Amanda’s Review – Reinventing Riley by Liz Flaherty

Posted June 2, 2022 by Sharon in Amanda, Mainstream, Reviews / 0 Comments

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Amanda’s Review – Reinventing Riley by Liz FlahertyReinventing Riley by Liz Flaherty
Series: Second Chances #2
Published by Magnolia Blossom Publishing on 05/25/2022
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5 Stars

He’s afraid a second time at love wouldn’t live up to his first. She’s afraid a second round would be exactly like her first.

Pastor Jake McAlister and businesswoman Riley Winters are in their forties and widowed. Neither is interested in a relationship. They both love Fallen Soldier, the small Pennsylvania town where they met, even though Rye plans to move to Chicago, and Jake sees a change in pastorates not too far down the road. Enjoying a few-weeks friendship is something they both look forward to.

However, there is an indisputable attraction between the green-eyed pastor and the woman with a shining sweep of chestnut hair. Then there’s the Culp, an old downtown building that calls unrelentingly to Rye’s entrepreneurial soul. And when a young man named Griff visits Jake, life changes in the blink of a dark green eye.

I love this story because it deals with real people, real situations and decisions. You’ll just never know what might happen if you decide to embrace the changes and love again. ~ Amanda

Reinventing Riley is the second story in the Second Chances series and I’m in awe of the author’s writing. She has written an insightful voyage into a woman’s second chapter in life and shown how life can point you in a new direction and when you least expect it.

Riley Winters has had enough of small town living after her business was burgled and sells it all to return to Chicago. Before she heads there, she travels to Fallen Soldier, PA to be the ‘widow of honor’ for her best friend. There she meets Pastor Jake McAlister, the groom’s brother, and a small spark appears. She housesits while the newlyweds are gone on their honeymoon and finds the town appealing and calling her in different ways.

The author has written a second chance at love story for both Riley/Rye and Jake. Jake didn’t think that he could find love again after the loss of his wife and baby daughter. How could you top something that was beautiful and perfect? Rye didn’t see herself marrying again after the marriage she had with her husband. Feeling a failure at it, she didn’t have it in her to try again. However, the moments she spends with Jake in conversation and with their dates she finds herself feeling a new and different way than she had before. Rye pointed out to Jake that he might want something like his first love but what he may be missing out on a different kind of love. Jake was thrown a huge curveball and needs Rye as a sounding board to help the minister talk it out.

Reinventing Riley touched me because of its storyline and the simplicity of her prose. I’ve once heard that an easy read is hard writing. This story was a delightful and easy read, revealing real emotion and feelings. Ms. Flaherty does that with her straightforward language and building moments that put life in perspective. I love this story because it deals with real people, real situations and decisions. You’ll just never know what might happen if you decide to embrace the changes and love again.

5 Stars

About Liz Flaherty

Still reeling from her divorce, Joss Murphy flees to Banjo Bend, Kentucky, where she’d been safe and happy as a child. The family farm is now a campground. Weary and discouraged, she talks owner Ezra McIntire into renting her a not-quite-ready cabin.
With PTSD keeping him company, Ez thrives on the seclusion of the campground. The redhead in Cabin Three adds suggestions to his improvement plans, urging color and vibrancy where there was none.

Neither is looking for love, yet the attraction they share is undeniable. Can the comfort of campfires, hayrides, and sweet kisses bring these two lost souls together?

Posted June 2, 2022 by Sharon in Amanda, Mainstream, Reviews / 0 Comments