So I already knew going in that this proved to be a tough, emotional read for some people.
And yes, it was for me too.
I've only read one short story by T.A. Webb before this and I find I like his writing style. Nothing fancy, just very straightforward, clear, and blunt.
This is a book with two love stories...spanning 10 years, and told episodically (This may or not work for you, because I did find myself constantly flipping back to see how much time passed since the last chapter). I appreciated the long time span because I felt it devoted the right amount of time to each stage in Mark’s life
I did have some trepidations starting Second Chances because of all the high praise, didn’t want to be one of the odd ones out. But I’m glad I can say it didn’t fail my expectations.
Second Chances works because for some of us it’s so easy to relate to these characters, their experiences, and their losses. It may not have been a life-changing read for me like it was for others, but it was life-affirming.
Despite all that, I have reasons why I couldn’t give 5 stars, and they mostly occurred in the last 10% of the book.
Regardless, Second Chances is still many, many steps above your average M/M read. It's a deceivingly simple story about life, love, and family that definitely won't be forgotten by me any time soon.