As an author, I don’t always get the story right the first time. In that aspect, writing often reminds me a lot of life in general. We start out thinking we know what is going to happen next, but then the characters (or life) throw us a curveball and we adjust our path to compensate. I think this may be why I adore second chance romances so much. While my own happily ever after romance story is more of a friends-to-more, second chances are my absolute favorite. I find myself writing them time and again because I love the themes that keep coming up.
I’m currently rewriting a story for the third time. I’ve liked each version that I wrote, but something was missing. It didn’t have that special oomph that I knew it needed. This last rewrite is coming along nicely, and I just passed the halfway mark. I finally feel like I’ve gotten it right. Through trial and error, perseverance, nudges from God, and sheer stubbornness, I’ve kept at this story because these characters have something they need to say. They refuse to give up on their second chance for love and forgiveness. Tenley is especially tenacious, which shouldn’t be much of a surprise considering her brother Brody has the same character trait. It must run in the family.
You’ll get a chance to meet Brody in my upcoming Love Inspired book, which I just received my official title for.
Brody also has a second chance at love. But to hold onto it, he’ll have to learn to trust the woman who broke his heart. He needs to rewrite the path he’s chosen for himself and find room for the path God laid out for him. It’s not an easy thing to do, rewriting yourself into a better version of who you are or who you think you should be.
Thankfully, God’s typewriter never runs out of ribbon. His fingers never tire on the keyboard, and He’s always there to guide us. Even through a second (or third, fourth, fifth…) chance.
I remember hearing someone say that love is a choice you make every day. I didn’t understand it then, but I get it now.
How have second chances affected your life?