Thursday, May 5, 2011

The season of second chances

Recently, I was asked to review a copy of The Season of Second Chances by Diane Meier which just came out in paperback. I wasn't really sure what to expect but the premise from her PR group really sounded up my alley. A middle aged college professor decides to take a chance by moving to a small town from NYC to begin a new chapter in her career and renovating an old Victorian house. I figured if I didn't like the book, I wouldn't be out on much, right?

After a slightly bumpy start (mostly because I don't read much fiction) I quickly became engrossed and found Meier and I spoke the same language. Within the first dozen pages, a haircut was described as a Maxfield Parrish mural, a hotel was compared to the namesake in the Astaire/Crosby movie "Holiday Inn" and when house shopping in a small town as opposed to a rural area she wrote,

"Lets go there - now! My heart ran ahead. Let's leave the arena of wild bear and rabid raccoon and crazy men with axes, for the safety and comfort of a neighborhood, for the aroma of blueberry pies cooling on the kitchen windowsills, for little front yards and the idea of biking to work. The concept of biking to work should have given me the hint that I was getting carried away. And why was it priced so far below all that we'd seen, and what did she mean by "white elephant"? "

From this passage on, I was hooked. Don't ask me why it took me 9 pages-did I hear a bit of myself in her voice? I would recommend this book to anyone and to pass along the pleasure, I'm giving away my copy of the book (free to me, free to you). Please live in the United States and leave a comment by Sunday, May 8th (Mothers day!). I will notify the winner and send it off immediately so you can hopefully enjoy it as much as I did. Good luck!


David said...

I don't read as much as I should. This sounds like it could remedy that.

Pigtown*Design said...

with what i am anticipating doing shortly, this sounds perfect.


Mark D. Ruffner said...

It sounds like good reading, and with a title like that, I hope it has a good ending! We all need a seson of second chances.

Unknown said...

I am an avid reader! Yes, please!
This sounds just right!
Second chance for this book to make someone happy!!!

design elements said...

it's sounds good! love reading books. they are my all time fav gift

Diane Meier said...

I so appreciate your generous and enthusiastic review. Thank you v much --

I think, perhaps, I DID write SoSC for you! And I love the quote on your personal listing - "become the change you want to see in the world" -- So important for an architect...

Morgan's edict to the architects who built his libraries: All must have steps - so that man is aware of raising himself toward learning.

That's how frivolous these things are. As one of my characters puts it: Stye is the texture of the world.

Again - many thanks - and may the 'winner' of your copy enjoy it as much. Would love to hear from all of you!
Diane Meier

Anonymous said...

sorry to have missed this...On your reco I will order it for my Kindle!! Yes, a mothers day gift from my daughter.

Jane Kilpatrick Schott said...

Thanks for the is on my Amazing wish list as I