Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Book Review - The Little Christmas Teashop of Second Chances by Donna Ashcroft

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Title: The Little Christmas Teashop of Second Chances
Author: Donna Ashcroft
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: 2nd October 2018
Rating: 4 Stars

Snow is beginning to fall around the cosy Castle Teashop, with its toasty log fire, scrumptious mince pies and delicious hot chocolates. Romance is in the air and Lily King is hoping some winter magic will help to make her dreams come true…

Twenty-five-year-old Lily King is wondering when her life is going to start. She adores working at the much-loved Castle Teashop, surrounded by familiar faces and delicious cakes. But she’s stuck in a rut. She’s just been dumped by her boyfriend and her dream job seems to be slipping through her fingers.

When her best friend Emily Campbell needs urgent help to organise her enchanting Christmas wedding, Lily realises it’s finally her moment to shine and reach for the opportunities she’s been wishing for. Can she pull off the biggest celebration Castle Cove has ever seen or will something - or someone - make things more complicated than she imagined?

Rebellious and handsome photographer Josh Havellin-Scott has always felt like an outsider, especially next to his perfect older brother, who is about to get married. At the last minute, Josh finds himself roped into plans for the Big Day, the very last thing he wants to do, until he is meets creative and quirky Lily King…

When Lily and Josh are thrown together, it’s clear they couldn’t be more different. But they begin to realise that opposites can attract – and sometimes when you’re not looking for love, it comes and finds you when you least expect it. With some festive magic, will they manage to work together and save the day?

And could they discover a winter romance of their very own along the way?

I am loving the town of Castle Cove and all its inhabitants, to the extent that I'm wondering why on earth I didn't read Donna Ashcroft's first book.  

This is a lovely feel good read,  with a clear theme of second chances running through it - with Lily and Josh needing to give each other a second if not more chances, to get to know and trust each other, and also Lily has the opportunity to get to know her estranged mum too. 

The title definitely doesn't lie as besides the second chances, and not just for Lily and Josh but other villagers too - there is a little teashop in the book,  and its set in the run up to Christmas.   

But yet given I have read lots of tea shop books and Christmas books, it is not overly themed towards either of them.  They are setting and there is a lot of action in the teashop but its not your typical book that may make you hungry and it didn't make me feel festive either. 

What I did feel was romance, there are many romantic threads woven into this lovely tale, and I really enjoyed reading all of them.  Despite this being a standalone I do think that it may be best to read the previous book by the author, just to know more of the secondary characters back stories, as I felt there was hints but not enough for me to really know them properly. 

What I did learn of the characters I really liked,  and I just had a very enjoyable time whiling away a few hours reading this book.  I would be interested in reading more from this author in the future. 

Thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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