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Blog Tour Review: A Summer of Second Chances by Carol Thomas

Today is my blog tour stop on the Rachel’s Random Resources blog tour.
Thank you Rachel for having me on this tour.


Does first love deserve a second chance?

Ava Flynn sometimes feels like the clothes donated to her charity shop have seen more life than her, but ‘maximum dedication for a minimal wage’ is what it takes to keep her mother’s beloved wildlife charity, All Critters Great and Small, running – especially in the village of Dapplebury, where business is certainly not booming.

But when Ava’s first love, Henry Bramlington, returns to the village, suddenly life becomes a little too eventful. Henry escaped Dapplebury many years before, but now he has the power to make or break the village he left behind – All Critters Great and Small included. Can Ava trust the boy who ran away to give both her and her charity a second chance?


A Summer of Second Chances is a lovely heartwarming romance set in the small village community of Dapplebury. The country village setting is perfect and the lake and the grounds at Dapplebury House are all beautifully described.  The story focuses mainly on Henry, the new Lord Dapplebury, and Ava.  Henry’s recent return to the village after many years away causes a flurry of uncertainty amongst the villagers and as former childhood sweethearts Henry and Ava clearly still have feelings for one another.  I adored the side stories such as, the All Critters Great and Small wildlife charity.  Mary, the rescue officer, drops everything at random hours of the day to rescue birds up chimneys, deers entangled in fairy lights and such like. It’s fun and entertaining, with a generous sprinkling of humour. I also liked the way the dogs played an integral part in the storyline and I fell completely hook, line and sinker for old Granger.

The author has a wonderful warm writing style and you really get a sense of the closeness of the village community and their friendship bonds and it’s brimming with charming and loveable characters.  The community spirit is delightful, the villagers are supportive and fun loving and I particularly enjoyed reading about the organisation of theme nights in Gino’s pub and the Bramlington festival.  There are some unexpected twists to the story and the hidden family secret revealed at the end came as a complete surprise.  

A Summer of Second Chances is a good wholesome romance with the perfect balance of romance and humour.  I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the cast of characters and seeing the development of Ava and Henry’s romance. A quick and compelling read which is perfect for the beach or for those lazy summer days in the garden.  

Publisher:  Choc Lit UK
Publication Date (UK):  27 May 2021
Format:  eArc/eBook
Page Count: 373
Genre:  Romantic Comedy/Contemporary Romance
Rating:  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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Thank you to the publisher for the gifted eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

About the Author:

Carol Thomas lives on the south coast of England with her husband, four children and lively Labrador. She has been a primary school teacher for over twenty years and has a passion for reading, writing and people watching. When she is not in school, chasing after her children, or stopping her dog from eating things he shouldn’t, she can be found loitering in cafes drinking too much tea and working on her next book.

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