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The Second Ending

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This book was not for me. I found it repetitive and not engaging. I found myself reading quickly to be onto the next.

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I felt that this book was a really good palette cleaner and was a lighthearted read. It was humorous at times. I don’t feel like I connected with any of the characters so I lost focus at times. Overall this was a good read.

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What a delight it is to read a story about the possibility of a new life for an older woman who no longer believed in herself and had given up the idea of pursuing her dreams.

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This book reminded me of a Hallmark movie. Classic and cute, without being too cheesy. I enjoyed the story and the character development, and I would consider picking up this book again. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for granting my "wish" to read this book!

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I really enjoyed this contemporary fiction novel that came out last year, thank you to @netgalley for the ARC. Prudence was a child prodigy on the piano but in her late forties she finds herself adrift after becoming an empty nester. When her husband tracks down her beloved piano she finds herself in the spotlight again as she’s invited to compete on a dueling pianos TV show. But secrets from her past come to the surface and her ex-husband tries to blackmail her for money.

Alexi Petrov is Prudence’s competitor on the show and we follow his story as well as he tries to break free from the pressure of his demanding parents. This is a light-hearted read with some deeper, thoughtful moments. One of my favorite things about it is that it mostly takes place in Scottsdale, AZ, the area I grew up in. It’s always fun to see references to places you’re familiar with in books. This had more language than I prefer, including a fair amount of f words, but no steam or violence. Overall it was a great read!

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Very deep yet also some light humor. I found it slow and didn’t necessarily leave me wanting to run and grab it every chance I got. Still a good book I just tend to gravitate towards really fast gripping books.

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A retired child prodigy and a young musician, both with baggage to go with their extraordinary musical talent. They engage in a dueling piano competition. I liked the characters and the storyline. Kept me interested to the final page.

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The author uses her knowledge of music and piano to create a dazzling story in which former piano prodigy Prudence Childs realizes that “the music would never let me down...the power to live the life of my dreams is, quite literally, in my hands.” Endearing and likeable, Prudence has a magical, interpretative skill when it comes to playing the piano, and I found myself cheering for this talented woman to conquer her mid-life crisis. This novel so entertaining due to each quirky character is connected to Prudence, often in unpredictable ways. There were several surprises, and it felt like an impending trainwreck in the best sense. Most of the chapters ended with some kind of cliffhanger that made me want to read “just a few more pages.”
Music plays a major role in this novel with the concept of dueling pianists. In a fun bit of homage, each chapter is titled with the name of a song or piece of music – from rock to classical to pop. I appreciated the novel’s humor, as each plot revelation creates even more of a tangled web. I couldn’t wait to find out how it all turned out.
While I enthusiastically recommend this brilliant novel, be sure nothing stops you from reading this laugh-out-loud novel that combines humor and drama into a heartwarming sonata. Thanks to netgalley, the author and publisher.

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I DNF-ed this book. Didn't like it that much to continue reading. I tried picking it up again twice but sadly gave it up :( too many books to read and too little time

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I’ve seen lots of great reviews for this one, but it just didn’t do it for me. I had trouble getting into the book and ended up skimming through it to finish.

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Thanks to Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine and NetGalley for the advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review. As a musician, I really enjoyed this humorous book. I'll definitely read more by Michelle Hoffman in the future!

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The writing is solid, creating a vivid atmosphere, but the plot is a mix of captivating moments and predictability. Characters are well-developed, though some lack depth. Pacing fluctuates, making it a decent but not outstanding read.

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This book kept me reading. I was intrigued throughout it. I wasn’t sure where the story was going to go, I thought the characters were well written. I found myself wanting to read it again. Thank you NetGalley and the publishers for sharing this read with me.

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Review: The Second Ending by Michelle Hoffman 4.5⭐️

The Second Ending follows two main characters - Prudence, a child prodigy who is now an empty nester looking for her purpose, and Alexei, a young virtuoso searching for his passion - as they compete in a piano duel on live tv.

While Prudence is the born talent and Alexis is the hard work talent, they have similar struggles to find their true identities and discover their second endings. It’s a heartwarming novel filled with quirky and unique characters, humor, and fun.

There is a lot going on in this book - New characters are constantly introduced in addition to backstories. But the author seamlessly weaved all the stories back to the two main characters and present day plot. It kept the book moving and was so entertaining.

If you play and appreciate music, I think you’ll love this even more. I can’t read a note but I still adored how music tied everything together.

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I love books about music, so I was delighted to receive a copy of The Second Ending by Michelle Hoffman. This book about former prodigy Prudence Childs navigating adulthood is one that kept me turning the pages. Former rival Alexei is also an engaging character.

Many thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for sharing this book with me. All thoughts are my own.

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“The Second Ending” if you want a character-driven book fully of zany people and multiple POVs. It’s not action packed, but it’s fun!

Former child prodigy Prudence Childs agrees to compete on a dueling piano reality TV show — and then her ex-husband shows up to blackmail her. Her competition on the show is a Russian virtuoso whose parents have ensured his entire life was dedicated to his craft. The book alternates between their perspectives leading up to the competition.

I found this storyline really unique and engaging, and I love that the author is a former reporter for the Arizona Republic. I thought the characters were really well done, and I loved the subtle humor throughout this one. That’s not easy to pull off.

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I enjoyed this quirky and fun story- it was fast paced with interesting characters and a lovely story line. It brought delight to my heart. I can’t wait to read more from this author!

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Prudence Childs was a child prodigy. Her grandmother exploited this and Prudence spent her youth traveling and performing. Once she was old enough she ran away and supported herself writing jingles for commercials. One specific jingle earned her a fortune. But was it truly her work, or did she steal it?

At 48, Prudence decides it’s time to unpack her past and agrees to compete on a TV show- dueling pianos. She never could predict what happens personally and professionally as she is scrutinized and blackmailed, but eventually comes out conqueror. As a pianist I enjoyed the musical references and watching how the story unfolded.

Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

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Reminded me of similar vibes to Kevin Wilson’s books and Where’d You Go, Bernadette. Enjoyable and fun romp!

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Thank you Netgalley and the publishers for this ARC for an exchange for an honest review.

Enjoyed this book very much.

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