Second Chance Friends (Paperback)

By Jennifer Scott

Berkley Books, 9780451473233, 352pp.

Publication Date: May 5, 2015

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The national bestselling author of The Sister Season shares a novel of four ordinary women at one extraordinary crossroads....

Karen, Melinda, and Joanna have never met until the morning they witness an accident outside a local diner--and rush to help.

As a single mom whose sweet-faced boy has become a misguided young man, Karen immediately sets aside her own concerns and moves into action. Emergency first responder Melinda also calmly steps up to the plate, as she does every day; no one would ever suspect the insecurity that threatens her marriage to the man she loves. And blond, beautiful, bohemian Joanna is hiding--from her friends, her family, and, most important, herself. Yet she's first on the scene.

The accident leaves another, mother to be, Maddie, crushed by grief. But rather than retreat, Karen, Melinda, and Joanna open their arms and hearts. During the next nine months they'll return to the diner over and over. They'll come to find Maddie. They'll end up finding themselves--learning what it means to be a mother, lover, wife, and friend. By reaching out and holding on, these four women will unite to show us life can be transformed at the most surprising moments.

About the Author

Jennifer Scott made her adult fiction debut with The Sister Season. She also writes young adult fiction as Jennifer Brown, including Hate List, which was selected as an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, a VOYA "Perfect Ten," and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. She has written three other YA novels, including Bitter End, Perfect Escape, and Thousand Words. Jennifer writes and lives in the Kansas City, Missouri area, with her husband and three children.

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