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?
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Carol Thomas lives on the south coast of England with her husband, four children and lively young Labrador. She has been a playgroup supervisor and taught in primary schools for over fifteen years, before dedicating more of her time to writing. Carol is a regular volunteer at her local Cancer Research UK shop. She has a passion for reading, writing and people watching and can often be found loitering in local cafes working on her next book.
Carol writes contemporary romance novels, with relatable heroines whose stories are layered with emotion, sprinkled with laughter and topped with irresistible male leads.
A Summer of Second Chances is a heart-warming and lovable story about friendship, community, and romance. The novel is well-written with irresistible animal characters and an excellent sense of community in the village. As this is my first novel by this author, I will definitely check out her other stories. The village makes an excellent backdrop for this charming tale.
Ava Flynn lives in the village of Dapplebury. She runs the rescue center/charity shop called All Critters Great and Small that she inherited from her late mother. She is working hard to keep the shop going, which proves difficult as many shops in the village are failing. The new Lord Bramlington might just be the answer after he returns to the village with a vision to revitalize the town. However, Lord Henry Bramlington just happens to be Ava’s first love that left the village abruptly after the two of them were caught together by his mother. Although time has passed, the attraction still lingers.
Stories about second chances for romances are always adorable, especially when the couple came together when they were young and then reconnect when they are older. I love how they can reminisce about what brought them together in the first place to possibly make it work again, if they both want to, and it makes me wonder how they would have been if they stayed together the whole time. This novel goes through Henry and Ava trying to remember why they separated and if they should give their relationship another try.
The characters in this story are very lovable and I absolutely loved the dogs in this story; they really were excellent scene stealers and added many moments of humor. The two main characters have their own obstacles to overcome as well as the complications that come with potentially pursing another romantic relationship. The story itself has the joy of a Hallmark movie without centering on Christmas. The pacing of the story worked well and I felt invested in the characters and the village. This charming novel was uplifting and relatable where I wanted to keep reading it. I would love to read more novels featuring the delightful village of Dapplebury and all of the wonderful characters!
**I give a special thank you to Rachel @rararesources, the publisher, ChocoLit, and the author, Carol Thomas, for the opportunity to participate with this excellent and heartwarming novel. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.**