A lonely man in his late thirties living an average life of missed opportunities and regrets especially regarding the opposite sex, dies in a plane crash somewhere over the English channel. When he awakens in a subdued and bizarre subconscious state, he is granted by the powers that be, one chance to spend a day with the two women in his life who made an impact on his heart, yet he never had the courage to let go of his fears and act upon his instincts and desires at the time of meeting them.
|Paris Charles de Gaulle - 2013
For as long as I could remember I was never really that great with women. Actually, this is not entirely true. I was good with chatting to, chatting up, chatting with, socialising and interacting with women who already liked me and had already been introduced through a third party or mutual friend. Either through clubs, parties, social gatherings or even introduced via my own sister on a few odd occasions. (My sister is a nurse, so some wild nights out with her and her crazy co-workers have been my saving grace more than once in the past.) But it was just when it came to meeting the women whom I truly desired, wanted to get to know and mulled over from afar, they were my stumbling blocks.
You know those particular stand out beauties you see once in a blue moon walking by themselves down the high street on a Saturday afternoon or sitting on a park bench all alone during their lunch break in the middle of summer, who immediately catch your eye, looking utterly bored out of their minds and just begging for some single handsome stranger to come and distract them away for twenty minutes or so from their mundane and repetitive daily worlds. That special girl who right away tugged so hard on your heart strings that your blood turned to ice and your soul melted to its very core because you knew she was completely your type without even having spoken to her. All you had to go on was a gut feeling and that special crazy something about her that spoke to every inch of your fibre and being and said this girl is the one for you, my friend, if you would only step up to the damn plate, put all your fears of public rejection, humiliation and inhibitions behind you and gather the courage, will power and determination to go and get her. That rare, radiant and beautiful Angel who caught a glimpse of you, too, and smiled back at you in turn while you were within their proximity but, alas, you had absolutely nothing to say to them in that moment. Nothing. No simple magic words, no charming chat up line, just a blank frozen mind and a stuttering tongue. But in reality, just to say one word, utter one stupid, tiny, silly little insignificant syllable would surely have been a million times better than saying nothing at all and living a life full of regret of not acting in the moment. And then poof, just like that, she's gone forever, out of sight, but never out of your mind.
Before you know it you're spending the next few miserable weeks and months thinking about her constantly. Dreaming what might have been and reminiscing over and over again that split second opportunity when you glanced, she glanced, then she smiled and you returned the smile, too, and could've actually done something about it before it slipped through your fingers in a nervous, panic stricken state of hesitation. Better to have tried and failed than to have never tried at all. Whoever came up with that phrase I wanted his greasy head on a silver platter.
Yes, my life was full of these deep lingering regrets and split second hesitant missed chances, especially with the women I desired. So it actually came as no surprise at all to get one more of those rare opportunities shortly before my death at thirty nine years of age.
|What the reviewers are saying
Will keep you guessing until the very end and then some
Edgy adult romance about a man who gets a second chance at wooing the two girls of his dreams (lucky guy you may think) but the two girls are worlds apart and from two completely different time zones, Edinburgh during the protagonists adult years and Cyprus during his high school years. Easy to read and loved reading about the streets of Edinburgh again where I use to live. Will keep you guessing until the very end and then some, that's for sure. ~ Mohieddine Chelaghma, Amazon
Beautiful and heartbreaking
Beautiful story. Really interesting characters, especially in the cyprus story. The ending was very unexpected. I guess it's left to the reader then to decide what the hell happened? But I didn't mind as it was a hard choice to make. ~ Maria Lennie, Amazon
Thought provoking and entertaining page turner!
This is a well paced and well written book. The characters are believable and the locations are described in a way that makes you want to go there. The inventive plot and gripping drama of the story more than outweighs the occasional problem with grammer. I can't wait to read more from Sean Paul Thomas. ~ kevworld, Amazon
Liam is an endearing character, with his flaws and foibles, who has lived a life unfulfilled in love. ‘The Universe Doesn't Do Second Chances’ is a sweet story of what might have been. I think it will appeal to most readers, especially considering we all have events in our love life where we wish we’d taken a risk. ~ Bibliophilic Book Blog
We all learn to love; it’s not an innate skill that automatically blossoms! It’s mixed with the ups and downs of gritty life and to be eagerly anticipated and embraced at each opportunity that appears. This is Sean-Paul Thomas’s motif told in roller-coaster fashion at times and others like a smooth, graceful ride down a Viennese canal, true romance! But who’s to say what’s true and what’s all wrong? This unusual novel will entertain you but also leave you reflecting about your own love journeys that didn’t happen but happened. It’s a reflection on making sense out of what seems impossible – it’s love! . . . Very nicely crafted contemporary fiction, Sean-Paul Thomas! ~ Viviane Crystal, Crystal Book Reviews and Amazon
The Universe Doesn't Do Second Chances is a heartbreaking yet endearing tale of love. This book crosses many genres so it's difficult to pin down just one. It includes a bit of romance, a bit of comedy and tragedy, a bit of fictional memoir, and more . . .
It may seem odd for a man to write romance, but for Sean-Paul, bringing out the emotions in his characters seems as natural as breathing. Readers will quickly be pulled into this story and want to keep reading until the end. ~ Heart of Fiction
Written in reverse mode, this tale answers the "what if" questions in Liam's life. I couldn't help but enjoy Liam's witty and naïve nature. His endearing gullibility, especially when it came to girls, was present throughout his lifespan. It was funny! . . .
Although, at times, the various accents and expressions were difficult to comprehend, the characters were quirky and somewhat fascinating . . .
As I was reading, I couldn't help but question how our hero was able to get this "second chance." And how many was he getting? Was it just a dream? And why does he have trouble remembering? . . .
What I liked best was the unique story line of time travel and re-living past moments. The writer definitely has a knack for stories . . .
The great message of the story was: No Regrets. Just go for it right NOW--not LATER--because you just never know... "That's what happens though when you sit back and don't go after what you want. You just never know what the hell might happen and what kind of adventures might pan out over that whole day in front of you, if you decide to take a risk."(p.282) ~ S.L. Lovz. Books, Amazon