Book Reviews

What readers are saying about A Second Helping…

I really enjoyed this book
I really enjoyed this book. Usually I read a book too quickly, but I took my time and read a little each night. I looked so forward to reading it. Being recently divorced, it had some funny similarities. If you are hoping to read a book that is comfortable, funny, serious and just plain enjoyable, then you will appreciate this book. ~ Mande

Received as a Goodreads giveaway

Not much of a romance reader but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. An added bonus, recipes included in the book.
~ Etienne D. 

A Second Helping….Yes, please!

A Second Helping was an endearing easy read. So this is Andria Gaskins first novel and I say “Keep Writing Honey!” My go-to novels usually consists of action, mystery, suspense and maybe even a little bloodshed so I wasn’t expecting to have this novel read as quickly as I devour my typical favorite genre of literature. Well, surprise, surprise, the joke is on me! I started reading on a Monday and finished in the wee hours of Thursday morning because I couldn’t put it down. The characters are relatable and easy to love. Their backstories are meaty and meaningful and I love how the author injected a menu of delicious culinary teasers that made me want to get in my kitchen and re-create the meals the characters enjoyed…and with the help of the recipes in the back of the book I could! This novel was well written and kept my interest and offered several moments of “laugh out loud” humor. Can’t wait to see what Andria Gaskins has up her sleeve for her next novel. ~ Melanie B.


I really enjoyed A Second Helping

I really enjoyed “A Second Helping”, because it is a rare opportunity to see seasoned adults fall in love. The market is flooded with books about teenagers with no experience or insight into life or love. This book is an exception to that rule and was an absolute joy to read! I highly recommend this book! ~ Nicole P.


Couldn’t wait to see what happened next – didn’t want the story to end.

Loved it so much I just purchased the Kindle edition so I can enjoy it again on the go! It has been a long time since I’ve read a book with characters that I so deeply relate to and actually care about. I usually read fiction as a means to get away from the stress of work and daily life. Reading A SECOND HELPING was a pleasure that I rarely experience these days. The story is plausible and captivating. The characters are vibrant and endearing. And chocolate cake was never more enticing.

Couldn’t wait to see what happened next – didn’t want the story to end. I hope Ms. Gaskins will continue to bring her wonderful stories to life and give us some dessert. ~ Amazon Customer


A Tasty Read!

A Second Helping The main characters Michelle and Damien quickly became good friends of mine and I found myself cheering for them and chiding them for their mistakes. The author did an excellent job setting the scene, painting such a clear picture that I could taste the food and join in their conversation. I was so immersed in their love story I was disappointed that I couldn’t learn more about how them when I closed the book after reading the last page–I could easily have read third and fourth helpings of this book. And what a great idea to include those easy-to-follow recipes! ~ R.W. P.


A Second Helping is an easy read, and I love the characters

At first I was skeptical about reading a book by a new author, but the chocolate cake on the cover pulled me in. I was pleasantly surprised to find the recipe for the cake in the back of the book, along with some other recipes I want to try. Andria Gaskins has a way of telling a story that kept me engaged from beginning to end. A Second Helping is an easy read, and I love the characters. They’re real and seem like people I could be friends with. It’s a book about adults, and I like that, too. Great job! ~ Robyn P.


Laugh out loud fun!

Loved this entertaining story! It made me laugh out loud on more than one occasion! If you want a fun, engaging love story, read this book. You will not be disappointed. ~Robin B.


This book tells a great story about two people who just want to love

Impressive! I bought a pre-order copy of Andria’s book on her website, and when I saw the announcement in her newsletter that A Second Helping was now available on Amazon I had to write a review. This book tells a great story about two people who just want to love and be loved. It’s sweet, romantic and at times quite funny. I had a hard time putting the book down. It’s so easy to read, and I feel like I know Damien and Michelle. Well done, Andria. I can’t wait to read your next story. ~ Martha


Great read!

A Second Helping is a captivating story about life, love and overcoming the past to find true happiness. Andria Gaskins has created rich characters, filled with passion, personality and depth. You will fall in love with Michelle and Damien and will enjoy following every step of their intense (yet sometimes humorous) love story. Each page will leave you longing for more. I’m eagerly awaiting the next novel by this talented author! ~ lovinglife


I really enjoyed it

For a guy that doesn’t read this type of book, I really enjoyed it. I don’t think I’ll voluntarily ever read a romance novel again, but this was a great read for my first and only. ~ Quietsalesman


A great story
A Second Helping is a great story about two people who just want to love and be loved. It’s sweet, romantic and at times laugh-out-loud funny. I had a hard time putting the book down. It’s an easy read, and I feel like I know Damien and Michelle. I can’t wait to read Andria’s next story. ~Marietta C