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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

The 12 Christmases of You & Me by Jennifer Joyce #Review


The 12 Christmases of You and Me by Jennifer Joyce is published today!

What if you could go back in time and fix the biggest mistake of your life?

Two years ago, Maisie’s best friend walked out of her life and she hasn’t heard from him since. When she wakes up in 1994, she naturally assumes she’s dreaming. But when she finds herself in the past again the next night and her actions in the dream alter her present-day life, she begins to wonder if she’s somehow hopping back in time. And if she is time-travelling, can she save her friendship with Jonas?

When Maisie is forced to relive Christmases of the past, will she face up to her mistakes, or make them all over again?

The 12 Christmases of You & Me is a magical tale of friendship, first loves, and learning to live in the present.

 My Thoughts

This has a magical feel to it as it mixes time travel with romance and a touch of Christmas! Set in the run up to Lily-s wedding, you follow three friends, Maisie, Lily and Jonas. As Maisie time travels back to Christmases past, you gradually learn more and more about the three friends and what has driven some of them apart. I enjoyed the humorous touches when Maisie realises that with the benefit of hindsight, she knows more about popular culture than her friends.

    There are plenty of characters involved in this story, especially Lily and Maisie's families and you certainly feel the pull of friendship and family bonds throughout. There is also the quandary which Maisie faces that if she is to travel back in time, she risks altering what happens in the future. This has a festive, light tone throughout and is well worth a place on a festive TBR.

In short: Wedding bells and Christmas lights

About the Author

Jennifer Joyce is a writer of romantic comedies who lives in Manchester with her husband and their two daughters. She's been scribbling down bits of stories for as long as she can remember, graduating from a pen to a typewriter and then an electronic typewriter. And she felt like the bee's knees typing on THAT. She now writes her books on a laptop (which has a proper delete button and everything).

You can follow Jennifer here:  Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Instagram 

Book links:  Amazon UK  |  Amazon US

Thanks to Jennifer Joyce and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources  for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.  

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  1. Thank you for reviewing The 12 Christmases of You & Me. So pleased you enjoyed the book!


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