Second Chance Café is the sort of story I wanted to tell when I began
my (thus far) twenty-year writing career. As any author knows, however, the
market changes with the times, and I fell into writing books which were faster
paced, lighter in tone, and with more of the edgy Sex and the City vibe (single women in the big city).
Now, all these years later, I’ve decided to tell a softer
story, one with a gentler, more intimate feel, one which takes the time to
smell the flowers, as it were. I like that. The
Second Chance Café is, in a way, my own second chance.
Several of my family members are embracing their own second
chances as well. My oldest is accepting a job which will move him out of state.
This second chance at a doing what he loves with none of the baggage weighing
him down is thrilling. My middle child, after ten years in the work force, has
returned to school for her nursing degree. Not only is she embarking on a new direction,
her work will give second chances to others in need.
My youngest is deeply involved in animal rescue, regularly
giving abandoned dogs a second chance at a loving home. We have three rescue
dogs living with us now. None are dogs we would’ve chosen. All are dogs who
came to us when they most needed a second chance. Something about that makes
their unconditional love that much more touching.
The characters in The
Second Chance Café face a variety of obstacles, but during the course
of the story, they become as close as any biological family. Each embraces the opportunity
to start again, to find what they’ve been looking for, or who they’ve been
looking for, whether parent, child, lover or friend. The story is hopeful and empowering,
and I loved getting to know the characters and watching them explore the beauty
of second chances.