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July 19th, 2011
Review and Teaser: Second Chance at the Sugar Shack

Second Chance at the Sugar ShackReview: Second Chance at the Sugar Shack
By Candis Terry
Avon Impulse
Contemporary Romance
On sale 19 July 2011

Review ARC supplied by the publisher

I enjoy reading contemporary romances, and I’m always on the lookout for new-to-me authors. I especially adore contemporary stories set in small towns, so I snapped up Second Chance at the Sugar Shack when I had the opportunity to review the story.

Here’s the official blurb:

Kate Silver’s back in town, and her dead mother just won’t leave her alone.

Kate usually spends her days dressing Hollywood A-listers, but after her estranged mother dies she finds herself elbow-deep in flour in her parents’ bakery in Deer Lick, Montana. She thought she’d left small town life far, far behind, but it seems there are a few loose ends.

The boy she once loved, Deputy Matt Ryan, is single and sexy and still has a thing for her – and handcuffs.

Her mother, who won’t follow the white light, is determined to give maternal advice from beyond the grave.

And somehow Kate’s three-day stay has, well – extended. She never planned to fill her mother’s pie-baking shoes – she prefers her Choos, thank you very much. But with the help of a certain man in uniform, Kate quickly learns that sometimes second chances are all the more sweet.

Kate couldn’t wait to leave Deer Lick. She wanted to follow her dream of working as a fashion stylist. Her mother is outspoken in her disapproval of Kate’s plans, and when Kate leaves town, this leads to a rift between mother and daughter that is never mended. As the story starts, Kate learns her mother has died and she has to return home for the first time since her hurried departure many years ago. We also learn that she’s at the top of her game as a stylist, working for the Hollywood elite, yet she’s very aware how fickle her success is and how younger, newer stylists are snapping at her heels.

This is a story full of quirky characters and small-town living. There’s her mother’s ghost who starts popping into her life for regular visits. There’s her mother’s best friend who seems to hate Kate and is constantly uncomplimentary about her past behavior toward her mother. There’s her father who is mourning the loss of his soul mate, and then there’s Deputy Matt Ryan. The sparks fly between the two of them, yet Matt has changed. He’s older, more confident, and he doesn’t intend to repeat his relationship mistakes with Kate, despite their attraction.

This is a story that kept me turning the pages and has stayed with me since I read it a few weeks ago. I enjoyed the way the characters both grew and came to realize that what they initially wanted from life wasn’t necessarily the thing that would make them happy. As the title suggests this is a story of second chances and it’s full of humor. I finished the story with a smile on my face. It’s the sort of romance that made me go “ahhhh”, and I’ll definitely be looking for more from this author. Highly recommended.

Purchase link Second Chance at the Sugar Shack

Author website: Candis Terry

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

~ Grab your current read
~ Open to a random page
~ Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
~BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
~ Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teaser is from Second Chance at the Sugar Shack

“He‘s devastated.” Kelly flipped on the fan. Her abrupt action seemed less about recirculating the air and more about releasing a little distress. “How would you be if the love of your life died in your arms while you were tying on her apron?”

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26 comments to “Review and Teaser: Second Chance at the Sugar Shack”

  1. Sharon C (Obsession with Books)
      · July 19th, 2011 at 1:25 am · Link

    Aww, this one sounds sad.

    My TT,

    Have a nice week.

    • Shelley Munro
        · July 19th, 2011 at 1:51 am · Link

      I chose a sad teaser, but there’s actually lots of humor in the book. It’s a great read.

    • Bookgirl
        · July 19th, 2011 at 9:31 am · Link

      Great teaser! Thank you for stopping by my blog.

      Bookgirl @ My Book Addiction

  2. Alaiel Kreuz
      · July 19th, 2011 at 3:03 am · Link

    Yep, this one sounds a little sad, but so does my teaser (but the author balances the situations really well) and I loved the book.
    I’m following you via e-mail :D

    This is my Teaser Tuesday.

    And BTW, I have two international giveaways going on right now so feel free to pass by and enter :D


    • Shelley Munro
        · July 19th, 2011 at 3:39 am · Link

      My sad teaser is balanced with humor and other good stuff as well. :)

      Thanks for following me.

  3. kyanara
      · July 19th, 2011 at 3:24 am · Link


    Thnx for stopping by my TT.
    Great teaser!!
    Have a great day!

    • Shelley Munro
        · July 19th, 2011 at 3:40 am · Link

      Hi Kyanara. Thanks for visiting.

  4. Karen and Gerard
      · July 19th, 2011 at 4:10 am · Link

    Wonder where the dog on the cover comes in. Is it her doggie? Good teaser!

    Here’s ours:

    • Shelley Munro
        · July 19th, 2011 at 1:40 pm · Link

      All small town stories should include pets and this one does. There is a dog in the story :)

  5. Heather
      · July 19th, 2011 at 7:10 am · Link

    This one sounds really good, even with the more serious teaser. Thanks for visiting! :)

    • Shelley Munro
        · July 19th, 2011 at 1:41 pm · Link

      Heather, it was a fun story and I didn’t want it to end. I think I’ll be haunting Candis’s website to learn about a followup.

  6. xx sue xx
      · July 19th, 2011 at 9:10 am · Link

    great teaser, thanks for stopping by

    • Shelley Munro
        · July 19th, 2011 at 1:42 pm · Link

      You’re welcome. Thanks for returning the visit :)

  7. pk @ aisle b
      · July 19th, 2011 at 9:30 am · Link

    Hmmm strange to think someone you love passing on to the next life while you’re tying on their apron. Do you mean the bib?? Was she really old??

    • Shelley Munro
        · July 19th, 2011 at 1:43 pm · Link

      She and her husband owned the Sugar Shack, a bakery. The death was a sudden one. Thanks for visiting.

  8. Cristina
      · July 19th, 2011 at 10:06 am · Link

    Great teaser! I have this on my TBR. I’m happy to hear you liked it. Might have to move it up now. :)
    Mine is at

    • Shelley Munro
        · July 19th, 2011 at 1:44 pm · Link

      Christina, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.

  9. Pooch
      · July 19th, 2011 at 11:35 am · Link

    Oh-my-goodness! Quite shocking and a great set-up for the storyline! Do come by and say hello.

    • Shelley Munro
        · July 19th, 2011 at 1:45 pm · Link

      I will. Thanks for stopping by.

  10. Pam (@iwriteinbooks)
      · July 19th, 2011 at 11:42 am · Link

    My goodness! That’s a sort of quirky albeit sad teaser. Love the cover of this!

    • Shelley Munro
        · July 19th, 2011 at 1:45 pm · Link

      The cover is eye-catching, isn’t it?

  11. Calico Crazy
      · July 19th, 2011 at 12:20 pm · Link

    Between the blurb and your teaser you’ve gotten my interested in this one, I look forward to reading it. Thanks for stopping by.

    • Shelley Munro
        · July 19th, 2011 at 1:46 pm · Link

      I hope you enjoy Second Chance as much as I did.

  12. Carrie at In the Hammock Blog
      · July 19th, 2011 at 2:07 pm · Link

    Love the teaser and the book sounds great!

    • Shelley Munro
        · July 19th, 2011 at 2:09 pm · Link

      It is a fun read, Carrie. Thanks for stopping by.

  13. Tania.F.Walsh
      · July 19th, 2011 at 4:18 pm · Link

    Sounds intriguing… want to know more.