Around the Next Corner (a.k.a. Second Chance)

Excerpt from SECOND CHANCE (US: Around the Next Corner): The prospect of this dog, this worthy work, had put a tiny spark of life back in me. I wasn't sure why, exactly. Was it going up against Neil? Or was it that I needed to nurture another dependent being so I could feel useful? Whatever was driving me, I didn't care. The point was, I was driven for the first time in a long time.­

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Excerpt from LAST KNOWN ADDRESS
Sitting in the car now, Meg realized she should have looked at whatever it was he'd been writing. ... Maybe he'd been planning to leave her for months. Or years.
She gazed out at the expanse of emptiness again. She looked at the barbed-wire fence across the road, looking sharp and certain of its responsibilities. On one post was a small metal No Trespassing sign, a bullet hole just above the "o". She wondered if the shooter had been aiming for the o, or had just taken a pot shot.
Sitting there, just past mile marker 32, Meg stared at the sign through the wet glass and wondered if, in the end, aiming made any difference.

US cover, ISBN: 0451994876


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Around the Next Corner was selected by both the Doubleday and the Literary Guild national book clubs.
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UK cover


German cover





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If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.
--Will Rogers

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Author of the novels:
Around the Next Corner (Penguin), a.k.a. Second Chance HarperCollins/​UK)
Last Known Address (HarperCollins/​UK
The Stories We Tell (TBA)


Critics and authors review AROUND THE NEXT CORNER:

"I loved it - it made me laugh and cry ... If you've ever owned or loved a dog, you'll adore this funny, wise novel. It's pure pleasure." -Cathy Kelly, UK bestselling novelist

"AROUND THE NEXT CORNER is the impressive debut of new talent Elizabeth Wrenn. Deena's tale touches the heart with its warmth and wit, and it is one that I certainly recommend."--Romance Reviews Today

"Five blue ribbons out of five! I am so impressed with Elizabeth Wrenn’s writing. She alternately had me laughing and crying all the way through AROUND THE NEXT CORNER. It’s a poignantly sweet tale . . . women will be able to relate to Deena." --romancejunkie.com

"Debut novelist Wrenn's juxtaposition of Deena's quest for freedom with giving herself over completely to raising this puppy sets up a dynamic narrative that settles into a quite satisfying conclusion. Wrenn knows exactly when to lighten the tone and when to allow Deena serious introspection. This book will appeal to a broad readership. . ."--Library Journal

"This first novel by Elizabeth Wrenn marks an auspicious beginning. It is a gentle, feel-good novel, but it is not lightweight. . . in Wrenn's competent hands. . . This is a delightful first novel, and I hope the writer graces us with other surprising works in future years."-- Curled Up With a Good Book, curledup.com

"Elizabeth Wrenn makes you laugh and cry in the same breath, and creates a community of friends you will be sad to leave behind at the last page. A wonderful debut novel from a talented author."--Karen Brichoux, author of The Girl She Left Behind and Separation Anxiety


Here are some unsolicited and uncorrected comments from readers and reviewers. To add your own, please click the "Reader Comments" tab in the gray bar above, just under the fall leaves banner.

"I just finished reading the book, Around the Next Corner. I'm an avid reader and can say this is one of the best books I've ever read. You successfully developed such wonderful and REAL characters. Almost anyone can relate to their fictional lives. I am also a pet owner (we have a 6yr. old female boxer) and appreciated how you made Heloise an intrical (and life changing) part of the Munger's lives! This is truly a beautiful story and one that I will highly recommend to anyone! Thank you for a great read. Looking forward to the next one. Jennifer, Youngstown, Ohio

"What a fabulous story! Amusing, sad, very representative of what it can be like to go through menapause and of family life. Got home last night and recommended this book to a friend tonight. Look forward to the next one!" - Liz, Warwickshire, UK

"Just a wee note to tell you that your first novel was the best book I've ever read. I'm 63 years of age and an avid reader, and this book touched me in every way. I rate it higher than Shell Seekers, Light a Penny Candle, Palomino, etc. Can't wait for the next one !!!"
--P.P./​Canada

" I loved it! Deanna was soooo real to me, I felt I'd found a new friend. I am so anxious to read Last Known Address. I hope I don't have a difficult time finding that one." -Jacquie (Colorado, US)

"Thanks to Deena and all your characters in (SECOND CHANCE) for making my holiday read so enjoyable...I shall look out for your second book (Last Known Address) with anticipation." -Cath England North Tyneside.


Honors and Awards
--Winner: Mainstream Fiction, Colorado Authors League, 2007 (Around the Next Corner)
--#3 on Heatseeker New Fiction Chart (bestsellers) 2007 (Second Chance)


LAST KNOWN ADDRESS is currently available in the UK only. Please see Works page (click Works header above) for more information. To email the author please click the CONTACT page header above.

Around the Next Corner, was published in the US by Penguin/​NAL in 2006. It came out in the UK the following year as Second Chance, published by HarperCollins/​Avon. German and Dutch editions are also available. The second novel, LAST KNOWN ADDRESS, is available only in the UK, from HarperCollins/​Avon

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OTHER REVIEWS of Around the Next Corner, a.k.a. Second Chance (UK)

"I loved it - it made me laugh and cry… If you’ve ever owned or loved a dog, you’ll adore this funny, wise novel. It’s pure pleasure." --Cathy Kelly, UK bestselling novelist­

"AROUND THE NEXT CORNER is the impressive debut of new talent Elizabeth Wrenn. Deena's tale touches the heart with its warmth and wit, and it is one that I certainly recommend."--Romance Reviews Today

"Five blue ribbons out of five! I am so impressed with Elizabeth Wrenn’s writing. She alternately had me laughing and crying all the way through AROUND THE NEXT CORNER. It’s a poignantly sweet tale . . . women will be able to relate to Deena."--romancejunkie.com

Around the Next Corner*, is the story of a middle-aged woman who suddenly realizes that she has disappeared into her roles as wife and mother, and, maybe worse, that she's a dog person trapped in a cat existence. With her oldest off at college and her two teens at home soon to disappear too, Deena Munger impulsively volunteers to raise a servic­e dog puppy for a year. She quickly learns that training a puppy is much more challenging than she'd imagined. But Heloise, with all her canine foibles and folly, may be just the guide Deena needs to help her find what she's lost--herself. If you'd like to read an excerpt from the beginning of Around the Next Corner, return to the top of this page, upper right and click link.

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* Cover design by Keith Hayes. Trail photo by Raymond German/​Getty Images. Woman and dog photo by David Robbins/​Getty Images. All author photo credits are Brown-Shepherd Photography. For more info on the dogs pictured on this website, please click on the Bio header at the top of this web page.

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