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‘The Sweet Shop of Second Chances’ by Hannah Lynn ~ @HMLynnauthor #BookReview

Synopsis

Starting over never tasted so good

Holly Berry has it all; a good corporate career, a steady boyfriend, and enough savings that they will soon be able to buy a nice little house. But when she finds out her boyfriend has been cheating on her, she decides to retreat to the Cotswolds and a place full of far sweeter memories.

Quite literally.

However when Holly discovers the quaint village sweet shop that she worked in as a teenager is starting to crumble she decides that maybe the sensible life isn’t what she wants after all. Putting all her chocolate eggs in one basket, she says goodbye to the city, and sets her sights on Just One More.

After all, how hard can running a sweet shop be?

With charismatic Giles, ready to rescue her at every turn and the local bureaucrats breathing down her neck, it certainly isn’t the quiet life she expected. Can Holly really save the place from the the wicked developers, or will she be the reason Just One More closes its doors for good?

Full of laughter, sweet clean romance and cozy village lifeThe Sweet Shop of Second Chances will make you believe that the best things in life really are worth fighting for.

My Review

‘The Sweet Shop of Second Chances’ is the first book in The Holly Berry Sweet Shop series.  I would like to thank the author for giving me a copy of this book to review.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  It was such a relaxing and charming read.  I loved the author’s style of writing throughout and thought her to be very descriptive.  Bourton-on-the-Water sounded absolutely gorgeous as did the sweet shop.  The descriptions of the sweet shop and all the confectionary in there just about made my mouth water.  To me it sounded like paradise. All those endless jars of sweets.  Yum!

I really admired Holly.  Little did she know what was about to happen to her.  From having a steady job and a boyfriend her life literally changed in an instant.  Before she knew it, she found herself in Bourton running a sweet shop and dealing with all the challenges it brought with it.  A big and courageous move.

There were some lovely characters in this story.  They all rallied around Holly when she needed help and there was a great sense of community spirit.  Holly not only landed on her feet, but she made some good friends. 

I am so glad that this is a series, and I cannot wait to meet up with Holly and her friends again.  I am so excited to find out what happens next. If you like nice easy-going stories sprinkled with a little bit of romance, then I can recommend ‘The Sweet Shop of Second Chances’.

You can purchase ‘The Sweet Shop of Second Chances’ from Amazon UK.

‘The Christie Affair’ by Nina de Gramont – @NinadeGramont @MantleBooks @midaspr #BlogTour #BookReview

‘The Christie Affair’ by Nina de Gramont was published by Mantle on the 20th January 2022 in hardback and is also available in eBook format and as an audiobook. To celebrate its release a massive blog tour has been organised by Midas PR and today it is my turn on the tour. I would like to thank Amber for my proof copy. Read on to find out more about this book followed by my thoughts on it.

Synopsis

In 1926, Agatha Christie disappeared for 11 days. Only I know the truth of her disappearance.
I’m no Hercule Poirot.
I’m her husband’s mistress.

Agatha Christie’s world is one of glamorous society parties, country house weekends, and growing literary fame.

Nan O’Dea’s world is something very different. Her attempts to escape a tough London upbringing during the Great War led to a life in Ireland marred by a hidden tragedy.

After fighting her way back to England, she’s set her sights on Agatha. Because Agatha Christie has something Nan wants. And it’s not just her husband.

Despite their differences, the two women will become the most unlikely of allies. And during the mysterious eleven days that Agatha goes missing, they will unravel a dark secret that only Nan holds the key to . . .

The Christie Affair is a stunning novel which reimagines the unexplained eleven-day disappearance of Agatha Christie in 1926 that captivated the world.

My Review

I thoroughly enjoyed ‘The Christie Affair’ from start to finish and I found myself getting totally engrossed in the story, so much so that I even looked up Agatha Christie and her disappearance on the internet.  Though this is fiction it is based on true events.  No one actually knows where Agatha Christie went when she disappeared for 11 days in 1926.  In this book her disappearance is reimagined.  Quite a task I would have thought for the author but one very well done.

I loved the style of writing and thought the author described everything so perfectly.  The chapters were set out a bit differently than what I am used to, but I was fine with that.  It was obvious that the author undertook a lot of research for ‘The Christie Affair’.  I really liked the cover of the book; it is just so beautiful.

The novel is split into three parts.  Nan O’Dea, Archie’s mistress, is the protagonist and she narrates the story.  The reader also gets to learn quite a lot about Nan herself and the hardships in life she has had to face.  My heart literally went out to her, and I could see why she did what she did.

This story touches on a number of subjects including love, loss, friendship, heartache, revenge, war and illness.

I highly recommend this book especially if you like books set in the 1920s.  You don’t necessarily have to be a fan of Agatha Christie.  Having read ‘The Christie Affair’ though I will definitely be exploring Agatha Christie’s books.  The problem is where do I start?

I really hope there is lots more to come from Nina de Gramont.

A superb read.

‘The Christie Affair’ is available from:-

Amazon UK / Waterstones / Wordery / hive.co.uk

About The Author

Nina de Gramont (also known as Marina Gessner) lives in coastal North Carolina with her husband, the writer David Gessner. She teaches at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and is almost always in the company of her two dogs, Missy and Isabelle. She’s the author of the acclaimed Meet Me at the River, Every Little Thing in the World, Gossip of the Starlings, The Last September, as well as The Distance from Me to You, which has recently been optioned for a movie.

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