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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

One more Christmas at the Castle by Trisha Ashley #Review #Giveaway


Best-selling author, Tricia Ashley's One More Christmas at the Castle is published in hardback on November 11th by Bantam Press. I am thrilled to be taking part in the celebrations for this lovely festive read. I also have a great giveaway with the chance to win a print copy of the book. Details on how to enter are at the foot of this post. 


Elderly widow Sabine knows this will be her last Christmas in her beloved home, Mitras Castle. Determined to make it just like the ones she remembers from her childhood, she employs Dido Jones of Heavenly Houseparties to help with the big day.

Dido is enchanted by the castle as soon as she steps through the imposing front door. And as Christmas day approaches, her feeling of connection to the old house runs deeper than she first thought. But when the snow begins to fall and Sabine's family arrive at the house - including Dido's teenage crush Xan - tensions rise around the castle's future and long-buried mysteries begin to unravel... 

As past secrets come to light, can this still be a magical Christmas to remember?

 My Thoughts

Tricia Ashley has created such a wonderful setting at Mitras Castle. You understand why Dido senses that it has a special atmosphere which seems to speak to her, as it does to Sabine. With its beautiful grounds, frozen lake and Winter Garden, it feels like the perfect place to be snowed in at Christmas. There is are mysteries at the heart of this story and at times it feels like a classic mystery story where guests are trapped in a remote house.

Dido and Henry's friendship is believeable and there are so many vividly described characters who visit the castle. I loved all the fantastic food which Dido produces and all the festive touches which are described. As a Christmas read this feels perfect, with Christmas trees, baubles, wreaths and swags, candles, crackers, snow- it is all there! Dido and Henry set out to create the old fashioned Christmas traditions of Sabine's childhood. Their care for how everyone is feeling captures the Christmas spirit despite the instincts of some of the guests. This is a gorgeous festive read, with strong characters and a twisty plot.

In short: A festive treat

About the Author

TRISHA ASHLEY's Sunday Times bestselling novels have sold over one million copies in the UK and have twice been shortlisted for the Melissa Nathan award for Romantic Comedy. Every Woman for Herself was nominated by magazine readers as one of the top three romantic novels in the last fifty years. Trisha lives in North Wales.

You can follow Tricia here:  Website  |  Facebook | Twitter

Book link: Amazon UK


Thanks to Tricia Ashley, Bantam Press and Anne Cater of Random Things Tours  for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.

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Giveaway (UK only)

To win a print copy of One More Christmas at the Castle, just Follow and Retweet the pinned tweet at @bookslifethings and good luck!
Closing date is October 20th 2021 and there is one winner.    
*Terms and Conditions –  UK only  The winner will be selected at random via Tweetdraw from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize. I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.


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