The Summer of Second Chancesby Maddie Please

Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published July 17th 2017 by Avon
4 stars


Lottie is about to discover that even when you think you’ve lost everything, hope and romance can be just around the corner . . .

It takes time to build your life. To get into a long-term (OK, a bit boring) relationship. To find a job (you don’t completely hate). Lottie might not be thrilled with the life she’s put together, but it’s the one she’s got.

So when in the course of one terrible evening, it all comes crashing down around her, Lottie has a choice: give herself over to grief at being broke, single and completely lacking in prospects.

Or, brick by brick, build herself a new life. And this time, with a little help from friends, a crumbling cottage in Devon and a handsome stranger, maybe she can make it the one she always wanted.

My Review: In The Summer of Second Chances we meet Charlotte (Lottie) a woman in her early thirties who was quite content. She had lived with Ian for eight years, had a large, beautiful home she had decorated, worked part time as a receptionist for a doctor so she wouldn’t be bored, and spent the rest of the time with her friends or entertaining. It all fell apart one New Year’s Eve when she found out he was having an affair and when he stormed out drunk, had an accident where he was killed. Finding out the business was bankrupt, that he had gambled away all their money and that he left the house to his mother, she was now destitute, homeless and not sure what to do next. When her friend Jess offers her Holly Cottage as a place to live while she redecorates it, she has no other choice. She heads off to Devon and her second chance.

This was a nice feel good read which was well written. The characters of Lottie and Bryn were both very easy to like. They were fun, emotional and interesting to get to know. The secondary characters also added much to the story, especially Ian’s mother. It was a very quick read, I did it in one sitting which surprised me. The funny moments in this story had me laughing out loud, but the sad moments brought you back down to earth. The growth of Lottie’s new relationship was slow and believable. I really enjoyed this story and I will look for more books from this author. Check this one out for a summer read or to sit by the fire in the winter, you won’t regret it. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.