A Summer of Second Chances by Suzanne Snow

One of my favorite words in the entire world is serendipity. And while the word doesn’t appear in this book, it’s meaning – the idea that luck and good fortune sometimes go hand in hand – is at the very heart of this book.

 

Daisy is a single mom, soon-to-be empty nester, who is stuck in a bit of a rut. She spends her days keeping the books for her clients, volunteering, and taking care of her son. But when she is witness to a biking accident in front of her house, she soon finds herself with a new tenant for her garden cottage…and a chance at love and the kind of life she’s always wanted.

 

This is book three in the Welcome to Thorndale series, but honestly, I had no idea it wasn’t a stand alone until after I read it. I’m excited to go and see what other stories this little town has to offer.

 

What I Liked:

Daisy is such a likable character. She’s got a bit of life under her belt and she’s not afraid to be direct. I like that she’s not a push-over. 

 

And I really love how the author was able to create such a warm, close-knit, small town. The characters were distinct and memorable. This is the kind of story that was made for a Hallmark movie with a beautiful set, a garden that just screams romance, and of course, plenty of chemistry between Daisy and Ben!

 

What I Wish Had Been Different:

While I liked the banter back and forth between Daisy and Ben, it got a little repetitive. They miscommunicate, they have a bit of a snippy confrontation, then they both apologize. I think I would have preferred for that to change up a bit. Maybe a bigger argument or a bit more lingering tension before the apology. 

 

For the happily-ever-after ending, it’s nod to the importance of mental health, and a main character who isn’t a 20-something size-2, this book earns a solid 4 stars.

Book Details

Genre: Romantic Comedy; Contemporary Uplifting Romance; Clean Romance

 

Release Date: 10 June 2021

 

Book Blurb:

Sparks and tempers fly when Ben comes to stay in Daisy’s holiday cottage 

Daisy likes routine. She goes to work, makes dinner for her son, then loses herself for an hour or two in her sewing. She’s not looking for change, until Ben crashes – literally – into her life.

Ben is training for a triathlon, working himself to the limit in an attempt to forget a recent trauma. Daisy wants to help, but even as they draw closer with every week that passes, he pushes her away whenever things threaten to get serious.

Can Ben open himself up to love again? And with Daisy’s life in the Yorkshire Dales and Ben’s in New York, can they have a future together even if he does?

For fans of Trisha Ashley and Tilly Tennant, this is a perfect and much-needed slice of summer escapism.

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