Book Review – Second Chance Romance by Jill Weatherholt

As writers, expanding our literary horizons is one of several keys to getting better. If we narrow our lens into the world, we limit what we can pull out of it and stuff into our toolbox. My natural inclinations may not have me buying tickets for an upcoming ballet performance, joining the local quilting club, or, ahem, reading a faith-based romance novel, but those very disinclinations are exactly why I should do them. Living in an echo chamber isn’t healthy.

Jill Weatherholt’s Second Chance Romance gave me an opportunity to wander off the beaten path for two reasons:

  1. Jill Weatherholt is an amazing person. It’s quite the coincidence the Harlequin line through which she’s published has Inspired in the title because that’s exactly how I’ve felt as I’ve watched her chase her dreams and actually catch them. She’s the epitome of sticktoitiveness.
  2. I‘m always striving to improve my writing skills and providing support for Jill was a grand opportunity to do so. Romance and its requisite relationships are such weak spots for me, probably for the very reasons I’ve just explained.

On to the book!

I really, truly enjoyed Second Chance Romance. Jill put together a touching, plausible plot and I caught myself smiling more than once during my reading. It’s a “cute” book, but that’s not a slight–I think that’s the goal, and man, she knocked it out of the park. She hits all the notes of a page-turner by setting up the characters with well-grounded conflict. Painful past events for both the male lead, Jackson, and his love interest, Melanie, drive their thoughts and actions, eventually leading up to the climax and promised happy ending. Throughout, there’s an emphasis on faith and how it affects each individual, but it never felt overbearing.

I’m certainly looking forward to continuing my education with Jill’s next book as well as subsequent releases throughout her career.

There’s no hiding from Jill. You can find her on her blog, Twitter, and Facebook.

13 thoughts on “Book Review – Second Chance Romance by Jill Weatherholt

  1. Super review. Phillip. Jill is a super person.

    1. It was a super review, John. And you know what? You’re pretty super, too. 🙂

    2. Thank you, John. I agree. Jill is super duper!

  2. I agree: venturing outside our “genre” zone is good for us. Since I started interacting with other authors, I’ve read romance, sci-fi, cyber and military thrillers, YA–genres I never thought I’d read. And I’ve taken away important things from all. Plus, with Jill’s wonderful book, I was terrifically entertained as well!

    1. Thank you, Carrie! I appreciate you sharing this on Twitter. If you hadn’t, I might have missed it since I can’t seem to get Phillip’s post into my WP Reader.

    2. Wow, that is a wide range! I love it! Definitely plenty to be learned if we’re open.

    3. Can’t wait for the next Jill “fix,” A Father for Bella! Already pre-ordered, now it just needs to queue up on my kindle. Jill is a gem, a wonderful encourager, and I hope our paths cross some day. Awesome review, Phillip!

    4. Carrie, that’s what I have been doing, too! In fact, I am reading my first sci-fi series, and it is quite enjoyable!

  3. Phillip! I logged onto Twitter and I just saw Carrie’s Tweet. Thank you so much for this wonderful review. You were one of the first bloggers I met when I started this journey and I can’t tell you how much this means to me. I appreciate you taking the time to read my book and write this review. Thank you! xo

    1. Awww, so glad you like it, Jill. I also posted a review to Amazon where it REALLY counts. ? I can’t tell you how much I sincerely enjoyed reading it. You have a great talent and I’m glad you’re willing to share it with us.

  4. Jill is a good friend of mine. This is a great review of her book. I loved it, too. I am anxiously waiting for Book 2!! 🙂

    1. Thank you for stopping by and commenting, Patsy! Yes, I’m excited as well. 🙂

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