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Surely everyone deserves a second chance?

Ex-fireman and edible flower farmer Shay McGillen has plenty of reasons not to give Sarah Pickering even one chance when she turns up in his small Yorkshire village. After all, she is only there to try and convince him and his fellow villagers to sell up so her company can build a bypass. If Sarah thinks she can make Shay give up hi
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Kindle Edition, 279 pages
Published June 23rd 2020 by Choc Lit
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Frankie (Chicks, Rogues and Scandals)
This is the perfect escapist, light-hearted and feel-good summer read, from the first page I was hooked and I devoured this in one weekend, but this isn’t your stereotypical village love story there are some serious issues that are highlighted within the plot and around certain character’s which gives it a certain edge that other little village stories don’t have.
I loved the sound of this the moment I saw it, it is set in a small Yorkshire may have helped turn my head, but to be honest, I was ho
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Shalini
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was bloody perfect. Exactly what I wanted on a Sunday morning with my hot cuppa tea. I loved the way author Gina Holland penned it; each word was friendly and complete with a sense of camaraderie to them. The book made me want to rush into it and linger there forever.

Sarah was working ingognito for a company which was building the bypass through the village. Shay was one of the villagers who was protesting the construct. Their clash occurred over speeding, moved indoors due to a blizzard wh
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Karen Mace
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was one of those books that seems to be perfect to read on a sunny or rainy afternoon! I loved the characters of Sarah and Shay, and the village community feeling was what we all hope to find wherever we live!

Sarah has just moved to the village with seemingly double intentions! She's escaping something sad from her past, but also hopeful of helping the locals see fit to accept the plan of her company who want to build a massive bypass. She knows they are being offered very good money to mov
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Els
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A tragedy happend in his life and he feels guilty about it. A tragedy happened in her life and she feels guilty about it. They both run away from the painful past and find solace in each others arms.

He is completely honest about everything. She is completely honest, but not about everything and when she is pushed with her back against the wall, she is forced to come clean sooner than she wanted to.

He thought he did not deserve a second chance. She thought she could please everybody and believe
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kayleighhh
Jan 19, 2021 rated it did not like it
I used to write fanfiction at this level when i was twelve 🥴
Oana
May 18, 2021 rated it it was ok
Beach/out of slump book. Cheesy, romantic, and also with a major plot hole.
Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
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‘Little Village of Second Chances‘ is a delightful romance that proves the point that what we first see isn’t always the entire story and that perhaps people deserve that second chance to show us what they are truly all about before we rush to judgment. This would be very true indeed for Shay and Sarah. I was drawn into their lives from the opening of this story and remained captured as they each had to face a painful past in differing circumstances, learning to trust
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Debbie Southwell
Jul 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sarah moves to the village of Wetherstone-on-Ouse to talk the locals into selling up their properties so that the company she works for can build a bypass. What she hadn’t considered is that she may actually like the residents and find that they are lovely and helpful.
Sarah also meets Shay, a farmer who stands to lose his farm if the bypass goes ahead, and despite his tough rough exterior she realises there is much more to this man, who has had tragic past, than meets the eye.
Sarah herself has h
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Katie
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sarah is desperate for a fresh start, away from her troubles, when her job offers her the chance to work away on location. She takes this opportunity, wanting to show everyone she can do this, she doesn't need a man and that she is strong independent woman.
On Sarah's first day at the village Wetherstone she clashes with her new neighbour Shay. Sarah needs to get Shay on her side for work, as her company are wanting to build a bypass through the village. She tries to get to know Shay better, and
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Sally Coles
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sarah has a job to do which is get people to sell up their houses so that a new bypass can be built so she rents a house in Wetherstone-on-Ouse to get to know the locals and get them to accept the very generous offers..... and she needs to keep busy to help her with her loss. Shay is an ex fireman turned flower farmer who is also trying to escape tragedy and avoids getting close to anyone but when after a snow storm he gets snowed in with Sarah he starts to feel that maybe he can start living ag ...more
Anni Rose
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sarah and Shay’s first meeting is not the welcome to her new home Sarah might have hoped for, but then her reasons for being there in the first place might be not what the locals are hoping for. It seems Shay is one of the biggest opponents to the new plans her company has for the village, and it is her job to persuade him otherwise, but when she starts to fall for him and realises how much the place means to him, she starts to question her reasons for being there in the first place. Great chara ...more
Reconciliation
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love reading books which deal with emotions i can relate to, and I’m a sucker for a happy ending.

I was drawn into the depth of the characters as they journeyed through their story and I loved the descriptions of village life and the sense of community.

Sarah has some personal issues which she needs to work through, and she hoped this job would help, little did she realise she would ultimately have to make a choice between her conscience and her job.

Shay has held onto his grief for so long he
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Janette
Sep 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A lovely feel good book filled with community spirit and a perfect escape.

Well written I really enjoyed all of the characters and empathised with them. I loved the village of Wetherstone-on-Ouse and would like to live in a village like this where there is a community where people look out for each other and support local businesses. Well paced with twists and turns along the way which made this book difficult to put down - I wanted to find out what would happen next.

A story of community, new be
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Isabelle D
A "small town/village" romance is always welcome, and I enjoyed this one even if near the end I thought something was a little exaggerated (but the problem is that it seems to happen ridiculously often to romance heroines, not that it couldn't really happen). On the plus side, farming edible flowers is an original occupation for a hero, and most importantly I felt there was a good balance between funny moments and emotional ones (both Sarah and Shay are still affected by tragic past events). Als ...more
Isobel
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Although quite a lot of snow plays an important part in the story do not wait until winter to read it! Shay is used to running towards danger but grief made him run away to Yorkshire. Sarah has not run as far but nonetheless is looking for a life without reminders of her recent past and is convinced her employer's new bypass is going to be welcomed by the villagers. Swiftly and sorely disillusioned Sarah has some serious thinking to do. Can any of her bright future be saved? And will Shay be par ...more
Gill
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I thought the opening section of this book was a cracker – a real hook with which to get going. However, the impetus then slowed a little and I was wondering if I was going to enjoy it after all, but I eventually read the whole thing in one sitting as I didn’t want to put it down. Shay makes a wonderfully damaged hero …. The ending is something of a tearjerker, how can it all end well? At one point I really didn’t see how it could! A very good debut novel – I look forward to the next. It gets a ...more
Rachael
Jul 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was only a short book, but it packed a lot in covering quite a few important topics such as love, heartbreak, grief and suicide. From the first pages you were straight into the story, which was cheesy and predictable, but this didn't matter as it was such a good light hearted read. The charcters were varied and well written and I liked the epilogue at the end showing what happened to the charcters after the end and rounded off the story well. ...more
Barbara
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a lovely romance. The story follows the two main protagonists, Shay and Sarah who seem totally against each other from the first time they met. Sarah's honest and caring personality both works for and against her. To do her job she must be aggressive and dishonest. This and a growing love for Shay form the story. A gentle but well paced story with characters that are believable and you will grow fond of them as I did. ...more
Donna Morgan
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Yvonne Greene
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shay is a troubled recluse due to a tragedy in his life. He has moved to a lovely friendly Yorkshire village to make a new life. Sarah is also trying to escape her past but has very different reasons for coming to the village. Can they overcome their differences to save the village they have both grown to love. A lovely story set in a village I want to move to!!
Cheryl
Jul 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Light, frothy, romantic read, girl meets grumpy boy, both have history, both secrets, they fall in love then fall out and then girl saves the day and they live happy ever after!

If you want a light easy summer read on the beach this is for you!
Katherine
May 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
absolutely loved this romance wished the ending lasted longer though.
W H Nicholls
Jun 25, 2021 rated it liked it
Nice story though predictable and let down by a weak ending which was so obvious. I do think we should have found out what happened to her old boss
Jan
Jun 26, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice light easy read, all pretty standard chic lit fare but you can't be reading Proust all the time! ...more
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