Second Time Around, The Lewis Legacy Series #2
Second Time Around continues the story begun in Joann DurginÃ¢ÂÂs first book titled, Awakening. This story focuses on newlyweds Natalie and Marc Thompson. Readers were introduced to Natalie in book one at a TeamWork mission in Texas. This book is a continuation of her story, but mainly told from the point of view of her husband. Most of the characters from book one make an appearance in this story as well.
Marc and Natalie are the proud owners of a 100-year-old house they are renovating when the unthinkable happensÃ¢ÂÂ¦Natalie steps on an old stair in the basement plunging headlong onto the cement floor. As a result of her fall, Natalie strikes her head and bruises her brain, causing amnesia. She has no memory of her relationship with Marc. At first, Marc is angry with God for giving him the perfect wife for two short months and then in essence taking her away from him. Marc is a fairly new Christian of about three yearsÃ¢ÂÂ duration. He didnÃ¢ÂÂt grow up in a Christian home and a godly marriage between his parents was certainly not modeled. He feels like he is in a boxing match with God and refuses to give up his control of the situation. He will make Natalie remember him.
In an effort to help her regain some of her memories, Marc contacts Sam and Lexa Lewis who are in charge of a district of TeamWork, a missions ministry. Marc and Natalie agree to a two-week mission in Montana where Marc hopes to get his wife back in his life permanently. Marc discovers along the way that he isnÃ¢ÂÂt in control of this situation. Can he surrender complete control to God? Marc doesnÃ¢ÂÂt know if he can survive without Natalie. He feels she makes him a better man. He at first thinks, Ã¢ÂÂWhat if God doesnÃ¢ÂÂt heal her and takes her away from him?Ã¢ÂÂ Will Natalie ever remember him and her love for him? What will he do if she doesnÃ¢ÂÂt?
Throughout the story, readers see Marc make huge strides in his walk with God, which is wonderful to read about. He truly becomes a strong man of God. The length he goes to in order to show Natalie his love and devotion to her is heartwarming and endearing. Joann writes an entertaining story filled with deep emotions between husband and wife as well as between God and his children. Readers will see God glorified, trusted and obeyed and how He is the center of life. The romance continues in the third book in the series titled, Twin Hearts. I recommend this contemporary romance.
July 1, 2013
Wow to the Love Vow!
Second Time Around!
By JoAnn Durgin
Again I'm amazed at JoAnn's writing! It is one of the very few novels that took me on emotional rollercoaster. I cried with Marc from the very begining.(it is written mainly from his POV- its adorable)Such a close brush with the other World can stir so much in your life. It is of great importance that you have right people by your side--teamwork provided the best for Marc and Natalie and Mr Davis gave the advice of a lifetime to him. Im moved. Even though I loved the jokes, friendships, sweet little moment, and very anguished once for that matter, what really got me in this book was the question it made me ask myself- am I a wife worth being redeemed? Will my husband, given the same situation, do all in his power to win my love or will he be relieved to be rid of me? Wives, ask yourself that question and really think, you will realize that we are the ones holding the reins to the happy marriage..
From milking a cow to assisting in calf-birthing, from reining a stempead to reining phisical desires, from a frigid dip in the river to a complete drown in a warm love serenade, from silly teasing to life-changing marriage advizes -- JoAnn takes you to visit her teamwork camp in frigid Montana where love-at-work warms the hearts.
Tune in and enjoy, this novel cost me another sleepless night and the problem is - it is absolutelly worth every minute!!
May 26, 2013
Christian Version of The Vow
Have you heard of the movie, The Vow? Well, this book is slightly similar to that story except this is the Christian version and in my good opinion so much more profound. Natalie and Marc have only been married two months when Natalie gets badly injured and loses her memory. She can still recall bits from her childhood and being in college, but she has NO memory of her husband!! My two favorite things about this story, itÃ¢ÂÂs mostly from MarcÃ¢ÂÂs perspective (VERY refreshing) and itÃ¢ÂÂs FOR marriage.
Marc thought it was a miracle to get Natalie to marry him the first time, but now he has to help her fall in love with him what he calls the second time around. However, everything he fears will come to light and despite the obstacles he must face to win NatalieÃ¢ÂÂs heart and trust back, he will come to see her in a whole new way. I also slightly thought of the movie, 50 First Dates with this story, slightly :)
With the help of the TeamWork crew, including Sam and Lexa from Awakening, LOTS of prayer and faith, a sweet Mr. Davis that Marc briefly meets in the hospital, grace from God, and a few close calls in the story, Marc gradually comes to realize that not only is his marriage worth fighting for but that surrendering everything he cares for into ChristÃ¢ÂÂs hands brings freedom he never knew existed. Marc is the perfect example of how love conquers all even when it seems that all hope is gone. He actually cancels his cable when he realizes thereÃ¢ÂÂs pornography available, puts his job on hold for his marriage, and protects Natalie throughout the story. I didnÃ¢ÂÂt consider Marc a saint in the story and even though Natalie needed another perspective once or twice to fully appreciate the amazing husband she has, I did think that every emotion they experience was realistic. I truly enjoyed watching these two have a fresh start in their marriage and watch as they get past their insecurities. Reading through MarcÃ¢ÂÂs thoughts, actions, romance, and devotion to Natalie was truly wonderful. There are many touching moments, humorous moments, palpable frustration, friendship, romance, an adorable dog and faith in this story.
Not only was Second Time Around an interesting and sweet read, it also gave me hope in many ways. When it comes to a family member or loved one, no matter how hopeless things seem, with God all things are possible and there is a purpose in the difficult moments.
March 19, 2013
An intriguing, beautifully crafted romance
Second Time Around is book two in this trilogy that takes the reader through tragedy in the life of a newlywed TeamWork volunteer and pulls the crew back together in a place in Montana where hearts mend, forgiveness is learned, and true love blossoms at a deeper level than the first time this couple fell in love. This book has suspenseful moments, and appropriately sensual scenes for the Christian reader, as well as wonderful, biblical messages that are valuable in any relationship, but laced through the story in a meaningful way that is never preachy. I would caution you, though, if you read this one, you may as well add Twin Hearts to your book budget. When you finish this one, youÃ¢ÂÂll want that one, too.
October 6, 2012