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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

Moonlight over Studland Bay by Della Galton #Review


Today's featured book is a really heartwarming story by Della Galton. Moonlight over Studland Bay was published on 24th November by Boldwood Books. 

'Utterly uplifting, pure escapism' Trisha Ashley, bestselling author

Animal loving Samantha Jones is on a mission to ‘live the dream’.

When best friend Abby has a beautiful baby boy Sam’s priorities change and she realises she wants more from her life

Uninspired with her dull day job Sam plans to expand Purbeck Pooches, her seaside pet sitting business into a full-time career and embarks on a mission to find her perfect man.

Sam soon hits trouble. Her boss accuses her of moonlighting. The perfect man is frustratingly elusive and her parents make a shock revelation.

The odds are stacking up against her but Sam finds that sometimes when you reach for the moon, you get a handful of glittering stars thrown in for free.

My Thoughts
This was a welcome return to Studland Bay for me after Della's novel, Sunshine over Bluebell Cliff. You can read my review here.  Samantha is a thoroughly likeable character who gets your sympathy from the start. She has an independent streak, but at her heart, also values her friends and family and her basic kindness shines through. There are some humorous episodes in the story which make the story seem to fly by. The beginning certainly sets the tone and I particularly enjoyed meeting up with the eccentric Mr B, the chef from the Hotel at Bluebell Cliff, once more. 

    The animals are an endearing part of the story and certainly lead Samantha a merry dance at times. Samantha has to figure out exactly what she wants to do with her life and how she is going to get there. She comes to reconsider some of her views and to come to terms with how some of her previous relationships have worked out. The romance is a slow burning part of the story but charming nevertheless. This is a lovely piece of escapist reading for these winter nights.

In short: An amusing and heart-warming read.


About the Author

Della Galton is the author of 15 books, including Ice and a Slice. She writes short stories, teaches writing groups and is Agony Aunt for Writers Forum Magazine. She lives in Dorset. Della's new fiction series launched with Sunshine Over Bluebell Cliff in May 2020.

 Find out more about Della Galton, her books, speaking engagements & workshops, on her website,

You can also follow Della here:  Twitter  |  Facebook |  Instagram

Book link: Amazon UK 

Thanks to Della Galton, Boldwood Books and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources  for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.

Look out for the rest of the tour!




  1. Hi Pamela, many thanks for your lovely review. Thanks for taking the trouble. I'm delighted you like Mr B. He's one of my fav characters - he is in book 3 too :) x

  2. Thanks so much. I'm thrilled you like Mr B :)


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