The protagonist of San Diego social worker and teacher Reina Menasche’s Twice Begun, Paris Jablonski, shares some career traits with her creator. After suffering heartache in her first marriage, Paris begins working as a counselor to recovering addicts, and finds the key to her own healing amidst the turmoil of rebuilding the lives of others, literally and metaphorically. Reina is a familiar part of the SD writing community, including receiving recognition at the San Diego Book Awards and Southern California Writers Conference.
It all begins in the closet.
Paris Jablonski, wife, mother, social worker, and aspiring writer, is
celebrating her seventh wedding anniversary when she uncovers a secret
letter about her sexy French husband—and his girlfriend. The letter is
in French, nearly incomprehensible, and so is the betrayal. How could
she, an experienced mental health professional, have so misread her own
After traveling to France to confront her husband, Paris returns to face
wildfires, evacuations, and a new job with recovering addicts. And she
finds herself attracted to the most unlikely candidate: a recovering
alcoholic who also happens to be a client.
In this heart-tugging story of love, loss and renewal, Paris Jablonski
is a heroine whose street savvy must learn to take back seat to a wiser
About the Author
Reina’s fiction has been recognized by organizations such as the San
Diego Writers and Editors Guild, the San Diego Book and Writing Awards,
and the Southern California Writers Conference.
A masters-level social worker, she teaches university classes in
Counseling and Human Services. In addition she provides direct services
to clients on issues such as family conflict, addiction, stress
management, and life transitions. With her school counseling
credential, Reina has specialized in helping young children adjust to
life after divorce.
Currently she lives with her family in San Diego.