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LILY'S SECOND CHANCE
By Melissa Vieira

Series Description:

As her dementia symptoms progress, Jenna Kiely begins writing letters from her bed in a nursing home to her niece Lily Robinson, relaying the tales of her harsh life growing up on the South Side of Chicago during the thirties and forties.

Jenna recounts the deaths of many loved ones including the racially motivated murder of her boyfriend. Later she must watch as her sister slowly becomes controlled by her fiancé. In her attempts to avenge the crimes committed against her loved ones, Jenna commits a crime so heinous, she begs for Lily’s forgiveness before she dies.

Seventeen years later, Jaymi Robinson has just moved from Los Angeles to Chicopee, California after the deaths of her Grandma Lily and her father. During the move, she discovers her Great-Great-Aunt Jenna Kiely's letters and quickly sees the parallels between the life of her aunt and her own. With the help of her best friend, Jaymi discovers that she is her Great-Great-Aunt reincarnated. She then realizes that she must use the letters if she is to stop tragic past events from reoccurring in her lifetime. Problem is, while they share the same soul, their lifetimes couldn't be more different.

Category: Fiction Book Chapters
Updated: Daily
Status: Completed



Author Bio For Melissa Vieira:

I fell in love with poetry and storytelling in Mrs. Walter's 5th grade class at L.P.C.S. and never fell out. I'm also a summa cum lauded graduate from Salem State University with a B.S. in journalism and currently working on a horror novel. 

Like me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lilys2ndchance/

You can find the awesome artist who did my cover art at: https://www.instagram.com/joey_zero/

Co-founder of: http://storytellersthecollective.blogspot.com/

Founder of: https://storiesfromanopenbook.wordpress.com/2015/11/18/tina-the-display-model-2/ 

Acknowledgements:

Special thanks Phyllis Arangio, Jennifer Chin, Amy Ferguson, Kelly Martone, and Tara Mazzeo. 

Notes:

Character Synopsis – Lily’s Second Chance

 

South Side of Chicago – 1995

 

Jenna Kiely – Born in 1921, Jenna comes from a large Irish family of nine. She is the seventh and last born daughter in the Kiely family. A devoted Catholic, Jenna lives a hard life growing up on the ever increasingly diverse yet racially divided South Side of Chicago and finds herself falling in love with men she isn’t supposed to. 

 

Siobhan O’Connor-Kiely – Jenna’s mentally ill mother who neglects her daughters.

 

Calvin Kiely – Jenna’s father, an abusive alcoholic.

 

Addison “Addie” Kiely-Michaels – The responsible third born. Lily’s mother.

 

David “Dave” Michaels – Addie’s husband, Lily’s father, Jenna's brother-in-law who conspires with Jenna to commit a horrific act of revenge.

 

Deidre Kiely – The egotistical forth daughter who gets herself into trouble with not just her sisters but also a few men…and their wives.

 

Rosaline “Rose” Kiely – The smart but naive sixth daughter and Jenna’s closest friend. When Rose’s life begins to spin out of control, so does Jenna’s.

 

Marcus Barrett – Rose’s boyfriend and Chicago police officer.

 

Toby Bari – Marcus’s partner and Deidre's boyfriend.

 

Lillian “Lily” Michaels-Robinson – Jenna’s beloved niece and recipient of her letters. 

 

Chicopee, California – Present Day

 

Jaymi Robinson – Lily’s granddaughter and Jenna’s great-great niece, at seventeen Jaymi is struggling with her father’s death, her mother’s absence and a complete loss of identity when she is forced to move from Los Angeles to the small town of Chicopee, California.

 

Ronald “Ronnie” Robinson – Lily’s musician son, Jaymi’s father, Samantha Jaymison’s husband.

 

Samantha Jaymison – Jaymi’s mother, Lily’s daughter-in-law, she struggles to fit the demands of her professional life and her role as a single mother.

 

Rory Cohen – Jaymi’s new friend and lifelong Chicopee resident from a middle class family. Book smart and college bound, Rory has an unexplainable obsession with reincarnation. 

 

Ty Buller – Daisy’s boyfriend and Jenna’s love interest.

 

Max Jones – Jaymi’s chauffer and nemesis. Rory’s love interest

 







Series Description:

As her dementia symptoms progress, Jenna Kiely begins writing letters from her bed in a nursing home to her niece Lily Robinson, relaying the tales of her harsh life growing up on the South Side of Chicago during the thirties and forties.

Jenna recounts the deaths of many loved ones including the racially motivated murder of her boyfriend. Later she must watch as her sister slowly becomes controlled by her fiancé. In her attempts to avenge the crimes committed against her loved ones, Jenna commits a crime so heinous, she begs for Lily’s forgiveness before she dies.

Seventeen years later, Jaymi Robinson has just moved from Los Angeles to Chicopee, California after the deaths of her Grandma Lily and her father. During the move, she discovers her Great-Great-Aunt Jenna Kiely's letters and quickly sees the parallels between the life of her aunt and her own. With the help of her best friend, Jaymi discovers that she is her Great-Great-Aunt reincarnated. She then realizes that she must use the letters if she is to stop tragic past events from reoccurring in her lifetime. Problem is, while they share the same soul, their lifetimes couldn't be more different.

Category: Fiction Book Chapters
Updated: Daily
Status: Completed


Author Bio For Melissa Vieira:

I fell in love with poetry and storytelling in Mrs. Walter's 5th grade class at L.P.C.S. and never fell out. I'm also a summa cum lauded graduate from Salem State University with a B.S. in journalism and currently working on a horror novel. 

Like me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lilys2ndchance/

You can find the awesome artist who did my cover art at: https://www.instagram.com/joey_zero/

Co-founder of: http://storytellersthecollective.blogspot.com/

Founder of: https://storiesfromanopenbook.wordpress.com/2015/11/18/tina-the-display-model-2/ 

Acknowledgements:

Special thanks Phyllis Arangio, Jennifer Chin, Amy Ferguson, Kelly Martone, and Tara Mazzeo. 

Notes:

Character Synopsis – Lily’s Second Chance

 

South Side of Chicago – 1995

 

Jenna Kiely – Born in 1921, Jenna comes from a large Irish family of nine. She is the seventh and last born daughter in the Kiely family. A devoted Catholic, Jenna lives a hard life growing up on the ever increasingly diverse yet racially divided South Side of Chicago and finds herself falling in love with men she isn’t supposed to. 

 

Siobhan O’Connor-Kiely – Jenna’s mentally ill mother who neglects her daughters.

 

Calvin Kiely – Jenna’s father, an abusive alcoholic.

 

Addison “Addie” Kiely-Michaels – The responsible third born. Lily’s mother.

 

David “Dave” Michaels – Addie’s husband, Lily’s father, Jenna's brother-in-law who conspires with Jenna to commit a horrific act of revenge.

 

Deidre Kiely – The egotistical forth daughter who gets herself into trouble with not just her sisters but also a few men…and their wives.

 

Rosaline “Rose” Kiely – The smart but naive sixth daughter and Jenna’s closest friend. When Rose’s life begins to spin out of control, so does Jenna’s.

 

Marcus Barrett – Rose’s boyfriend and Chicago police officer.

 

Toby Bari – Marcus’s partner and Deidre's boyfriend.

 

Lillian “Lily” Michaels-Robinson – Jenna’s beloved niece and recipient of her letters. 

 

Chicopee, California – Present Day

 

Jaymi Robinson – Lily’s granddaughter and Jenna’s great-great niece, at seventeen Jaymi is struggling with her father’s death, her mother’s absence and a complete loss of identity when she is forced to move from Los Angeles to the small town of Chicopee, California.

 

Ronald “Ronnie” Robinson – Lily’s musician son, Jaymi’s father, Samantha Jaymison’s husband.

 

Samantha Jaymison – Jaymi’s mother, Lily’s daughter-in-law, she struggles to fit the demands of her professional life and her role as a single mother.

 

Rory Cohen – Jaymi’s new friend and lifelong Chicopee resident from a middle class family. Book smart and college bound, Rory has an unexplainable obsession with reincarnation. 

 

Ty Buller – Daisy’s boyfriend and Jenna’s love interest.

 

Max Jones – Jaymi’s chauffer and nemesis. Rory’s love interest