on February 28th 2017
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Can a beautiful Worthington widow find love again? Depends on who’s asking . . .
Before he died, Patience was the Earl of Worthington’s second wife. So why shouldn’t Patience be allowed a second chance at marriage, too? Of course, finding a new husband was not something the mother of four had ever planned on. But a surprise encounter with her first love has suddenly made the impossible seem possible all over again . . .
It seems like a lifetime ago that Richard, Viscount Wolverton, was halfway around the world, looking for adventure . . . while Patience, at her coming-out, was left with no choice but to take old Worthington’s hand. Richard never forgot the woman whose heart he yearned for—and now that he’s back, he’s not going to let her slip away again . . .
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
The Second Time Around is a novella (book 2.5) in the Worthingtons series by Ella Quinn. I have had the pleasure of reading the first 2 books in this series and think although not necessary, it would be a good idea to read those books before this one. You will have a better understanding of the characters in this novella, especially of the many siblings living in the same house!
Four of those children are girls and they are the children of Patience and the Earl of Worthington. He passed away and left the children under the guardianship of Matt, his son from a previous marriage. Patience and the children now live under his roof along with his new wife, and her assortment of siblings who came with the marriage. Their story can be read in Three Weeks to Wed.
Patience has never thought of remarrying, in fact, if she were to remarry she would lose her children because she would live with her new husband, and Matt being the children’s guardian would keep them under his roof. Patience hasn’t even really given love a second thought. Her first marriage was a loveless one, but at least she had her children from it, and she’s content with her life as it is. That is until her first love comes back into her life. He broke her heart 19 years ago and she ended up marrying old Worthington.
Richard, the new Viscount Wolverton is Patience’s first love, and he has returned to London for her. He lost his chance because he was away adventuring instead of coming to claim her for himself when she had her official London ‘coming-out’, and by the time he returned she was just days away from marrying somebody else. Her parents didn’t let him see her, and he lost her. Now that she is a widow he has the opportunity to woo her again, and he intends to do that.
Patience is shocked to see Richard again and she can’t help but feel all the old love for him come to the surface again. She has to ignore it for the sake of her children. Can she ignore it though. Is there any way she can be with Richard and not just have the occasional hidden liaison with him. She cannot and will not give up her children.
I enjoyed this novella a lot, although I must admit I would have loved for it to have been a longer story with perhaps a build up of Patience and Richard’s relationship before he went galivanting around the world. A second chance at love is always better to read about when you have a more in depth understanding of just how much they loved each other the first time around and how heart broken both were when they lost each other. Imagine reading about Richard’s anguish to return too late to claim her, and having her parents stopping him get to her to tell her he was back and that she should marry him instead of old Worthington. That’s just my personal opinion though, and it certainly didn’t stop me thoroughly enjoying this story. I was also absolutely fascinated with the facts that the author put at the end of the book about the rights, or lack of them for a woman with regards to her children if her husband dies before her. Thank goodness we don’t live like that any more!
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers’ Copy of this book.