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5+ stars for Reinventing Riley by @LizFlaherty1 #romance #laterinlife #sweetromance #bookreview



Title: Reinventing Riley (Second Chances Book 2)

Author: Liz Flaherty

Genre: Contemporary Sweet Romance, Later in Life Romance


Book Blurb:


He’s afraid a second time at love wouldn’t live up to his first. She’s afraid a second round would be exactly like her first.


Pastor Jake McAlister and businesswoman Riley Winters are in their forties and widowed. Neither is interested in a relationship. They both love Fallen Soldier, the small Pennsylvania town where they met, even though Rye plans to move to Chicago, and Jake sees a change in pastorates not too far down the road. Enjoying a few-weeks friendship is something they both look forward to.


However, there is an indisputable attraction between the green-eyed pastor and the woman with a shining sweep of chestnut hair. Then there’s the Culp, an old downtown building that calls unrelentingly to Rye’s entrepreneurial soul. And when a young man named Griff visits Jake, life changes in the blink of a dark green eye.


My Review:


Second chance romance is a growing genre, and this book will make it soar. This book is skillfully written with such taste and dignity, that it is simply a pleasure to read. The story of Riley is deeper than just a woman looking for another romance. Here, the reader gets an in-depth study into the trauma of being married to someone with a strong mental health issue.

Riley's first husband was stricken with his disorder and that flat out destroyed Riley's ability to understand what being in a marriage was. Many was the time I shook my head at her remonstrating that she simply wasn't good at marriage. To have survived twenty years with her husband, she deserved a gold star.

The story of Jake was also heartfelt and brilliantly crafted. The story flows so beautifully, that I literally cheered or clapped as I finished a chapter. A joy to read and a book I will re-read. This book is amazing. The character development alone is done in such a professional way, and I was amazed.

I cannot recommend this book enough. If you are a fan of second-chance romances, you will love this book. If you are a fan of this author's work, you will love this book. If you want severe angst and intense over-the-top storylines...go watch a streamed show. This is simply a great romance written with such skill, you will be blown away.


My Rating: 5+ stars


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Author Biography:


I was always daydreaming as a kid, about living in elegant places where other people made your bed and dusted your furniture, wearing clothes that screamed triumphantly, "Liz Claiborne, size two!" every time I put them on, and writing blockbuster novels.


Instead, I live in a big old farmhouse back a dusty lane, where whoever is the last one out of bed makes it and no one bothers with dusting. My clothes mumble sheepishly, "J. C. Penney, buy a bigger size." And my novels aren't what you'd call blockbusters. What they are is stories about people like me and maybe like you, whose dreams have gone awry or simply withered up and died. It's my job as a writer to take care of those dreams, either by straightening out the old ones or finding new ones. Either way, I love it, and I'd love hearing how you feel about how I've done that job.


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Reviewed by: Mr. N

3 Comments


Jan Sikes
Jan Sikes
Aug 31, 2022

This sounds like a lighthearted read. Congrats to Liz! Thank you, Mrs. N!

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kathrynhills.author
kathrynhills.author
Aug 31, 2022

THIS BOOK sounds like a "must-read"! Congratulations on a super review and fabulous new release, Liz. Can't wait to read it!

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Liz Flaherty
Liz Flaherty
Aug 31, 2022
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Thanks, Kathy! I have a definite soft spot for Riley.

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