Wednesday, February 24, 2010

“Waiting On” Wednesday:The Season of Second Chances

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted here, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

The Season of Second Chances by Diane Meier

from the publisher:
A world of possibilities opens up for Joy Harkness when she sets out on a journey that’s going to show her the importance of friendship, love, and what makes a house a home

Coming-of-age can happen at any age. Joy Harkness had built a university career and a safe life in New York, protected and insulated from the intrusions and involvements of other people. When offered a position at Amherst College, she impulsively leaves the city, and along with generations of material belongings, she packs her equally heavy emotional baggage. A tumbledown Victorian house proves an unlikely choice for a woman whose family heirlooms have been boxed away for years. Nevertheless, this white elephant becomes the home that changes Joy forever. As the restoration begins to take shape, so does her outlook on life, and the choices she makes over paint chips, wallpaper samples, and floorboards are reflected in her connection to the co-workers who become friends and friendships that deepen. A brilliant, quirky, town fixture of a handyman guides the renovation of the house and sparks Joy’s interest to encourage his personal and professional growth. Amid the half-wanted attention of the campus’s single, middle-aged men, known as “the Coyotes,”and the legitimate dramas of her close-knit community, Joy learns that the key to the affection of family and friends is being worthy of it, and most important, that second chances are waiting to be discovered within us all.


nomadreader said...

I confess my eyes went straight to the gorgeous cover, but this one looks fantastic. Thanks for the heads up!

Shonda said...

I read the synopsis for this book a few weeks ago and immediately added it to my TBR List.

Diane Meier said...

Thanks Carin -- et al -- it's pretty thrilling to hear that folks are looking forward to reading SSC!
I thought I might add a note about the cover -- Those marvelous flowers were taken from a William Morris print that I imagined being used in the house Joy is renovating! And they show up again on beautiful end-papers in the book. After all, why shouldn't a book be a beautiful object, in itself? I hope you enjoy it all - the book, the design - and the story! I look forward to hearing how you all got on.
Diane Meier

Jill said...

This one's on my list, too. Great pick...thanks for participating!

Carin Siegfried said...

Diane, you lucked out with such a gorgeous cover! I don't know why I didn't notice those flowers are William Morris. As soon as you mentioned it I said "Oh, of course!" Your book strikes home for me (at least the description as I haven't read it yet) as my father's a college professor, I went to a college VERY similar to Amherst, I have also ditched NYC, and I am very frustrated about not being able to use my Master Bath for over a year now! I can't believe in this economy that no one wants to take my money to replace the shower pan and retile but it seems all contractors must have ample work. Seems almost like you wrote this just for me!