Professor Audrey Graham shouldn’t be alive. But she didn’t walk away from the accident that should’ve taken her life. She shouldn’t have ever walked again according to the doctors. But after two years of physical therapy and countless surgeries, she’s got a second lease on life. First stop? Camp Firefly Falls to try and catch up on some of the living she never did before her accident.
Firefighter Hudson Lowell shouldn’t be alive. In the wake of losing two members of his team in a structure fire gone wrong, he’s been unable to work, unable to pull himself out of the survivor’s guilt. In a last ditch effort to snap him out of it, his family surprises him with a 2 week reunion session at Camp Firefly Falls, reminder of a simpler, better time. The last thing he expects to find is the woman he helped cut out of a snarled up wreck of a car two years before.
As sparks ignite between rescuer and rescuee, Audrey finally gets the chance to repay her hero. But can she convince this proud, stubborn man that life is still worth living? Or will Hudson let this chance at happiness slip through his fingers?
Point of view:
3rd Person. Alternating perspectives, not always by chapter, but it’s clearly defined.
I admit to getting totally distracted when a new audio is waved in front of my face. Despite having laid out my reading/listening plan for the coming two weeks – yup, one little email from Kait Nolan saying this hit audio and I immediately downloaded it and started listening. Not sorry.
Second Chance Summer is a stand alone romance featuring the unexpected reunification of a firefighter and a woman he previously rescued. I always appreciate Nolan’s ability to evoke feelings by truly connecting me with her characters. This one had more tears than usual, but I still loved every moment of it.
Hudson is dealing with PTS and survivor’s guilt related to a fairly recent death and severe injury of fellow firefighters. Audrey is finally getting out in the world after years of academia and then recovering from a car accident that nearly destroyed her legs. They are both battered in a myriad of ways – but finding each other helps them both heal. That said, I appreciate the way that Nolan handled the flashbacks and for not treating love as an instant cure for either of their traumatic experiences.
While the majority of this is set over the two weeks of “Summer Camp”, Nolan includes a lovely epilogue that firmly places it as an HEA. I also can’t help but hope we’ll see some of the delightful secondary characters get their own stories at some point.
Note: While there’s sort of a mention of the town featured in the Misfit Inn series – I didn’t recognize Audrey’s friend Sam from any of those stories. Granted, it’s been almost a year since I listened. All that to say that while there might be little “nods” to Nolan’s other books, this truly does stand alone.
Oh Amy McFadden! I feel guilty that I don’t have anything more original to say, other than I continue to adore her narration of Kait Nolan’s stories. I’m not sure how she keeps from breaking out in tears or laughter constantly while recording – but I appreciate her ability to amplify Nolan’s emotional writing for me.
About the author:
Kait Nolan is a RITA® Award-winning Mississippi author who calls everyone sugar, honey, or darlin’, and can wield a ‘Bless your heart’ like a Snuggie or a saber, depending on requirements. She believes in love, laughter, and that tacos are the world’s most perfect food. When she’s not writing, reading, working the evil day job, or wrangling family (both the two-legged and the four-), you can find her obsessively watching The Great British Bake Off.
You can connect with Kait Nolan here:
About the narrator:
From Amy McFadden’s website: Hi! This part is all about me. Just me. It feels weird to write a bunch of stuff about myself but I don’t like pictures of me so I’ll have to use words instead.
I live in Michigan with my fiancé, Joe Anderson. He makes me laugh so much I never have to do situps. Truthfully, I probably wouldn’t do situps anyway, but hey, it’s still a nice bonus to our love.
I’m an actress now, and I used to be a 2nd grade teacher. I loved that part of my life, but after doing it for a bunch of years, I was ready to move on to the next version of me. They’re not really very different versions-teachers and actresses both reach out and engage people through stories. I’m NOT a morning person, but waking up to tell stories makes mornings better-than-tolerable.
I love books and the Muppets and smart people and kind people (not necessarily in that order) and sleeping and chocolate and coffee and writers and learning and Oreo cookies and a bunch of other stuff-but I’m starting to make myself gag on all this love.
I hate a bunch of stuff, too, but who cares about that junk? It’s probably the same stuff you hate, so I won’t bore you. Except I REALLY hate listening to people eat bananas.
You can connect with Amy McFadden here:
My Favorite Quotes
Hudson’s cabinmate had somehow managed to convince him to show up at the mixer without earning a fist in the face. – Second Chance Summer by @kaitnolan #Audiobook narrated by @amymcnarrator #SummerRomance #NovellaTweet
She smiled another one of those sunrise smiles that made his chest go tight. – Second Chance Summer by @kaitnolan #Audiobook narrated by @amymcnarrator #SummerRomance #NovellaTweet
I appreciate your willingness to risk your man card on my behalf and will be happy to reward you appropriately later on. – Second Chance Summer by @kaitnolan #Audiobook narrated by @amymcnarrator #SummerRomance #NovellaTweet
He’d seen her across the lake that first afternoon. Even from that distance, he’d felt her sense of absolute peace. – Second Chance Summer by @kaitnolan #Audiobook narrated by @amymcnarrator #SummerRomance #NovellaTweet