This is the story of two different families in a way. The story of their past fears, and failures. Those past mistakes coming to take them by surprise, and also about those failures becoming success in ways that they can’t even begin to imagine. The Second Verse by Janet Lee, is a book that is all about second chances and finding your way in the world, no matter your age.
Miranda is the mother of two girls, who are complete opposites. Her youngest daughter is a wonderful athlete, while her oldest is a very talented musician. When her past ideas of what she wanted for her life failed, and after Miranda quits her office job, she has to rewrite her future and even though she isn’t exactly where she thought she would be, Miranda is still alright with what she has in her life. Then, her oldest daughter asks her why she quit playing music, she was so good at it, and she always wanted to pursue it. To Miranda, she knew that it wasn’t much more than a hobby and a dream, but that doesn’t mean she can’t try to get that dream back. Her daughters question sort of spirals her into this finding herself idea, and watching her realize everything that she did in her past doesn’t define her, and everything that she wanted can still be pursued was a really amazing view.
Jace’s grandmother just passed away, and he has to help his mom clean out her home so that they can put it on the market. Though he is working hard, he peeks out the window and notices that his grandmother’s neighbor is a really gorgeous girl with raven hair, and she’s knows how to play beautiful music on her guitar, on the porch of her home. Jace only wanted to do one thing in his life, and that was to be a soldier. After he went to war it changed him to be something and someone that he never wished he was. When the two families cross paths, lighting strikes and thunder rolls. They start to intertwine their lives and Jade begins to see that his old scars don’t have to resurface if he chooses.
The way that the author writes these characters makes them so real, it’s amazing. The way that their feelings and desires are describes it’s like I could feel what they were feeling. To me, that is the mark of a good writer. I felt like I was able to get into the mind of these characters and live their lives with them. I thought this was incredible, and I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.