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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

From Cornwall with Love by Cressida McLaughlin #Review #TheCornishCreamTeaSeriesBook8


What could be better than another in The Cornish Cream Tea series? From Cornwall with love is number 8 in Cressida McLaughlin's series and was published by Harper Collins on June 8th.  

Sunshine awaits in the beautiful Cornish coastal town of Port Karadow where romance and a Cornish cream tea are always on the menu …

There’s no place like home. There’s no place like Cornwall…

Maisie Winters has everything she could ever want. She lives in the idyllic Cornish town of Port Karadow, has a jammy job in her dad's shop, adores her rescue mutt, and has time to take the landscape photos she loves.

While her best friend and sister left the town to chase big dreams in London and New York, Maisie stayed – she wouldn't leave her favourite place for anything … or anyone.

When her long-time crush, Colm Caffrey, returns from a decade abroad, old feelings start to resurface. Maisie begins to ask herself if there might be one big thing missing after all?

My Thoughts

This has all the hallmarks of a Cressida McLaughlin novel. The setting in Cornwall is gorgeous and very much part of the story. The characters we have met before reappear and through their friendships add to the uplifting community feeling. Most of all, there is the addition of two more characters and a possible romance.   

    Maisie is an interesting character who has known for a long time where she wants to be. She wants to stay near her childhood home in Port Karadow and to help her local community any way she can. Intrinsically kind, she has a real feeling for its local inhabitants. She also knows what she does not want. She has close ties with her Dad and her big sister but a more strained relationship with her Mum, who she feels she can never please. In fact. Maisie takes on a whole raft of jobs to prove to her that she is capable and can achieve. 

    Colm returns from Australia and obviously has a few secrets from his past. The chemistry between him and Maisie is clear and they have a close understanding although at times, they have quite a lot of communicating to do and Maisie tends to listen to the local gossip which causes problems. I loved the collection of dogs and cats which now have been gathered and who add to the humour. Full of friendship and life, this is a lovely addition to the series. 

In short: second chances , friendship , community

About the Author

Cressy was born in South East London surrounded by books and with a cat named after Lawrence of Arabia. She studied English at the University of East Anglia and now lives in Norwich with her husband David.

When she isn’t writing, Cressy spends her spare time reading, returning to London or exploring the beautiful Norfolk coastline.

You can follow Cressida here: Twitter |  Website   |  Instagram                                                            |  Facebook 

Book link: Amazon UK   

Thanks to Cressida McLaughlin, Harper Collins and Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.  

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