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Love, Second Time Around: A Summerfield Village Sweet Romance

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Maggie Stewart is a retired lawyer, working to preserve the heritage of her little English cottage in Summerfield village. Her children have grown and she's content to ride horses in the countryside and enjoy her retirement.

Except she needs money for her renovations ... and she's lonely.

When she joins her old environmental team to go up against

Kindle Edition, 178 pages
Published April 24th 2017
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Vania Nunes
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Vania by: the author herself
A book about second chance for love. But this second chance is a bit different because the couple, in fact, have never had a relationship before.
Maggie had two children to raise and could not accept an offer of work that would lead her to live far from England. The family (the two children) came first.
At that time she met Greg, an enigmatic and professional man, but he was married and happy.
Years passed, Maggie's children were adults and she was retired, but her and Greg's paths came back to cro
Julie Barrett
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love, Second Time Around by Penny Appleton
Story starts out wth Maggie and she's heading to the seminar in Edinburgh. Through many sources of travel she does arrive, in time and sees her old friend Greg. They had often been on opposite sides of the table, both are fighting for their side to win-environmental oil issues.
She put a lot of work into her research and is a bit thrown off by finding him there. They do connect but she keeps her distance.
When they meet up later and spend the night at the
R.K. Ryde
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a lovely sweet stand alone romance by a debut author. I really enjoyed the age group of the main characters and the complexities that goes along with that. I also enjoyed learning about the local knowledge of the locations mentioned in the story. Well done!
Chloe Flanagan
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Touching Story if Second Chances

I loved Maggie and Greg’s story. They are both intelligent, caring people but weighed down by their individual histories. The author does an excellent job showing how their love overcomes obstacles past and present.
Jennifer Leo
May 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There are few things I like more for light reading than a sweet romance. If it happens to be set in England with loads of cozy domestic details (think Rosamund Pilcher), so much the better. So when I read the opening chapter of this book, with its description of a toasty kitchen in a charming English cottage on a rainy morning, I settled in for a satisfying read.

The story lived up to its promise, reminding those of us past the first blush of youth that midlife, too, can also be filled with roman
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
In Love, Second Time Around, retired lawyer Maggie Stewart, who lives in a small English village, is reacquainted with former colleague and unrequited crush Greg Warren, who owns a ranch in Idaho. They met and worked together many years before, when Maggie was recently divorced and raising her two children, but Greg was happily married. It’s clear within the first few chapters that Greg was fond of Maggie, at least as a good friend. When the story opens in present day, Greg is a widower, his wif ...more
Nicole Evelina
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-fiction
I came upon Love, Second Time Around completely by chance on Twitter. I have to admit that if I’d come across the book on the shelf, I would have passed it by because the couple on the front is older. Shame on me! That actually turned out to be one of the things I liked about the book. It was refreshing to see two people who are mature in their dealings on love, as opposed to the selfish 20- and 30-somethings that normally populate romance novels. The characters felt real and I could truly belie ...more
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Love, Second Time Around: A Summerfield Village Sweet Romance
by Penny Appleton (Goodreads Author)
Maggie Stewart, an attorney (retired) is living in an English cottage in Summerfield and she loves her home, but she doesn’t love the cost of the upkeep. She takes a job working with her old environmental team and on the plane to the location she comes across a man she was obsessed with in her old life. Had he not been married she would definitely have started something up with him. She sure is shock
Beth Amy
Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Complex love

A divorcee with 2 kids and a less than stellar first marriage now lives in a village outside of Oxford, in a small cottage built when America was still British colonies. Years ago, she met a man, who was married, and who she fell for, hard. But the timing wasn't right. Meanwhile, thongs eventually smoothed out with jer andnjer ex and his new family; his 4 and her 2 get along; her 2 are out on their own, one married, one a globetrotting photographer.
Greg is a hard driving businessman
Nina ( picturetalk321 )
This is my first foray into a sub-genre of romance called "sweet romance" -- guaranteed happily ever after, no sex on the page, nothing too dark. I enjoyed it a lot, and it came at a time that is otherwise emotionally taxing. Its low-key sweetness was a soothing balm.

I particularly enjoyed the mature-age protagonists, both retired, both with careers and other marriages behind them, both with grown children. This is the core of representation that resonates with me: middle-aged genteel people in
Mar 10, 2018 rated it liked it
(review request submitted by the author for an honest critique)

Young or old, everyone deserves a chance at love and I am thrilled Penny Appleton focused her love story around two individuals with a few extra years under their belts. These added years also meant they had a bit more baggage than most young, budding romances do such as prior spouses and full-grown kids.

As much as I love rekindled relationships, I somehow didn’t fully embrace this couple. I felt as if Maggie loved the Greg she knew
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Maggie attends a conference, where she encounters a once-upon-a-time love, Greg warren, who is rich and entitled. Long ago, while Greg was married, Maggie had a crush on him, though she realized that, as a married man, Greg had his own obligations which did not include her. Thus, Maggie went on with he life her own way, leaving Greg to his. With her children grown and a house needing repairs that cost money, Maggie returns to work and encounters Greg, now a widower and a man who shows an immedia ...more
A. R.
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
"Love, Second Time Around," is just as the title suggests. And older couple (at the edge of retirement) reunite to find love with each other. They were business acquaintances in the past, but now feel the tug of a blossoming love.

Unfortunately, the story did little for me. It felt like a recitation of events. "He walked in, we opened a bottle of Merlot, we sat and talked." Nothing really happens in this story. There are a few moments of conflict, but they are resolved so quickly and so easily th
Sandra Olshaski
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Retired lawyer Maggie Stewart lives in charming 300-year-old Square Cottage in Summerfield, England - "it (the cottage) looks like a cottage teapot without a handle or a spout." Maggie is divorced with grown children. And more or less happy with her lot in life, albeit a bit lonely. Upon attending an environmental conference in Edinburgh Maggie reconnects with rich, handsome 60-ish Greg Warren from America, a heartthrob from the past. Mutual attraction rekindles, and the story begins.

I enjoyed t
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Since romance is not typically a genre I enjoy, I was very surprised that I enjoyed this book as much as I did. Romance novels can be so sickeningly sappy and unrealistic that I usually don't even bother with them. I certainly wouldn't have read this book had I not received a free copy. Was the book sappy? Yes, of course! It's a romance novel after all. Were their times when I rolled my eyes at manufactured drama? Yes again! You might wonder why I kept reading then. It's because this book also c ...more
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was pleasantly surprised by this quick story about love and timing, where it is never too late, no matter what stage we are in life. For me, I'm at what some may call the quarter-life, maybe a little past that. Stories about love later in life have not been in my reading routine, however, this storytelling has made me hopeful that love can happen at any time. I was left wanting more even though it is a pretty cut and dry story. It gives new meaning to "it's complicated" when thinking about the ...more
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
There are several things I loved about this story. First, that the characters were mature and seasoned. They have a past, have loved and lost, and have grown children. With time comes wisdom and maturity, they come “from different worlds, and he has to return to his.” The second thing I loved about this story is that when they were faced with attraction and temptation they ran away. Now that Greg’s wife is gone and Maggie is single, they are free to follow their hearts. I also liked that I got i ...more
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Maggie is a retired attorney living in rural Summerfield England. When she travels to Edinburgh Scotland to a conference as a consultant, she runs into her former boss, Greg, and realizes she never got over her strong feelings of attraction for him. They never acted on those feelings since Greg was married at the time. Greg is a wealthy oil man, semi-retired, living on a ranch outside Boise Idaho. His beloved wife, Rachael passed away three years ago and Greg felt like he lost his heart when she ...more
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
Scotland, America, 2nd Love

A clean romance, about finding love later in life. For the most part the story was enjoyable. I usually don't like stories told in first person, such as we & I. The parts of story I didn't like was when the heroine talked about herself as being strong & independent all the time, & how she had provided for her children & herself. Then she would start talking as if she wanted to be with the hero & a few sentences later that she didn't want to give up her independence. Ve
Heather Button
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received an Advanced Reader Copy of the book from the author, and this review is my own opinion.

I'm a bit late in posting my review, but I wanted to make sure I included it. This sweet romance was really lovely to read, and I quite enjoyed Maggie's chance at love. I love the mix of horse cultures as well. The descriptions of setting are really beautiful, and some scenes are quite magical.

This book is the first in a series, but I just wanted to let people know that the series is that of the fam
Jeanne Grace
I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from the publisher and Goodreads giveaway for my unbiased opinion of the book. The book is about Maggie Smith a retired environmentalist and is asked to join her old team to battle an oil company. It is an answer to her prayers due to expensive renovations needed on her cottage. She meets an old crush at the seminar and things escalate from there. I really found the story lacking any depth. It was overly predictable, and things were resolved too qu ...more
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A very good book I bought yesterday and thought okay just a couple of chapters WELL that did not happen! I could not stop until the book was finished ! Maggie Stewart a retired lawyer has rejoined her old environmental team to go up against an big oil company, as she needs repairs on her home. On the plane to the meeting she meets widower Greg Warren a retired rich Idaho rancher and her old boss and now her opponent who she had feelings for when she worked for him . Will they get a second chance ...more
Amanda Clay
Dec 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
A sweet read! This romance was so refreshing! For one, I loved that it was about an older couple. I like me some angst, but it can be a little exhausted reading about self-centered 25 year olds trying to figure out love and life, ha. This book was set in the charming English country side (with such perfect little details--I could just hear their accents!). This is a perfect book to lift your spirits on a rainy afternoon. Highly recommend if you like a sweet, intelligent romance with endearing ch ...more
Pamela Kenney
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
It is lovely to read a romance novel featuring older people. So wonderful to see love blossom at any age.
Also the descriptions of the various locations around the world are marvellous! It really makes a person want to travel more.
Overall a good first effort for this writing duo. There will be more in the series...which is definitely a good thing!

I read an advance copy of this book and my review is based on that.
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this modern romance. I liked that it was a clean and sweet romance.

It had some good conflict, coming from Gregs daughter, who doesn't like the idea of her dad having a girlfriend.

The settings for this book were wonderful. Horses in both places! The England setting also had rabbits. That was cool. The old cottage was neat too.

It was well written and easy to read. Great for an afternoon relaxing in the recliner.
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: goodreads-win
Goodreads Kindle Copy Win

A second chance romance as love reunites after years apart.

Meeting once again at a conference triggers old feelings that they never touched on since at the time both were married. But now she is divorced and he has lost his wife for a few years. Feelings will rekindled but willshe be able to go past her insecurities.

A sweet story of neer giving up on love even after time has passed.
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love, Second Time Around is by Penny Appleton. This cute romance takes place in Summerville in England. It is definitely worth reading.
While on her way to a conference, Maggie runs into a former friend, Greg Warren. They had worked together years ago on a project and sparks had flown; but as both were married, they ignored those pesky sparks. Now, time finds them both single at the same time. Greg lives in Oregon and Maggie in England. Will things work out for them this time?
Diana Reeves
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
So sweet

Such a sweet story of two co-workers who were attracted to one another but never crossed the line with each other. The two meet up years later and both are older, have grown children and both are single. Priorities change over the years and thankfully true love can happen at any age!!
Oct 11, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a look at finding love when your a bit older with someone you connected with earlier in life. It was an easy read, but just okay for me. I would have liked to know Greg a bit better, and things tied up rather easily for the couple, but it's still a nice getaway that made me wish for a visit to Summerland. ...more
Emily F - Seriously Sweet Reads
This was a sweet romance. Both characters were flawed, which I appreciated. Clean, I'd rate it Pg. It was interesting to see both England and the United States and how the characters interacted in each of the backgrounds and what brought them together. Some of the conflicts seemed to be minimized and didn't impact the story like I thought they should. ...more
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Penny Appleton is the pen name of a mother and daughter team from the south-west of England.

We both enjoy traveling and many of the stories contain aspects of our adventures.

We both like reading. Some of our favorite romance authors include Danielle Steele and Nora Roberts, plus we love The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCulloch, as well as Jane Austen and Stephenie Meyer.

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