Sense and Second Chances by Brittany Larsen (Blog Tour Review & #Giveaway)

I really enjoyed this author's first book, Pride and Politics, and was curious if
I would equally like this one. Read my thoughts and enter the giveaway below...

Sense and Second Chances
by Brittany Larsen
LDS Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 272 Pages
May 1st 2017 by Covenant Communications


Emily Carter is on the fast track to success when the unthinkable happens: a tragic accident claims the lives of her parents. Now Emily must set aside her dreams and raise her two younger siblings, Annie and Bryce. Emily and Annie are sisters, but that doesn't mean they are anything alike. Whereas Emily reacts to the tragedy with her characteristic stoic calm, passionate Annie spirals into depression. Just when things seem like they can't get any more difficult, Emily's older half-brother and his fiancee arrive, not to help but to claim the family home he's inherited from their parents. Without a place to call their own, Emily must take action—and fast.

When an exciting employment opportunity arises in Utah, the displaced Carters decide to build a new life in a new home. But it soon becomes clear that their future prospects will go far beyond professional as each sister is faced with an unexpected romance. Yet love is never simple, and in matters of the heart, one sister must proceed with caution while the other needs to take a leap of faith.

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My Review

SENSE AND SECOND CHANCES was a story about facing challenges, forgiveness, letting go of plans and trusting God instead, and second chances at love. The characters were likable and the plot interesting. Would recommend to LDS romance readers who won't mind the stronger religious aspect.

I enjoy finding Austen-inspired stories and this one is loosely based on Sense and Sensibility. I thought that the twists were quite intriguing and worked really well for this scenario. I also liked that even though I knew the gist of how the story would go, that the author did well in making the story her own. The Jewish aspect was also intriguing and I liked that Emily asked questions and learned more about that culture and religion while Joel learned about hers. The romance was also sweet and steady for the most part.

There was a lot going on in this story. Lots of heartache, some poor choices, some drama, some learning and growing, and some falling in love. I would have liked a little more development in certain areas. I also would have liked a longer ending. I felt like it kind of cut off and that it was missing some information.

In the end, was it what I wished for? I enjoyed this one. An overall sweet story.

Content: Some innuendo, but clean.

Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a review nor affect it in any way.

About the Author

Brittany Larsen may have been raised in the most Republican state in the nation, but she's too politically fickle to commit to one party, much to the dismay of her firmly Democratic husband, Shawn. Generally, she avoids talking politics with him because she hates to lose. WHen not writing or avoiding politics, Brittany loves yoga—especially the hot kind—chocolate, tacos, and her three daughters. Not necessarily in that order. She tolerates her dog and running, though at times she loves them both. She lives in Orange County, California.

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