Friday, January 23, 2015

Second Chances

Second chance is one of those common threads that romance novels thrive on. My Ward Brothers trilogy is no exception. Each book has a couple who knew each other when they were younger and come back together as adults. I think one of the reasons this story idea appeals to me is that sometimes you can be head over heels with someone and it just isn’t the right time in your life for that relationship. Or maybe that boy you liked never noticed you before, but now things have changed and he can truly see the real you. 

Take Castle for instance (the TV show). It had that will they or won’t they throughout their first few seasons that kept you on the edge of your seat. I’m going to mention The Notebook, but (ducking) haven’t actually watched it. I don’t get to watch as many movies as I like to and that one has been on my list for a while. With kids, I tend to get stuck with animated movies.

Oh, When Harry Met Sally, there’s a classic one. Friends to lovers, second chances. Getting those two together took quite a bit of effort from the writers, but that’s what makes us want to watch it again and again. Believe me coming up with these movies is harder than I thought it would be.

13 Going on 30. This one is mine and my daughter’s favorite. She gets the chance to see what her life would be like if she takes a certain path and gets the chance to fall in love with her best friend. Hollywood gets to have these little bits of magic in their love stories. Mine tend to be a lot more down to Earth.

In my first Ward Brothers book, Father by Choice, Maggie gets a second chance to fall in love with the father of her child. In One Night with the Best Man, high school sweethearts are reunited and get a second chance at their happily ever after. And in His Small-Town Sweetheart, two best friends from childhood find each other again and discover love.

I guess when it comes down to it, I believe that love doesn’t have a time limit or an expiration date and that maybe when something is meant to be, you have to wait until the timing is just right. How about you? Can you think of your favorite second chance movie or book?

His Small-Town Sweetheart

Best Friends…Forever 

Twenty years ago, Nicole Baxter left the only home she knew—and the boy who shared all her secrets. Now, with nowhere else to go, she's back in Tawnee Valley to figure out her next move—and cry on her old friend Sam Ward's shoulder. Except the gentle dreamer has become a brooding loner who's gearing up to sell the place he loves most. 

When Nikki moved away, Sam lost the best friend he ever had. The beautiful, elegant woman who comes home is a world away from the tomboy with pigtails and skinned knees. And he's no longer the dreamy kid who believes in happy endings. Until Nikki starts to convince him they share the same dream: a future together right here in their own backyard…

Amanda Berry's bio:
Between walking her Jack Russell-beagle mix, petting her two cats and driving her two kids all over creation, Amanda Berry writes contemporary romance novels (thanks to a supportive husband). A Midwest girl stuck in the wetlands of South Carolina, she finds inspiration in her small-town upbringing. A list of her current releases and backlist can be found at


1 comment:

  1. I love second chance and friends to lovers stories. Would love to read your book


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