2014 was a special year for me. I had started my social history blog and I was a busy volunteer setting up an exhibition in our local Workhouse on its time as a World War One Hospital. We had bought a holiday home in Portugal and travelled to and fro, several times during the year. I was also an avid reader and liked to follow authors and book bloggers on Twitter for new books to read. And that was how I found Rosie Amber.
When she challenged some of her followers to review one of the books submitted to her, I couldn’t resist. I believe the book I chose was The Red Canvas Chair, an intriguing American crime thriller by N A Granger. When Rosie then invited some of us to join her team and review many other books of our choice from novels submitted to her, I was thrilled to be included. Soon I was writing more book reviews than history posts, so I decided it was time to set up my own book blog Lost in a Good Book
Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team receives a wide range of submitted genres, including young adult, fantasy, historical, romance, steam punk, mystery etc. Not all of the books appeal to me but often I will challenge myself to try a new type of book and frequently discover an exciting new novelist to follow. Of the 14 books Rosie is featuring this week I have read and enjoyed 8 of them. In addition, I have to mention other favourites: –
Rose Edmunds Crazy Amy series of corporate espionage
Christine Campbell’s Reluctant Detective series set in Scotland
Mimi Matthews spirited historical romances
Passionate Travellers by Trish Nicholson, incredible journeys throughout history
The Cunning Woman’s Cup an amazing story by Sue Hewitt
Season of Second Chances is a heart-warming story of friendship, love and finding the inner strength to face a future that may bring back the past.
This is a novel which captivates you from the first page. Grace and her two teenage children, Jack and Holly, have left Dublin to live in the quiet village on the coast of Cork where she grew up. Escaping an impossible life, she is taking over as a GP from her father, Des. She soon discovers her neighbours to be judgemental about “Young Doctor Sullivan” so she won’t be revealing the secret she has left in Dublin. Prickly Jack knows they had to leave, but he doesn’t relish life in the middle of nowhere, while Holly has always lacked confidence. But things gradually improve. Grace impresses the locals with her skill as a doctor and her children begin to make friends.
This is both a heart-warming story and an edge of the seat drama as you wait for their past to catch up with them. Adding a touch of romance in the form of an American author with a sad past and some amusing incidents with some of the local community make this a perfect lockdown escape. And I forgot to mention Benji the dog. I was so pleased to discover that there will be a sequel.
Season of Second Chances is available on Amazon UK
Aimee Alexander is the pen name of best selling author Denise Deegan who writes contemporary family dramas about ordinary people who become extraordinary in crisis. Her novels have been published by Penguin, Random House and Hachette.
Aimee lives in Dublin with her family where she regularly dreams of sunshine, a life without cooking and her novels being made into movies. She has a Masters in Public Relations and has been a college lecturer, nurse, china restorer, pharmaceutical sales rep, public relations executive and entrepreneur.
Fuchsia inspired by Cee’s Flower of the Day challenge.