Calling all fans of the second chance romance trope – you should read this book, A Summer of Second Chances, by Carol Thomas. It has all the ingredients for a great summer read – former childhood sweethearts meeting up again years later, a local village in need of rejuvenation, a chocolate Labrador, a handsome new Lord and some long buried secrets.

Here’s the blurb:

Does first love deserve a second chance?

Ava Flynn sometimes feels like the clothes donated to her charity shop have seen more life than her, but ‘maximum dedication for a minimal wage’ is what it takes to keep her mother’s beloved wildlife charity, All Critters Great and Small, running – especially in the village of Dapplebury, where business is certainly not booming.

But when Ava’s first love, Henry Bramlington, returns to the village, suddenly life becomes a little too eventful. Henry escaped Dapplebury many years before, but now he has the power to make or break the village he left behind – All Critters Great and Small included. Can Ava trust the boy who ran away to give both her and her charity a second chance?

Here’s my review:

I loved the All Critters Great and Small Charity shop. It was perfect for providing comedy given some of the bizarre items people were donating and the ‘interesting’ window displays, it gave the reader a great insight into running a charity shop and it was useful in that it helped the reader build a picture of Ava’s late mum.

There is a wonderful theme of community spirit interwoven into this story. The village of Dapplebury needs to be revitalised and everyone pulls together to make this happen. I loved the array of side characters who all work or live in Dapplebury. The author created the community spirit really well.

The romance was great with lots of obstacles thrown in the way of Ava and Henry. I thought the author did a great job of teasing her readers with lots of will they get together or won’t’ they?

Overall a lovely summer read.

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Author Bio – Carol Thomas lives on the south coast of England with her husband, four children and lively Labrador. She has been a primary school teacher for over twenty years and has a passion for reading, writing and people watching. When she is not in school, chasing after her children, or stopping her dog from eating things he shouldn’t, she can be found loitering in cafes drinking too much tea and working on her next book.

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3 comments on “#BookReview A Summer of Second Chances

  1. Oh, this sounds like a lovely read!

  2. Hi Lucy, this sounds like a lovely book with interesting insight into British community life.

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