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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

Love Blossoms at Puddleduck Farm by Della Galton #Review


It is great to return to Puddleduck Farm for the next in the series, Love Blossoms at Puddleduck Farm by Della Galton. It was published on August 26th by Boldwood Books

How can life be too busy for love?

Phoebe Dashwood is living the dream. She’s running her own successful vet practice, Puddleduck Vets, alongside her grandmother’s animal sanctuary.

She’s also dating the gorgeous, yet slightly broken Rufus Holt, the most eligible bachelor in the New Forest.

So why isn’t she blissfully happy?

Both Phoebe and Rufus are consumed 24/7 by their own commitments. Their relationship is always last on the list.

Phoebe juggles quirky, yet demanding clients and their pets whilst widowed Rufus is consumed by his anxieties, responsibilities of fatherhood and the unenviable tasks of being a Lord in waiting with a huge estate to manage.

Phoebe knows that when you’re a vet, there isn’t always a happy ending. But will there be a happy ending for Phoebe, Rufus and everyone else at Puddleduck Farm?

Is it ever really possible to have it all?

 My Thoughts

This continuation of the Puddleduck Farm series lived up to expectations and was a heartwarming read. Phoebe’s growing vet practice goes through some ups and downs but it is her relationship with Rufus which is the focus of much of the book. Both of them have histories to get over but more importantly, seem to struggle to say exactly how they feel or even to recognise what they want.

    Phoebe’s family are as close as ever but it is her feisty grandmother who has her own story. She is always fearlessly honest and yet bides her time with any advice for Phoebe. That is the feeling you get from much of the story: that her friends and family can see what us important to Phoebe before she acknowledges it herself. With all the animals’ stories to divert, this is an entertaining read with a totally satisfying ending.

In short: facing up to the past and moving on

About the Author


Della Galton writes short stories, teaches writing groups and is Agony Aunt for Writers Forum Magazine. She lives in Dorset.

 Find out more about Della Galton, her books, speaking engagements & workshops, on her website,

You can also follow Della here:  Twitter  |  Facebook |  Instagram

You can read my reviews of more of Della's books which are set around Studland Bay here: Sunshine over Bluebell Cliff  |  Moonlight over Studland Bay  |  Shooting Stars over Bluebell Cliff  

Thanks to Della Galton, Boldwood Books and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources  for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.

Look out for the rest of the tour!





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