A Ring, a Dance, a Second Chance

Romance - General
304 Pages
Reviewed on 10/05/2016
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Author Biography

Jonell Kirby Cash grew up in Georgia where she graduated from Franklin County, Georgia, high school, in 1947; Reinhardt Junior College, Waleska, Georgia, 1949; University of Georgia, , BS.HEC, 1952; MS Degree in Education, 1957; (PHD) EdD (in Education,) Counseling Psychology, 1964. She performed her post Doctoral work included a summer session at Carnegie Melon University.

She taught in the public schools of Georgia for twelve years and was a full time teacher at UGA while she was a full-time doctoral student. Her first college position was at Augusta College as Directory of the Counseling Center and later served as Director of Instruction Director of Instruction with Georgia’s 9th District Services Center. She taught at the graduate level at University of Georgia, Syracuse University and West Virginia University, in Morgantown, WV. She moved to Kanawha Valley Graduate Center in Charleston, WV as Coordinator of Instruction with West Virginia University and later, was an Assoc. Dean for Program development, and she was involved in developing an accredited graduate college (WVCOGS) in Charleston, West Virginia.
Professionally, Dr. Jonell Kirby Cash served on the editorial board of the Journal for Specialists in Group Work and as an advisory editor for The Individual Psychologist; she was a member of the Commission on Higher Education of the North Central Accreditation Association, and a consultant to overseas workshops in Portugal, Australia, Brazil, Egypt and England.

Dr. Jonell Kirby Cash has authored four books in the field of psychology and counseling and since retiring has written her first novel, A Ring, A Dance, A Second Chance. With her busy schedule Jonell has found time to attend workshops in writing, create a writing group, and read widely. Since retiring her volunteer work has included CASA, working with couple under stress and with disruptive children and troubled families.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite

A Ring, a Dance, a Second Chance by Jonell Kirby Cash is a romance novel set against a backdrop of several decades. Katie is a newly widowed middle-aged lady, trying to adjust to life after her husband’s death and coming into her own at the same time. One day, Katie happens to receive a call from Taylor, her old high school sweetheart whom she hasn’t seen in almost 50 years. Taylor’s wife is deceased as well and the story progresses from this point as Katie and Taylor reconnect and get to know each other all over again. Soon, they find that age has changed some things and Katie is now coming into her own as an independent woman who wants to travel, make friends, and create her own true identity. Taylor remains more traditional and how he used to be. This is essentially their love story.

A Ring, a Dance, a Second Chance is a good read and I especially liked the fact that the protagonists are mature, older people who have seen life and know what they like and dislike. There is an underlying philosophy and maturity to the story line which I enjoyed. I also liked Katie’s independent, strong-willed character as she journeys to China, keeps a journal, and really tries to understand who she is and what she needs and wants. This story is an inspiration to everyone that it is never too late to find love or romance, and more importantly, it is never too late to find yourself and go after your dreams at any age. The connection between the two has been portrayed as tender and natural, even after the passage of time and their respective marriages and children. Overall, I enjoyed this book and I hope there are more books coming out in this series.

Karen Jamerson

The book reminded me of a similar situation when I too lost a spouse and let go my ego and stop looking...knowing things would happen. It did as I too received a call from a college classmate who had dated me. We lost contact for over 30 years. I too got gritty remembering his face and the fun we had during dating.... After 11 years of marriage, we are growing older together. I would highly recommend your book. "A Ring A Dance A Second Chance" as it is a good read with a story for an older generation searching for love. We are the author's Taylor and Katie characters in the book.