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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

A Greek Affair by Linn B Halton ** Blog Tour Review & Giveaway**

I am delighted to be featuring Linn B Halton's romance, A Greek Affair on the blog today. There is also the chance to win Rose Wine and Chocolates. Details on how to enter are at the foot of this post. 

More than just a holiday romance?

Her daughter, her job and divorcing her untrustworthy ex are Leah’s main priorities. She isn’t really bothered that her life might be missing a few things. But after winning a prestigious travel blogger award, she’s inundated with offers to review glamorous holiday destinations. Lying around drinking exotic cocktails and being paid for it! What could be better?

Perhaps a romantic trip to idyllic Greece to find the one man who might make Leah risk her heart again…

My Thoughts

It is great to be able to escape to Greece for a short time in the middle of the January post - Christmas period. Travel is at the centre of the story as Leah is a travel blogger and I particularly enjoyed the descriptions of the places she visited on her cruise and of course, of Athens. 

   Leah turns out to be an interesting character with a complicated backstory which is never totally resolved. Not all the loose ends are neatly tied up at the end, which I like. Leah's friendships are shown to be as important to her as her family and I found Harrison, in particular, to be a good addition to the story. 

  Taking a risk second time around is not an easy thing to do when there are other people involved, especially children and this feels like a mature romance rather than 'love's young dream'. Leah shows that she has a determined streak to protect her daughter and to succeed. She can be proactive and learnt not to just sit back and take what life has to throw at her.

In short: romance grows amongst the ruins.  
About the Author 

From interior designer to author, Linn B. Halton - who also writes under the pen name of Lucy Coleman - says ‘it’s been a fantastic journey!’

Linn is the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels and is excited to be writing for both Aria Fiction (Head of Zeus) and Harper Impulse (Harper Collins); she’s represented by Sara Keane of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.

When she’s not writing, or spending time with the family, she’s either upcycling furniture or working in the garden.

Linn won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award; her novels have been short-listed in the UK's Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards.

Living in Coed Duon in the Welsh Valleys with her ‘rock’, Lawrence, and gorgeous Bengal cat Ziggy, she freely admits she’s an eternal romantic.

Linn is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and writes feel-good, uplifting novels about life, love and relationships.

You can follow Linn here: Website   |  Facebook   |  Twitter

Book Links: Amazon UK 

 Thanks to Linn B Halton and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources  for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.

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                                                                        Giveaway ( UK only)

To win rose wine and chocolate, just follow the link below and good luck!

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  1. Ah - I love that ~ "romance grows amongst the ruins" ~ it's perfect! It does in this case and thank goodness for the magic of Athens ... thank you SO much for taking the time to read, review and be on the tour. So appreciated!

    1. It was a pleasure to read your book. i loved the descriptions of Athens.


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