"Engaging romantic suspense tale"
When his abhorrent stepfather Max Strongman decides to
drill for oil on the family ranch in Alberta, Dylan McLean
is outraged by the potential environmental harm to the
McLean property. Dylan organizes a protest, but a scuffle
occurs and an innocent girl is killed. Dylan feels
culpable because he arranged the demonstration that led to
the death of the teenager. Unable to cope with what
happened, Dylan leaves town with no warning just before he
is to marry Cathleen Shannon.
Two years later, a rodeo injury sidelines Dylan who begins
to ponder what happened on that fatal day. He postulates
who is the killer and decides it is time to prove his
innocence to Cathleen. Rather then pine, Cathleen opened
up the bed and breakfast that she once thought she would
manage with Dylan. She rejects Dylan's efforts to reenter
her life, but still gives him a place to sleep, albeit her
barn. As he atones for what he did to her, their love
flourishes, but Cathleen fears Dylan will just leave again.
SECOND CHANCE PROPOSAL, the first of three consecutive
months of Shannon sisters' tales, is an engaging romantic
suspense tale that grips the readers from the start.
Though some readers will feel sorry for Dylan as a flawed
person unable to cope with the tragedy, others will dub him
a loser especially as Cathleen is one heck of an
individual, making his desertion even less tolerable.
Still C.J. Carmichael opens her trilogy with a strong
second chance at love tale that whets the appetite of fans
anxiously awaiting the next two releases.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 29, 2002
Two years ago, almost everyone in Canmore, Alberta, thought
Dylan McLean was responsible for the death of a teenage
girl on his father's ranch. Only Cathleen Shannon believed
he was innocent.
Then he left her at the altar and fled town. Now Dylan has
returned and he wants a second chance--from the townspeople
Having been jilted on her wedding day, Cathleen is furious
when Dylan shows up asking for assistance. But that doesn't
mean she wants him paying for a crime he didn't commit. So
maybe she will help him clear his name.
A second chance at love, though? That's out of the
question. Or is it?