Friday, November 1, 2019

Second Chances by Shirley Quiring Mozena

 About the Book

Book: Second Chances
Author: Shirley Quiring Mozena
Genre: Family and relationships/Death, Grief, Bereavement
Release Date: September, 2012

When Shirley and Bill set out on a dream trip in the beautiful northwest wilderness to celebrate their 40th anniversary, what develops is a nightmare that has no end. Mysterious pangs turn into a vicious virus that makes its way into Bill’s body. Shirley finds comfort through her Savior during the six months of Bill’s illness—an illness which eventually takes his life.

After a time, Shirley’s heart aches for companionship. Little does she know that living a few miles from her home, a widower mourns the loss of his wife of 32 years. They meet and fall hopelessly in love, and their love takes them on a two-year journey of joy and adventure until once again overwhelming heartbreak rocks Shirley’s world. This is a story of faith and courage to strengthen your own soul.

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My Review

I found myself in tears more than once reading this sweet but difficult memoir. What a testimony our author and her family have! In a truly personal style, our author gives us the story of becoming a widow not once, but twice through unexpected health issues. Wow the way our author was just so honest about her pain and how the Lord truly met every need. She cries out in prayer to find the strength and comfort she is lacking through it all. The book reminds me to cherish my husband because we never know when the Lord will call one of us home. This book inspired me to find true fulfillment in the Lord when life is beyond hard. I really recommend this one for those hurting from a recent or long ago loss, or those looking for encouragement from an inspiring testimony.

I received a complimentary copy of this book, and all opinions given are entirely my own. 

About the Author

Shirley Quiring Mozena is an outdoors woman, musician, amateur chef, and former elementary music teacher and librarian. She has survived the hardest test of her faith and now works with others grieving the loss of loved ones.

More from Shirley

They told me there was no hope. How could that be? I’d already lost one husband. Would I have to lose another? We’d had so little time! Four years earlier—nearly to the day—my high school sweetheart and father of my two children had died. We’d gone through so many struggles. Our marriage was nearly broken. Through courage in facing our faults and selfishness, our marriage was restored. And then, after a six month battle with a terrible virus, my husband died. I’d never dreamed I’d love again, but it happened. Sx months after our first date, we were married.  It seemed like we were still on our honeymoon when the next tragedy happened. Just like that, he was gone. And then I knew the story needed to be told. For myself. For my children. For anyone who wanted to know. It’s a story of second chances in a restored marriage. In love. In hope for the future and God’s sustaining love and comfort. A story to strengthen your own soul.

Blog Stops

Avid Reader Nurse, October 21
For the Love of Literature, October 21 (Author Interview)
Quiet Quilter, October 27
Texas Book-aholic, October 28
janicesbookreviews, October 30
Andrea Christenson, October 31 (Author Interview)
A Reader’s Brain, November 1


To celebrate her tour, Shirley is giving away the grand prize package of a copy of Beyond Second Chances and a $25 Amazon gift card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


  1. I really love your review! Finding strength in the Lord during tragedy would be hard at best. But testimonials like this are so inspiring.

    Thanks for participating in the blog tour and sharing your thoughts.

  2. I don't often cry when reading, so your comment about tears surprised me.

  3. Your book sounds great and I'm glad I got to learn about it. Thank you!

  4. Sounds like a great book for our church library!

  5. This book sounds like a great read.

  6. Thank you for sharing your lovely review of Second Chances. It sounds like a great read.