Connie's Favorite Reviews of Second Chances

5*****  I felt like I was watching a play in my mind more ...
Bykimberly A Stueveon January 14, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition

I am a nonfiction, history, biography, and any book delving into the psycology of large scale human rights violations junkie. I was leery picking up a romance novel... But not for long! This book was a delightful palate cleanser for the mind. Every time I picked up this book, I was on a romantic get away. Suddenly daily chores could wait as I was compelled to turn page after page. The author is so descriptive. I felt like I was watching a play in my mind more than reading a book. She developed the hook, plot , and characters beautifully. I also loved the great sub plot about the importance of girlfriends. When I was torn away from the book to participate in real life activities, my boyfriend would ask how the book was. I would shout, "I JUST WANT TO KNOW WHY ADAM LEFT!" I will definitely be reading the next in the series!

5*****  Adore
By Joleen L. Winkelman on April 29, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

I absolutely adored this novel. The familiar points of interest were fun, but the story was full of love, lost love, hope, fear, chances, and ultimately a happy ending. I'm so glad it was recommended to me by a friend that I didn't realize enjoyed romance as much as I do. Please give this one a chance. Enjoy!

5*****  A superbly sumptuous read - sample this book now!
ByMrs Michelle Nora Medhaton April 17, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition

This is a sumptuous book. On the surface it appears to be a wholesome, heart-warming romance, but in fact it's a dissection of relationships and what motivates people to do what they do. Weaved amongst the pages, there are characters who enjoy subjugating others for pleasure - using their weakness to dominate and deceive. And in balance, there are other characters who show compassion, genuine care and interest for another's life and wellbeing. These secondary characters create a maze of emotions for the main characters to navigate through. Connie's gentle but captivating writing style takes you on that journey and you live those experiences, the hurt, the joy and of course, the hope of there being a chance to find love again. The central character Abby is a truly delightful woman who is jilted at her wedding by her fiancé Adam. Throughout the book, the reader, like Abby is waiting for the reason why. This immediately invests the reader to feel Abby's pain but also delivers a heightened sense of intrigue. What would really make someone say they can't marry their beloved on their big day? As a writer myself, all kinds of scenarios manifested in my mind, and this only drew me further into the story. It must be said, I'm not a chick lit kind of girl, and my usual diet is that of hard core thrillers that hold nothing back, however Second Chances enthralled me and I loved reading it. I can't pretend that at times I wanted Abby to explode and give certain characters a good thrashing or at least a vicious whipping with her tongue! Although, I understand that it wouldn't have been in her character at all, it would however have delivered just 'Desserts' to people who mistreated her. Abby as a woman, has a bit of 'super' attached to her; she makes great desserts from the crack of dawn, is a successful business woman, looks ravishingly edible herself (even with no make up!), spends time with elderly friends, organises her best friend's party & wedding and is a great track driver (with virtually no training!). Is it any wonder men are fighting over her? And yet, all of this doesn't come over as heavy or unbelievable. It all seems natural, and therein lies the skill of Connie's writing. The character of Max, I didn't warm to at first, as I was seeing him through a lens Connie wanted me to see through. An interesting device which kept me hooked, and I was pleased to be enlightened to his real disposition when that moment came. The focus on desserts and cakes is a fascinating aside, and enables the storyline to be seamlessly strung through, giving rise to long, lingering looks over the ice cream cakes. Such scenes also made me feel quite hungry whilst reading! Overall, Second Chances is a superb read by a talented author with much more to entice and attract than your average cupcake chick lit. Highly recommended.

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Connie Stephany


Connie Stephany is a self-published author, whose first book, Second Chances, was published in December of 2014. 

She has been reading romance novels her entire life, and decided to try her hand at writing one!  Although it took several years between writing her first book and publishing, her second book will be (hopefully) much faster to market and is plotting it out now.  She also has a short story available now, Fooled Around and Fell In Love.

Connie lives in Zimmerman, Minnesota with her husband of 16 years, 3 children who are 15, 14 and 9, a dog named Millie and a bearded dragon named George.

Third Strike, Connie's second full novel, is well on it's way and expected for a December 2015 release!