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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

Kind Hearts and Carrot Cake by Rosie Green #Review #LittleDuckPondCafeBook26


I am thrilled that we are returning to Sunnybrook for another novella by Rosie Green. Kind Hearts and Carrot Cake is number 26 in the Little Duck Pond Cafe  series. 


When you suddenly find yourself loveless and penniless, how on earth do you make it through? An emotional but ultimately uplifting story of one woman's struggles to get by, and the special someone who brings hope and happiness to light up her world...



My Thoughts

In this latest return to Sunnybrook, we follow Jen’s story. Recent developments in her personal life have meant that she finds herself struggling to provide a stable home for her son and even to put food on the table. This is a shock to her as she has always let others make her decisions and provide for her. In this story, Jen has a lot of growing up to do.  

    You get to meet a few familiar characters and to take a trip to the Little Duck Pond Cafe but also to find a few new areas of the village and some new characters. There is a slow burn romance and the realisation that all is not as it seems and not everyone can be trusted. Ultimately, this is an uplifting story which shows how some people want to help others and that it is very easy for people to fall on hard times. 

In short: friendships and relationships 


About the Author 

Rosie’s series of novellas is centred around life in a country village cafe. ‘Clara’s Secret Garden’, the first in a trilogy telling Clara’s story, was published in August 2022, and ‘A Winter Wish’ and ‘Clara’s Christmas Magic’, followed. Look out for ‘The Cheesecake Challenge’, out in April 2023.


You can read my reviews 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 event. 

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