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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 Beach Reads Book Club by Kathryn Freeman #Review


I always look forward to reading one of Kathryn Freeman's novels and The Beach Reads Book Club does not disappoint. 


Welcome to the Beach Reads Book Club…where love is just a page away…

When Lottie Watt is unceremoniously booted out of her uptight book club for not following the rules, she decides to throw the rulebook out the window and start her own club – one where conversation, gin and cake take precedent over actually having read the book!

The Beach Reads Book Club soon finds a home for its meetings at Books by the Bay, a charming bookshop and café owned by gorgeous, brooding Matthew Steele, and as the book club picks heat up, so too does the attraction between Matt and Lottie.

If there’s anything Lottie has learned from the romances she’s been reading, it’s that the greatest loves are the ones hardest earned.

A love letter to chicklit, romance, romcoms, whatever you want to call them!

My Thoughts

This one certainly passes my good reads test. That is, when I'd finished it, I couldn't quite leave it alone and kept re-reading chapters and savouring my favourite bits. For me, Kathryn Freeman books are all about the male lead and in Matt she has created another gorgeous character. You understand why he is so reserved once you hear about his backstory and therefore you can believe in the story.

    In Lottie, you have a great contrast to Matt. She wears her heart on her sleeve and attracts such a lovely group of people to her in the book club. I enjoyed every one of them, especially Audrey, with her wicked sense of humour. Lottie has an independent streak but there is a lot of vulnerability there too and the book club helps everyone who becomes a member. It certainly is the perfect holiday read and the references to the books the club reads are a perfect touch for any romcom reader. 

In short: one of the best reads for the summer

About the Author

A former pharmacist, I'm now a medical writer who also writes romance. Some days a racing heart is a medical condition, others it's the reaction to a sexy hero.

With a husband who asks every Valentine's Day whether he has to buy a card (yes, he does), any romance is all in my head. Then again, his unstinting support of my career change proves love isn't always about hearts and flowers - and heroes come in many disguises.

You can read my reviews of some of Kathryn's books here: A Little Christmas Charm  |  Oh CrumbsA Little Christmas FaithCrikey a Bodyguard  |  Reach for a Star     |  Up Close and Personal   |  Strictly Come Dating  |  Mr Right Across the Street 

You can follow Kathryn here:  Website  |  Facebook   |  Twitter

Book links: Amazon UK   |  Amazon US  

Thanks to Kathryn Freeman, 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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