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Sweet do-over tale.
Morale of the story- always be yourself.
mimji | Hi ha 5 ressenyes més | Apr 20, 2024 |
Sadie has just had a Very Bad Year. Her temper has caused her boyfriend to break up with her and for her to lose her job as a pastry chef as well. Plus, she kissed her brother’s best friend Jacob, which was probably not a good idea. At a New Year’s Eve party, a fortune teller casts a spell that wipes out the previous year. The next morning when she wakes up, it’s the first day of what was her Very Bad Year. She has a chance to do things differently, so she doesn’t lose her job and boyfriend. And kissing Jacob never happened.

As Sadie relives the year, she starts to wonder if the Very Bad Year wasn’t so bad after all.

This book was cute. I loved Jacob. He was so shy and sweet. I thought it was clever that since. Sadie was a pastry chef, all the metaphors she thought were food related. For example:

“I blush brighter than a red velvet cake.”

The Second Chance Year is a great New Year’s themed book to read anytime.½
mcelhra | Hi ha 5 ressenyes més | Mar 12, 2024 |
The premise of this book is about the heroine having a second chance to experience the worst year of her life. Basically, the heroine lost her home, career, and boyfriend during this year. So when a fortune teller offered her a wish, the heroine wanted to retake the whole year. And it happened. As the heroine experienced the year, she began to notice signs that she had ignored and also kept meeting with the hero, her brother's best friend. With this new lease in life, the heroine must learn the lessons that having her wish fulfilled has made her notice as well as trying to find her own happy ending.

This is a nice book with an interesting premise. It showed how having a second chance in life may bring consequences that shows a different view of the world that one may had missed the first time around. With that goal of the story, the book showed it in quite an entertaining way. As for the romance, it may have been overshadowed by the other important topic of the book, it does shine in the story. It would have been nice to add more details in the book in certain areas of the story, and the future of certain secondary characters could have been dealt a bit more forceful in my opinion. Overall, the book was still an enjoyable read even if I wanted a bit more of the story.

** Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the review copy. All opinions and thoughts in the review are my own. **
DilowRosas | Hi ha 5 ressenyes més | Dec 5, 2023 |
Sadie has had one of the worst years of her life. Not only did her boyfriend break up with her, but she's also been fired from her job as assistant pastry chef at an upscale restaurant. Losing her job also meant that she couldn't afford rent on her place so she's moved in with her brother's best friend. She was able to find work as a local coffee shop, but her skills as a pastry chef are wasted and, pretty sure her former boss black-listed her, finding another job is proving difficult.

Just as her "very bad year" is coming to a close, Sadie reluctantly agrees to attend a carnival-themed New Year's Eve party. Of course no carnival would be complete without a fortune teller who somehow grants Sadie's wish of a year do-over.

Now, Sadie knows what's to come and can take steps to avoid reliving the "very bad year". Is changing the past worth it when you have to give up who you are in the present?

Who doesn't have at least one moment in their life that they wish they could do over? A book about a woman who gets to give a bad year another try immediately caught my attention. I like that it's not simply another version of Groundhog's Day. Sadie knows exactly what she's asking for, she just doesn't completely understand what it will mean. Seeing all the ways one simple action can have different consequences across the board was pretty eye-opening.

What follows are some pretty irritating decisions made on Sadie's part in the name of avoiding another disaster of a year. I say it's irritating not necessarily as a bad thing, but because the whole point of the story is seeing Sadie's growth so knowing there will be bumps in the road is par for the course. Melissa Wiesner so perfectly shows us who Sadie is as a person in the "before" that seeing her bend to the will of others - making sometimes bigger mistakes along the way - just to try to hold on to her boyfriend or her job is frustrating because we know she's so much better than that.

It takes her time to realize the fact that she can get a do-over without completely changing who she is. Once that epiphany happens, though, it's like magic. Understanding the gift of foresight and hindsight, knowing that you don't have to give up who you are to get what you want. It's very satisfying.

Of course, it wouldn't be a year of reevaluation if there wasn't new romance on the horizon. Right before the clock turns (back) for the year, Sadie gets a jolt of connection with Jacob her brother's best friend and the person who took her in after she lost her apartment in her "very bad year". I like that this is kind of a play on a second-chance romance. Yes, Sadie does get a second chance with her ex, but knowing how things turned out (or will turn out) shines a spotlight on underlining issues. Also, knowing what she knows of Jacob in the year to come, she can't help but see him in a different light too. The whole idea of trying desperately to hold onto something you want, only to find out it's not as sparkly as you once thought is the pretty much the story in a nutshell. Even though it's frustrating to come to this conclusion before Sadie does, it's still very rewarding to watch her get to that point.

Despite this book taking place over the course of a year, I'd still firmly put it in the holiday category simply because the New Year plays such an important and pivotal part of the story. The changing of a year can be a figuratively magical time with the idea of resetting the calendar and starting fresh. It's only fitting that Melissa Wiesner turned it into a literal magical time.
AmyM3317 | Hi ha 5 ressenyes més | Dec 5, 2023 |
The Second Chance Year by Melissa Wiesner
Contemporary romance. Magical realism, wishing, time travel.
Sadie Thatcher is having a Very Bad Year. She lost her job. She lost her apartment. She lost her boyfriend. She’s living on the couch of her brother’s best friend, wrapped in a blanket and eating ice cream. Her best friend convinces Sadie to go to a New Year’s Eve party where she finds a fortune teller. Sadie makes a wish to do the last year over and wakes up the next morning, a year in the past, in her old apartment, with her boyfriend next to her. She vows she will spend the next year doing everything differently. No more talking back to her boss. No more public fights with her boyfriend’s coworkers. It’s going to be different this time around.

We could predict what was going to happen. That doesn’t make it any less charming. With Sadie no longer being vocal about certain issues, her situation and friendships change. Sadie finds herself missing the people at the coffee shop. She talks to Jacob more and realizes he’s way more than she’s noticed in the past.
Sadie changes how she reacts to situations which does change events but not how she expects or even wants sometimes.
It does have a couple of deep “learning” points, but more, it’s an adorable romance where Sadie finds it’s better to just be herself.

I received a copy of this from NetGalley. I will absolutely share my love of this story with my bookclubs.
Madison_Fairbanks | Hi ha 5 ressenyes més | Dec 3, 2023 |
3.7 stars

I received this book for free, this does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review

And suddenly the room is spinning. Because though it's January first, just like I expected...It's January first, twelve months ago. The entire last year of my life is---gone.
Just like I wished for.

Sadie has had a year, she lost her job as a pastry chef when she stood up to her boss again about his dictator way of running the restaurant, lost her boyfriend when he broke up with her because she made a scene again at one of his work events over sexist comments, and lost her apartment when her savings ran out. She's now living in a spare bedroom in the apartment of Jacob, her brother Owen's bestfriend. Depressed she works as a barista after her boss got her blackballed, she hardly leaves the couch. The only good thing is that she's starting to see that Jacob isn't so much standoffish and judgmental of her but really shy. When her bestfriend Kasumi invites her to a New Year's Eve party she doesn't want to go but it turns out to the be the best thing to ever happen to her.

And then he stands up from the couch.
Crosses the room.
Sinks down on the bed next to me.
Slides one hand behind my head.
And he kisses me.

The Second Chance Year was a chik-lit story told all from Sadie's point-of-view that took a good look at what it means to go along to get along and staying true to yourself, with a little romance. At the NYE's party, Sadie meets a fortune teller and makes the wish to get a second chance at the horrible year she just had. With some magical realism, she gets that chance and wakes up in her old apartment with her ex Alex and late to work at the restaurant she was fired at. Getting back all the things she lost has her taking a second look at how she reacted to things and trying a different route to get a different outcome. Instead of yelling at her chef boss, when he's unfairly yelling at employees or asking her to work the front of the restaurant, she bites her tongue and sees that he starts to treat her nicer and even dangle the promotion she wanted in front of her. Sadie also doesn't attack Alex's co-workers when they make sexist comments and instead talks to Alex first about it, which he had asked her to do. This has him inviting her to more work events, buying her expensive designer clothes to help her fit in, and even act like he could be ready to propose. Sadie starts to think this might be the chance she needed to get everything she wanted, if it didn't feel like she was also losing herself and the friendships she made in her awful year.

If I could go back, I'd do it all differently. I'd never let him walk out thinking everything that happened between us was a mistake.

Sadie sees that not only do things change for her when she acts different, things change for the people around her. She loses her bestfriend Kasumi instead of her job when she acts different at work and that awful year that lead to her knowing Jacob more and ended with them having a NYE's kiss, which now didn't happen, has him slowly hanging out with a neighbor that Sadie had set up with someone else. I greatly enjoyed how the book explored and showed how people who say others are too “abrasive” with what they say, is really how it isn't how you say it but that you're saying it at all, with it's looks at sexism in the workplace. Sadie struggled with this and how her college professor parents constantly belittled her pastry chef occupation and heaped loads of praise and love on her younger brother Owen because of his college degree and high powered job in robotics. As Sadie opened up more to the people around her, it was nice for her to see how the people who really cared for her, admired the things about her she thought she needed to change to succeed.

So, this is what it's like to be loved by someone who appreciates who I am, not just who I could be or should be. Not just who they want me to be.

During her second chance year, things don't quite work out the way she thought they would if she tried changing herself and gets a dose of maybe things happen for a reason. Sadie's journey is the focus of the story but, while we don't fully get to know Jacob, he's around a good amount and the way Sadie starts to see him different and the way he gets to be there for her does provide a sweet romance thread (not genre romance and no open doors) with a scene delivering happily for now that will probably get a few eyes watering. This was self-affirming, frustrating look at the systems allowed to exist in workplaces, a look at how sexism breaks people down emotionally, and a great look at how whittling yourself away to fit others never works. If you've ever wondered what a second chance could look like, this delivers all the ways it could go wrong and right, with a little tender romance.
WhiskeyintheJar | Hi ha 5 ressenyes més | Nov 18, 2023 |
I read this book a couple weeks ago and I still don't really know how to review this book so I'm going to just say what comes to mind and hope it makes sense in the end. Our Stolen Child is an emotional and riveting story. I couldn't help but feel for both of these women but also for their families. I couldn't imagine what it would be like to live through something like that. It's a fast paced story full of twists that start from the very first chapter along with feeling every emotion you can think of. It's a powerful and beautifully written heartbreaking story. Thank you Bookouture and Melissa Wiesner!
jacashjoh | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Oct 2, 2022 |
This was an outstanding domestic drama about a couple undergoing IVF treatment for infertility who learns their last embryo was accidentally implanted by their fertility clinic in the wrong woman—and she is now raising their 4-year-old biological child.

I love books with a great juicy hook and OUR STOLEN CHILD grabbed me from the start. Quinn and James Marcello have struggled with infertility for years. I really connected with Quinn’s pain and her desperation to have a child. When she finds out that Nora had her biological child and that she is denying them visitation or any access, they decide to sue for custody. This book had juicy drama in SPADES. I liked the scenes with Liam, Nora’s brother, and Quinn. Nora and Quinn were frosty at first, but I liked that with time they grew to see each other’s pain. There were some good twists that came later in the book that I wasn’t expecting! This was heart wrenching, a great book for readers who love legal dramas, and I will definitely be checking out more books by this author!

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary ARC copy of this book from Bookouture and NetGalley for review purposes.
KatKinney | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Aug 15, 2022 |
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