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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

No Further Questions by Gillian McAllister ** Blog Tour Review **

I am delighted to be taking part in the celebrations for the eBook release of Gillian McAllister's third book, No Further Questions. The paperback copy will be published on October 4th. 

Your baby died in your sister's care - the police think it's murder but she insists she's innocent. Who do you believe?

The police say she's guilty.
She insists she's innocent.

She's your sister.
You loved her.
You trusted her.
But they say she killed your child.

Who do you believe?

My Thoughts

This is an impressive psychological thriller in which Gillian's experience as a lawyer shines through. You are presented with the court case with two sisters on opposing sides of a murder trial and taken through the case as it unfolds. As you progress through, you are given glimpses into the thoughts of the two sisters and the complexity of their relationship. It is clear that 'something' is missing from the evidence and the reader is kept guessing to the end.

    You can't help but wonder what you would have done in either of the sisters' shoes and the effect of the case on the wider family becomes apparent. I particularly liked the anguish of their parents as they tried to get through the trial with loyalties to both of their daughters. Always present in the novel is the baby Layla who died. I found the story to be poignant and affecting as it stripped away at what it is to be a parent. 

In short: Superb.

About the Author

Gillian McAllister has been writing for as long as she can remember. She graduated with an English degree and lives in Birmingham where she now works as a lawyer. Her debut novel Everything But The Truth was a Sunday Times top ten bestseller. You can find her on Twitter @GillianMAuthor.

You can read my review of Anything You Do Say  here

Book link: Amazon UK 
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Thanks to Jenny Platt of Penguin Random House for a copy of the book and a place on the blog tour.


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