Home / Blog / Post

We read that genre, too!

Books on this site range from historical romance and westerns to romantic suspense, thrillers, inspirational, paranormal, sweet contemporary, and cozy mystery. We like all kinds!

Explore Bookish Delights at Books & Benches

Includes posts from The Captivating Quill, now part of B&B

Join us & discover books!

Any adventure you could possibly imagine can be found between the covers of a book. 

A Reader's Opinion: HIS SECOND-CHANCE FAMILY by RaeAnne Thayne


I've been in the mood for some feel-good stories recently, and HIS SECOND-CHANCE FAMILY by RaeAnne Thayne delivered everything I expected and then some. Julia Blair and Will Garrett are both wounded souls in need of something wonderful to happen in their lives. Julia and her young family relocate from Boise to the seaside village of Cannon Beach, a place she'd always loved. When she found an apartment for rent in the sprawling Brambleberry House she remembered from her youth, she took it and settled into her new home.

Will is bruised from within, but Julia sees beyond that to the young man she once cared about and the man now before her. Except, is Will too damaged from not-to-recent past that he's unable to let anyone new into his life, especially someone from his past. I also appreciate how the author can bring plenty of heat and romance without graphic sex. RaeAnne Thayne has a smooth and easy writing style that make her books perfect for a nice afternoon read.

HIS SECOND-CHANCE FAMILY is all about second chances, and beautifully incorporates real-life heartaches and emotions. My heart pounded right alongside Julia's whenever she got near Will. Readers of second-chance and contemporary romance will delight in RaeAnne Thayne's HIS SECOND-CHANCE FAMILY.

Note: I read this story as part of BRAMBLEBERRY HOUSE, a two book set (with a different cover) in "The Women of Brambleberry House" series. This is book two, but I had no problem reading it as a stand-alone story.

Rating: 5 Stars | Content Rating: 4 Hearts | Reviewed by: MK McClintock


Add to Goodreads


When she was sixteen Julia Blair found more than fun in the sun on the sands of Cannon Beach. She found a home—especially in the arms of her teenage crush, Will Garrett—and she knew that life, sunny and beautiful, stretched out in front of her….

Now she's thirty-two, and though life may not have worked out the way she'd planned, here she is, back in Cannon Beach, still standing, with her two little children in tow. Only to find Will Garrett there, too—battered and bruised. Julia believed he could still make all her dreams come true. The question was, would he let her into his heart to do the same for him?

Genre: Contemporary Romance | Pub Date: May 5, 2014 | Page count: 224 pp | Publisher: Harlequin

Format Read: Mass Market Paperback | Source: From the reviewer's personal library.

#AReadersOpinion #ContemporaryRomance #5Stars #2017Review #ReviewersTopPick

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, we will receive an affiliate commission. We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Books and Benches

 This website is privately owned. It is run by a dedicated group of volunteers whose primary goal is to have fun while talking about one of our favorite things—books!

© 2017-2020 by BOOKS & BENCHES | View Policies and Site Info.

Website by Potterton Creative