of Lobster Cove makes us feel as if we are a part of it all. Julia was by far my favorite. She is so spunky and such an aspiring woman… This is a series that I can’t wait to get more of!

Feed Me In Books

This story in the Lobster Cove series is a most delightful read. Complete with loving people of this small town and even with the emotional upheavals popping up, everyone is bound by the ties of caring for each other. I was captivated by the warmth and love found throughout the reading of this story. Now that I have read my first book from Jana Richards, I plan to add her to my "favorite author" list of reading as an amazing story teller.

Kay Quinton for Fresh Fiction

sI enjoyed Alex and Julia's story as it is full of heartache and growth as well as happiness. Many different issues from breast cancer to suspected child abuse are brought to light amongst a budding romance making for an exciting entertaining read.

Matilda for Coffee Time Romance
5 cups of coffee out of 5 and Reviewers Recommend Award

A beautiful setting and an engaging story line. The main characters are well-written with so much emotion and depth. You’ll sympathize with Julia and fall for Alex.

Darlene for Still Moments Magazine

Wonderful story of love and second chances.

Chrissy Dyer, Goodreads Reader

I really enjoyed this contemporary romance … The characters were real, three-dimensional people who spoke naturally.  No stilted dialog!  Yea!  Ava actually sounded like a five year-old. Despite the serious issues, the book was warm, witty, and entertaining.  I highly recommend One More Second Chance.

Rochelle Weber, Roses and Thorns

The way they [Alex and Julia] learn to act as a unit and trust one another made this an endearing story. Watching these two get their second chance was truly a delight!

Natasha Jackson for Readers’ Favorite

One More Second Chance was a great read and one I would recommend to readers that love a hot doctor as the hero and aren’t afraid to shed a tear if a story gets too emotional.

Bec for The Romance Studio

 

excerpt

“What did the x-ray find?” she asked.

“A spiral fracture of the right arm.” He paused for a moment and took a deep breath as if trying to control his emotions. “I’ve seen this kind of injury before. A fracture like this can be the result of a fall, but it can also be an indication of child abuse. An arm as small as Ava’s will break like a twig if it’s twisted hard enough. I’m obligated to contact the authorities if I suspect abuse.”

Julia stared at him in mute shock, her brain struggling to process his words, as if trying to translate some unintelligible language. The words child abuse rang in her ears. Finally she found her voice.

“You think someone deliberately hurt her?”

“Her injuries are consistent with abuse.”

“I don’t give a damn what they’re consistent with. Ava has not been mistreated. My mother said she fell down the stairs, and if that’s what she said, then that’s what happened.”

“I believe there’s more to the story than a simple fall.”

“If it comes down to believing you or believing my mother, I’m going with my mother.”

“Perhaps you don’t know your mother as well as you think you do.”

Julia sucked in a breath and stared into Dr. Campbell’s dark, accusing eyes. The idea that her mother would hurt Ava was ridiculous. She adored Ava, would do anything for her…

She blinked and looked away, remembering an incident the other day. She’d heard her yelling at Ava about the milk she’d spilled on the kitchen floor, making such a huge deal of it that Ava had cried. It had struck her as strange, since she couldn’t remember her mother yelling at anyone, ever. She wasn’t as patient as she used to be. And how did she explain her strange phone call telling her Ava had been hurt? Of course she’d been upset, but her mother had been nearly incoherent with distress. Was something going on she wasn’t aware of? She was seventy-one now. Maybe looking after a rambunctious five-year-old was too much for her.

No. She shook her head to reject the disloyal thought. Dr. Campbell was the one who was wrong.

“I know my mother. She didn’t do this. It was an accident.”

“We’ll soon find out. Sharon is questioning Ava now.”

Julia stared at the door. “She’ll be scared, all by herself.”

“Sharon’s very good at what she does. She has a way of making kids feel comfortable.”

Julia turned on him, the anger and despair she’d been holding inside spilling out. “And you? Do you enjoy upsetting five-year-olds and turning families’ lives upside down? Does it make you feel powerful to sic the authorities on us?”

“Look, Mrs. Stewart, I take no pleasure in bringing in the authorities. But I’ve seen child abuse, up close and personal, and I can tell you it’s damn ugly. The things parents and caregivers are capable of doing to defenseless children…”

He stopped abruptly, his chest heaving. Closing his eyes, he averted his face and took a deep breath. When he turned back to her, his steely control was back in place. “So yeah, if I have even the smallest suspicion that a child has been abused, I’m going to ask questions. And I’m not going to apologize for it.”