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From bestselling author of Lulu's Cafe. Some mistakes create accidental blessings. Jillian (Jewels) Whitman lives with her mistakes and tries to move past the biggest one of her life - Dillon Bleu - Rocker and once best friend. After saying goodbye to the lakeside trailer park of his youth, Dillon sets out to make something of himself only to discover all he needs is his JFrom bestselling author of Lulu's Cafe. Some mistakes create accidental blessings. Jillian (Jewels) Whitman lives with her mistakes and tries to move past the biggest one of her life - Dillon Bleu - Rocker and once best friend. After saying goodbye to the lakeside trailer park of his youth, Dillon sets out to make something of himself only to discover all he needs is his Jewel. After hitting it big in the music industry, Dillon heads back to ask for a second chance. Only... Nothing is ever as easy as it seems... A southern tale of rags to riches where a man's worth is ultimately found in his heart....

Title : Goodbyes and Second Chances
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ISBN : 23569317
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Number of Pages : 276 Pages
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Goodbyes and Second Chances Reviews

  • Linda Ellen
    2019-03-04 23:24

    I enjoyed this book. It was one of 3 books I downloaded the night I got my kindle, for my birthday. I admit it took me a while to get into it, because I'm not a fan of first person stories, and this one is a teenage girl. I stopped on it and started another. Then I read Lulu's Cafe by this author, so I started this one again. Still didn't like the 1st person... But the story was so intriguing, and Dillon was so....fascinating... I kept pushing on. I'm so glad I did. The characters in this book become so real, so 3 dimensional, I started wondering if Jillian was really the author as a young girl and all the rest people in her own life. I'll have to ask her, lol. Once Dillon makes it big, the story really took off. I must say, the character of Will really fooled me and at one point I wanted to send the author a note screaming "What are you doing???" lol. But it all worked out SO wonderfully. And the story's ending/epilogue left me with that coveted ahhhh feeling that I crave, hehe. The twists and turns in the story had me sighing with frustration and rolling of the eyes, lol. At times I wanted to shake Jewels and say, "What are you doing girl?? Are you nuts?? You're his Jewel! You're killing him!" lol. Pushed on last night and finished the story, staying up late to do it. Well worth the read. Don't know if its aimed at teens, but I think anyone would enjoy it. I recommend this book to anyone who believes in soul mates and true love that overcomes any obstacle. :) I still hate 1st person stories, lol.

  • Christine
    2019-03-07 04:34

    HNRY - Not for me. I detest hidden baby drama which all could have been solved with communication. Also, I can not believe that he did not find out! It is only because of that stupid baby drama that it is a no-no for me.I loved Lulu's Cafe.

  • Chakash
    2019-03-01 04:41

    DecentThis story started off really good and quickly descended into just ok. What I liked?1. Childhood group of friends that truly cared and no one "forgot" where they came from2. Antics the group would get into.There were more things I didn't like, but not enough to totally dislike the story. **Spoilers**Spoilers***1. Jillian (Jewell) was way too caught up in being poor and white trash that it paralyzed her. The author stated over and over and over again how poor they were and for some reason living in the trailer park somehow validated that for them. After the 20th reference to it, I wanted to just stop reading. Readers aren't stupid, with a couple of references you can set the stage. I get it, I had a poor childhood, but being poor shouldn't determine your worth at all. Jillian made stupid decisions because she thought that was all she was. Very weak, and I hate that type of weakness in characters.2. I don't understand people who make a decision because they feel like someone else deserves better in life than they do. What makes your best friend/lover deserve more of a chance to have something more than what they have? Oh yeah, it could be because they actually want it.3. **Huge Spoiler** I absolutely detest the hidden baby theme. Unless its an old school harlequin, then it works. But, it's actually not quite believable here considering that they were a tight group and her brother was still friends with them. And there is no way Dillon would have not asked about her or checked on her in the years following, therefore knowing about a kid. Not happening.Overall, the heroine was a bit weak and self-pitying and the hero was a good guy. The writing was ok, no noticeable editing issues that distracted me as a reader. I wouldn't be quick to recommend unless you have kindle unlimited and a few spare hours.

  • Curly Carla Celebrity Readers
    2019-03-11 23:40

    https://celebrityreaders.wordpress.co...I felt this book in my bones! And I can’t explain why. It was very soulful, and I guess I needed something like that in my life.It was what I would definitely call a christian romance. I loved how Dillon used bible verses in his song writing and was able to become a successful singer through it. He never lost his roots though and struggled hard with the decisions he and Jewels made together. It was heartbreaking at times to read.I think I identified with Jewels a lot. I lived in a trailer for some time when I was little and we moved around a lot. I get how she felt. I still feel like I come from nothing myself and often wonder how I have made it as far as I have. I’m very fortunate in that respect. Jewels resisted even trying to become more than her trailer park life though and that is where I got angry with her. She gave up so many things she wanted in order to have her friends and family succeed. It was bittersweet to read because I get why she did it but I felt she was maybe taking a penance on that wasn’t hers to bear.There are so many things I loved about this book and I can’t really go in to them because of spoilers but if you like christian romance then this book is highly recommended to read.

  • Eileen Robinson
    2019-02-25 07:49

    Dillon Bleu and Jillian (jewels) Whitman have grown up poor and in a trailer park but they have always been best friends and relied on each other. Jillian realises she's as much in love with Dillon as he is her, just as life throws him the opportunity to get out of the trailer park and make it as a rockstar with his band. Believing she would only ruin his life and hold him back she distances herself.Dillon is amazing, he never wavers in her love for her or in wanting her, even 5 years later when he's made it big he still wants her just the same. When he decides he aint waiting no longer for her to come to her senses, he finds out about another guy in her life named Will.This book kept me gripped the whole time, although there was many times i wanted to kick Jillian's butt !! and found her frustrating. I loved the relationships between this group of friends and was thrown a lot of lil unexpected twists that kept you page turning !!All in all its a book so worth reading !!

  • Laur
    2019-03-17 05:40

    Thought story line was no realist at all. Do not believe that Dillon would have let and stayed away with pretty much no contact for 5yrs after getting married let alone be celibate for those years he was gone. Could not believe he would not have turned up to see her sooner. Not to give her any money for all the songs she had written when he knew she was struggling but buys his mother a house not believable to me. Thought the story started nice but then got annoyed by the main character seemed to self sacrifice and secrets.

  • Christina
    2019-03-22 23:32

    I love Dillon Bleu. I have many other thoughts on this novel, but that is the one I keep returning to. At one point, Jewel kept bringing up the fact that she wasn't good enough for Dillon, and I kind of agreed with her. She was making me crazy. :) I thought I had everything figured out pretty early on, but there were a couple of very nice surprises. My first novel by T.I. Lowe, but I am impressed and will definitely be reading more.

  • Jennifer Miller
    2019-03-01 06:39

    Goodbyes and Second Chances is not your typical rock star read so it took me a bit by surprise. It was more of a sweet, innocent book about love, faith and having the patience to wait for what you truly want. Dillon and Jillian (known as "Jewel" to Dillon) grow up together in a trailer park and are the best of friends who eventually fall in love. Shortly after they begin their relationship, he and his bandmates (Jillian's other best friends) go off to California to find fame. Dillon and Jewel vow to wait for each other until Dillon can return for her. The story spans several years as their "relationship" waxes and wanes. What I had a hard time with in this story is that I didn't feel a strong connection between the characters from the start. Yes, they were close and I saw how much they cared for each other but, as a reader, their relationship wasn't shown as deeply as I would've liked. Some things were inferred throughout the story and I sort of missed those cues, questioning how the heck certain things could've happened. The end of the book picked up more and I felt that it was better than the first part. I don't know, I still have mixed feelings about this story---it was good but lacked something for me.

  • Liz
    2019-02-28 00:28

    Every now and then I read a book that blows me away, this certainly fell into that category. A touching story of young love and second chances with a few surprises along the way.The story revolves around an unlikely family of kids that have all grown up on one trailer park. Dillon is exceptionally talented and forms a band with some others looking for his way out but will the sacrifice be worth it? I loved the two main characters and the tapestry of story that leads through childhood to adulthood. The book had me hooked in from the first page, it's a great read and one that I will revisit in the future.

  • April
    2019-03-02 23:35

    I was drawn into this book from the moment I read the first chapter...I love T.I. Lowe's work. She tell a story in such a rich and imaginative way.I really felt like I was reading the story from the characters point if view.I cried toward the end it was so good. A must read. Jewel's made a lot of bad decisions but she thought they were right at the time she made them. They cost her years with out her love Dillion.I am not a spoiler just let's say you must read to really enjoy this full of life story.

  • Monika Lagolago
    2019-03-13 03:47

    Outstanding, just beautiful!I'm at loss for words. This book speaks of faith, hard work, and perseverance. This is what true love is and I love the fact that the novel correlates deeply with the bible. Portrays the fact that no matter what stands in our way, hard work pays off. Also it speaks of sacrifice and forgiveness. Jillian gave up on her only true love Dillan so that he could live his dreams. But God had a bigger plan for them and fate brought them together once again. Highly recommend it to fellow readers. You won't be disappointed!

  • elaine m. suda
    2019-03-17 03:43

    Heartwarming LoveI did a lot of sobbing especially when I learned who Will was. So many years were lost because Jewel had a low opinion of herself. I guess a lot of people have that same feeling. I was so glad that Dillon persevered in his dream. It took a while, but God finally gave him the desires of his heart. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and I look forward to reading more of your work.

  • shirley boone
    2019-03-04 03:36

    Goodbyes and Second ChancesT.I Lowe is a new author to me. If this book is an example of what she will be in the future, we are in for quite a treat. The book is lovingly written. Just a very good story with beautiful, and sometimes heart breaking, details throughout. At the end of this book, after it was finished, I read that she is working on other writings. I'm looking forward to these, too. She's GOOD.

  • Bobbie Jones
    2019-02-27 03:27

    T.I. Lowe knows how to write a love story!Once started, it had to be finished. This author can write a story that is perfect for a grandmother like me or for a young teenager. It had twists and turns that I never anticipated. She doesn't use profane language or get too explicit, which makes it appropriate for a younger reader. I really enjoyed it.

  • Teresa Carteret
    2019-03-07 05:46

    Just finished this book and I have to say I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this as much as I did "Lulu's Cafe", T.i.Lowe is an amazing writer whom makes you fall head over heels inlove with her characters...She is truly an inspiration to young writers all over the world with her superb talents and unwavering Christian faith. May God richly bless you in all your future endeavors!

  • Terry Lynn
    2019-02-25 02:44

    I read this book within 24 hours! It was a book I could not stop reading! The characters are unique. It had some surprising outcomes. It is well worth reading! I liked that there were not cuss words and is Christian based! I would highly recommend this book!

  • Mary Maxey
    2019-03-25 06:25

    Love Story At a Trailer ParkAnother happily ever tale (my favorite kind). Well developed characters and the story has has good surprises. My ONLY note is that there are many typos including grammar and spelling...the editors dropped the ball.

  • The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)
    2019-03-05 05:52

    Cute, sweet, Christian tale of love and poverty. It was sad and heartwarming and real (mostly! We can't all be rock stars)

  • Kim Person
    2019-03-01 06:31

    I'm TOTALLY in LOVE with this book!!! what a wonderful surprise I found!! full review coming.

  • Marilyn
    2019-03-13 05:41

    AwesomenessThis is such a cute story. Loved it.it inspires hope and endless love. And God's blessings. Can't wait to read more books by T.I.Lowe

  • RockChick19
    2019-02-24 04:30

    Read this book in 2 days. Absolutely loved the storyline.

  • Maria Marquez
    2019-02-22 07:25

    Beautiful storyI absolutely loved this story ....Jewel and Dimples love and faith in each other was so beautiful you won't want to put down your kindle!

  • LISA BOWMAN
    2019-03-10 05:45

    GreatWas a good read. It helps to understand that we judge to much on what and where people live and think.

  • Zan Marie Steadham
    2019-02-26 02:52

    A Christian story starring a rock star might be unlikely unless it's Goodbye and Second Chances--an uncommon love story I know all of you would enjoy.

  • Jocelyn Ulloa
    2019-03-13 05:43

    Loved this book!!! Couldn't put it down!!! Read the whole book in a day even thou I tried to walk away!!!

  • Kellie Read
    2019-03-18 01:32

    I loved this book, it is very well written and so worth the read!!! It was a wonderful love story!! You will not be able to put it down!!!

  • Melissa
    2019-02-22 06:33

    Beautiful story.

  • Dallison
    2019-03-13 02:22

    A fantastic love story. This author is now A listed on my shelf. GREAT STUFF!!! LOVED IT!!!

  • Beverly
    2019-03-08 00:32

    Life can throw us some pretty nasty curves. Some of it may be deserved, but some, and perhaps most, is not. Take, for example, people born into wealth, and people born into poverty and all the gradations in between. How do we deal with this? It depends on our perceptions. And that is what this tale is all about. Think of it as a modern day parable. For the modern part, rock stars and a rock band. The parable? Trailor trash stigma. What can we learn from them? Read and see. Jillian has known Dillan since she was eight and he was six. Before that, even. They grew up in the same neighborhood with other friends that eventually formed a strong group that had each others' backs. They all lived in the trailer park. They knew what that meant: stigma. They lived on the "other side of the lake." Across the lake were the wealthy condos and homes. Would life even give them a chance? Dillon grew up with insane talents on several instruments and a smooth silky voice. He was a poet at heart and often wrote his own lyrics. His mother was fierce in her efforts to save him from a reputation as trailer trash. So by the time he was sixteen, he had found an opportunity to make it big in the music world. But to do that, he would have to leave his dearest friends behind, including his jewel, Jillian. He promised he would come back for her. She didn't believe him. No one came back.The author has done a great job portraying the funny moments within the group of friends who lived in each others' pockets. She includes their struggles, how close this group grew together, and how Jillian fit in as a sort of mom. It made me think of Peter Pan, Wendy and the Lost Boys. There were sad times, sweet moments, victories and failures. Be sure to bring along some tissues, as there were many poignant moments. The funniest and most tragic happenings in the story involved Maverick King. His story becomes the focus of book two in this series. He was part of Dillon's rock band from the beginning. If you enjoy this book, you'll certainly want to get book two which is told from Mave's point of view. Overall, Goodbyes and Second Chances has several flawed characters, which we see change and grow up before our eyes. The author has done a great job making the reader feel as if they were part of this close-knit group.

  • Pascale
    2019-03-25 02:37

    Beautifully written This is a beautiful coming of age story of young love, growing up poor in a trailer-park with hard work and very little chances. Food and opportunities are scarce, they often have to scrounge for anything the rich leave behind, just to get by, and some days all they have is each other. Trouble and abuse are always nipping at their heels...-‘“You knew he would be leaving...”...“I’ve got to, man.” Dillon steps back and beckons me to him. “I’ve got to give this a fair shot. Music is all I know. I just feel like it’s now or never. I have to go.” He wraps his arm around me. “I’ll be back. I promise.”’-The story moves at a perfect pace, forcing the reader to slow down and enjoy the development of the plot. I absolutely loved it. I can’t wait to read the rest of the books in the series. This book has all the feels. At times, it crushed me and I found myself fighting back the tears. Other times, I swooned over the romance. One thing’s for sure: it didn’t leave me unmoved. It is excellent. (This is a “mostly clean” book. There is sex implied but it isn’t descriptive and it’s behind closed doors.) There are some HUGE twists and turns and things I didn’t see coming at all. Assumptions are made and the wording leads the reader to believe certain things and... whoops! Things are not at all what they seem. Very clever. This story is very complete. It starts off when they are young teens and follows them throughout and into adulthood. Hang on because it’s quite the rollercoaster 🎢 ride!*I felt the need to add my own playlist to the story. I would have added: “This Town” by Niall Horan and “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran (if you’ve read this book and you listen to the lyrics, I think you might agree).