Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. I received a complimentary copy of this book, for which I’ve given an honest review.
A Second Chance by Walt Mussell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Career-driven Kira isn’t exactly looking forward to meeting the latest man her matchmaking mother has picked out for her. But when the drive to her mother’s place ends in a lake accident, Kira wakes up in the 16th century as the mother of the young son of a samurai—in a household facing grim trouble in A Second Chance by author Walt Mussell.
I either skimmed or skipped reading the blurb for this novella before I put it on my TBR list months ago. Because I’ve enjoyed other fiction set in historical Japan by this author, hearing he’d written a fantasy novella and seeing its amazing book cover was enough for me.
There’s an abundance of detail and plenty of atmosphere in this time travel/time slip tale. In a way, I felt about as lost as Kira for a while as I floated along with the curious flow of the unfolding plot. But then the story’s elements of “what” and “why,” the meaning of the past and the blessing of the present, gradually came together in stirring fashion.
This read left me with an almost haunting sense of hope. If any of these characters happen to appear in a future story, I’ll be there for it.