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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

Thirteen Stops by Sandra Harris #Review


Today I am happy to feature Sandra Harris' Thirteen Stops which was published by Poolbeg Press on June 12th 2020.

There are thirteen Luas stops between Sandyford and St. Stephen's Green in Dublin and vice versa. The passengers all hunker down, folded tightly into themselves, eyes fixed on their phones, interminably scrolling, terrified of connecting with each other. Except . . . Except, who's that good-looking guy in the long dark coat who's eyeing up selfie queen Laura? Could he end up as one of her terrible choices? Hang on, isn't he the same guy who was ogling glamorous working-mum-with-a-secret Maroon before? And why is Jamie over there telling his life story to a complete stranger? What's Fauve hiding in her handbag? It must be the crown jewels or an unexploded bomb at the very least, the way she's hugging it so tightly to herself. And why does Becks from two seats down look out the window so anxiously? Is she worried that Barry could be straying? Alight here for the inside track . . .

My Thoughts

As I read this, it felt like a series of connected short stories. With the same Tramline as the starting background, you explored the wide range of passengers who all had their own stories to tell. There is a satisfying closing of the circle with the final chapter. Many of the characters had surprising backstories and some were at critical moments in their life. There were both humorous and sad events which made you feel you were dealing with authentic lives.

    This is a book you can pick up, read a chapter and put down. In some ways, it is an ideal companion for a train journey! You will find that you take to some stories more than others. Particular favourites of mine were Barbara's story (Stillorgan stop) and Michael and Melissa's story (Charlemont stop). Both were dealing with events which went to the heart of their identity. All the stories and inventive and some surprising, taking the reader on journeys they did not expect to go.

In short: An interesting read.

About the Author

Sandra Harris is a Dublin-based novelist, poet, short story writer and film and book blogger. She has studied Creative Writing and Vampirology. She has published a number of e-books on the following topics: horror film reviews, multi-genre film reviews, women's fiction, erotic fiction, erotic horror fiction and erotic poetry. Several new books are currently in the pipeline. You can browse or buy any of Sandra's books by following the link below straight to her Amazon Author Page:

Amazon Author Page 

Her debut romantic fiction novel, 'THIRTEEN STOPS,' is out now from Poolbeg Books: UK

The sequel, ‘THIRTEEN STOPS LATER,’ is out now from Poolbeg Books: |  

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Thanks to Sandra Harris, Poolbeg Press and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.  


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  1. And thank you, BOOKS, LIFE AND EVERYTHING, for helping me to promote my book and featuring it on your gorgeous blog!!! xxx


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