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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

Wedding Bells at the Dog and Duck by Jill Steeples #Review


We are going to the Dog and Duck for a festive read with  Jill Steeples. Wedding Bells at the Dog and Duck has been re-released by Boldwood and  I am delighted to be part of the celebrations for its re-launch.

Ellie Browne, landlady of the Dog & Duck, is looking forward to a relaxing Christmas Day before the arrival of her and Max’s baby in the new year.

But with a snowstorm brewing outside, it seems that things might not go quite to plan. After the dramatic events of the holiday season, Ellie settles into her new life at Max's huge country mansion, Braithwaite Manor, juggling work and family as best she can.

When she's asked to help organise a summer wedding for one of her best friends it's only natural that her mind turns to her own non-existent wedding plans! But with Max decidedly lukewarm on the subject and other family complications threatening to disrupt life further, Ellie fears there'll never be wedding bells at the Dog & Duck after all.

The perfect feel-good love story for fans of Cathy Bramley, Heidi Swain and Julie Houston.

 My Thoughts

This was the third in the Dog and Duck series, but I was able to read it as a standalone. Family runs through the story and the whole community who often congregate in the Dog and Duck Pub, are a very important part of the story. Ellie has moved into the rather grand sounding manor house with Max and settling in. She is a centre point of the village as the landlady of the Dog and Duck and finds herself pulled in two directions with her baby, family and her work.

    Family is very important to Ellie and the return of her parents, unexpectedly, causes her some concern. Weddings and romance play a part in the story, with the pub at the centre of the celebrations. This is an entertaining read, with some likeable characters, some humorous moments and a large dollop of romance.

In short: an uplifting read

About the Author

Jill Steeples is the author of many successful women’s fiction titles – most recently the Dog and Duck series – all set in the close communities of picturesque English villages. She lives in Bedfordshire.


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

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