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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 Cosy Cottage in Ireland by Julie Caplin #Review


Today I am delighted to be featuring the eighth book in Julie Caplin's Romantic Escapes series : The Cosy Cottage in Ireland. It is published today by One More Chapter.

Snuggle up in your favourite armchair and take a trip across the Irish sea for comfort food, cosy cottage nights and a heartwarming romance…

Talented lawyer Hannah Campbell is after a change in her workaholic Manchester life – so on an uncharacteristic whim she books herself a place at the world-renowned Killorgally Cookery School in Country Kerry. But on her first night in Ireland, sampling the delights of Dublin, Hannah can’t resist falling for the charms of handsome stranger Conor. It’s only when Hannah arrives at her postcard-pretty home at Killorgally for the next six weeks that she discovers what happens in Dublin doesn’t quite stay in Dublin …

Nestled amongst rolling green hills and breath-taking countryside, the cookery school throws Hannah and Conor together – for better or worse.

 My Thoughts

This novel certainly conjures up the beautiful scenery of Ireland, so lush and green.The whole setting is filled with warmth and friendliness- well apart from one quarter! Hannah is an interesting character. So capable in her working life, she is stepping out of her comfort zone to try to bring her cooking skills up to scratch. She likes to be in control, the one with all the answers. During her stay at Killorgally, she has the time to reevaluate what she wants for her future.

   The characters who we meet are a varied bunch and so well drawn. They all add something to the story. At the heart of the book is the developing friendship between Hannah and Conor. Conor has been badly hurt in the past and all his defences are up. Though so different, they are good foils for each other and from the start, the chemistry is there. The opening chapter certainly gets your attention and shows you a side of Hannah's character which you would not otherwise see.

In short: a warm, uplifting romance

About the Author

Julie Caplin, formerly a PR director, swanned around Europe for many years taking top food and drink writers on press trips (junkets) sampling the gastronomic delights of various cities in Italy, France, Belgium, Spain, Copenhagen and Switzerland. It was a tough job but someone had to do it.


These trips have provided the inspiration and settings for her Romantic Escapes series which have been translated into fifteen different languages.

The first book in the seven strong series, The Little Café in Copenhagen, was shortlisted for a Romantic Novel of the Year Award.


You can follow Julie here: Twitter @JulieCaplin  
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Book link: Amazon UK
Thanks to Julie Caplin, 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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