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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

Raving about Rhys by Jessica Redland **Review**

I am delighted to be featuring Jessica Redlands' novella, Raving about Rhys today. This is the standalone prequel to Jessica's Welcome to Whitsborough Bay Series.
Bubbly Callie Derbyshire loves her job as a carer, and can't believe she's finally landed herself a decent boyfriend - older man Tony - who's lasted way longer than the usual disastrous three months. Tony's exactly what she's always dreamed of ... or at least he would be if he ever took her out instead of just taking her to bed. And work would be perfect too if she wasn't constantly in trouble with her boss, The She-Devil Denise.

When the new gardener, Mikey, discovers her in a rather compromising position at work, Callie knows that her days at Bay View Care Home could be numbered. Can she trust him not to tell Denise? If she's issued with her marching orders, who'll look out for her favourite client, Ruby, whose grandson, Rhys, seems to constantly let her down? What does Ruby know about Tony? And what is Denise hiding?

Surrounded by secrets and lies, is there anyone left who Callie can trust?

My Thoughts
Set in a Care Home, we are introduced to a real variety of characters of all ages. The central character, Callie, is immensely likeable with some very human flaws but a really caring side. Her friendship with Ruby and care for the other residents is lovely. Although the story has twists and turns, none of them are particularly unexpected and you kind of know the direction certain characters are going in from the start. Not that that spoilt my enjoyment of the book. It is a short, lively read with touches of humour and a serious point at its heart.

    As this is the prequel to the Welcome to Whitsborough Bay Series, I expect that the stories of some of the characters who feature here will be expanded and developed. There is certainly a great deal of material in this community. I will be reviewing the first in the series, Searching for Stephen on June 4th.  

In short: Ideal for reading on a holiday afternoon- some lively episodes with a romantic centre.    

About the Author 

Jessica had never considered writing as a career until a former manager kept telling her that her business reports read more like stories and she should write a book. She loved writing but had no plot ideas. Then something happened to her that prompted the premise for her debut novel, Searching for Steven. She put fingers to keyboard and soon realised she had a trilogy and a novella!

She lives on the stunning North Yorkshire Coast – the inspiration for the settings in her books – with her husband, daughter, cat, Sprocker Spaniel, and an ever-growing collection of collectible teddy bears. Although if the dog has her way, the collection will be reduced to a pile of stuffing and chewed limbs!

Jessica tries to balance her time – usually unsuccessfully – between being an HR tutor and writing.

You can follow Jessica here: Twitter   |  Facebook   |   Website 

Book links: Amazon UK 

Thanks to Jessica Redland and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour. 

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  1. Thank you so much for joining the blog tour for Raving About Rhys. Thank you for your kind comments and I look forward to hearing what you think of Steven.

    Is that a picture of you against the 'about the author' section? If it isn't, I'm so sorry to say this but it's not me! :-)

    Jessica x


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