Review: Take a Chance by Shelley Shepard Gray, Book 1 of The Bridgeport Social Club

Title:  Take a Chance
Series: The Bridgeport Social Club, Book 1
Author: Shelley Shepard Gray
Publisher: Black Stone Publishing
Release Date:  September 18, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
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Kurt Holland wants the best for his younger brother, which is why he moves Sam to Bridgeport, Ohio. It's a bigger town with a well-known high school. Just the place to give his little brother more opportunities-maybe even a scholarship to college. Kurt hopes his gamble pays off, since Sam's future isn't the only thing riding on it. Kurt's put most of his savings into a new landscaping business there, too. But when Sam gets in trouble for fighting at school, Kurt isn't so sure it was the right decision ... until he meets Sam's English teacher.

Emily Springer is passionate about helping all of her students succeed, but there's something about Sam Holland that makes her want to go the extra mile. When he's caught in a fight at school, she goes to bat in his defense, and during a conference with the principal she meets Sam's rugged older brother-and guardian. Emily has a strict no-dating policy when it comes to her students' parents, but Kurt isn't technically Sam's parent. It's OK to bend the rules a little bit, right?

In an effort to make some friends and find a place in the Bridgeport community, Kurt starts up a weekly poker game in his garage. It's not long before everyone wants in, and they all soon discover that these Friday night poker gatherings are about more than just the game.

Shelley Shepard Gray's new Bridgeport Social Club series is about men who need a place to call home, a community in need of hope, and a group of women who are special enough to help both things happen. This first installment is genuine and heartfelt. It's filled with hope, warmth, and the belief that love and acceptance can overcome any tough situation.


Have you ever took a chance? Well, if yes, you'll definitely understand the characters in New York Times Bestselling Author, Shelley Shepard Gray's Take a Chance, the first book in the Bridgeport Social Club series. Unlike her Amish or historical fiction I'm familiar with, this will be my first contemporary romance from the author. So, you can say I took a chance there too. I'm glad I did.

Take a Chance is about life and the unexpected, and how the characters journey through. A story that asks readers to dig deeper and think about what they would do if they were put in the same situation. Though not inspirational or categorize as Christian Fiction, the author did not deviate from putting a purpose and theme in Take a Chance. From relationships between family to community and aspects of bullying, this is one story that takes a chance, and I think you should too. 

For my clean readers, please note there are slight profanity in this book.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

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Shelley Shepard Gray is a "New York Times" and "USA Today" bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town's bike trail.

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