An irresistible festive treat from million-copy bestseller Amanda Prowse.
Amanda Prowse is the author of The Coordinates Of Loss and the no.1 bestsellers Perfect Daughter, My Husband’s Wife and What Have I Done?
Can you ever find love twice?
Bea doesn’t believe in second chances. As a widow, she feels like she will be alone forever. She buries her grief in hard work, and soon the deli she runs in Sydney, Australia, has a reputation for the best carrot cake in town.
But then an email from a cafe-owner in Edinburgh leads her to take a trip to Scotland in the depths of winter.There, transported by the twinkling lights and falling snow of a traditional Christmas, Bea is drawn back to a secret past – and a secret love – that she has long ago tried to forget…
The story starts of with Bea at her dying husbands bedside. It did make for some very emotional reading but it drew me to Bea instantly and by the end of the story she felt like an old friend.
I loved the story being set in Australia, which is very different to what Christmas is like here in England. Bea lives in a flat above her business of which she loves listening to the hustle and bustle from below. Whilst it’s something that would probably put me off, the author totally sold me on Bea’s home and I could easily envision Bea sat there listening to the world go by.
Another character I really liked in the novel is Flora, Bea’s grand-daughter. She is coming up to fourteen and is struggling with life as a teenager. Wyatt, Bea’s son and Flora’s dad, I wasn’t to sure of to start with. He doesn’t seem to have much time for his mum and I felt for Bea as she makes the most of seeing Flora.
I think this story is a great reminder of how we can become self absorbed and forget about our loved ones. It really makes you sit back and think and try to understand others more. There is also the romance aspect to do with Bea and her past and it makes for an engrossing read.
The Second Chance Café is a lovely heart felt read that I didn’t want to put down. I was entranced by the authors writing and loved getting to know Bea better as well as her friends and family. I enjoyed all the highs and lows with Bea and whilst I loved the ending to the story, I was also very sad to have reached the end. A lovely read that will leave you feeling all warm and cosy inside.
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