We don’t always get them when we want them. Sometimes not even when we feel we deserve them. And we’re not always inclined to favor others with them, when we’re in the position to make that decision.
In my latest book, second chances come into play when tech mogul billionaire Daniel Thorne’s estranged father comes back into his life, and Daniel has to decide whether he’ll forgive him for a multitude of sins. It’s not just the one incident – his father’s disappearance – but a lifetime of belittlement and misunderstandings.
As you might guess if you read it, this has been somewhat of a personal struggle for me. When, and how, do you forgive? At what point do you put yourself on the line, risking your own comfort and happiness, in order to give someone else a second chance?
If there are any Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans out there, you might remember this little tidbit of wisdom Giles offered up in the episode “I Only Have Eyes for You:”
“To forgive is an act of compassion, Buffy. It’s not done because people deserve it. It’s done because they need it.”
Maybe this sounds silly, but I think about that a lot. Growing up I was always taught that forgiveness was a virtue, but I was never taught why. I was never taught to think of it in terms of giving people something – a gift – to relieve their burden of guilt.
I’m starting to see things a little differently now. But it’s not an overnight process. Deciding to forgive someone takes time, and a lot of heartache. And giving people a second chance, especially when they’ve hurt you or let you down in the past, is hard. I’m still struggling with some of those decisions today. I still believe that it’s not always necessary, or advisable, to give someone a second chance. But now, I’m not sure what merits that decision anymore.
Writing a book about forgiveness and second chances was hard. Especially because I knew it needed to end on a happy note – but I didn’t want it to be too facile. I needed a resolution that didn’t seem unrealistic. It was a fine line to walk, but ultimately I’m happy with the result.
Can you think of a time when you decided to give someone a second chance, and you were glad you did? Tell me about it in the comments! Up for grabs is a $20 Amazon Gift Card! Simply answer the question here and then click the Rafflecopter link to be taken to the giveaway page!
Type: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Self Pub
This book is a standalone followup to the Top 100 Nook and Kindle Store bestseller I Married a Billionaire and I Married a Billionaire: Lost & Found.
Writing billionaire tech mogul Daniel Thorne’s official biography is no small task. His wife Maddy isn’t quite sure how it fell on her shoulders – but she’s not exactly complaining. It’s given her a rare opportunity to learn about the details of Daniel’s life that he’s never shared with her before. After a rocky beginning, their relationship has finally settled into something comforting and secure. After a while, Maddy begins to reconsider her once-staunch decision not to have children.
Then, one night, a ghost from Daniel’s past appears.
His father, believed to be dead, has come back in hopes of repairing their relationship. Daniel is devastated by the years-long deception, and suspicious of his father’s motives in reappearing after so much time. Old Mr. Thorne has his reasons for disappearing, but how can he possibly repair a relationship that’s been so badly fractured by distance and lies? Meanwhile, Maddy gets some unexpected news of her own, and she realizes she must find a way to reach her husband and his father, to knit them all together into a family again.
Melanie Marchande is a young writer who loves creating fun, flirty, and occasionally steamy stories about two people realizing they just can’t live without each other. If you’d like to read more from her, please leave a review letting her know what you liked about the book so she knows what to write next.
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