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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

A Cornish Summer at Pear Tree Farm by Angela Britnell #Review

 

I always enjoy Angela Britnell's novels and tjis is no exception. A Cornish Summer at Pear Tree Farm was published by Choc Lit on August 3rd.


Cornish charm and a Tennessee twist – the perfect pair?

Nessa Vivian is determined to keep her parents’ business afloat, but Pear Tree Farm near the backwater Cornish village of Polgarth didn’t do well as farm, and it’s not faring much better as a camp site. Maybe it’s due to Nessa’s habit of taking in troubled runaways, like ex-soldier Crispin, for next to nothing. Or perhaps her highly-strung sister Lowena is right – caravans named after Beatles’ songs and homegrown pears are not enough to turn the farm into a tourist haven.

Then another troubled runaway turns up, posing the greatest threat yet. Ex-musician Ward Spencer from Tennessee is certainly intriguing, but could his plans to put nearby Tregereth House on the map mean Pear Tree Farm is finished – or does his arrival signal a second lease of life, and not just for Nessa’s business?

My Thoughts

This is a well written romance, with some colourful characters, all with their own back stories. Nessa is quite a determined character who has tried so hard to stay afloat and run her parents' farm. Immensely likeable, I enjoyed seeing her growing friendship with the American next door begin to develop, despite the fact that he is setting up a rival B&B.

    Pear Tree Farm seems such an inviting place. Family ties are an important part of the story, as well as friendships and helping others. The setting is glorious. There are some surprising twists in the story but Nessa's loyalty to her friends rings true. This is an ideal summer read to escape into. I was sorry when it ended and would enjoy a return trip back to Pear Tree Farm. 

In short: gorgeous setting and likeable characters you believe in.  

About the Author


Angela grew up in Cornwall, England and returns frequently froher new home in Nashville, Tennessee to visit family and friends, drink tea and eat far too many Cornish pasties!

A lifelong love of reading turned into a passion for writing contemporary romance and her novels are usually set in the many places she's visited or lived on her extensive travels. Thanks to over three decades of marriage to her wonderful American husband she's a huge fan of transatlantic romance and always makes sure her characters get their own happy-ever-after.

She is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association, the Romance Writers of America and the Music City Romance Writers. Her first novel ‘Truth and Consequence’ was published in 2006 and she’s now had over 30 novels published internationally and several short stories in women’s magazines. 

If you'd like to find out more of what Angela gets up to (Advance warning: this may include references to wine, dark chocolate, Poldark and the hunky Aidan Turner) check out
www.angelabritnellromance.com  or follow her on www.facebook.com/angelabritnell , www.twitter.com/angelabritnell and on Instagram as Angela Golley Britnell.


You can read my reviews of some of Angela's books here: Here Comes the Best man| Christmas at the Black Cherry Retreat 

Book links: Amazon UK 
 
Thanks to Angela Britnell, Choc Lit and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.




 

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