by Dana K.
Genre: YA Contemporary
Release Date: May 24th 2016
A past she can’t forget…
Raven will do just about anything to forget a
horrific event from the past that still haunts her. Forced to attend church
because of a promise she made at a party, she is immediately attracted to the
young, handsome preacher but is unconvinced of his promises of a better life.
A future he refuses to accept…
Matthew has everything planned out until Raven
walks into his church and turns his life upside down. Repulsed by her
lifestyle, yet fascinated by her beauty and charm, he finds himself drawn to
her by a force he can’t explain.
Raven and Mathew’s unlikely friendship leads
them through escalating troubled waters that threaten to doom their growing
relationship. Will they survive to learn valuable lessons of grace, forgiveness
About the Author
Dana K. Ray has been writing gutsy, true to life stories since she
became a teenager. She and her husband reside in the Midwest with their four
children and four dogs. A Second Chance
is her first published
novel. Absolution, her second novel, will be released in July of 2017. It’s the
first in the Luciano series.
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“A Second Chance” by Dana K. Ray was an unusual book for me to read. As I usually do not read “Christian” books.
For those of you who are not aware of the difference, I would like to point out : “A book about a preacher does not necessarily need to be a Christian book” – let me name one of my latest favorites in that department as an example – that would be “Lust is the Thorn” by Jen McLaughlin.
Those two books have similar subjects, yet they could not be any more different even if they tried.
“A second Chance” has a story to tell that is powerful and interesting and I am sure it will attract many readers, but I believe also that if the author would use the Christian focus of the book a little more subtle that this book would attract even more readers.
Raven and Matthew were interesting characters and the author manages to involve the reader in the internal struggles that both of them have to overcome in order to have a relationship with each other.
I liked that the book talks about forgiving without the preacher being a “perfect” human. While on one hand I would like to think that the society has developed from mediocrity, I on the other side believe that the picture the author drew is not too far off from reality (sadly so)