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Monday, October 28, 2019

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 About the Book

Book: Second Chances
Author: Shirley Quiring Mozena
Genre: Family and relationships/Death, Grief, Bereavement
Release Date: September, 2012
Second ChancesWhen Shirley and Bill set out on a dream trip in the beautiful northwest wilderness to celebrate their 40th anniversary, what develops is a nightmare that has no end. Mysterious pangs turn into a vicious virus that makes its way into Bill’s body. Shirley finds comfort through her Savior during the six months of Bill’s illness—an illness which eventually takes his life.
After a time, Shirley’s heart aches for companionship. Little does she know that living a few miles from her home, a widower mourns the loss of his wife of 32 years. They meet and fall hopelessly in love, and their love takes them on a two-year journey of joy and adventure until once again overwhelming heartbreak rocks Shirley’s world. This is a story of faith and courage to strengthen your own soul.
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About the Author

Shirley mozenaShirley Quiring Mozena is an outdoors woman, musician, amateur chef, and former elementary music teacher and librarian. She has survived the hardest test of her faith and now works with others grieving the loss of loved ones.

More from Shirley

They told me there was no hope. How could that be? I’d already lost one husband. Would I have to lose another? We’d had so little time!
Four years earlier—nearly to the day—my high school sweetheart and father of my two children had died. We’d gone through so many struggles. Our marriage was nearly broken. Through courage in facing our faults and selfishness, our marriage was restored. And then, after a six month battle with a terrible virus, my husband died.
I’d never dreamed I’d love again, but it happened. Sx months after our first date, we were married.  It seemed like we were still on our honeymoon when the next tragedy happened. Just like that, he was gone.
And then I knew the story needed to be told. For myself. For my children. For anyone who wanted to know. It’s a story of second chances in a restored marriage. In love. In hope for the future and God’s sustaining love and comfort. A story to strengthen your own soul.


What I liked most about this book was how much faith was shared throughout the story. The book  is emotional and I have to say I cried through some of it. Her first husband was a gem. They shared many years together and I enjoyed reading about their marriage. When he became ill, I was heartbroken. I know first hand how difficult it is to take care of someone who is ill. 

This book did bring back some memories of my mom and dad. After my mom passed away, my father threw away all the pictures of my brothers and I from baby through childhood. He sold the house and within six months had remarried. It was very difficult when he called to tell me he had remarried. I can understand how the author's son felt when his mom remarried.

The author was blessed with a new husband who was very grounded in faith. I think their relationship was very strong and it was nice to read how happy they were. Their travels were fun and adventurous and reminded me of how God gives us the desires of our heart.  The trip to South Africa was very interesting and intrigued me enough that I looked it up on Google. What a majestic place God has made. They were happy and enjoying their life together.  

The hardest part of the book for me was how the author suffered a devastating lose so close after losing her first husband. We don't know why God allows some things to happen, but we do know that he is there to comfort us. I appreciate the author sharing her story and how encouraging she is to others. 

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.

Blog Stops

Avid Reader Nurse, October 21
For the Love of Literature, October 21 (Author Interview)
Quiet Quilter, October 27
Texas Book-aholic, October 28
janicesbookreviews, October 30
Andrea Christenson, October 31 (Author Interview)
A Reader’s Brain, November 1


To celebrate her tour, Shirley is giving away the grand prize package of a copy of Beyond Second Chances and a $25 Amazon gift card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


  1. What I really like about stories like this? In spite of the deep grief someone goes through in tradegy, how a person clings tightly to their faith in the Lord. I can't even imagine Shirley's thoughts and feelings with the death of two husbands. But I love how stories like this show you hope in darkest times.

    Thank you for sharing your review, Deanna!

  2. What a tough situation to go through. Thanks for sharing your experience.

  3. This sounds good. Having been through a very difficult loss myself, I know how faithful God is--and it's good to be reminded.

  4. Your book sounds great and I'm glad I got to learn about it. Thank you!

  5. Sounds like this would be a great addition to our church library! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Thank you for sharing your lovely review of Second Chances. It sounds like an emotional and wonderful read.