Second Chance Girl

Second Chance Girl

by Susan Mallery
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Second Chance Girl by Susan Mallery

From the #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Susan Mallery, read the second irresistible installment in the Happily Inc. series!

Mathias Mitchell's easy smile hides a world of hurt. After the worst kind of family betrayal, he moves to Happily Inc., California—the wedding destination town supplies a steady stream of bridesmaids, perfect for his “no promises, no pain” lifestyle. Yet he can't stop watching for his beautiful, elusive neighbor on the animal preserve behind their homes.

Gamekeeper Carol Lund knows she's not special enough to attract an alpha male like Mathias, so his offer to help her adopt a herd for her lonely giraffe is surprising—and his determined seduction, even more so. But just as she finally welcomes him into her bed, his careless actions crush her heart. Will she give him a second chance to prove she'll always come first in his heart?

Don't miss You Say It First, the first book in Happily Inc.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780373799350
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 09/26/2017
Series: Happily Inc. Series , #2
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 1,240
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 4.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

#1 NYT bestselling author Susan Mallery writes heartwarming, humorous novels about the relationships that define our lives-family, friendship, romance. She's known for putting nuanced characters in emotional situations that surprise readers to laughter. Beloved by millions, her books have been translated into 28 languages.Susan lives in Washington with her husband, two cats, and a small poodle with delusions of grandeur. Visit her at

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Second Chance Girl 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 107 reviews.
Anonymous 9 days ago
This is a wonderful story about two sisters finding love. Carol and Mathias have to work together planning his brother and future sister-in-law's wedding. He doesn't do relationships but finds himself wanting Carol. Carol' s sister Violet reconnects with Ulrich who she danced with when she was 14. He thinks she is scamming his Grandmother. He discovers his mistake and is leaving when he has accident and Violet helps him recover. Well written characters bring everything to life. Enjoying this series and looking forward to next book. joy943
TRATLE 10 days ago
***The Fourth Mitchell Brother Falls: a Second Chance Girl for Mathias*** After his father revealed a family secret that completely destroyed Mathias Mitchell's reality, he and his brother, Ronan, left Fools Gold and moved their art studio to Happily Inc, California. On the outside, Mathias is an easy going playboy with a preference for bridesmaids "guarantee to be gone by morning". In reality, he is an exceptionally gifted artist who hides his artistic genius while struggling to recover his sense of self. Carol Lund is the atypical "girl next door". She's a gameskeeper who manages the Happily Inc Animal Preserve adjacent to Mathias' property. Carol knows she's nothing special. While she may be a friend and neighbor, in her mind, she's nothing compared to the glamorous bridesmaids Mathias hooks up with every weekend. What Carol doesn't realize is that although Mathias spends one evening with visiting bridesmaids, he spends nearly every morning watching and sketching Carol and Millie, the lone giraffe on the Animal Preserve. Carol and Millie are unwitting muses capable of reuniting Mathias' artistic passion and bringing love and trust to his heart. Second Chance Girl is the newest story in Susan Mallery's Fools Gold spinoff series, Happily, Inc. She introduced most of the main and many secondary characters in previous books. Sophie, Mathias' mother's pet beagle reappears and has a starring role in his story. Carol's sister Violet, stars in a secondary storyline where she meets her own Prince (actually Duke) Charming. I loved this book. I loved how Ms Mallery connected her previous Mitchell Brothers stories and further explained the underlying family dynamics. Second Chance Girl unites two people who never felt they were good enough, but in reality were actually better. Together they learned that love isn't about worthiness, but rather about the WILLINGNESS to be loved and to love in return.
JenLW 9 days ago
Each book in a Susan Mallery series just leaves me waiting for more. Mathias and Carol's story is no different. Both of them thinking that they are wrong for the other and finding they are perfect for each other. I really enjoyed the bonus of two for one love stories that this book offered. I can always count on Susan's books to bring a smile to my face, as well as occasional tears and laughs.
deeeee 9 days ago
Carol runs the Happily, Inc. animal preserve and has never been what one would call a “girly-girl”. Her goal is to get Millie, her lone giraffe, a herd; and although people are helping to fill her canisters, it’s just going too slowly. Matthias Mitchell is the son of a world class glass artist. Matthias has the gift, but his father squashed his “heart” so he uses his talents in other ways. But life has really been a struggle for Matthias the last few years. He has “lost” his “twin” brother Ronan and although they are close in proximity, the bond they shared growing up is gone. Carol and Matthias are neighbors and friends. Carol wants to help Matthias deal with his family issues and Matthias wants to help Carol raise the money for Millie’s herd. They begin spending more time together and the sparks begin to smolder. One night, Carol and Matthias “almost” seal the deal, and then things become awkward. Can they regain the comfort they once shared?
amyjo4AA 9 days ago
Loved this book! It was even better than the first in the series. I enjoy the fact that there is humor, romance and just a hint of what will possibly come next in future books. Happily, Inc. is on its way to being as much fun as Fool's Gold. I love that there are connections to the other books and that Mayor Marsha still has her hand in the pie somewhere....even Edie and Gladys make an appearance. They still are a hoot. Mostly, I love that it is just a good fun story to read. Keep doing your thing, Susan. Thanks.
Anonymous 10 days ago
I love Happily Inc. and it’s complex residents. After meeting Mathias Mitchell in Fool’s Gold, it was great to get to know him better in Second Chance Girl. Mathias has his demons, and he must learn to trust in love. Carol Lund, with her quirky preserve of African grazing animals, needs to overcome her self doubt. Read this book to find out if they are able to help each other past these inhibitions. As a bonus, you will also be witness to the fiery romance between Carol’s sister, Violet, and Ulrich, the Duke if Somerbrooke.
Winterguard_love 10 days ago
I LOVED this book. I found myself laughing so much with this story. Mathias has his own set of issues from his dad and his "twin" to having to deal with crazy Sophie, when he has a bit to much to drink and invites Carol over for dinner he wakes up with even more stuff he needs to figure out. Carol has it bad for Mathias but she knows she is not his usual which is a one night party with the bridesmaid that come to Happily Inc. but as usual Mallery brings you around to a happily ever after that will have you laughing and crying. I highly recommend not only this book but this author as well.
KatieSEE 10 days ago
Susan Mallory is just such an amazing story teller. Another Mitchell brother swept up. I loved Carol and Mathis and Violet and the Duke! The animals are so much fun! So many emotions happening I couldn't put the book down. A must read for everyone!!!
JameyC 10 days ago
Another must read from Susan Mallery!! This new series is amazing. Family, friends and fellowship are all woven into this heartwarming story. I definitely recommend this book, and this series! I can’t wait for the next book!!
Ashley_90 10 days ago
Second Chance Girl is a success! Second Chance Girl is Mallery's Second Chance at launching her new series set in the town of Happily Inc. and it was a success! A classic best friends and neighbors story comes to life with all of Mallery's humor and a few twists and turns along the way. One of them being Sophie the dog with a personality who adds spunk to the story. For those missing Fool's Gold still have nothing to worry about with plenty of cameos in this story. Matthias and Carol weave their way through family situations, past concerns, working toward goals, to their own Happily Inc.
LuvMyGirlsKJM2 10 days ago
A light airy romance with a bit of humor and heartache. Especially thrilled to follow two characters to their HEA. Great read for those cold winter nights fast approaching.
Tsengstock 10 days ago
Great read! Second book in the new series Happily Inc. Perfect time to snuggle with a blanket and read. You'll love Sophie the beagle and Millie the giraffe and her friends at the animal preserve. Love can be found when you least expect it! Carol and Violet are sisters, one had a crush on a Duke since her teenage trip England. The other has been heartbroken one two many times!! Very enjoyable :)
sharlp 10 days ago
The second book in the Happily Inc. series and it just gets better and better! I loved the Mitchell brothers in the Fool's Gold series and now they are appearing in this one. The whole story with Millie the giraffe is just great! Makes me wish this town was real and I could go there myself!
Alwaysahappyeverafter 10 days ago
Mathias is potential world recognised artist but after being undermined by his father his objective is skewed. Now he makes plates and bowls (they cost hundreds mind) but he could be producing pieces that make hundreds of thousands, not only does he doubt himself on an artistic level he also doubts himself on personal level. He doesn't believe he deserves to be loved. Happily Inc's, very own Gamekeeper knows she is not special, and definitely not special enough for Mathias love her. But that's okay because she has Millie to look after. A lovely book, I did think at first with the talk of Savannahs that it was based in Africa - my bad! I loved the idea of this little mad wedding town with it's escaping animals. Violet's side story was also a nice surprise, as so often these stories only have one storyline but there are several threads in this book. All ripe for the taking in the next book.
Laurie_M 11 days ago
It was a good read- surprised that there were two storylines intertwined into one book as I feel that it could have been two different books. I like reading books to escape reality but it would be nice to have thought provoking situations where I could stop reading and think "what would I do in this situation"? Overall- I would recommend this book to friends, families and strangers, it is a feel good story that leaves you with a smile on your face.
Chickie54 11 days ago
Not sure about this Happily Inc story. I did not feel like Matthias & Carol had the right chemistry. I am also tired of the Mitchell bros not really cutting Ceallach and their Mom for that matter out of their lives. I also felt like the same scene almost with Nick and Pallas when Mathias pushes Carol away and then she practically takes the blame for not passing his test of her and fighting for him.......augggghhh so frustrating. Why did Ulrich and Violet not get their own story? I liked getting to know more about the town then the main characters. Sorry Ms Mallery....this one did not hit it out of the park for me.
Candace-L 11 days ago
I finished this book over a week ago, but have struggled to write this review. I usually LOVE Susan Mallery's books but Second Chance Girl was not in my top ten. The story was enjoyable but a little lackluster compared to previous books. Less believable chemistry between characters and too many simultaneous "stories" woven throughout made it somewhat disjointed to me. I loved Millie, the giraffe and Sophie, the beagle. The inclusion of their stories brought humor, laughter, goodness and understanding to the book. Ceallach was clearly presented as an antagonistic character, as we have seen from previous books. While necessary to the plot, the degree of anger and conflict he brought to the story detracted from my enjoyment of it. Overall this was an okay read but I look forward to the next installment of the series.
RGinDC 11 days ago
Omg! Absolutely loved it. I actually liked it better than the first book in the series. Brought me more into the world and I absolutely fell in love with the characters. It has become one of my favorites already.
MelissaReadsManyBooks 11 days ago
I'm loving this experience of seeing the talented Mitchell brothers fall in love, one by one! Each one is very special, and Mathias is no exception. Once again, Susan Mallery's descriptions of the art are breathtaking. You can almost see it! As a person who is shy and doesn't feel very special, it was great to see Carol get the attention of a wonderful man like Mathias. Of course, just because Carol doesn't feel special doesn't mean she isn't: she runs an animal preserve filled with exotic animals. Carol has a special bond with Millie the giraffe, and she works hard to raise money to buy Millie a herd so that she can have a better life. As Carol and Mathias fall in love, Carol's sister Violet also falls in love with a Duke. If you read the first book in this series, you'll remember Violet as the button seller. While it was fun to see both women fall in love, it felt like Violet's story could have been explored a little more. I have to say that I hope at some point the evil Ceallach Mitchell gets his comeuppance. It can't come soon enough! And while it is nice for him that his wife is supportive, it comes at a price for their children. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
mrose1 12 days ago
Love this new series. I enjoy reading about characters from previous book and look forward to catching up with certain characters in future books. Second chances and happy endings make reading Susan Mallery a wonderful escape.
rphdarla 13 days ago
A big thumbs up for the second installment in Susan Mallery's new series set in the charming small town of Happily Inc. I actually enjoyed this story a bit more than the first Happily Inc book that was released earlier this summer. Now that we are getting to know the town and the regular characters a little bit more, it is fun to see the romances that develop and then leave you craving for the next book. Another of the artist brothers, Mathias, shares love and romance with Carol--their story will make you laugh and cry and get mad and laugh again. Intertwined was the story of Violet and her Prince, as well as a cute animal lover story of Millie the giraffe finding her happiness with a new herd. Thoroughly enjoyable, uniquely well written, Susan Mallery knows how to deliver great romance and the happily ever after that we have all come to love.
Targa12 13 days ago
Second Chance Girl kept me turning pages. Mathias and Carol are great friends and they each are very attracted to the other but neither of them want to ruin their friendship by taking their relationship to the next level. Both of them are strong, likable characters. This book also has the added bonus of Carol’s sister, Violet, and Ulrich’s story. A Duke and a button collector that come together over his misunderstanding of why his grandmother is sending packages to Violet. I loved both sister’s stories and can’t wait for the next book – which I hope will be Ronan’s story.
mvig6036 13 days ago
I have really enjoyed the Happily Inc series, It has been a really nice replacement for a lot of my favorite series that have ended. So Far Mathis and Carol are my favorite. I love books that can make me both laugh and cry. I can't wait for the next book in the series.
KristyannM 13 days ago
I think I'm in love with Happily, Inc! I really enjoyed the second novel set in this lovely town. The Mitchell brothers are a great source of all sorts of entertainment, as always. I loved the parallel sister stories especially, following both Carol and Violet on their paths to happily ever after. All around great characters, humor, romance, drama, giraffes, and (bonus!) a crazy beagle! I can't wait for the next installment! Disclosure: I received an advance copy of this book, in exchange for my honest review.
Cgrono 13 days ago
Susan Mallory has done it again with another heartwarming story of two sisters who fall in love in Second Chance Girl. Carol and Mathias make a wonderful couple. Mathias is an artist who works with glass and spends mornings drawing pictures of Carol's giraffe, Millie, and I am sure Carol as well. Carol has an animal reserve near Mathias's home. The other sister, Violet, fell for an English Duke, Ulrich. She met him years ago when she an awkward teenager at a dance in England at his estate. Violet remembers every detail and Ulrich does not rmember her at all. He originally came to confront Violet thinking she was taking money or items from the family estate in England. Instead his grandmother and her friends were selling Violet buttons. Violet has a successful button company, which of course she can do anywhere in the world. Ulrich had to apologize and took her to dinner. They were attracted to each other and so the romance continued. I love seeing the romantic relationships blossom and dynamics between the Mitchell brothers but cringe when the father Ceallach enters the scene. He has such gifted and caring andlovable sons, but doesn't appreciate them, respect, or acknowledge their talent. As an artist himself, he should know how much praise is appreciated and all he does is criticize and ignore them. I want to SHAKE him!! I am looking forward to the next budding romance between Natalie and Ronan as the Happily Inc story continues.