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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 House on Rockaway House by Emma Burstall #Review

Today I am happy to be featuring The House on Rockaway Beach by Emma Burstall. It was published on September 1st by Aria. 

Sisters Sophie and Celia haven't been on speaking terms for years. So it's a huge shock when they discover their grandmother has left them her quirky old house on Rockaway Beach, New York.

Just a stone's throw from the bright lights of Manhattan, they spent many idyllic summers there as children, swimming in the Atlantic ocean, playing in the sand and watching day trippers come and go. Then suddenly, the visits stopped. Sophie knows her mother and grandmother fell out, but has never found out why.

Together, the sisters return to Rockaway, and can't agree on anything. Sophie wants to keep the house, Celia's determined to sell. It seems they'll never see eye to eye, until Sophie makes a shattering discovery that forces her to question everything...

Why do she and Celia have such different memories of their grandmother? What caused the rift with their mother? Can Sophie trust the handsome stranger who seems to take such an interest in her? And who is the mysterious old woman watching them from afar?

 My Thoughts

This is a gentle, captivating read about two sisters and how the past has impacted on their lives.  It is clear from early on that Celia and Sophie have a difficult relationship and live quite separate lives. At first, it appears that they have quite different values but as the story evolves, you come to understand the two women more, and can see that Celia, in particular, has many vulnerabilities and self-destructive behaviours.

    The setting in Rockaway Beach is always present in the story, especially the beach and the coastline. You can totally understand why Sophie loves the area so much. All the characters who Sophie and Celia meet add something to the story. There is also a sense that people from the past have something to say and that secrets from the past which have been so destructive, cannot stay hidden for ever and will emerge into the daylight. This is an enjoyable story with complicated central characters and a gorgeous setting.

In short: Secrets from the past are uncovered

About the Author

Emma Burstall was a newspaper journalist in Devon and Cornwall before becoming a full time author. Tremarnock, the first novel in her series set in a delightful Cornish village, was published in 2015 and became a top-ten bestseller.

You can follow Emma here: Twitter

Aria links: Website  |  Twitter   |  Fiction   |  Instagram
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Book links: Amazon UK   |  Waterstones

Thanks to Emma Burstall, Aria and Head of Zeus and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.
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