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Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Second Time Around by Michelle Levigne

The Second Time Around: A Tabor Heights Novel by Michelle Levigne
Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Inspirational
Length: Short (127 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Fennel

Daniel Morgan's past returned to haunt him when a freshman girl showed up wearing his college sweetheart's face.

Lynette Tyler was determined not to face her past, when she learned her daughter's favorite new teacher was the man she had forced out of her life when she got pregnant.

When Daniel learns that Kat is his daughter, he dares to ask God for the dream he had let go years before... to finally be a family. He pursues Lynnete's love through tragedy and shame, learning to forgive each other and themselves. The biggest hurdle isn't whether Kat would forgive them when she finally finds out the truth, but whether Lynette can let go of the past long enough to let them have a future together.

Although this book was released in June ’09 it is a book well worth looking for. Set in Tabor Heights, Michelle Levigne’s cast of characters once again dig deep into your psyche as do the setting and supporting cast. Even so, I found it hard to really get into this story.

The author's writing is excellent, as always. Her characters are vividly realistic and human in their strengths and weaknesses. They make you stop and think how you would react in similar situations.

Having read the Tabor Heights anthology and The Family Way, I enjoyed visiting with old friends, some who are mentioned fleetingly, and others who become integral players in the story.

Both Lynnette, the heroine, and Daniel are flawed and yet they are both strong people who know when to seek help and advice from friends, family or their church community.

Ms. Levigne never fails to show both sides of church members; those who are there to serve their God and Community, and those who are there to be seen by their god and community.

There is everything in this book, tears, laughter, suspense and murder, fears and joy. This book has it all; especially love in its many guises, and is well worth reading.