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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

Just One Day -Summer by Susan Buchanan #Review #JustOneDayBook3 #Giveaway


Today I am happy to be featuring the third in  Susan Buchanan's series, Just One Day- Summer. I also have a great giveaway for you to enter, with the chance to win a signed copy. Details are at the foot of this post. 

 'Gorgeous, glorious and uplifting. A delight to read.' (Christie Barlow)


List-juggling, business-owner mum-of-three Louisa is reeling after a tragedy, as well as learning how to cope after a life-changing revelation. With oil worker husband Ronnie possibly being able to move onshore, she hopes he can help her manage the burden.

But the secrets she keeps are causing her headaches and she's unsure if her ability to make good decisions has deserted her. All she seems to do is upset those around her.

With Louisa's to-do list gathering pace at an incredible speed, will she manage to provide a stable home for them all, embrace her new normal as well as rebuild their life from what's left?

And if she gets what she has always wanted, will it match up to her expectations?

For fans of Milly Johnson, Sarah Morgan and Heidi Swain.

 My Thoughts

I picked this series up at Book 3 and although I was able to read it as a standalone, I am sure you would get more out of the story is you started at the beginning of the series. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the story and became invested in Louisa's story. She certainly emerged as a determined and resourceful figure who did have moments of feeling swamped by life's problems. Her relationship with Ronnie was quite difficult to second guess but overall, this is an uplifting story with some genuine humour.

    Louisa's everyday life seems hectic to say the least and I enjoyed the antics of her family- especially when they found themselves in a luxury hotel suite. This is a light-hearted look at life and as Louisa juggles all the elements of her life, I looked forward to reading her never-ending to-do lists which seemed to keep her going. This is an entertaining and warm story and with another in the series to come, more to look forward to.

In short: an entertaining look at family life

About the Author


Susan Buchanan lives in Scotland with her husband, their two young children and a crazy Labrador called Benji. She has been reading since the age of four and had to get an adult library pass early as she had read the entire children’s section by the age of ten.

Susan writes contemporary fiction, often set in Scotland, usually featuring travel, food or Christmas. When not working, writing, or caring for her two delightful cherubs, Susan loves reading (obviously), the theatre, quiz shows and eating out – not necessarily in that order!

You can follow Suzanne here: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Website
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 Book Links: Books2Read   

Thanks to Susan Buchanan and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources   for a copy of the book and a place on the event.
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                                                                        Giveaway (UK only)


Giveaway to win a Signed copy of  Just One Day – Summer (Open to UK Only) just follow the link below and good luck!

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