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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

Tangled Vines by Megan Mayfair ** Blog Tour Review**

Today's contemporary novel by Megan Mayfair, Tangled Vines. Set in Australia, it spans a generation. You can read my review of Megan's first novel, Things We Leave Unsaid, here.  
Amelia O'Sullivan is a photographer who has always viewed herself through the wrong lens. When her marriage publicly crashes around her, she flees to the safety of her aunt's country property to pick up the pieces. Can she adjust her focus to what she really wants from her life?

Born into a wealthy and powerful family, Frederick Doyle may seem like a man who has it all, but behind the scenes, a bitter business feud threatens an irrevocable family split. As he fights for control of the winery he'd built from the ground up, he finds a supportive ally in Amelia and becomes increasingly beguiled by her creative spirit.

Jill McMahon is a successful novelist suffering from writer's block over her latest manuscript. Finding her niece, Amelia, at her door, reminds her of the bonds of family, but in seeing Amelia and Frederick's relationship grow, a long-forgotten and painful secret threatens to re-surface.

Can Amelia, Frederick and Jill untangle themselves from their pasts or will history simply repeat itself? 

My Thoughts

I found this to be an engrossing read and I quickly became invested in the lives of the Amelia, Frederick and Jill. Of the three, I would say that Jill was my favourite. There was obviously a lot to find out about her past life and I enjoyed her friendships with the others. You feel that she would be excellent company.

    Behind the romance which is developing, there are also some interesting threads about mental health, anxiety and depression. Ialso appreciated how the relationships within families and between the generations are explored. There are different strands of the story which are woven together, forming quite a complicated picture. It seems that the characters' lives are interwoven in ways they have not all guessed. Fluently written and with a steady fast moving pace, this makes for a great read.

In short: Tangled lives.

About the Author


Megan’s stories are about families, intrigue and love. Every book contains a bit of humour and a lot of heart.

Megan lives in Melbourne with her husband and three children, and has a background in public relations and higher education.

She drinks far too much coffee and has an addiction to buying scarves. She interviews with other authors for her blog series, Espresso Tales, and loves a bit of #bookstagram.

Her debut novel, The Things We Leave Unsaid, was released by Crooked Cat Books in 2018. Tangled Vines is her second novel. 

You can follow Megan here: Website   |  Facebook   |  Twitter 
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Book links: Amazon UK 

Thanks to Megan, Crooked Cats Publishers and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources  for a copy of the book and a place on the tour. 

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