Book Author: Sarah Ready
Book Cover Art and Illustration: Elizabeth Turner Stokes
Book Interior Art: Sarah Ready
Audiobook Narrator: Erin Mallon
Book Publisher: W.W. Crown an Imprint of Swift and Lewis Publishing, LLC
Publisher Website: www.wwcrown.com
Author Website: www.sarahready.com
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Book Copyright: Sarah Ready 2023
Book Page Count: 352 pages
Book Available in: Paperback, Jacketed Hardcover, eBook, Large Print, and Audiobook
Book Category: Fiction: Romance; Fiction: Romantic Comedy; Fiction: Chicklit; Fiction: Women’s Fiction
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-954007-45-1
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-954007-43-7
Large Print ISBN: 978-1-954007-44-4
eBook ISBN: 978-1-954007-42-0
Audiobook ISBN: 978-1-954007-46-8
Author Sarah Ready writes contemporary romance and romantic comedy. Her books have been described as “euphoric”, “heartwarming” and “laugh out loud”. Her debut novel The Fall in Love Checklist was hailed as “the unicorn read of 2020”. Sarah writes stand-alone romcoms and romcoms in the Soul Mates in Romeo series.
The highly anticipated sequel to romcom Josh and Gemma Make a Baby.
Everything is about to change.
Gemma Jacobs has life figured out. She’s upbeat, positive to a fault, and the master of her own destiny. She has a wonderful career in social media marketing, lives in a trendy apartment with her fiancé Josh Lewenthal, and is pregnant with their much-loved baby.
Her life is wonderful. Absolutely perfect.
What really comes after the happily ever after?
Josh Lewenthal is laid-back, fun-loving, and always finds the humor in life. He writes a wildly successful web comic series, and can’t wait to marry Gemma—the woman of his dreams.
His life is amazing. Terrific.
What happens when everything changes?
Suddenly Josh and Gemma’s lives are turned upside down, and their love and their future together are at risk. They realize their happily ever after isn’t the end, it’s just the beginning—and now they have to fight for it.
They confront a devastating separation, the return of world-infamous Ian Fortune, and the question of whether or not their love can truly survive when everyone says...it’s already gone.
Captivating, gripping, and full of unexpected twists and turns, this love story yanks you into what happens after the happily ever after.
"Watching Josh and Gemma find each other the first time was a joy. Witnessing the unpredictable, beautiful journey they face to fall in love the second time around? Pure magic. This book is such a gift!"
“Josh and Gemma the Second Time Around is a special, unique treat that proves romcoms can be realistic and still make your heart melt!”
“ In this sequel to Josh and Gemma Make a Baby (2022), Ready continues his story of a couple as they face major changes
in their lives.
The author begins this novel where the last one left off, with her two main characters, Gemma Jacobs and Josh
Lewenthal, poised on the brink of a perfect life. Gemma has a career in social media marketing, Josh is an author, and the
two are deliriously in love with a baby on the way; they’re about to be married in a ceremony with Gemma’s extended,
loving family in attendance. They’ve put the shocking events of the previous novel behind them, which involved an
encounter with Ian Fortune—a former “self-help guru” who’s now known as an “employee-abusing conniver who misled
millions.” Gemma was directly involved in Fortune’s downfall, but she’s contentedly refusing all phone calls from the press
about it. However, the couple’s pregnancy coach tells them that “everything is about to change,” and soon afterward,
Gemma is at the altar when disaster strikes: She collapses, and when she awakens, she learns several things in quick
succession: She’s given birth to her baby, Josh is not around, and Ian Fortune is back in her life. Most notably, she finds
out that several months have passed while she was in a coma. Her picture-perfect future is now in tatters, and as the novel
picks up steam, Gemma not only wonders if she can put it all together again, but also whether she really wants to do so.
The underlying concept of Ready’s novel is intriguingly unconventional. Most contemporary romances take their adorable
couples through a series of minor tribulations before smoothing things out and leaving the characters ready to live
happily-ever-after. Indeed, these are hallmarks of the genre. But in this sequel—which stands well enough on its own—the
happily-ever-after moment is merely the starting point, after which Ready piles on one complication after another to darken
the picture that she painted in the first book. Gemma’s world is suddenly in turmoil—not only because her own health has
drastically altered for the worse, but also because Josh is nowhere to be found. Ready makes the winning decision to
lighten up the narrative with quipping humor. As in the previous book, she uses Ian Fortune as the vehicle for the most
amusing material, and he almost completely steals the book. When Gemma tells him that she hates him, for instance, he
quips, “Please. Try to be original. The whole world hates me. Wouldn’t it be more fun to love me? Don’t be a follower,
Gemma.” For a thrillingly long section of the book’s third act, Ready effectively leads readers to wonder if she isn’t going to
upend every single one of the genre’s expectations. It’s a testament to her exceptional writing skill that even the most
romantic-minded readers won’t be sure which outcome they prefer.
A charming and disarmingly tough story of the many ways that love can adapt to crises.”