Wednesday, August 31, 2016

One Small Chance by Lucinda Whitney {Review with Giveaways}

One Small Chance by Lucinda Whitney
Paperback, First Edition , 182 pages
Publication: August 31st 2016 by Lange House Press
One city of two million people and only three months to find her.
What are his chances?

Isabel Antunes is content with her life as director of the English Academy in Lisbon. Then she’s hit by a man on a bike—a man her boss just hired to be her assistant. Despite Simon Ackerley’s repeated assurances to the contrary, Isabel believes he’s after her position, but she won’t hand it over without a fight. As if dealing with him all week is not enough, he shows up at church as well. Her only solace is in writing to the pen pal she knows as “Elliot”.

Simon Ackerley told his father that he was moving to Lisbon for the job. But that isn’t the only reason. Simon is looking for Amélie, the pen pal he’s written for fifteen years. A woman he knows everything about—except her real name and address. 

When the biking accident reveals that Simon’s prickly co-worker Isabel is the elusive Amélie, he knows he has to win her trust before he can confess his true identity. If only he could tell her the actual reason why he’s come, he’s sure Isabel would treat him differently. But she’s not ready for the truth.

One Small Chance is a standalone novella of 43,000 words and it’s set in Lisbon, Portugal. It’s a clean and wholesome contemporary LDS romance.
My Review: 5 Stars
If I were to describe this story in one word, it would be hopeful. Simon is so hopeful that he'll be able to find his longtime pen pal, Amelie, while on a short-term job in Lisbon. And he literally runs right in to her. What are the chances? Isabel is worried about her job when Simon shows up, thinking he's there to replace her, but as time goes by, she's hopeful they can forge a lasting friendship...or more.
How often do we miss out on some great thing because of the packaging or our preconceived ideas? Simon isn't a drop-dead gorgeous man, but he and Isabel have connected through their souls for years. It's frustrating to see her miss out because she can only see what she wants to see. Each of these characters brings something to the table and they complement and balance each other so well. I really liked them and the way they gradually came to realize the truth. 
There is an added element of mild suspense, which is the true reason why Simon is there and I thought that brought a nice depth to the story. This story has a nice "You've Got Mail" feel to it, with enough twists to definitely make it stand out.  Although a novella, I found that it was thorough enough to really warm the reader's heart and left me feeling very satisfied.

Content: mild romance; mild religious elements, specific to the LDS faith; very mild violence. Clean!

*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*


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About the Author:

Lucinda WhitneyLucinda Whitney was born and raised in Portugal, where she received a Master’s degree from the University of Minho in Braga, in Portuguese/English teaching.
She lives in northern Utah with her husband and four children. When she’s not reading and writing, she can be found with a pair of knitting needles, or tending her herb garden.
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