(79) Second Chance at Love

Title: Beautiful Disaster by Laura Spinelli
Publisher: Penguin Publishing
384 pages
Genre: Mystery, Romance

Synopsis: A story of love lost...and found.

Mia Wells's eco-friendly career goals are about to become a reality-but her life-altering moment is interrupted when an unexpected call ushers in her tremulous past. A man who's never left Mia's memory: Flynn, the enigmatic, passionate man whose disappearance broke her heart, has mysteriously resurfaced.

 Now back in her life and in the hospital, Flynn is gravely injured. Mia keeps a bedside vigil-terrified that he will die, awestruck at the prospect of his survival. In a story filled with sweetness and suspense, Mia's what-ifs are endless. And Flynn's return ignites an achingly powerful tale about the most enduring love, one that is greater than honor, or friendship, or the passing of time.

Review: I was grabbed by this book from the beginning and while it is a bit of a sappy story you have to remember it is a romance! I think Spinelli did a great job weaving the past and the present together so that you didn't feel jolted or lost when you changed time lines.  The characters were well developed and you found yourself routing for them from the very beginning.

Mia and Flynn's whirlwind romance begins when Mia is in college.  Mia's best friend and hyper-vigilant roommate takes an instant disliking to Flynn and will stop at nothing to get them apart.  It fascinated me how pushy the roommate was and how Mia's personality changes throughout the book but it wasn't until the end when I feel Mia really took control of her own life instead of letting others manipulate her.

There isn't much suspense but there are a few plot twists that may take people off guard.  I think this was a great debut.