Review: Mrs. Sommersby's Second Chance by Laurie Benson

Print Length: 368 pages
Publisher: Harlequin Historical (August 1, 2019)

From  She’s played Cupid for others

Now she’s met her own unlikely match!

Widowed society matchmaker Mrs. Clara Sommersby thinks handsome, self-made businessman Mr. William Lane is just the man for her neighbor’s overlooked daughter. He’s successful and confident, if somewhat emotionally distant, until suddenly—shockingly—his attention turns to Clara herself! She thought her days of romance were over, but is this younger man intent on giving her a second chance?


My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

What first drew me to this novel, quickly became tedious. Clara is older than Lane by 8 years. And while that may not seem like a lot to the average reader, the author made it a point to constantly bring it up to the point that Clara seemed to obsess not only over her "advanced age", but also on the fact that she was older than the man showing an interest in her. 

I also feel like no matter how well guarded a secret Clara kept her ownership of the hotel, any businessman worth his salt would have known, it not that she was the owner, but that her cousin was in fact, not the ower. 

I wanted to like this couple, and I did. But I wanted MORE from them. I wanted more of the passion that we could see simmering beneath the surface and less of the tepid conversations that we got. Even Humphrey seemed less than what he could be as a puppy (honestly what dog listens so well during the first training session that they take him out without a leash when to date, he's taken off at every chance)? 

I enjoyed the way some of the characters from prior novels were mentioned in this one, but in some aspects, they seemed to dominate the scene more than our hero and heroine.  Even the "surprise" I think the author has planned for two of the other background characters was so plainly obvious that it fell flat. At least to this reader. 

However, I have seen from other works what this author is capable of. And while this novel was middle of the road for me, I will read more from this author.

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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