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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

Life's What You Make It by Sian O'Gorman #PublicationDay #Review #BoldwoodBloggers


It's Happy Publication Day to Sian O'Gorman for her latest romance, Life's What You Make It which is published today on July 20th. 

Dreams can come true, you just have to believe...

All new from Irish bestselling author Sian O'Gorman

After 10 years in London, working in a stressful City firm, Liv O’Neill returns home to Sandycove, a picturesque seaside village, just outside Dublin to care for her mother after a fall.

Whilst Liv reconnects with friends and family, she is amazed by Sandycove’s thriving community spirit with its artisan shops, delis and cafes - it’s not quite the place she left behind.

As village life begins to creep under her skin, Liv is forced to confront the things that drove her away.

Can Liv balance her past, present and future and find her own happy place?

And will a handsome young doctor help her make a decision about the life she really wants?

Suddenly her old life in London begins to seem extremely unappealing and Liv is forced to use her family’s past in order to forge a brand new future.

 My Thoughts

This is a novel which takes a look at someone returning to her roots and re-evaluating her goals and aspirations.  Liv ran away to London and on returning to Ireland, takes another look at the assumptions she made about herself when she was a young girl. The community of Sandycove emerges as a welcoming and largely caring one. Life has moved on from the place that Liv remembers in some ways and she sees her place in it through a different filter.

    I enjoyed some of the characters who Liv meets. Not everyone has a picture- perfect life and there are some darker moments below the surface. On the whole however, the overall tone is hopeful, with people encouraged to fulfil their potential and look forward with confidence. The ties of family bonds are strong as is forgiveness and sticking together. There are also a couple of four-legged friends who add to the general colour of the plot.

In short: Starting over and following your dreams

About the Author

Sian O’Gorman was born in Galway and now lives just along the coast from Dublin. She works as a radio producer alongside writing contemporary women’s fiction inspired by friend and family relationships.

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Book links: Amazon UK

You can read my review of Life After You here.

Thanks to Sian O'Gorman, Boldwood Books and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources  for a copy of the book amd a place on the tour. 

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