7 May 2014

ARCBA Review: Imogen's Chance by Paula Vince

5th - 9th  May 2014
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Imogen’s Chance

(Even Before Publishing April 2014)


Paula Vince 

About the Book

She has given herself a chance to fix her personal history. But will old mistakes bring up new emotions?

Imogen Browne longs to make up for past mistakes before she can move on. She quietly resolves to help the Dorazio family, whose lives she accidentally upset. Her biggest challenge is Asher, the one person who may never forgive her. And he is facing a crisis of his own. Imogen must tread very carefully, as trying to fix things may well make them shatter.

A sensitive story about misplaced loyalty, celebrating life and falling in love. Can family secrets concealed with the best intentions bear the light of day?

About the Author

Paula Vince's youth was brightened by great fiction and she's on a mission to pay it forward. A wife and homeschooling mother, she loves to highlight the beauty of her own country in her stories. Most of them are set in the lovely Adelaide Hills, where she lives. Paula's books are a skillful blend of drama and romance. Together with elements of mystery and suspense, you will keep turning pages.

Guest Review by Catherine Hudson

When the unexpected happens, it can define or derail. Paula Vince’s Imogen's ChanceImogen's Chance is a deep-thinking book, and the reader will not come away without impact. Rather than being negative it is hopeful, and at times, humorous. The romantic sub-plot between Imogen and Asher makes this read all the sweeter, gently developing in a believable manner and timing.

Cancer is one of the biggest challenges of our time and one requiring taste, tact and understanding, even when explored in a fictional setting. Paula Vince has achieved this and when I received news of a friend’s diagnosis of an aggressive form cancer the day after finishing Imogen's Chance, I felt the message of hope whispering in my heart.

The characters were colourful and individual which was most pure and entertaining, when displayed through Asher and his thankfulness notes and Imogen’s shy quirks. The progression of their Christian journey was appropriate to the subject matter and the more biblical aspect written in a manner that held me, without leaving me feeling that I was hearing a sermon. Life was at the centre of this book and that kept me turning the pages.

The big reveal moment tied up the reasons for Imogen’s decision to travel to Australia and was executed through a narrative approach rather than dialogue. Although I wanted to hear the main characters interaction, the conclusion to Imogen's Chance was a satisfying end to an epic journey for two very likeable characters.

Another thought-provoking read from Paula Vince that still offers entertainment despite the real and raw subject matter. Thank you, Paula, for the review copy. I know many lives will be touched by this book. Recommended.

Catherine Hudson writes Historical and Contemporary romance for the CBA market. She was a finalist in the 2013 MARA Fiction from the Heartland contest.


  1. Thank you, Iola and Catherine. I appreciate the interest you've both taken in this project, and the encouragement you've given me. :)

  2. Great book and really like your review Catherine. Thanks Iola.