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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

Finding Home by Kate Field #Review

 I am delighted to be taking part in today's Publication Day celebrations for Kate Field's Finding Home. It is published on 16th April by One More Chapter.

She might not have much in this world, but it cost nothing to be kind…

Meet Miranda Brown: you can call her Mim. She’s jobless, homeless and living in her car… but with a history like hers she knows she has a huge amount to be grateful for.

Meet Beatrice and William Howard: Bill and Bea to you. The heads of the Howard family and owners of Venhallow Hall, a sprawling seaside Devonshire estate… stranded in a layby five hours from home the night before their niece’s wedding.

When fate brings the trio together, Mim doesn’t think twice before offering to drive the affable older couple home. It’s not like she has anywhere else to be. But as the car pulls into the picturesque village of Littlemead, Mim has no idea how her life is about to change…

An uplifting story of found family and true love perfect for fans of Fern Britton and Veronica Henry.

 My Thoughts

As soon as Miranda sets off on her journey to Devon. you are hooked into her story. This is a warm, uplifting read which does not shy away from harsher themes but treats them in an optimistic fashion. Miranda is the product of a difficult childhood but has emerged from her young life in care as a resilient and hardworking young woman. She is at a low ebb at the beginning, but you see her respond to the love and kindness of the Howard family and she begins to appreviate the benefits of friendship and belonging.

    The Howard family could form a series in their own right. They are such different characters and I am sure each would have a story to tell. The Devonshire setting is gorgeous and makes you long for Summer. Charity, kindness and helping others are all intrinsic to the story but never treated in a condescending way. Miranda's determination not to take advantage of others makes her a staunch friend and a thoroughly likeable character. This is an enjoyable read, full of community with the odd bitter moment to keep it real.

In short: It costs nothing to be kind... 

Kate writes contemporary women’s fiction, mainly set in her favourite county of Lancashire,  where she lives with her husband, daughter and mischievous cat.

She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.

Kate’s debut novel, The Magic of Ramblings, won the RNA’s Joan Hessayon Award for new writers.


You can follow Kate here: Twitter | Facebook 

Book links:  Amazon UK

Thanks to Kate Field, 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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