The Second Chances of Priam Wood – by Alexander Rigby – Book Review

The Second Chances of Priam Wood

Genre: Sci-Fi

ISBN: Paperback – 0615784984 ISBN-13: 978-0615784984,


Number of Pages: 496

Book Description: Priam Wood is a painter, but when the colors of his life coalesce in unwanted ways, he is unable to change the canvas he has created. While he dies alone with no one at his side, he longs for his ballerina Ellie to return, but she is gone and there is no way to get her back…or is there? Death greets Priam in the form of a white abyss where a golden retriever informs him that he has the chance to relive the seven days of his life that he regrets the most. Before each of his second chances begin however, Priam must first relive each of the seven days the original way they happened, as a passenger within his own body, witnessing the day for what it was while being unable to do anything at all. He has to live through the death of his mother, the end of his relationship with his brother, the tragedy that befalls his son Charlie, and the loss of his one true love Ellie all over again. During his journey, he is able to amend occurrences in certain ways, but in doing so, his second chances are put on an entirely new trajectory. The seven days are connected and thus, as he begins to alter events that happened during his life, what he comes to fix later on no longer even exists. When he reaches the end, his second days are incomparable to how his life originally went. The Second Chances of Priam Wood is a story about realizing that not everything that happens in our lives can be explained, and that regardless of the tribulations we face, we must never give up.

Excerpt: I set my briefcase down on the floor and followed after her. When I entered the kitchen her back was facing me, she was staring out the window, that only had a view of another window of another apartment behind it. What a view, from out of one seeing station and back into another. I placed my hand on the small of her back and then wrapped my other arm  around  her  waist.  “Don’t  be   ridiculous Ellie. We can still make plans. I just need to learn how to keep them. I have no excuse. I screwed up again, and for that I apologize.  I’m  not  going  to  say  it  won’t  happen  again,  but  I  will  try   my_best_so_that_it_doesn’t.”  She turned around and pulled my  arm  off  of  her.  “Priam   Wood, always the man who is trying. Try he might, but will he ever really succeed? I always thought you would, at everything, but recently  I’m  beginning  to  wonder.”  Her words cut at me deep, and I felt a slash of pain run down the inside of my body as if someone was tearing me in two. This was a version of Ellie I used to rarely see, the side of her that wasn’t  happy  with  her  own  life  or  me.  I  hated  seeing  it  and  I  always   wished to never see it again whenever it came out. I wanted her to be delighted and pleasant all the time, but I knew that even the most beautifully ideal women in the world like my fiancé had their days of darkness, moments in time where they felt ugly and upset, corrugated by the disappointment the world had caused them.  “Don’t  say  things  like  that  Ellie.  I  know  I’m  not  great,  not   by any means, but you know I would never do anything to hurt you. I’ll  make  it  up  to  you.  I  swear,”  I  had  said  as  I  moved  closer  to  her   again and kissed her on the cheek.  “Alright  dear.  I  hope  so.”  “Can  we  reheat  the  dinner  you  made?  Or  is  it  ruined?”  “I  suppose  we  can  try.”  So that is what we did, the dinner was salvaged and it tasted almost just as good as it would have if I had arrived when I was supposed to. I ate the meal and thanked her for cooking it. I looked into her blue eyes, and for the first time in my life it was as if someone different was looking back at me. Of course, it was still Ellie, but instead of the naïve, joyful and enchanted eyes being there, what was in their place instead were two seeing pools of an unruly discontent, ones that were neither mad nor sad, just displeased. I knew then that she was beginning to feel as if things were starting to slide downwards and not in the upward direction which she had so longingly been searching for.  That day my dreams died, that day where I took the job at Haversmith and watched as she danced before me in front of my chaotic canvas of colors was supposed to be painful for a purpose. It was hypothetically in place so that things would become better, easier and more blissful. Instead, it was complicating our lives all the more.  I  didn’t  know  if  it  was  just  that  life  got  more  and  more   intricate as it goes on naturally regardless of what you do, or if I really was the cause of the start of our destruction. I looked at her and I thought of how much I loved her, but as she looked back at me I realized I no longer had the guarantee of seeing Ellie as something to look forward to. Not because I  didn’t  love  her,  and   not  because  she  didn’t  love  me,  but  because  things  were  starting  to   change. The honeymoon was already over even though our wedding day was still ahead of us.

About the Author: Alexander Rigby has been writing since the age of nine. These written works have ranged from stories about witches and warlocks, to magical trees, sagas set in outer space, adventures of freshmen in high school, and a tale of two gay best friends struggling with life in the city. When he was young, his parents used to punish him by taking away his books, as they were the things he loved the most. Little did he know at that time, he would end up writing one. Now, as a recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Alexander has finished writing his first novel The Second Chances of Priam Wood, a story that he is extremely proud of and believes in wholeheartedly. Although he has written various pieces before, even completing some, this is the first time he wishes to share this story with anyone who desires to read it. He lives his life by a few simple rules: to treat each day as it could be his last, to try to experience as many new places and meet as many different people as is possible, and to do more than just exist.


Book Review: 5/5

I believe that everyone alive has had moments where they wish they would have done one or more things differently. Unfortunately, words, once spoken, cannot be taken back. Or can they? With this wonderfully romantic tale of getting a chance to right wrongs, Priam Wood is allowed to choose seven days to right some of his wrongs. And in doing so, he vastly changes the outcome of his entire life.

From the very first page, I was smitten with Priam. In this feel good paranormal fiction, the reader hopes that Priam will be able to make the changes that will bring him ultimate joy and bliss. The author has done an amazing job of characterization. The emotions felt by the characters are genuine and authentic, lending credibility to this fictional tale.

My favorite character is Priam. As I read, I cheered with him when the second chances of each day resulted in positive outcomes towards his eternal bliss. I also identified with his pain when sometimes things didn’t work out quite as he would have hoped. I encourage anyone desiring a feel good, romantic, sci-fi fiction to purchase this title. I enjoyed reading every word of Rigby’s tale of The Second Chances of Priam Wood, and I’m sure you will too.

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