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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

Searching for Steven by Jerssica Redland ** Review**

I have great pleasure in taking part in the blog tour for Jessica Redland's novel, Searching for Steven. It is the first in her Welcome to Whitsborough Series. You can read my review of Raving about Rhys here which is a standalone novella  and prequel to the series. 

What if you already know your future… but not the path to take you there?

When Sarah Peterson accepts her Auntie Kay's unexpected offer to take over her florist's shop, she's prepared for a change of job, home and lifestyle. What she isn't prepared for is the discovery of a scarily accurate clairvoyant reading that's been missing for twelve years. All her predictions have come true, except one: she's about to meet the man of her dreams. Oh, and his name is Steven. Suddenly Stevens are everywhere. Could it be the window cleaner, the rep, the manager of the coffee shop, or any of the men she's met online? On top of that, she finds herself quite attracted to a handsome web designer, but his name isn't even Steven... During this unusual search, will Sarah find her destiny?

My Thoughts

The most delightful part of this novel derives from the variety of characters who are all so important to Sarah. Having decided to make a tremendous change in her life, Sarah's new start looks for a time as if it is going to be derailed by the past. There are some great friendships in there and Sarah's family members add another dimension. I really enjoyed following Sarah's life as she set about re-opening the florist and starting anew. 

    It has a great setting in Whitsborough Bay, with plenty of scope for the next two books in the series. With some humour and plenty of twists and turns in Sarah's quest for love, you end up rooting for her to make the right choice. I liked the intermittent text messages and Facebook updates which gave it a 'Bridget Jones' feel. Just the book to settle down with for an easy and diverting read on a Summer's day, (despite its Christmas setting!).

In short: A charming and romantic read.   

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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