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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

Hot Desk by Zara Stoneley #Review


Today I am featuring another great romcom by Zara Stoneley: Hot Desk. It was published by One More Chapter on 31st August.  I always enjoy her books and you can read my reviews of Bridesmaids here , The Wedding Date here, Four Christmases and a Secret here , The First Date, here and The Dog Sitter here.

Same desk, different days.

A post-it note is just the beginning…

Alice loves her job and wants to keep it – whatever the price. But then she’s told the company is switching to flexible working and hot desking…Alice’s desk might look a mess, but she knows exactly where everything is. Or she did. Until she found out she’s going to share it with the most annoying guy in the office.


Jamie can work from anywhere. He’s quite happy to sweep his work life into a box at the end of the working day. But can sharing a desk with Alice be as much fun as teasing her in person?


With no option but to try it and see, will their relationship turn into open warfare or will it ever progress beyond a post-it note?


My Thoughts

Set in a world post-pandemic, Alice finds that returning to her office brings some unwelcome surprises. This is sure to touch a nerve with those who have been working from home and there is plenty of humour to be found from Alice's attempts to work from home or hot desk it in the office. This is a fun, entertaining read which keeps you amused to the end, with some lively characters and hilarious situations.

    Alice turns out to be quite a complicated character and her reasons for wanting to return to the office are caught up with how she has been treated in the past. Jamie provides a gentle humour and turns out to be quite a surprising character with issues of his own to overcome. Family and friends are key in the story and I particularly enjoyed the descriptions of Alice's roommates and her sisters.  This is a book to brighten up any weekend. Written in the first person, it has the tone of the Bridget Jones Books and by the end, you are definitely on Team Alice.

In short: Fun, flirty, fabulous!


About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Zara Stoneley was born in a small village in the UK. She wanted to be a female James Herriot, a spy, or an author when she grew up.

After many (many) years, and many different jobs, her dream of writing a bestseller came true, and more than half a million copies of her books have now been sold worldwide.

She writes about friendship, dreams, love, and happy ever afters, and hopes that her tales make you laugh a lot, cry a little, and occasionally say 'ahhh'.

Zara now lives in a Cheshire village with her family, a lively cockapoo, a cocker spaniel puppy and a very bossy (and slightly evil) cat. 

You can follow Zara here: Website | Twitter | Facebook 
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Book links: Amazon UK | Harper Collins  |  Amazon US

Thanks to Zara Stoneley and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour. 
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