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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

Sun, Sea and Strawberry Shortcake by Rosie Green #Review


I always enjoy a visit to the Little Duck Pond Cafe for another novella by Rosie Green. Sun, Sea and Strawberry Shortcake is number 22 in the series which is quite a feat. 

 It was meant to be a gloriously romantic getaway in Wales for Ruby and Hudson. That was the plan, anyway. But then friends start inviting themselves along, lured by the idea of unwinding in a chocolate-box pretty cottage, wandering the lanes and the coastline, soaking up the sun and the stunningly beautiful Italian-inspired architecture. With Ellie, Jaz, Fen and Madison popping up around every corner, plus another sinister mystery to solve, will the lovebirds ever find time to indulge their desire for sun, sea and . . . strawberry shortcake?

 My Thoughts

We get to go off on a summer break with Ruby and Hudson in this addition to the series so Sunnybrook is left behind. However, four of the characters follow them to the coast. With Ruby and Hudson at the centre, there has to be a mystery to uncover and its outcome wasn't obvious for quite some time. I did worry slightly about Ruby and Hudson's relationship as they seemed to be a bit detached but it did free up Ruby to make a few new friends in the area. 

    Full of the fun and friendship you find in the other books, the novella fits nicely into the series. I do wonder how Rosie Green can keep finding new stories but she does so I am delighted to hear that number 23 is in the pipeline. 

In short: a summer escape for some familiar friends

About the Author


Rosie’s series of novellas is centred around life in a country village cafe. Look out for ‘Clara’s Secret Garden’ out in August 2022.

Rosie’s series of novellas is centred around life in a country village cafe. Look out for ‘Sun, Sea & Strawberry Shortcake’, a sunshine-filled drama full of fun and mystery, out in June 2022 and including the return of character favourites, Ruby and Hudson.


You can read my review of more of this series here:

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Book link: Amazon UK
Thanks to Rosie Green and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour. 

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