Novels written by your friends turn out to be like buses, you wait years for one and then two are published within a month of each other. It is with a degree of trepidation that you sit down to read a friend’s book, what to say if it is rubbish, but thankfully THE SUMMER OF SECOND CHANCES is very good. If you are selecting your holiday reading, then it is perfect to read by the pool.
We meet our heroine Lottie just as she is at a low ebb. We know that her long-term relationship has come to an end and as a result of this she is homeless and almost friendless. Thankfully she has one loyal friend who loans her a tumble down cottage in remote Devon in return for bringing it back to a habitable condition. Next door is another cottage with an immaculate garden and owned by a handsome, if surly, man. Will she manage to undo the mess that the previous tenants left, why is she in such a pickle and most importantly of all will the handsome stranger next door be THE one?
Lottie is a glorious witty romp with deep themes running through it. At the beginning of the book, Lottie has not really achieved very much in her life and is a bit lacklustre. We see her decide whether to sink into the mire or grab the chances that she has been offered and run with them. Always at hand is a consoling bottle of red wine and a much married sister. Whip smart one liners pepper the book and at times I’m afraid I snorted with laughter. All in all THE SUMMER OF SECOND CHANCES is a great read.
Are any of my other friends about to publish a novel or do I have to wait for the follow up to THE DESERTERS DAUGHTER and THE SUMMER OF SECOND CHANCES for the excitement of seeing my friends’ names on the spines of real live books? You can read Maddie talking about her writing on Susanna Bavin’s blog by clicking here.
THE SUMMER OF SECOND CHANCES by Maddie Please
Published by Maze
Kindle 99p, Paperback £9.99