Second Chances

Rated 4.75/5 based on 4 reviews
James has a top job, dream house, two healthy children, and a wife who always stands by him. These things, James can rely on, until one day, when everything changes, and he realises that he has spent so long looking towards the future, that he has neglected the present. Pamela has taken their two children and left him, leaving nothing but a brief note. How far will James go to save his marriage? More

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Language: English
About Maria Savva

Maria was born in London in 1970
She is a qualified solicitor as well as a writer
Maria Savva's published works:
'Coincidences' 2001
'A Time to Tell' 2006
'Pieces of a Rainbow' 2009
'Love and Loyalty (and Other Tales)' 2010
'Second Chances' 2010
'Cutting The Fat' 2011 (co-author Jason McIntyre)
'Fusion' 2011
'Flames', a short story, appears in 'The BestsellerBound Short Story Anthology - Volume 1' 2011
'The Dream' 2011
'Isolation', a short story, appears in 'The BestsellerBound Short Story Anthology - Volume 2' 2011
'Winter Blues' - a short story, appears in 'The BestsellerBound Short Story Anthology - Volume 3' 2011
'Michaela' - a short story, appears in 'The BestsellerBound Short Story Anthology - Volume 4' 2012
'Coincidences' 2nd Edition 2012
'Haunted' 2012


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Review by: Sharon E. Cathcart on Oct. 06, 2012 :
James and Pamela's marriage is on the rocks. James works ridiculous hours as a solicitor and Pamela is chafing at being at home all day with two small children and no adult companionship. She also has a secret that she's been keeping from James.

Set in London sometime in the early 21st century, Maria Savva's literary fiction has two people at incredible cross purposes even when they're trying to work together. Near misses on two continents, anger and miscommunication abound.

Savva's prose is entertaining and her characters well-developed. Highly recommended for fans of the genre.

(This edition also had samples of some intriguing novels by other independent authors at the end.)
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Darcia Helle on Sep. 20, 2011 :
With Second Chances, Maria Savva shows us how the love that drew two people together can so easily fade into the background when the daily struggles take over. James is a lawyer, working long hours for a demanding firm. Pamela is a stay-at-home mother of two young children, longing for her husband’s attention. Somewhere beneath the stress, the arguments and the resentment, they still love one another. But by the time they figure that out, their love might be too damaged to repair.

Savva does a masterful job portraying these characters. We don’t watch the story unfold. We live it along with each of them. Their emotions become ours. This is the gift Savva gives to us. We experience each point of view, we understand it, we feel it and, consequently, we are unable to take sides in this struggle. We can only hold our breath and wish for the best.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Joel Kirkpatrick on Sep. 20, 2011 :
This novel would work beautifully as a four-act play. The dramatic tempo is nearly perfect; the characters are well exposed in just their dialogue. It would be riveting to hear this text spoken because it is riveting enough on the page. The key to this working in either form is the gift of the author for wrenching emotions, and crushing self-doubt. Has that made this a depressing story? Absolutely not. No.

‘Second Chances’ by Maria Savva, is actually very tight, disregarding the fact the characters hop on international flights a couple of times. We don’t watch these two main characters from much distance at any point of the story. This is very intimate, and a stage would enhance that. It would be stunning.

The subject is quite sad, and very life-like. Pam and James do not have a made-for-each-other marriage. What marriage they have, can hardly bear the strain of silence they have imposed upon one another. Silence they have created because they are each tormented, so deeply they cannot express any part of it. Maria does not allow her characters any privacy, nor does she introduce their problems over any gentle length of time. Pam and James certainly arrived at this moment, over years of strain and hesitation. But, Maria introduces them to us at the precise point that they can no longer contain their individual torments. They are literally flung apart, and we are washed by their heartache. We don’t journey to that point, we journey away from it.

How do people act, when broken so completely? They act rashly. How do people confront the loss of nearly everything they hold dear? They wallow in self-accusation. In that one little slice of human nature, Maria hangs her entire moral, and she does have one. Pam and James blame themselves – more deeply than they blame one another. ‘Second Chances’ avoids any hints of a love story, the characters don’t dwell on that emotion; this is a doubt story. By finding a way to overcome their self-doubts, Pam and James turn this into a story of trust. Something as valuable as love could ever be.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Jen Knox on Sep. 20, 2011 :
There is nothing so destructive to a relationship than that which goes unsaid. It is everything that is not said, that is kept a secret, that wears away at a marriage: easily summed up, not so easily portrayed in a novel. It is this portrayal of a silent, strained marriage, as it follows husband and wife through normal personal struggles (James, working too hard; Pamela, feeling ignored) that creates such a subtle, heartbreaking beauty here. But what begins as a sparse and realistic plotline quickly opens up to a mysterious journey when Pamela leaves a "Dear James" letter and sets off with their children to reconcile her past.

What's beautiful about this novel is that as the plot opens up and takes its twists and turns, the relationship between husband and wife remains the strength of the prose. These two people are so confused, so in love, and have so much to contend with. They need to talk! And each time they do, they seem to say everything but what they need to say. I kept thinking the world seemed against them, but all they really needed was to confide in each other, to share.

Notice how I'm speaking of these characters as though I know them? This is Savva's magic.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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