Take a Chance on Me

Kathryn R.

Moving to Hicklam is the last thing Gloria wants to do, but, after spending years as a recluse with crippling panic attacks, it may be her final hope at having a normal life. After a trauma forces her to give up everything, an alternative therapy may be her only chance at regaining her life. Staying in Hicklam is the last thing Grayson wants to do, but he cannot let the Edison Theater sink on his watch. If he can get one successful season, maybe he can save it and get his life—and Broadway career—back. As Gloria is on the verge of healing, what may save the Edison may break her. If she protects herself, it may cost Grayson everything. This may be one chance too big to take.

An emotional read from page one, ‘Take a Chance on Me” is a raw and poignant tale of modern issues. Ms. Biel manages to take today’s common issues, such as PTSD and loss, and normalize them in a way few authors do, subjects many experience but few medias portray. That being said, this novel is an emotional rollercoaster that can be both draining and frustrating. There is also little warning for the sensitive topics it explores. Every page brings new anxieties and hurdles to overcome, to the point the novel can be more work than enjoyment.  The story can be repetitive while the romantic plot is fairly predictable despite the characters’ obvious chemistry.  Overall, the novel is a solid read that can be rewarding. 

Arec Rain