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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 Lake House by Christie Barlow #Review


I am delighted to be on the tour to celebrate the latest in Christie Barlow's  Love Heart Lane series, The Lake House. It can be read as a standalone. You can read my review of more in the series here: Love Heart Lane, Foxglove Farm, Clover Cottage 

 There’s a newcomer to the village of Heartcross and she’s never been more in need of a friend.  Ella is ready to start afresh ––and that could mean there’s love on the horizon in the form of the gorgeous Roman, the local water taxi driver. Every day Roman is there to ferry Ella to the restaurant on the other side of the lake and every night he makes sure she gets home safe. But Roman has secrets of his own…

Can the Love Heart Lane community offer Ella a chance of a new life? Or will the ghosts of her past catch up with her?

 My Thoughts

Another visit to Love Heart Lane series and it was just as heartwarming as ever. This time, we get to follow Ella and Roman but also see how life is treating some familiar faces. It feels like such escapist reading, much needed at the moment and the setting is as stunning as ever. There are some surprising twists along the way and the story certainly does not seem stale. The village format is still yielding up refreshing stories. 

    I found Dolores to be a real character and she added a slice of humour to the story. Friendships, old and new, are shown to be integral to the story and a major reason why Hearrtcross is such a special place to live. Starting again is made to seem easy, although Ella has had a terrible time in the past. She has retained an optimistic attitude and is not jaundiced with refret and anger. This is a great choice for anyone looking for a series which grows to includes new characters but which retains the spark of its first series. 

In short: A touch of glamour at the Lake House.

About the Author

Christie Barlow is the author of ten bestselling romantic comedies including A Home at Honeysuckle Farm, Love Heart Lane and Clover Cottage. She lives in a ramshackle cottage in a quaint village in the heart of Staffordshire with her four children and two dogs.

Her writing career has come as a lovely surprise when Christie decided to write a book to teach her children a valuable life lesson and show them that they are capable of achieving their dreams. Christie’s dream was to become a writer and the book she wrote to prove a point went on to become a #1 bestseller in the UK, USA, Canada and Australia.

When Christie isn’t writing she enjoys playing the piano, is a keen gardener and loves to paint and upcycle furniture.

Christie is an ambassador for the @ZuriProject alongside Patron of the charity, Emmerdale’s Bhasker Patel. They raise money and awareness for communities in Uganda.

Christie loves to hear from her readers and you can get in touch via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.


You can follow Christie here: Website   |  Twitter   |   Facebook
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Book links: Amazon UK   |  Amazon US  
Thanks to Christe Barlow, 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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