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Second Chance Summer by Phillipa Ashley #Review

  I an delighted to be part of the celebrations for Phillipa Ashley's Summer novel, Second Chance Summer which was published by Penguin on June 6th. From the moment Lily Harper arrives at a remote retreat on the breath-taking Scilly Isles, she is itching to get back to civilisation - and her thriving business. Slowing Down simply isn't in her vocabulary, and so she quickly clashes with the gorgeous but dour Sam who runs the retreat. Just as Lily is about to give up and leave, disaster strikes, and she is involved in an incident that changes her perspective on everything. Lily is no longer sure she wants to return to the life she thought she loved. But will she have the courage to give the retreat, and Sam, a second chance? Praise for the Author ‘Full of genuine warmth and quirky characters’   Woman’s Own ‘Filled with warm and likeable characters. Great fun!’ Jill Mansell ‘Utterly glorious … one of the freshest voices to emerge in women's fiction today’   Cl

This Fragile Life by Kate Hewitt ** Blog Tour Review & Giveaway**

Welcome to the first of my two stops on the blog tour for Kate Hewitt's This Fragile Life. There is also the chance to win a paperback copy of Kate's latest novel, A Mother's Choice which is due out in June. Details on how to enter this International Giveaway are at the foot of this post.


You love your best friend. You trust her with your life. But could you give her the most precious gift of all?



Alex's life is a mess. She's barely holding down a job, only just affording her apartment, and can't remember when she was last in a relationship. An unexpected pregnancy is the last thing she needs.



Martha's life is on track. She's got the highflying career, the gorgeous home and the loving husband. But one big thing is missing. Five rounds of IVF and still no baby.



The solution seems simple. Alex knows that Martha can give her child everything that she can't provide. But Martha's world may not be as perfect as it seems, and letting go isn't as easy as Alex expected it to be. Now they face a decision that could shatter their friendship forever.


My Thoughts

I have rarely read such an emotional and deeply touching book as This Fragile Life. I should preface this with a caution that it deals with issues of childlessness, childbirth, IVF and miscarriage. It rings with authenticity and draws you into the anguish of the main characters effortlessly. You go through all their hopes and fears with them and cannot help but feel total empathy for both Alex and Martha. As you learn more about their own childhoods, you begin to understand the front they present to the world.

    One of the novel's strengths is that you see the characters develop as the story unfolds. You also get to see the reactions of their friends and families and glimpse beneath the surface of their stories too. Motherhood is shown through different generations. Moreover, it has an interesting structure in that you follow the story through both Alex and Martha's eyes as they alternate through the action. You get to see their thoughts and reactions as the events unfold. 

    This Fragile Life deals with some heart wrenching issues. Halfway through, everything changes and from then on, you begin to dread the outcome of the story, but you have to keep reading. It is powerful writing which touches the reader deeply and stays with you after the final page.

In short: profoundly emotional but beautifully constructed writing.

About the Author



Kate Hewitt is the USA Today-bestselling author of over 60 books of women's fiction and romance. She is the author of the Hartley-by-the-Sea series, set in England's Lake District and published by Penguin. She is also, under the name Katharine Swartz, the author of the Tales from Goswell books, a series of time-slip novels set in the village of Goswell.



She likes to read romance, mystery, the occasional straight historical and angsty women's fiction; she particularly enjoys reading about well-drawn characters and avoids high-concept plots.


Having lived in both New York City and a tiny village on the windswept northwest coast of England, she now resides in a market town in Wales with her husband, five children, and an overly affectionate Golden Retriever.

You can follow Kate here: Twitter   |  Website

Book links: Goodreads   |  Amazon UK  

Thanks to Kate Hewitt and Jenny of Neverland Blog Tours for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.

                                                                Giveaway (International)

To win a paperback copy of Kate's latest novel, A Mother's Choice, due out in June,  follow the link below and good luck!

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