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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

Strictly Come Dating by Kathryn Freeman #Review


 I always smile when I know there is a new Kathryn Freeman novel on release and here is another! Strictly Come Dating was published on 15th August by One More Chapter. 

Saturday nights are strictly for dancing…

As the glitter ball shimmers and sequins flash, forty-year-old Maggie remembers the pull of the dancefloor.  But now, as a newly divorced mum of two, Maggie’s certain her dancing days are over.  Or are they…?

Encouraged by her friends, Maggie dusts off her silver stilettoes and enrols for dancing classes, all she needs now is the perfect partner.

Enter Seb.  Young, carefree and hot as hell, Seb is definitely a perfect 10!  Even though everything about him is outrageously inappropriate! But as Seb sweeps her across the dancefloor every week, Maggie begins to see a new side to him; kind, caring, funny, strong.

And Maggie realises that he’s the only one she’d like to foxtrot with…perhaps even forever.

My Thoughts

This is a fun read which is well up to Kathryn Freeman's usual high standard of romcoms. It has a great range of characters, two central characters with all the chemistry you can hope for and a storyline which speeds along and is warm and uplifting. I enjoyed the fact that Maggie and Seb had a big age difference with all the questions that raised and which have to be worked through. 

    Maggie's two daughters add to the humour and the story has all the warmth of the programme Strictly Come Dancing itself. There is quite a contrast between Maggie and Seb, with age being the least of it. They are very different personalities at the beginning, with Maggie as the responsible, slightly straight-laced doctor and Seb seeming to drift through life. You begin to realise that he actually has more depth than that, with strong family ties, a social conscience and a desire to sort out his aims in life. This is a thoroughly enjoyable read with a satisfying ending and lots of fun along the way.

In short: Trip the light fantastic!

About the Author

A former pharmacist, I’m now a medical writer who also writes romance. Some days a racing heart is a medical condition, others it’s the reaction to a hunky hero.

I’ve two sons and a husband who asks every Valentine’s Day whether he has to buy a card (yes, he does), so any romance is all in my head. Then again, his unstinting support of my career change proves love isn't always about hearts and flowers - and heroes come in many disguises.


You can read my review of Kathryn's books here: A Little Christmas Charm  |  Oh CrumbsA Little Christmas FaithCrikey a Bodyguard  |  Reach for a Star  |  Up Close and Personal 

You can follow Kathryn here:  Website  |  Facebook   |  Twitter

Book links: Amazon UK   |  Amazon US  

Thanks to Kathryn Freeman, One More Chapter and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour. 
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