Once Upon a Second Chance by Marian Vere

Title- Once Upon a Second Chance
Author- Marian Vere
Stand Alone
Format- pdf
Publisher- Omnific Publishing
Published- November 6th, 2012
Pages- 204
Source- AToMR Tours

Julia thought her fairy godmother was doing her job when she met Nick Kerkley. Handsome, intelligent, driven Nick was all she could ever hope for in a Prince Charming but when everything was going right, getting an internship at a prestigious financial company and becoming engaged with said Nick, everything went south. Eight years later Julia has lost her fire and Nick... well Nick set up his company and became rich. So rich that he comes to her boss's company to see if he wants a real estate property. Her and her team will all be spending some time in a mansion with Nick and some of his friends. Julia knows it's time that she take advantage and take charge to take her second chance to be with Nick. Only problem is will he feel the same way she has for all these years?

Julia is a girl down on her luck. She actually brings herself down and always needs advice from her sister who was not only the best sister growing up, she was also her mother growing up doing everything for her. This might be why she went to her for "support" when she was proposed to eight years ago and why she took her advice and let him go. Immediately she knows she made a huge mistake but of course she does nothing about it. She does sound like a take charge kind of girl sometimes but other times when she actually needs to do something about her love life she walks away.

Most of the way through I thought that Nick did the dumping. That's what I get for not reading the whole summary on Goodreads. When I do find out that it was her who left him I am thoroughly confused. She acts like her world is being crushed when he's around and that his nonchalance about her being in the same room as him is such a betrayal. You broke his heart. Deal with it. Here sister sets her up on all these dates. She always has a problem with all of them even when a hot guy is crushing on her. Seriously? I want to throw a shoe at her. If a hot guy liked me I wouldn't be trying to find problems with him.

There was reference a lot to fairy godmothers. It was a childhood dream to have her fairy godmother find her and give her, her own Prince Charming. It was a really sweet part of the story that I didn't expect to actually be kind of a big part of the story. But duh! Look at the cover woman. I think most girls can relate to wanting the fairy tale fantasy of meeting your one true love so I liked how it was incorporated in and at which parts.

I might sound like I was frustrated with Julia but I was really not. I could not put this book down (in this case computer). It had me reading all night. It was killing me to know the secret (now I know anyone could have found out) of what happened to them all those years ago and what would happen in the end. Would the author be cruel and let her never have a happily ever after again, would she fall for another guy, or would she get her Prince Charming from eight years ago? I loved reading about Julia and I could understand why she was so timid in fighting for what she wanted. Nick might have been a little cold towards her but what do you expect? The added people coming into the home brought upon a lot of new possibilities to take the story and I wanted to know where it was going to take me. This book will keep you up at night just dying to know what happens especially if you are like me and love fairy tale romances.

About the Author

Marian Vere is a twenty eight year old writer of Women's Fiction. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she received her degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in--oddly enough--vocal music performance, only to later discover her love of writing and storytelling. Marian is represented by Carly Watters of PS Literary, and currently lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her Husband, and two daughters.


  1. This sounds like such a cute book. I love fairy godmother stories.Books for Kids

    1. It was more of a romance with a sprinkling of fairy godmother references.

  2. Wow! This book sounds like such fun. Your review is so honest and it helped me see the strength of the book. It kept you up all night reading- that says a lot. :)

    1. It does! It only happens occasionally when I just couldn't possibly put it down no matter how little hours I get to sleep.

  3. This sounds so girly! I'm not fan of that type of the books. Also it sounds funny. Great review but I think this is not for me :)

    1. Oh well... I would argue the opposite with you but okay (:

  4. I definitely want to read this. Excellent review, Adriana!


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