The Year of Second Chances: A Novel by Lara Avery

The Year of Second Chances: A Novel by Lara Avery

Title:  The Year of Second Chances: A Novel
Author: Lara Avery
Publisher:  William Morrow 
Genre:  General Fiction (Adult), Women's Fiction
Format:  Kindle
No. of Pages:  285
Date of Publication:  22 August, 2023
My Rating:  2 Stars

My Thoughts 

I had high hopes for this, but found myself not only unable to connect with any of the characters; I didn’t like them either, or grow to care about them over the course of the story. 

I kept feeling as though I were missing an integral part of the story - the writing told me more than showed me, and as I kept reading and waiting for it to open up for me, it never did. 

I’m sure others will find more from more than I was able to. 

Thank you to William Morrow and NetGalley for the DRC


In this dazzling debut, Lara Avery crafts a story about one woman's uplifting journey of possibility, second chances, and falling in love again…with lifeperfect for fans of P.S. I Love You.

"In The Year of Second Chances, a young widow reenters the world after a substantial loss, taking us on a lively, witty ride along with a strong cast of supporting characters. Avery tackles the topic of grief in a way that manages to feel lighthearted and profound at the same time. I flew through this book and loved every page." Meg Mitchell Moore, bestselling author of Summer Stage

Robin Lindstrom spent her first year as a young widow cocooned in the safe haven of the Minnesota farmhouse she’d once shared with Gabe, the love of her life—the man she thought she’d be with ’til the end. But her world is turned upside down when she receives an email informing her that her late husband has enrolled in something called “Fluttr”—a dating service? The app subscription lasts 12 months; use it!, Gabe’s message-from-the-grave reads. I don’t like the thought of you being alone. If you won’t do it for yourself, do it as a favor to mePlease.

After twelve months of pulling herself together, Robin’s fragile equilibrium is knocked sideways. How could Gabe, of all people, be asking her to venture out into the murky waters of 21st century online dating? As her underemployed brother, Theo, points out, it’s “only” a year, and it’s what Gabe wanted; he set this all up to go into effect a year after his death, which means it was basically his last request. And so Robin tentatively takes steps to put herself out into the world once more, even if it means awkward outings at bowling alleys, club-hopping with DJs she meets online, and stammering conversations at dinner. Along the way, she’s surprised to find herself meeting new people, trying new things…and even getting to know a new version of herself. Because everyone deserves a second chance at love—and loving life.


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