Rachel Dove comes to the blog with a lovely story of running away to the unknown to create a new known in
The Second Chance Hotel
April started running from the old and into the new as a child, when her mother spirited her away from a bad situation and they started their life together. Onward to Cornwall and the Shady Pines cottages on the Cornwall coast. But some things stuck, and April married and hoped for a family and more. But when her inability to have children dampened her relationship, and her mother got ill, everything went pear-shaped in an instant. Discovering her husband not only was having an affair, but they were expecting a child was the icing on that cake, and she bought Shady Pines, packed up her life and headed off to recapture some of the connection she once had with her mother.
Intervening years have not been kind to the property –but with one long-term resident in Martha, who is more judgmental than helpful, a local ‘handyman’ in Cillian – who worked for the former owners, and an idea of the sort of place April wanted to build- they all get stuck in. There’s a connection between she and Cillian, and his little near-speechless daughter Orla have captured her interest, even as she feels ‘awkward and inappropriate’ most of the time.
Slowly but surely, we work through April and Cillian’s issues – separately and together, and even Martha gives a bit of an olive branch with letters from her own past story. It’s the people and the chances that they offer one another acceptance, friendship, suggestions and new opportunities. Both in business and personally. April is, despite a rock-bottom level of self-esteem, someone that you want to know, and push her forward when she’s determined to run and hide. It’s only when she finds something worth staying for, or many somethings, that the story comes full circle and new hope and life abound for all.
Title: The Second Chance Hotel
Author: Rachel Dove
Genre: British, Contemporary Romantic Comedy, Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Family Saga, Friendship, Humor elements, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: Britain
Published by: HQ Digital
Published on: 29 May, 2020
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Welcome to Shady Pines, where the sun is shining, the sea is sparkling, and there’s a cosy chalet waiting to be your home away from home. But will April find the new start she’s looking for?
April Stratham had it all – until her husband left her for a blonde ten years her junior. Now she’s thirty-five, single, and starting again. So she does what anyone in her position would do: she impulsively invests her life savings in the chalet park she used to visit as a child, on the beautiful Cornish Coast.
The Shady Pines Chalet Park is… ramshackle. But it has one big advantage – it is as far as physically possible from April’s ex, his new fiancée, and her old life. With gorgeous handyman Cillian O’Leary, April is looking forward to the challenge.
As visitors arrive, April realises that Shady Pines isn’t just a second chance for her, it gives Cillian another shot at happiness too.
But when he moves into the chalet next door, April’s painful past starts to catch up with her, and she struggles to reconcile her feelings for Cillian.
Is April’s new beginning destined to end in failure – or will she find new friends, a new life and new love at her second chance hotel?
Fans of Jenny Colgan, Emma Davies and Debbie Johnson will love Rachel Dove!
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.