Today I’m reviewing the first in a new series, centered around a sweet shop in a Cotswold village. Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for having me on the tour and sending me a copy of the book to review.
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.
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 life, The Sweet Shop of Second Chances will make you believe that the best things in life really are worth fighting for.
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The Review: This was a lovely cosy read. We start by meeting Holly who has been sensible all her life, saved her money and not make impulse decisions. However as the book blurb says, she catches her boyfriend cheating and returns to the village she grew up in. At this point she decides to stop being sensible and take some chances in her life.
It was fun watching Holly learn and adapt to the new life she was creating for herself in the sweet shop and in the village itself. She met some new friends as well in Jamie and Ben. Giles was never one I warmed to at all, he’s a bit of a show off in his flash car and that just doesn’t appeal to me at all. However, Giles aside there were some lovely characters in the story. It was nice to see a supportive village community as well as highlighting the issue of property developers and increasing property prices in villages like this one.
As I said this is a lovely read. It was good watching Holly develop throughout the story and deal with the challenges that impulse decisions can create. The village and surrounding countryside is lovely but the star of the book has to be the sweet shop itself. It was a walk down memory lane with all the jars and sweets that were mentioned. A shop where I grew up used to sell bon bons and flying saucers and others, and this just reminded me of that.
Hannah Lynn is a multi award winning novelist. Publishing her first book, Amendments – a dark, dystopian speculative fiction novel, in 2015. Her second book, The Afterlife of Walter Augustus – a contemporary fiction novel with a supernatural twist – went on to win the 2018 Kindle Storyteller Award and the Independent Publishers Gold Medal for Best Adult Ebook.
Born in 1984, Hannah grew up in the Cotswolds, UK. After graduating from university, she spent 15 years as a teacher of physics, first in the UK and then Thailand, Malaysia, Austria and Jordan. It was during this time, inspired by the imaginations of the young people she taught, she began writing short stories for children, and later adult fiction.
Now settled back in the UK with her husband, daughter and horde of cats, she spends her days writing romantic comedies and historical fiction. Her first historical fiction novel, Athena’s Child, was also a 2020 Gold Medalist at the Independent Publishers Awards.
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