A Second Chance at Life, by Kassandra Lynn

Lady Elaina had everything—wealth, title, and irresistible beauty—until her jealous half-sister ruined her reputation and forced her into a disgraceful marriage. She died amidst the flames, murdered and betrayed by her husband and half-sister. As the flames roared, the loss of her unborn child created a thirst for revenge. A magical amulet sent her two years back in time. She has another chance to make things right for herself and her family, yet what began as a plot to undermine her half-sister’s machinations quickly evolved into a political conspiracy that will rock the entire empire and make Elaina realize she might not have traveled back in time alone.

I’m always a sucker for time travel stories. From the zany Bill Murray in Groundhog Day to adventures through time like Timeless, I love me some time travel. So, when I saw A Second Chance at Life on NetGalley, I was all in. It was categorized as romance and science fiction, but the romance elements are pretty light. There was a little bit of violence and some sex, but nothing more than a PG-13 movie. The story had strong mystery elements, and it was definitely full of action and adventure, including a twist near the end that I did not see coming.

I read the entire book on a 6-hour road trip. I enjoyed the aspect that even with foreknowledge, Elaina still managed to find herself in compromising situations. I was hooked from the first chapter, and devoured the story as it unfolded. I relished in Elaina’s strength, but shuddered at her bumbling over and over again.

Although the time period and location are not known, the vibe I got from the story placed the characters in a pre-Victorian patriarchal society, so there was a lot of sexism in the story. I’d imagine that more than one reader would find this off-putting, but unfortunately, most of the sexism and androcentrism portrayed in the story is not too far from the truth even in the year 2017.

I enjoyed the story, and look forward to reading more installments by Kassandra Lynn. A four-star read worthy of your time. Kindle Unlimited readers can get it for free.

Kassandra Lynn is the author of Book of Immortals series and Demon Kingdom Fairy Tales series. Her favorite genres are fantasy and romance. She especially enjoys reading and writing about unique concepts, unpredictable plots, and protagonists who aren’t the typical protagonists.


About Mark Gardner

Mark Gardner lives in northern Arizona with his wife, three children and a pair of spoiled dogs. Mark holds a degrees in Computer Systems and Applications and Applied Human Behavior. View all posts by Mark Gardner

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