About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Monday, February 13, 2023

A Not So Persistent Suitor (Second Chances, #2) by Sandra Merville Hart

A Not So Persistent Suitor (Second Chances, #2)

He’s fighting for his career…She’s bent on achieving her own goals…Will their love survive a second chance at happily ever after?

Cora Welch dreams of a future teaching kindergarten, which is in its infancy, and marriage to Ben Findlay, her beau and her twin brother’s best friend. But she returns to college from summer break to learn of Ben’s unwise choices in pursuit of his career—choices that destroy her trust in the man she thought she knew and loved.

Ben is working hard toward his dream to become the best reporter in the city. He’s no stranger to fighting for a goal against all odds, ever since he was orphaned at age thirteen. Even though Cora has captured his heart, he makes the mistake of escorting the boss’s daughter to a fancy banquet to further his career—with far-reaching repercussions. Now he’s hurt Cora and botched his career goals.

Winning Cora’s trust again proves harder than Ben expects, especially as they both face struggles of their own. When events spiral out of their control, catapulting them into hardship and even danger, only God can restore their dreams—though the outcome may look far different than either of them planned. 


I love it when I get a chance to reunite with characters that I've met before, and this book does just that. Twins Cora and John Welch were adopted by Samuel & Rose in the book, A Not So Convenient Marriage, and they're now young adults facing new adventures and new challenges in Cincinnati and nearby Hamilton. I'm familiar with these settings because I live in neighboring northeastern Kentucky, so I loved that author Sandra Merville Hart mentions many of the places that I've heard of: Fountain Square, the Suspension Bridge, and the Zoological Gardens, along with Red Stockings baseball games! A Not So Persistent Suitor features society as it was in the 1880s, and it's a vivid reminder of the drastic changes in courtship and the roles of women. Cora's desire is to become a Kindergarten teacher and she mentions to Ben Findlay that she might want to continue teaching if they should marry. Imagine that conversation occurring today! It's a rarity for a wife not to work!

Hart's love for this area and her wonderful ability to combine historical details with fiction made this story especially appealing! Ben's reporting of dangerous riots after a murder trial prompted me to learn more about the Courthouse Riots that occurred in 1884, and his hurt and confusion over reuniting with his long-absent father offer the perfect opportunity for an inspiring faith thread. Cora and Ben both have personal issues to resolve, so strong faith is needed and the ability to forgive is absolutely necessary.

I truly enjoyed this story and I look forward to reading the next book in this Second Chances series. John Welch has been a supportive brother and loyal friend---will he finally have his own chance of romance and happiness? I recommend A Not So Persistent Suitor to all who enjoy historical Christian romance.

I received a copy of this book from the author, but I was never asked to post a favorable review. These are my own thoughts

My rating: 4 of 5 stars 


Award-Winning and Amazon Bestselling Author Sandra Merville Hart is thrilled that her next Civil War series “Spies of the Civil War” will release in 2022! Book 1 of the series, Avenue of Betrayal, is set in Washington DC in 1861. Boulevard of Confusion and Byway to Danger (Books 2 & 3) are set in Richmond, Virginia, in 1862. Actual historical spies will influence the lives of fictional characters in a series where everyone has secrets.

Sandra is on the Planning Committee for Faith & Fellowship Book Festival. She served in the past as Executive Editor for DevoKids.com where she also contributed many historical articles. She teaches writer workshops. She's a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and other writer groups.

Sandra Merville Hart loves to uncover little-known yet fascinating facts about our American history to include in her stories and drags her husband along on her adventures. Thankfully, he also enjoys these fact-finding missions.

Connect with Sandra on her blog, Historical Nibbles, where readers find posts relating to historical food/recipes, book reviews, and American history.

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Books in the Second Chances Series:
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