Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

Second Chances


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One day, many years ago, my mother told me a story about her round of golf. On this particular day, she and three other women were playing their weekly game. When they got to a par-3 hole, which means you have three shots to get the ball into the hole, each woman took their turn.

One woman hit her tee shot, the first shot, and it was a wild hook into the bushes. She proceeded to pull another ball from her bag saying, “I’m going to hit again.” The rules of golf prohibit a player from hitting again without taking a penalty, but no one in the foursome spoke up.

She teed up her ball and readied herself to hit. Good contact was made and the ball soared toward the green. To everyone’s surprise the ball went straight into the hole. The ladies cheered, “Nice shot,” while the woman jumped up and down announcing, “I got a hole in one.”

Confused, the women all looked at one another until one finally spoke. “That was your second shot, so it’s not a legitimate hole in one.”

Apparently, the woman thought she deserved a second chance. She marked her scorecard with a one and proceeded to the next hole.

What about you? Do you believe in second chances in life or in love?

Speaking of second chances, my first Love Inspired Harlequin book, that will release in March, 2017, has been officially titled, “Second Chance Romance.”


Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, published by Harlequin Love Inspired released on February 21, 2017 and is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

150 thoughts on “Second Chances

  1. Nice link to your book title! Without a second chance there wouldn’t have been the disputed hole in one, so they are good sometimes. Like everything in life it is advisable to take them as it comes…a bit like books, boom! Full circle comment.


  2. I definitely believe in second chances – in love, in a career, in writing a story, but NOT in golf! 😉
    Great seque into your book title. I’ll be one of the first to read it!

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  3. My life is a story of 2nd, 3rd, and many chances. What a wonderful story your mom told. I like how the lady in question ‘took’ her 2nd chance.
    Congratulations on the book title. Even in romance, we deserve 2nd chances.


  4. I think everyone deserves a second chance, though you might say this one was just cheating 🙂 Great to hear that you have an official title and release day now Jill, congratulations!


  5. I certainly believe in second chances… even in golf… that is, IF she let everybody else have a do-over too… then it’s fair.


  6. HI Jill,
    Interesting story and follow-up question! I think second chances are always great, but not if it comes unfairly at someone else’s expense. In this case, golf is only a game. In life and love there are much higher stakes, so much more to win or lose. Congratulations on a huge accomplishment–wishing you great success!


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