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The Bookshop of Second Chances

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  209 ratings  ·  155 reviews
Set in a charming little Scottish town, The Bookshop of Second Chances is an uplifting story of fresh starts and new beginnings by a hugely talented debut author.
 
Thea’s having a bad month. Not only has she been made redundant, she’s also discovered her husband of nearly twenty years is sleeping with one of her friends. And he’s not sorry – he’s leaving.
 
Bewildered and
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Kindle Edition, 312 pages
Published November 17th 2020 by Simon & Schuster UK
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Sep 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 please take me to this fascinating rural village to Scotland so I can take a break from this madness and I can get lost in the magical power of various book bundles, reminding myself of second chances of happy life stars!

Yes: I adored too many things about this book but in the meantime some parts didn’t work well for me. But it was still quiet better than my late self discovery- romance- second chances- fresh start- feel good fiction experiences.

Especially Thea Mottram is badass, smart, qu
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Theresa Alan
Nov 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars rounded up
I’d read two (good) suspense novels in a row, so I needed a change of pace, and this well-written novel was perfect. It’s set in Scotland, a beautiful country I adore, and since I’m not traveling physically anytime soon, at least my mind can go on a trip someplace. This is not a fast-paced, plot-driven story, so if that’s what you’re looking for, this isn’t the book for you. There are times when the narrator, Thea, describes rooms in far more detail than I’d ever need. Also,
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Lisa
Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I enjoyed reading this story 4 star read

Happy reading
Lisa
Paige
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful escape that was fun, touching, and as cozy as a cuppa in front of the fireplace. Women’s fiction usually has me wishing for a stronger romance subplot, but this one had enough to keep me happy even though it was not enough to be categorized as a romance novel.

I absolutely loved the setting in a small Scottish town, which added to this book’s charm. Add in a bookshop as a pivotal location and it could hardly get better. Except for the private little beach hut which takes it i
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Brandy
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok, apologies for yelling, but I NEED MORE BOOKS WITH MATURE WOMEN! And by mature I mean, not 22 and trying to find the meaning of life. I digress. This book was brilliant! I loved Thea and her sense of humor and her willingness to tell people what she thinks rather than trying to beat around the bush. Her husband just left her for after 19 years for someone she thought was her friend (rude) and she’s suddenly inherited a house in the middle of nowhere Scotland. She meets the local gentry, inclu ...more
Carol (Reading Ladies)
Too much offensive religious profanity for my personal taste.
Micky Cox
Oct 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unique characters that you can really relate to help you connect to the storyline of starting over in middle age when life throws you an unexpected curve. The main character certainly accepts the change with more grace and calm than most women would, but then she did also just find out she has an inheritance that she was unaware of. It helps that she gets to start off her "new" normal in a new town. There were times that I felt the main character was a bit of a doormat, but she holds her own in ...more
Anne
Oct 18, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who doesn't love a book set in a bookstore? Thea moves to a Scottish town when she inherits a house from a distant relative and must decide whether to sell or stay. She's already disillusioned as her marriage recently ended when her husband slept with her friend. So she is wary of men, especially the gruff Edward whose long-standing feud with his brother is a point of contention in their dealings. Can she find happiness? I enjoyed this but got a little bogged down in the middle as there are so m ...more
Kelly
Nov 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I really enjoyed this book. I especially liked how the main characters are not in their twenties. I need more books where the main characters are "older". I will definitely read more by this author.
Kimberly
Sep 18, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Netgalley for this book!

The beginning of this book had me chuckling a bit, but then it started drifting to a far away land and I just got lost. Not in a good way. The characters are flat and I couldn't connect with any of them.
I literally rolled my eyes 20% into the book after I read, "No girls allowed!" When the main character inquires about a job opening at the local bookstore. When she asks why he won't hire girls, the owner says, "because they fall in love with me or I fall in love
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Rachel
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Bookshop of Second Chances by Jackie Fraser is a wonderful novel that is a heartwarming story of second chances, romance, and finding that second lease on life.

Just when Thea Mottram thought her life was dug into a ditch: she lost her job, her husband leaves her, she finally gets a positive sign when she is given an adorable small home in a rural village in Scotland left to her in a will by an unknown relative. Thea takes this as an opportunity to escape and hide out while she nurses her wo
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mrsswiftnibtwirlspages
Thea is having a terrible time of her. All those years of being married to Chris seems like a blatant lie now. Having been madly in love since college times, Thea cannot fathom the idea that Chris has been having an affair with her own friend behind her back for a couple of years now. To top it, she had no clue whatsoever. And he is leaving Thea for his affair which has manifested into a deeper relationship now. Deep enough to abandon his wife and throw away his marriage.

In midst of all this, Th
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Jamice Robinson
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Bookshop of Second Chances, was a very entertaining story, that had me giggling like a school girl in love. I absolutely loved Thea, she is who I would want to be with in any situation. She took all the drastic changes in her life with such grace and positivity, I was in awe of her. I also loved Edward, and it may just be me but his character reminded me of Mr.Darcy and I was smitten with him from the beginning. This was my first novel by Jackie Fraser, but if all of her books are like this ...more
Samantha
Thea loses her job and her husband and her luck. But after the passing of a distant uncle, she learns she’s inherited his Scotland home and large antique book collection. She takes the leap and leaves for the Scottish coast to start a new chapter.

In short, this was cute.
Things I liked:
- The setting: a sleepy coastal Scottish town (swoon). I loved all the descriptions of the local bookshop and antique books. I mean... YES PLEASE
- Within the first paragraph, Thea describes her husband as “that
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Amelia Maness-Gilliland
Oh my did I love this book. It is one of those reads where you just aren’t emotionally ready for it to end. I miss the characters and the Scottish setting. “The Bookshop of Second Chances” is one to read slowly and savor.
Thea Mottram is having a difficult time in life. Her husband of 18 years has asked for a divorce because he is having an affair of one of Thea’s friends. To make matters worse, her cheating husband is keeping the house. Thea is sad, humiliated and angry, and if that wasn’t enoug
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Kelly Thomas
The Bookshop of Second Chances is a story that follows Thea’s story. Recently separated from her husband of nearly twenty years after finding out he had been having an affair with her friend Thea travels to a small town in Scotland to the house that a recently deceased great-uncle has left her.

Once in Scotland she meets the Maltravers brothers, Edward and Charles, and she starts to make a life for herself there.

I really enjoyed the journey that Thea went on once she was in Scotland. Overcoming
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Tisha "Manic Reads"
"The Bookshop of Second Chances" by Jackie Fraser is a book that I was highly looking forward to when added to my TBR list, and it didn't disappoint. I love a good frenemies to more book, and this delivered in that in droves.

Thea has lived a pretty typical life up to this point, being a good house wife to her husband, Charles. Unfortunately, he sleeps with one of her friends and she decides to leave the house. Her great-uncle has unfortunately passed, but he has left her his estate in a small vi
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Tisha "Manic Reads"
"The Bookshop of Second Chances" by Jackie Fraser is a book that I was highly looking forward to when added to my TBR list, and it didn't disappoint. I love a good frenemies to more book, and this delivered in that in droves.

Thea has lived a pretty typical life up to this point, being a good house wife to her husband, Charles. Unfortunately, he sleeps with one of her friends and she decides to leave the house. Her great-uncle has unfortunately passed, but he has left her his estate in a small vi
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Darla Rennegarbe
Nov 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When approached about reading and reviewing this novel, all I needed to hear was Scotland and a bookshop!

Jackie Fraser's debut is a complete delight with unexpected depth and poignancy.

Who among us would not want to hear they have inherited a cottage in Scotland from an almost forgotten uncle? Thea is less than impressed. She is struggling to hang on to her life in London after her marriage implodes. While Thea thought her marriage was fine, her husband thought he fancied one of her friends.

Wh
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Kendra Choy
Thea's year is not going well (can't we all relate in 2020?) First, she loses her job, then finds out her husband of 20+ years is having an affair with one of her best friends. After coming home to a letter from a solicitor, Thea discovers that a long lost Uncle has left her a bookshop in Scotland. Thea packs her things, and heads over there with the intention of only staying for a few weeks, however, as time passes, she finds herself having no reason to go home and decides to stay in Scotland t ...more
Jessica
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was adorable. It made me want to run off to Europe and get a job in a used bookstore somewhere. Reeling from her simultaneous recent split from her cheating husband and loss of her job, Thea doesn't know what to do with herself. When she finds out she has inherited a house in Scotland from a great uncle that she has only met a few times, it seems to be the perfect opportunity to take a break. What is planned as a two week trip turns in to an open ended stay and she searches for a local ...more
Leslie
Thea Mottram, devastated by the worst kind of betrayal in her marriage and a redundancy at work, discovers that she has inherited a Scottish "lodge" from her great uncle. Thinking that a change of scene will help her move on with her life, she goes north with a friend to check it out and see what do with the house and the library of rare and valuable books inside. This novel might be considered a romance or women's fiction, but its depth of understanding of grief following major life catastrophe ...more
Sara Jo
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I loved this story! I only put it down when I had to and stayed up way too late finishing it. The characters are so realistic and fabulous. I love that Thea was so honest, said whatever came to her mind without being tactless. I loved that she and Edward both were a bit different, yet on opposite ends of the people spectrum, ie being nice or rude in general. I loved that they both rambled and talked nonsense and were snarky and funny together!

I was provided with an ARC of this book by NetGalley
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Polly-Alida
A fun, light-hearted read. Just what I needed to escape a gloomy, depressing time. Enjoyed the setting of a small, tight-knit community in Scotland, Though I found the plot fairly predictable, I still really enjoyed the read. A change to have main characters who weren't in the 20's. Fun dialog and encounters, vivid descriptions of the settings. Thx to NetGalley.
Nan Williams
Oct 09, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
This novel started out with some good possibilities, but quickly devolved into something totally humdrum and predictable.

I appreciate this ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, Ballantine Books, in exchange for an honest review and I wish the author well. This was just not for me.
Ashelee Gerald
Oct 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Netgalley for the eARC. I usually like to mix in some Women’s Lit/Romance when I’m reading things with heavier themes and this didn’t disappoint. I was actually surprised because it was a slow build romance, and when I say slow, I mean sloooow, but it worked and I liked it. If you’re wanting something steamier and fast-paced, this ain’t it. As someone who is closer to 40 than 20, I liked having an older character and seeing what starting over looked like from that POV. I also have an a ...more
Alice
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An extremely cozy story that also manages to give the protagonist time to process her emotions and grow. Wonderful, flawed characters. You can’t help but root for Thea, who holds on to her honesty no matter how tricky the situation. Once I started reading I didn’t want to stop.
Book  Babe2333
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book!!! The story itself draws you in. You feel like you have become part of the book itself. You fall in love with the town and the people. Just an all around amazing work of fiction.
Kendra
Sep 09, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
In this fairy tale, when a middle-aged woman is left by her husband, she discovers that she has inherited a house and its valuable contents in Scotland from a distant family member. Off she goes, Cinderella to the ball! Once in the house, she makes friends in the town and begins a friendship with the local bookseller, who happens to be rich and handsome, albeit emotionally very, very screwed up. The heroine wins him over and makes him want to be a better person, although why, I don't know--he's ...more
Celeste
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I yhought this book was a cute romance. I takes place in Scotland with Thea whose life has been turned upside down. Then she meets Edward at his bookshop and things go in a new direction. Highly recommend.
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