Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Second Chance at Two Love Lane (Two Love Lane #3), by Kieran Kramer

St. Martin's Press, ISBN 9781250111081, August 2018

Ella Mancini is one of the three partners in the matchmaking agency Two Love Lane in Charleston, South Carolina, but once upon at time, she was a young actress in New York City, just starting out. But she was in love with Hank Rogers, and turned down what could have been her big break, in order to stay with him.

Then he got his big break, took it, and left.

He's now a big star, and Ella's acting is in local community theater. Ella is happy, successful in her new field, and respected in her community, but at some level she's never gotten over Hank.

Now Hank is coming to Charleston to shoot a movie, co-starring with Samantha Davis, an actor they both admired even ten years ago, when they were still together.

Hank has never really gotten over Ella, either, and there's a small speaking part that has suddenly opened up again.

This is very nicely done, without an excess of oversimplification of the issues and challenges between them, and with a nice ensemble of good and likable characters. These include not only Ella's partners and family, but cast and crew on the movie, a Two Love Lane client,and others.

Both Hank's and Ella's careers are treated with respect.

I enjoyed this. Recommended.

I received a free electronic galley of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.