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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 Say Yes by Maxine Morrey #Review


I am happy to feature another romcom by Maxine Morrey. Just Say Yes was published by Boldwood Books on November 8th. 

Wedding planner Madeline lives in a picture-perfect thatched cottage, in a picture-perfect English country village.

There’s only one problem - dream cottages take a lot of work, and with a leaking roof, and not enough money to pay for it, what Maddie needs now is a big wedding to plan.

So she’s delighted when she takes on the wedding of Californian heiress Peyton, to all-round good guy Patrick.  She’s less delighted to find out that she's going to have help – from the admittedly gorgeous, but equally maddening, tall, dark and handsome best man Lorcan.

The wedding is set to take place in a castle in rural Ireland, and so, in no time, Maddie and Lorcan are on their way to Ballalee. Life hasn’t always been easy for Maddie, and work has become her refuge. But soon the warmth and humour of Lorcan’s Irish family and friends start to chip away at Maddie’s walls.  And as the big day approaches, it might be time for Maddie to focus less on her clients’ love life and more on her own…

My Thoughts

There is a real feeling of joy in this story with the chemistry between the two central characters off the scale. Both Maddie and Lorcan have complicated back stories which shed light on their attitudes and reactions. Maddie regiments her life according to a strict schedule. It gives her a sense of security and keeps her calm. Lorcan says that marriage is not for him and shuns the idea of commitment. However, when you see him in his home village with his close family and friends, you realise that he has a gentle and caring side.

    I enjoyed the repartee between Maddie and Lorcan. Their conversations fizz along and show you the connection between the two. With a lively cast of characters including the adorable Bod, the dog, the story comes alive. It is a fun and entertaining read, set in the English countryside and the majestic Irish  coast. Maddie is a survivor, struggling to keep her business afloat after the pandemic. You can’t help but root for her. 

In short: a warm, witty look at love 

About the Author


Maxine Morrey is a bestselling romantic comedy author with twelve books to her name including #NoFilter and Things Are Looking Up. She lives in Dorset.

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Book links: Amazon UK 

Thanks to Maxine Morrey, Boldwood Books and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the event.

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