The Second Chance Store: A Novel by Lauren Bravo

The Second Chance Store: A Novel by Lauren Bravo

Title: The Second Chance Store: A Novel
Author: Lauren Bravo
Publisher:  Avon
Genre:  General Fiction (Adult), Humor & Satire, Women's Fiction
Format:  Kindle
No. of Pages:  384
Date of US Publication:  4 July, 2023
My Rating:  3.5 Stars

My Thoughts 

I’m a lifelong thrift shopper and yard saler. The lure of finding something awesome is strong, as anyone who shops at thrift shops knows. And then, finding something terrific 😍 With that mindset, I therefore really hoped to read this novel. 

Full disclosure - it took a few chapters for me to get into this one. However, once I did, I wholeheartedly enjoyed The Second Chance Store; it’s a lovely read - touching and yet humorous all at once.

I loved the separate stories of people as well as things and I enjoyed reading Gwen’s character development, which was great and registered as realistic. 

This one’s a recommendation. 

Thank you to Avon and NetGalley for the DRC!


If clothes can get a second chance, why can’t we? Brimming with life, love, and the stories bound up in even the most everyday items, The Second Chance Store is a tale of friendship, loss, and dusting yourself off and starting over—a novel filled with humor and a testament to the enduring power and joy of charity shops.

City dweller Gwen feels like she’s living a secondhand life. She’s thirty-eight, perpetually single, and in dire need of a dentist’s appointment. Her friends are busy procreating in the country, and conversations with her parents seem to revolve entirely around hedge borders and the trash pickup schedule. Above all she’s lonely. But then, isn’t everyone?

Then she’s let go from a job she drifted into a decade ago and never left, and Gwen realizes it’s time to make a change, starting with cleaning out her apartment. In the charity shop where she literally and metaphorically unloads her baggage, she discovers a group of weird and wonderful people devoted to finding a new home for donated items that have lost their use elsewhere. Gwen volunteers there—and finds a new home for herself among her fellow workers while discovering joy in the untold stories of secondhand things.

Now it’s time for Gwen to get out of her life in pause, and to find a way to move forward with bravery and humanity—and more regular dental care.


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