Something Old

· The Second Chance Shop Book 1 · Winding Path Books
4 reviews

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How do you find the strength to start again? 


Madeline’s world caves in when her husband, daughter, and sister are ripped away in one fell swoop.


Trapped in a limbo of grief and loneliness, she realizes that to survive, she needs to fight her way back to some kind of life.


She throws her belongings into storage, sells her house, and heads to a new-to-her small town. There she invests every dime she has to open what had been her and her daughter’s shared dream: an upscale secondhand, consignment, and upcycling store. It has to work, or else—No. She can’t think about that. It has to work.


The birth of Madeline’s heart-healing Second Chance Shop is not without pain. And the clock is ticking on whether the shop can support her. Still, she is floored to find things she’d lost hope of ever experiencing again: laughter, dear friends—including a fat, slightly cantankerous cat and a distinguished old yellow lab—and surprising moments of joy. 


She even has a second chance for love.


If she’s brave enough—and if she can come to terms with her loss, shed her guilt, and fully embrace living. 

If you enjoy emotionally compelling stories about family relationships, women’s friendships, romance for women over forty, and the pets who bring us so much joy, you’re going to love USA Today bestselling author Ev Bishop’s The Second Chance Shop, a brand-new small-town contemporary romance series about overcoming heartbreak, starting over later in life, and finding home again. . . . 

4 reviews
Mary kenny
February 15, 2021
I just loved meeting Ev Bishop’s newest characters in this heartwarming small town story. Ev has a knack for drawing us into the lives of her characters as they experience life with all of its surprises and challenges. Something Old expands on the ever increasing cast of characters, which we were introduced to in the delightful River’s Sigh B&B series. I always feel as if I have caught up on old friends when I read Ev’s books. Our newest friend is Madeleine, who we are eager to find out more about from the very first page. Madeleine’s story unfolds on its own merits, whether or not you’ve met any of Ev’s other characters. You’ll admire her as she journeys through her pain to hope and love. I’m already looking forward to the next book in this new series.
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Viper Spaulding
February 9, 2021
Emotionally charged friends-to-lovers romance! Both Madeline and Grant are close to fifty and each is still adjusting to unwanted changes in their lives. Madeline was devastated when her husband, daughter, and sister were killed three years before, while Grant is still reeling from the way his wife left him around the same time his father died. Madeline is starting over in Grant's hometown, and their rocky friendship is raw and genuine as Madeline suffers no fools, not even the surly Grant whose default setting is abrasive, almost borderline hostile. Watching these two gradually find a quiet joy in their friendship was absolutely breathtaking. I loved the gentle way their friendship weathered a few thoughtless confrontations, showing that grieving and moving on is not always smooth and pretty. There's a real sense of authenticity throughout the book, and I really enjoyed the entire journey. Madeline and Grant get a very sweet HEA and we're given a few hints about the next story in this series which I am now looking forward to reading. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
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Angela Dorsey
February 14, 2021
I LOVED this book! The story is thoughtful, emotional, and entertaining, and Ev Bishop’s story timing is impeccable. The characters are so well portrayed, especially Madeline. She’s so strong and devastated and funny and philosophical and quirky. Grant is wonderfully genuine and a great love interest. I also liked that it was so sweet and clean, and yet was not even close to shallow. The ‘third storage unit’ scene completely gutted me on a deep level, and I loved how Madeline so authentically came to terms with her previous loss, which wasn’t so much resolved by the end but changed to a different kind of grief, one where she welcomed her memories. The development of her acceptance was very well done and natural. I read an ARC copy and this is an unbiased review.
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About the author

Ev Bishop is an award-winning, USA Today bestselling author, best known for her binge-worthy small-town contemporary romances. Readers describe her books as “full of humor, love and wisdom,” set in places “where breathtaking scenery and the magic of love are the best medicine for the soul.”


She is shocked (in the best of ways!) to have fourteen published novels under her belt because writing stories for a living has been her fantasy job ever since she was a little kid. Dreams do come true. 


A weird (and delightful—ha-ha!) combination of complete, head-in-the-clouds, always dreaming romantic and hard slogging survivalist-pragmatist, Ev loves the outdoors (especially water), any and all garden-related talk and work, cooking (and eating!), and making all sorts of random things—especially out of upcycled or reclaimed items. 


She hopes you love Madeline in Something Old as much as she does and that you’ll catch up with her and Gwen in Something New, The Second Chance Shop, Book 2.

Enjoy other books by Ev Bishop today:


Something Old

Something New (forthcoming)

Something Borrowed (forthcoming)

Something Blue (forthcoming)

Something True (forthcoming)


RIVER’S SIGH B & B series

Wedding Bands



Hook, Line & Sinker

Silver Bells


One to Keep

The Catch



Bigger Things

A Sharla Brown Christmas



Christmas Sisters

Christmas Dreams 



The Present

Drummer Boy

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