The Sweet Shop of Second Chances

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Which of us hasn’t dreamed of starting over – a new life, a braver life, a chance to give center-stage to the long-buried and treasured, following the heart and acknowledging at last that “nothing that makes you smile that insanely could possibly be a bad idea”.

Whatever the risk.

For Holly Berry, a twenty-nine year old Londoner, long-complacent in a six-year relationship, dreams become necessities when she finds her life, unexpectedly, in tatters. Fleeing home to her parents in the Cotswolds, Holly, searching for a better option, stumbles upon the opportunity of a lifetime.

Can she follow her heart, and make a go of it?

Settling in Bourbon-on-the-water , “one of the most idyllic villages in Britain”, Holly sets herself up as proprietor of her childhood “Sweet Shop”, an evocative and doubly gorgeous setting, providing the reader a sugary fix of blissful nostalgia and wistful village-gazing as heart-warming as it is captivating.

Aided by a posse of new friends, including:

  • Giles Caverty – with his chiseled looks, grey eyes, sandy hair and stable of vintage sports cars, Giles is a “modern knight in designer chinos”. Oh yes, and he’s loaded.
  • Andrea (Drey) – a outgoing, ebullient roofer and all around handy-person, Drey is a friend, a supporter and the ultimate confidante.
  • Ben Thornbury – a bit of an enigma, Ben, the bank-manager in town, a cutie but still rough-around-the-edges, is methodical, awkward (and maybe, just maybe – adorable?).

As Holly encounters mishaps, trials, betrayals and hardships on her road to independence, she also experiences friendship, loyalty, love and compassion, in equal parts, and often in unexpectedly poignant circumstances.

Without giving the plot away (no spoilers here), Holly’s journey is one that will tug at your heartstrings – a lovely beginning to what is sure to be a wonderful new series.

My stop today on the @rararesources #blogtour for #TheSweetShopofSecondChances by @HannahLynnWrites

A great big thank you to the author and the publisher for an ARC of this book. All thoughts presented are my own.


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