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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

Flora's Travelling Christmas Shop by Rebecca Raisin #Review


Here is another glorious festive read! Flora's Travelling Christmas Shop by Rebecca Raisin was published on October 28th by HQ Digital. 

‘Tis the season for mulled wine, mince pies, and magic under the mistletoe…

Flora loves Christmas more than anything else in the world, so she’s gutted when her Scrooge-alike boss fires her from Deck the Halls Christmas emporium. But now she finally has a chance to follow her dreams – and what better place to start than the home of Christmas?

Before she can say ‘sleigh bells’, Flora’s on her way to Lapland in a campervan-cum-Christmas-shop. She can’t wait to spend her days drinking hot chocolate and taking reindeer-drawn carriage rides, but something Flora didn’t expect was meeting Connor, a Norse god of a man who makes her heart flutter and snowflakes swirl in her stomach. There’s just one problem: Connor hates Christmas.

Can Flora convince Connor of the joys of Christmas – and will she find a festive romance along the way?

 My Thoughts

This is one of those joyous festive reads which I loved. Flora is an interesting character, with some quirky traits and the tendency to wear her heart on her sleeve. She has never quite felt that she fitted in anywhere and sets out to join the van Lifers and travel to Lapland. She is the ideal person to do this with her absolute love of all things Christmas and her firm belief that the Christmas spirit enhances everything. Once there, she meets up with a whole variety of characters, not all of whom are as keen on festive celebrations as she is. Connor, the manager responsible for making sure the Van Lifers follow the rules. He hates Christmas as much as Flora adores it.

    Any reader of this romcom is going to love the setting with its glorious northern light skies and beautiful snowy forest rides. The local Christmas market sounds so inviting. I also smiled at Flora's love of the Hallmark movie and egged on by her friend how she wanted to be the heroine in her own Hallmark story. Friendship is shown to endure no matter the distance as Flora looks for somewhere to call home and someone to belong to.

In short: finding romance below the northern lights

About the Author

Rebecca Raisin
is a true bibliophile. This love of books morphed into the desire to write them. She's been widely published in short story anthologies, and in fiction magazines. And now she is focusing on writing romance.

Rebecca aims to write characters you can see yourself being friends with. People with big hearts who care about relationships and believe in true love.

 You can follow Rebecca here: Website  |  Twitter   |  Facebook

Book link: Amazon US   |   Amazon UK  |   Amazon AUS

Thanks to Rebecca Raisin,HQ Digital and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour. 

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