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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 Winter We Met by Samantha Tonge #Review #PublicationDayPush

 

Today is a special day for Samantha Tonge's The Winter We Met - Publication Day!


When charming, mysterious Nik sits next to Jess on a plane home from a Christmas toy trade fair, she never could have imagined the impact he'd have on her life. As they touch down in London, Jess is hesitant to let Nik walk away, and before she knows it, she's invited him to visit.

As the two take in the delights of the toy store where she works, Jess gets an upsetting phone call. Willow Court, her grandmother's care home, is to close before Christmas. Jess is determined to find the perfect new home for her Gran – and throw the best Christmas party Willow Court has ever seen!

But time is running out with the closure looming and Jess becomes increasingly drawn to enigmatic Nik who joins forces with her and best friend Oliver to realise those plans.

Will a chance encounter on an aeroplane bring love to Jess's life or is this Christmas miracle too good to be true?

My Thoughts

There is so much more to this book than the seasonal aspects. Although it captures the festive atmosphere beautifully, it focuses on a group of seniors who are being made to move from their residential home. Jess, Oliver and Nik work hard to make their last few weeks together memorable and the links between the generations are clear to see. There are some real characters in the group and I liked the way they were shown to have had valuable and demanding lives when they were younger. Family and friendships are centre stage.

   Jess's work at the toy shops adds a seasonal touch and somehow adds to the warm feelings. I also enjoyed the story which develops around Nik and everyone's reactions to him. This is a lovely book to read near Christmas and certainly has a heart-warming, feelgood tone. I also have to mention Buddy, Jess's dog who features  and adds to the warmth.

In short: Will the Christmas Party go ahead?

     

About the Author


Samantha Tonge lives in Manchester UK and studied German and French at university. She has worked abroad, including a stint at Disneyland Paris, and has travelled widely.

When not writing she loves family time, reading and baking. Samantha has sold many dozens of short stories to women's magazines.

In 2013, she landed a publishing deal for romantic comedy fiction with HQDigital at HarperCollins and in 2014 her bestselling debut, Doubting Abbey, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction Best Ebook Award.

In 2015 her summer novel, Game of Scones, hit #5 in the UK Kindle chart and won the Love Stories Awards Best Romantic Ebook category.

In 2019 she was shortlisted for the RNA’s Romantic Comedy Award.

In 2020 she won the RNA’s Jackie Collins Romantic Thriller Award with her novel Knowing You, from publisher Canelo.

You can follow Samantha here: Twitter   |  Facebook   |  Website

Book links: Amazon UK  

Thanks to Samantha Tonge, Aria and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the event.
 

 

 


 

 

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