I don’t know who recommended it to me. If it was you, please let me know so I can say thanks, but at some point, I put The Season of Second Chances by Diane Meier on my Bookmooch list, and I’m very glad I did.  The Season of Second Chances by Diane Meier

The book started a little slow for me – it took me a while to really care about Joy, the protagonist, but, well, that’s kind of the point.  She’s pretty closed off. Pretty walled up. I can understand that place. I’ve lived it.

But then, the walls begin to crack. She buys a beautiful old house, invites someone in to restore it, and begins to open.  I can understand that, too.

I really enjoyed this book – because Joy is an academic, because there is an old house involved, and because it is a story of a woman  coming to know herself a bit later and love her life.  I’ve lived that story.

But I also appreciate the book because it allows for all types of women to be feminists – women who care about their appearance, women who are married with children, women who are single without children, women who are gay and who are straight.  And there’s no militance – although I’d have no issue with that either – but there is strength, and mentoring, and community.  I just love that.

And did I mention there’s an old house that gets fixed up? . . . I love that, too.

So if you’re looking for an easy-to-read book about strong women that includes real characters, real community, and real change, I highly recommend The Season of Second Chances.

Have you read Meier’s novel?  Any other books about strong women that you’d recommend? Books about old houses? 😉