Your Next Favorite Book: Second Chances

See what’s the author’s favorite part of her book, maybe it will be a favorite of yours too!

Title – Second Chances: The Courtship Wars

Author: Regina Jeffers

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Genre – Contemporary Romance
Length – 238 pages
Amazon (Paperback)


Book Description

Rushing through the concourse to make her way to the conference stage, Gillian Cornell comes face-to-face with the one man she finds most contemptible of everyone she knows, and suddenly her world tilts. His gaze tells stories she wants desperately to hear. As he undresses her with his eyes, Gillian finds all she can do is stumble through her opening remarks. The all-too-attractive cad challenges both her sensibility and her reputation as a competent sexologist.

Dr. Lucian Damron never allows any woman to capture his interest for long. He uses them to boost his career and for his own pleasures. Yet, Lucian cannot resist Gillian’s stubborn independence, her startling intelligence, and her surprising sensuality. Sinfully handsome, Lucian hides a badly wounded heart and a life of personal rejection.

Thrown together as the medical staff on Second Chances, a new reality show designed to reunite previously married couples, Lucian and Gillian soon pique the interest of the American viewing public, who tune in each week, fascinated by the passionate electricity between them. Thus begins an all-consuming courtship, plagued by potentially relationship-ending secrets and misunderstandings and played out scandalously on a national stage.

Regina’s favorite part

Gillian has been left as the guardian for her adopted Down Syndrome sister Barbara after their parents’ untimely deaths. In the story, Barbara participates in a Special Olympics event, and Gillian asks Lucian to join them. It is the day the Gillian realizes that she loves Lucian Damron. He earns Gillian’s trust by treating Barbara with kindness and respect. Barbara is based on the sister of my childhood friend, Lesley W. As we progressed through elementary, junior high, and high school, I observed Vicky, Lesley’s sister, as if she were part of my family. I celebrated her successes and wept at her defeats. Lesley’s parents have both passed, and she remains Vicky’s guardian. Vicky is in a special group home, but she holds a job and has friends, both male and female, and complains about TV shows, etc., etc. She lives as normal a life as a person of her persuasion can. When I wrote Barbara Cornelll in “Second Chances,” she was Vicky. I used a Downs youth in “A Touch of Cashémere” also, but he is not as well developed as Barbara. It was important to me to demonstrate that not all Down children are “disabled.”


So what to you think, could this be your next favorite book?

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  1. I absolutely love the whole premise. I find I weep easily over the more true to life time period and circumstances but it’s definitely a drama I’d love to read. I love Regina’s works anyway. I have a close friend whose son is autistic. similar thing…the successes and challenges. He also can do alot of things most people would not think he’s capable of however speech is not one of them. It’s very halting and only a few words. He’s almost 30 and it just makes the experiences in life so much more meaningful. I think the way Regina is branching out is incredible.

  2. Good morning Susan. I should be surprised to find you here, but I am not. You are a loyal follower, and I appreciate it. Both my masters and Ph.D. are in Reading Education. I spent a great deal of my teaching career at both ends of the “exceptional” children spectrum. One year, the principal placed three autistic children in my classroom of 30+ students. It was a challenging experience to teach the autistic children and to educate the others in how to respond to the minor disruptions. Two of the boys were diagnosed with Asperger’s, again at either end of the spectrum for that diagnosis.
    Vicky remembers me as a young girl. In her mind, I have not aged, and I find I enjoy that idea. She is 50+ years of age. Under the circumstances, that is astonishing.

  3. Thank you for stopping by, Susan. Here’s something you did not know about me. Both my masters and my Ph.D. are in Reading Education. I spent most of my teaching career working with children at one end of the “exceptional child” spectrum or another: gifted or those with special needs.
    Vicky is 50+ years of age. It is a credit to Lesley for the care she has provided her sister over the years.

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