Review: The Bookshop of Second Chances

Posted 22nd December 2020 by Emma in Reviews / 0 Comments

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Review: The Bookshop of Second ChancesThe Bookshop of Second Chances by Jackie Fraser
Published by Simon & Schuster UK on 17th November 2020
Genres: Chicklit, Humour, Love & Romance, Women's Literary Fiction
Pages: 312
Format: eARC
Source: from the Publisher
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Set in a charming little Scottish town, The Bookshop of Second Chances is an uplifting story of fresh starts and new beginnings by a hugely talented debut author.   Thea’s having a bad month. Not only has she been made redundant, she’s also discovered her husband of nearly twenty years is sleeping with one of her friends. And he’s not sorry – he’s leaving.   Bewildered and lost, Thea doesn’t know what to do. But, when she learns the great-uncle she barely knew has died and left her his huge collection of second-hand books and a house in the Scottish Lowlands, she seems to have been offered a second chance.   Running away to a little town where no one knows her seems like exactly what Thea needs. But when she meets the aristocratic Maltravers brothers – grumpy bookshop owner Edward and his estranged brother Charles, Lord Hollinshaw – her new life quickly becomes just as complicated as the life she was running from...  An enchanting story of Scottish lords, second-hand books, new beginnings and second chances perfect for fans of Cressida McLaughlin, Veronica Henry, Rachel Lucas and Jenny Colgan.

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Thank you to BATC for my copy of this book.

This was a very sweet cute romance story. I did find some of the characters’ choices were quite different to what I would do. She has been through the mill with her husband and her friend having an affair. I liked Thea, she is funny and real. You see the real emotions and feelings about the affair and how she moves on from it. She is smart and quick-witted. I think we would be quite good friends I’d love to go for a coffee with her.

Edward is a grump. Plain and simple he doesn’t really like people, especially women. As the book progresses we see why Edward is the way he is. He has put up a lot of walls but thankfully Thea manages to knock them down.

The setting is fantastic. It’s absolutely beautiful. When the pandemic is over I am hoping to visit more places in Scotland. There are so many beautiful parts that I have heard or read about that I really want to see.

This was a good debut story and I look forward to seeing what comes next from Jackie.

About Jackie Fraser

Hello, I’m Jackie, and The Bookshop of Second Chances is my first published novel.

I’ve been writing for a long time, and I’ve written lots of books, mostly to amuse myself. Writing is the only thing I like as much as reading, and both have brought me a lot of pleasure.

I live in Hampshire with my boyfriend and our very elderly cat. When I’m not reading, writing or editing (my day job) you might find me climbing over gates to look at stone circles, taking photographs of rusty things, or poking about in antique shops.


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