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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

Love at the Northern Lights by Darcie Boleyn ** Blog Tour Author Interview**

I am delighted to welcome Darcie Boleyn to Books, Life and Everything today. Her latest novel, Love at the Northern Lights, which I loved, was published on 17th September and you can read my review here.  Darcie told us all about her writing life back in October 2017 and you can catch up with what she had to say here.

Hello Darcie. Welcome back to Books, Life and Everything. You have told us before about how you started as a writer and your writing routines, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to talk to you about this years’ seasonal read, Love at the Northern Lights and where you got your inspiration for the story.

Thank you for hosting me! ☺

Without spoiling the story, would you like to start by telling us something about Love at the Northern Lights?

Love at the Northern Lights is a romantic comedy, but it’s also a lot more. It’s the story of Frankie Ashford and her journey to find herself, and hopefully, her estranged mother. It’s also about the joy of travelling and seeing new places and about opening yourself up to the possiblities that life has to offer. It is about love and loss, family estrangement and reconciliation. It’s about finally arriving home – whether it’s in the place you started out or somewhere far away. We only have one life so we have to make the most of it.

You’ve dedicated Love at the Northern Lights to your father. Could you tell us a little about what inspired you to write the novel?

Love at the Northern Lights is dedicated to my dad and to the dreams we shared. The story isn’t about him, or me, but it was inspired by our conversations and our bucket list. My dad was one of my best friends and we always planned on travelling together. Norway was one of the places we talked about visiting. With its mountains, glaciers and deep coastal fjords, it sounded perfect. There would be the chance to see authentic Viking ships in Oslo’s museum, to take a cruise on the Sognedfjord – Norway’s longest and deepest fjord – and to hike and ski. And, of course, there would be the opportunity to visit the city of Tromsø, to ride on a sleigh through the snow, and hopefully witness the magnificent Aurora borealis. Sadly, my dad passed away in 2004, but one day I aim to see the northern lights for us both. He was so full of enthusiasm for life and his ready smile and his wit made me laugh all the time. He is never far from my thoughts.

The book is set in a spectacular part of the world. How did you go about researching it?

I read lots of articles and blog posts and looked at lots of photographs and watched videos on YouTube. Research can be so much fun!

If your book was turned into a film, who would you cast for Frankie and Jonas?

Frankie could be played by Kiera Knightly or Jessica Biel and Jonas could be played by Chris Hemsworth or Travis Fimmel.

Thinking of Christmas, what 3 things do you enjoy most about the holiday season?

I always make a Christmas cake with my children and every year we watch Home Alone and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. I also try to read a few Christmas books, as that makes me feel festive and I love reading, of course. Christmas for me is about snuggling up with my husband, children and dogs and spending precious time together.

Do you have any favourite Festive reads you can recommend?

I read different ones every year, usually romances that have just been released, but you can’t beat A Christmas Carol as a traditional festive tale.

Finally, are there any new books in the pipeline which you can share anything about with us? 
I am currently working on a new series set in Cornwall and it will be published in 2019. ☺

Thanks so much Darcie, I can't wait to read your new series! 

Book Spotlight

‘Climbing out the window in her dress and tiara wasn’t exactly how Frankie imagined her wedding day…’

Runaway bride Frankie Ashford hops a plane to Norway with one goal in mind - find her estranged mother and make peace with the past. But when a slip on the ice in Oslo lands her directly in Jonas Thorsen’s viking-strong arms, her single-minded focus drifts away in the winter winds.

When it comes to romance Jonas knows that anything he and Frankie share has an expiration date - the British heiress has a life to return to in London that’s a world away from his own. But family is everything to Jonas and, as the one man who can help Frankie find the answers she’s seeking, he’ll do whatever it takes to help her reunite with her mother.

Now, as Christmas draws closer and the northern lights work their magic Frankie and Jonas will have to make a it safe or risk heartbreak to take a chance on love.

Title: Love at the Northern Lights

Author Name: Darcie Boleyn

Previous Books : Love at the Italian Lake, Christmas at Conwenna Cove, Forever at Conwenna Cove, Summer at Conwenna Cove and A Very Merry Christmas

Genre: Women’s Fiction, romcom

Release Date: 17th September 2018

Publisher: Canelo 
Book links: Amazon UK  |  Kobo UK  |  Google Books UK
                 |  Apple Books UK
About the Author

Darcie Boleyn has a huge heart and is a real softy. She never fails to cry at books and movies, whether the ending is happy or not. Darcie is in possession of an overactive imagination that often keeps her awake at night. Her childhood dream was to become a Jedi but she hasn’t yet found suitable transport to take her to a galaxy far, far away. She also has reservations about how she’d look in a gold bikini, as she rather enjoys red wine, cheese and loves anything with ginger or cherries in it – especially chocolate. Darcie fell in love in New York, got married in the snow, rescues uncoordinated greyhounds and can usually be found reading or typing away on her laptop.

You can follow Darcie here: Twitter  |  Website 

Thanks to Darcie Boleyn,and Ellie Pilcher of Canelo for the interview and a place on the tour.

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