26 May 2022

Second Chance at Happiness | Excerpt + Giveaway

JustRead Publicity Tours


After Catherine Reed’s husband dies in a tragic logging accident, Catherine and her four-year-old daughter, Clair, move home with Clair’s mother and brother in order to accept a new position as the teacher for the town’s one-room schoolhouse. But Catherine carries a dark secret that she hasn’t even shared with her mother. Will she ever find forgiveness?

Samuel Harris has suffered his own loss, losing his wife and unborn child over a year prior. Although he is the town’s preacher, he struggles to trust God, blaming God for allowing him to be absent when his wife died. The guilt has burdened him ever since. But when his old flame Catherine Reed comes back to town, he wonders if they can find healing together.

Catherine believes that anyone who wants to learn should be allowed to learn, but she is quick to find a town divided on that issue. As she and Samuel set out to change people’s minds in a post-Civil War era, they find themselves drawn to each other over and over again. As they join together for the same cause, could they also find a second chance at happiness?

Publisher: Ambassador International
Release Date: April 12, 2022


Turning mechanically, she watched as a tall man with sagging shoulders limped toward them through the steam from the train’s engine. Catherine sucked in her breath as she recognized him. She would know that crooked smile anywhere, though the limp was new. Samuel Harris, her old beau, was coming toward her. They hadn’t seen each other since she and John had run off together. What in the world was he doing here? She felt her face warm as he locked eyes with her. Seeing him brought back old memories. John. Her heart ached for her husband. She had fallen head over heels in love with him the first moment she saw him. She was only eighteen when she and John had married. They had moved almost immediately to the lumber camp. John insisted on making his own way in the world and wanted to provide a good future for her and Clair. He had provided for them for several years, and they had lived quite happily in the home provided by the lumber company.


Greta Picklesimer is Michigan-born and raised by Kentucky-transplanted parents. She accepted Jesus as her Savior at the age of five—a happy day in her memory. Besides writing, Greta spends time working on her art journal, painting with watercolors and oil pastels. She is owned by one rescue cat by the name of Pearlie Blue who was named after her father’s favorite Bluegrass song. By day Greta works as an office assistant. By night, she writes.


(1) winner will receive a print copy of Second Chance at Happiness and a spiral-bound notebook with a picture of the cover of the book on it!

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight May 24, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on May 31, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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  1. thanks for being part of the tour!

  2. I like the except that includes the moment when Catherine and Samuel see each other for the first time in years.