Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Jordan's Return Spotlight

For the first time in print, New York Times and USA Today bestseller Samantha Chase’s debut novel is a heartwarming story of second chances

 All Jordan Manning wants is a quiet summer on the Virginia coast with her sons to recover from a near-fatal accident and an abusive relationship. Her plans to find a new direction for her future are turned upside down when she runs into the first man who ever broke her heart…and he’s determined to win it back.  

Rob Tyler thought he’d moved on, but when fate drops a second chance with his first love right in his path, his feelings rush back stronger than ever. Rob is determined to give Jordan the future they should have had years ago, but making up for past mistakes isn’t easy…  

About Samantha Chase: Samantha Chase, a creative writing teacher, released her debut novel, Jordan’s Return, in November 2011. Since then, she has published seventeen more titles and has become a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She lives with her husband of twenty-four years and their two sons in Wake Forest, North Carolina.  

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     Before Jordan could form an answer to his oh-so-nonchalant question, Jake asked, “Do you know him, Mommy?”
     “Yes, sweetheart,” she replied as she turned to give her sons a reassuring look before turning back to the man in the window. “This is Mr. Tyler. We went to school together.” She nervously looked up and met his smiling eyes.
     “Hi, boys,” he said, relieved that they stopped looking at him as if he were an ax murderer.       “You can call me Rob.” The boys, in turn, introduced themselves and said hello.
     Rob Tyler. Of all the people Jordan could have run into today, who would have thought it would be her first love. She hadn’t seen him in years; hadn’t even thought about him, but now, watching him stand there before her, the years just melted away.

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Samantha Chase is my go -to author when I am in the mood for a well -written contemporary novel with wonderful characters and great storyline. She effortlessly blends modern social issues, snappy dialogue and romance in each of her books.

The prologue of Jordan’s Return contained just enough background information on Jordan Manning and her abusive ex-husband Eric to interest me. The storyline in this novel is different than Ms. Chase’s other series; it’s poignant and more serious in tone. The novel deals with physical and emotional abuse and its’ aftereffects. Jordan’s path toward healing and forgiveness is a captivating story that stayed with me long after I finished reading the novel.

Jordan has traveled to the shore with her two sons to recuperate from a car accident and make plans for the future. She runs into her first love Rob Tyler while looking for the grocery store. I loved how Jordan’s sons, Jake and Joe, supplied Rob with the information on Jordan’s divorce and the reason for their vacation. Jordan invites Rob to dinner and she is amazed at how well Rob gets along with her boys. Can Jordan get past Rob’s high school transgression and move forward? The pacing of the couples second chance romance and the dialogue between the characters is superb! Ms. Chase writes an excellent second chance romance and this couple’s journey isn’t easy. They have to forgive each other, get reacquainted and understand each other after many years apart before they can plan for the future. Ms. Chase doesn’t shy away from the emotional and physical abuse that Jordan endured in her first marriage. The author presents an honest portrayal of Jordan’s state of mind as she comes to terms with her feelings. I liked that the author gave hope to Jordan and to her sons when Rob returned into her life. Second chances can happen! Loved the dialogue between the main characters and between Rob and Jordan’s sons.

I would love to see the author write another woman’s fiction novel! And, I recommend this book to anyone who loves a second chance at romance novel filled with lots of humor and love!

Reviewed by Susan Gorman

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