Second Time Around by Melody Carlson is an absolutely charming contemporary Christian novel that warmed my heart.
The book is about second chances – we see houses and interiors getting make-overs and a second chance to shine. Likewise, we witness lives with a second chance at happiness. God is not finished with us yet. While we are still breathing, God has plans for us. We can trust Him. Others may try to thwart His plans but if God has ordained it, it will come to pass.
God is the God of the impossible. “What’s impossible with us is possible with God.” Nothing is ever out of His control. All things are possible if we would just let God be God, and stop trying to take control.
Prayer is vital. “She silently prayed begging God to direct her path.” Prayer builds a relationship with God. We are to pray about everything and worry about nothing.
Portland is a most charming seaside town. Melody Carlson has vividly portrayed it with her words, enabling the reader to ‘see’ the town and its surrounds in our head.
All the characters are well drawn and realistic. The leading ones are heading towards fifty. It is refreshing to read of characters not in their first flush of youth.
I absolutely adore Melody Carlson’s novels. Second Time Around is positively delightful and heart-warming.
I received a free copy via Net Galley. A favourable review was not required. All opinions are my own.