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#BookReview The Summer of Taking Chances @LynneB1 #SummerReading


I really enjoyed this book about Emma and Jake being reunited again ten years after he broke her heart. I love the second chances trope in romance so I was ready for this. Plus I had never read anything by Lynne Shelby before.

Overall it was a good and uplifting read. I also think there should be more romances set within local amateur dramatics groups as they now fascinate me. Thanks Lynne for opening up this new world for me.

Here’s the blurb:

Would you take the second chance you’ve always dreamed of?

It’s been ten years since Emma Stevens last laid eyes on Jake Murray. When he left the small seaside village of South Quay to chase the limelight, Emma’s dreams left with him.

Now Emma is content living a quiet and uneventful life in South Quay. It’s far from the life she imagined, but at least her job at the local hotel has helped heal her broken heart.

But when Jake returns home for the summer to escape the spotlight, Emma’s feelings quickly come flooding back. There’s clearly a connection between them, but Jake has damaged her heart once already – will she ever be able to give him a second chance?

Here’s my review

I really liked Emma, the protagonist. This book was in a sense a journey of self discovery for her. She was someone I was rooting for and I thought Lynne did a really good job with not only bringing her to life but making her realistic. If you have had your life dreams thwarted and ever felt like life has left you behind, Emma is the character for you.

The trials and tribulation of the local amateur dramatics group which Emma enjoys being a part of were entertaining and so too were the preparations for the production of Romeo and Juliet.

The flashbacks were good. You got to see how life was between Emma and Jake before he broke her heart. I was left wondering whether heartbreak over Jake had caused Emma to become lost with life.

The Shakespeare references weaved into the story were good and I thought this was quite cleverly done.

Overall a fun read and I would like to read more of Lynne Shelby.

Here’s the links to find out more:

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Author Bio –
Lynne Shelby writes contemporary women’s fiction/romance. Her debut novel, French Kissing, was published when it won a national writing competition. She has worked at a variety of jobs from stable girl to child actors’ chaperone to legal administrator, but now writes full time. When not writing or reading, Lynne can usually be found at the theatre watching a musical, or exploring a foreign city – Paris, New York, Rome, Copenhagen, Seattle, Athens – writer’s notebook, camera and sketchbook in hand. She lives in London with her husband, and has three adult children who live nearby.

Social Media Links –
Twitter: @LynneB1
Instagram: lynneshelbywriter

2 comments on “#BookReview The Summer of Taking Chances @LynneB1 #SummerReading

  1. Thanks for another great review, Lucy. Sounds like another good read. 🙂

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