The best books about love the second time around

Maggi Myers Author Of The Final Piece
By Maggi Myers

Who am I?

I’ve been an incurable romantic for as long as I can remember. In fact, when I was in middle school, my friends and I started writing what would now be considered novellas. We would write our stories during class and trade notebooks in the hallways between bells. That is until I was caught writing one of my opuses in pre-algebra. There was nothing like the dopamine hit of writing those first stories that would deter me! The characters in my head grew up as I did and I found myself passionate about the telling of second chances in life and in love. 

I wrote...

The Final Piece

By Maggi Myers,

Book cover of The Final Piece

What is my book about?

Beth Bradshaw has spent her life hiding from her tragic past. From the moment a trusted family friend steals her innocence until the moment another rescues her, she struggles to just survive. Beth embarks on a journey of healing far from the horrors of her home. In her darkest moments, she meets a boy named Ryan. For one incredible summer, Ryan shows Beth what it’s like to act her own age. To feel free and let go.

Years later, another tragedy threatens to shatter the life Beth has carefully crafted. She sets forth on a pilgrimage that will bring her back to the boy she could never forget. He wants to help her pick up the pieces, but is she willing to do what it takes to become whole again?

The books I picked & why

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Swear on This Life

By Renée Carlino,

Book cover of Swear on This Life

Why this book?

Renée Carlino writes gorgeous second chance romances and this one is the pinnacle for me. Swear on This Life is the story of Emiline and Jase and how through the most tragic beginning blooms the love of a lifetime. Imagine picking up the latest best-selling novel and discovering your deeply painful childhood on every page. Nothing could be worse, except finding out your childhood best friend and first love wrote it. Renée writes a raw story of resilience that first feels like a gut punch but melts into salve to the soul. I devoured all the words and then regretted it when I had none left to savor. I wish I could read this one again for the first time. Bring the tissues, this one will tear your heart out and sew it back together bigger and brighter than it was before.

The Ex Hex

By Erin Sterling,

Book cover of The Ex Hex

Why this book?

This book was so much fun! I can’t remember a time I used “fun” to describe a second chance romance but Erin Sterling delivers. Vivi is left broken-hearted after Rhys leaves town only to return nine years later to wreak havoc on Vivi’s life once again. Did I mention she’s a witch? Or the minor curse she cast on Rhys when he left? As you can imagine, hijinks ensue when these two crash together again. One of my favorite parts of written chemistry is banter and wow the banter in this book is on point. When you aren’t busy rooting for Vivi and Rhys you’re enchanted by the cast of characters that surround them. Cousin Gwen is a riot! One part romantic comedy, one part second chance romance. This was a favorite read of 2021 for me.

Twice in a Blue Moon

By Christina Lauren,

Book cover of Twice in a Blue Moon

Why this book?

This book made me swoon. Sam has all of Tate’s important firsts - first love, first betrayal, and first heartbreak. Twice in a Blue Moon is the story of reconnecting and rewriting the wrongs of the past. It’s emotional, tender, redemptive, and impossible to put down. Christina Lauren’s signature witty banter and descriptive writing style pulls you into the book and keeps you there until the last page. It was one of my favorite pandemic reads!

True Love Story

By Willow Aster,

Book cover of True Love Story

Why this book?

Willow Aster’s debut novel is one of my all-time favorite second chance romances. The story of Sparrow and Ian is one of deep love and unbelievably bad timing. Life seems to constantly put them together only to rip them apart but somehow they keep finding each other. True Love Story made me believe in soulmates and the power of letting go of the past to create a beautiful future. It will break your heart and mend it back together in the most beautiful way!

The Highland Fling

By Meghan Quinn,

Book cover of The Highland Fling

Why this book?

Bonnie needs a second chance at life. Nothing says “starting over” like packing up your life and moving across the Atlantic to answer a help-wanted ad for a barista in Scotland. Why not? It’s not like Bonnie wasn’t just fired from her third job in a row and has anything else going on. She just wants another chance at doing life right and not feeling like a failure. Her high hopes are immediately challenged by grumpy handyman Rowan. This is a great opposites attract read, full of wit and humor. You’ll be charmed by the end and ready to book a trip to Scotland.

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