Another book review because the amazing authors out there who have written books for me to lose myself in deserve praise shouted from the rooftops! That, annnnnd they let me read their books early if I tell all my friends what I thought about it.
Amy Matayo is an author whom I became acquainted with when I read a novella collection that one of my favorite authors was part of. Then I won a copy of Amy’s novel, Sway, and was hooked on her writing. This newest book, The Thirteenth Chance, was one I couldn’t put down!
But I’ve also learned that bad decisions don’t make a bad man. Everyone has a past full of mistakes they would like to undo, and everyone has a future full of errors ready and waiting for them.
I love it when a feel-good novel brings home hard truths that we all need to hear. Messing up is a part of life, but forgiving is the part that we all struggle with and need to work on.
In this book, a professional baseball player, Will, who has plenty of mess-ups in his past, enlists the help of his goody-two-shoes, elementary school teacher neighbor, Olivia, to help him straighten out his reputation. Neither one of them expects the chain of events that follow that first fateful meeting in the dark of night, with Olivia wearing blue flannel pants while wielding a screwdriver. Amy Matayo has managed to capture with hilarity the antics of an ordinary woman who is content to be herself and the reactions of the man who finds her irresistible even when nothing in him wants to.
Did you know you can physically feel your self-image detach itself, suspend in front of you, and fall away? Well you can. You really can.
I laughed out loud so many times while reading this novel. I had to try to explain to those around me why I was laughing more than once, and the joy that bubbled up in me because of Amy’s skillfully written words stayed with me long after I put this book down. You won’t regret your decision to read this book! Truly.
You can get it on Amazon tomorrow, September 26th!