The Summer of Second Chances: a Humphrey Review

“Humphrey!” I glowered at the ornery old bear, taking in the view of scattered empty dishes and plates, an empty package of Fig Newtons, a half empty bottle of whiskey, and my kindle which looked like it had spent the night on his furry chest. “Did you have an orgy in here?”

He stretched and yawned. A pillow fell to the bedroom floor, one of my best cereal bowls included. “Read all night. A marathon.”

Marathon eating competition more like it. “What had you glued to the kindle?”

“Nan Reinhardt’s latest contemporary: The Summer of Second Chances. TSOSC_RebrandFinalArt_WOWB_SMTBadI like her older heroes and heroines. And I like that Willow Bay place. Is it a real place or did she make it up?”

“Why, you want to go visit?” Please. Go. Give me a break. I opened the drapes taking momentary pleasure at the way he scrunched his eyes. “We have an appointment today.”

He stuck a cigar in his mouth, unlit of course. He did know the house rules, but he reached for his glass. Sheesh it was 8am and he was already getting started. Humphrey 004

He took a sip of whiskey and shuddered. “Turn your back, please.”

“You’re naked?”

“As the day I was born.”

I shook my head and looked out the window, listening to the sounds of him getting up and dressed. “So tell me what you thought of Nan’s book.”

“Delightful. I thoroughly enjoyed the mystery elements. That’s new for her isn’t it? I don’t seem to recall mystery in her other books. This is the third book in the Women of Willow Bay series, right?”

“Yes. I don’t think there was…” I took hold of his elbow and walked him toward the kitchen.

He glanced up at me. “Being a gentleman of a certain age, I do like the romance with the older heroine. And I enjoyed her character, Henry. Reminded me of my brother, he’s in Australia now. I do miss him…an intelligent spunky cub…a wise bear.”

Uh oh. By the hitch in the voice, there’d be tears soon. “How would you rate the book?”

“The Book? Right. The Summer of Second Chances. Five paws, absolutely. Highly recommend it. But you need to talk with Nan Reinhardt. Tell her write faster. We need more good books.”


And because Humphrey was a bit hung over, here is a blurb, and a link.   Go check out this fun read!

When Sophie Russo inherits two lakeside cottages in Willow Bay, Michigan, she thinks she can start over with a peaceful, quiet summer.

Boy, is she wrong.

First, there’s Henry Dugan, the nerdy genius behind the GeekSpeak publishing empire who has rented Sophie’s second cottage so he can write his novel. The instant attraction catches them both off guard. He’s fresh off a brutal divorce, and Sophie’s still grieving her beloved Papa Leo, so this is no time to start a relationship, but a casual summer fling might be an option…

Then Sophie’s long-lost mother barrels onto the scene and opens up a long-buried mystery involving Depression-era mobsters and a missing cache of gold coins worth millions that some present-day hoodlums would like to get their hands on.

Suddenly, Sophie’s quiet summer becomes a dangerous dance with her grandfather’s dark past. With Henry at her side–and in her bed–Sophie needs to find a way to make peace with the past and look toward the future… assuming she lives that long.

A little bit about Nan:

NanReinhardtsmallersized(2)Nan Reinhardt is a writer of romantic fiction for women in their prime. Yeah, women still fall in love and have sex, even after 45! Imagine! She is also a wife, a mom, a mother-in-law, and a grandmother. She’s been an antiques dealer, a bank teller, a stay-at-home mom, a secretary, and for the last 20 years, she’s earned her living as a freelance copyeditor and proofreader.

But writing is Nan’s first and most enduring passion. She can’t remember a time in her life when she wasn’t writing—she wrote her first romance novel at the age of ten, a love story between the most sophisticated person she knew at the time, her older sister (who was in high school and had a driver’s license!) and a member of Herman’s Hermits. If you remember who they are, you are Nan’s audience! She’s still writing romance, but now from the viewpoint of a wiser, slightly rumpled, menopausal woman who believes that love never ages, women only grow more interesting, and everybody needs a little sexy romance.

Her novels are available wherever e-books are sold.

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6 Responses to The Summer of Second Chances: a Humphrey Review

  1. Nan says:

    Thank you, Humphrey! So glad you enjoyed the book!!

  2. Robena says:

    We really enjoyed the story, Nan. 😉 Loved the mystery elements. And I enjoyed the older heroine. Wishing you huge success!

  3. Gina B. says:

    I love the sweet cover and the Depression-era mobster elements sound intriguing. Thanks for this review, Robena and Humphrey! 🙂

  4. robena grant says:

    It was a fun book, Gina. Thanks for coming by.

  5. Hi Robena and Humphrey (and Nan!)
    Well, you know I love mature hero/heroine romances as much as Humphrey, so five paws is a must read for me! And the mystery is a plus, too. Sounds like a winner.
    (striking a sexy pose, eh Humph!)
    Good luck with your latest book, Nan, and another great cover.

  6. robena grant says:

    Hi, Lynne. Thanks for dropping by. It was a really good fun read. Enjoyed it immensely, and I found the older hero and heroine were fun as they made their way toward a happily ever after. 🙂