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The Bookshop of Second Chances

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3.74  ·  Rating details ·  340 ratings  ·  233 reviews
A woman desperate to turn a new page heads to the Scottish coast and finds herself locked in a battle of wills with an infuriatingly handsome bookseller in this utterly heartwarming debut, perfect for readers of Evvie Drake Starts Over.

Thea Mottram is having a bad month. Her husband of nearly twenty years has just left her for one of her friends, and she is
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Paperback, 448 pages
Expected publication: May 4th 2021 by Ballantine Books (first published November 17th 2020)
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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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Sarah Swann
Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. I really enjoyed this book. It’s a sweet and fun romance. Set in Scotland and set in a bookshop, yes please! The main character goes through some tough situations and moves out to Scotland for a fresh start. She meets a bookshop owner who is described as tall with curly hair and Colin Firth immediately came to mind...so thanks for that! The romance is a slow burn and completely adorable.

I struggle with a couple of things. First, there was a love scene. It was a closed door scene, but
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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
Lisa
Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I enjoyed reading this story 4 star read

Happy reading
Lisa
Sue
Nov 22, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Bookshop of Second Chances" by Jackie Fraser takes one to a Scottish setting and a small town bookshop. I was drawn to this book by the title as I was hoping to hear endless stories about life in an idylic setting and a quaint bookstore. I did enjoy the Scottish town, the beautiful surroundings, and the bookshop descriptions, and also enjoyed the inter-relationships of the minor townspeople.

But most of the main characters have major character flaws that have not been "repaired" over the yea
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Paige
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
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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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
JoAn
Feb 05, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Bookshop of Second Chances by Jackie Fraser seemed to be more of a chic lit type of book rather than a romance. Ms. Fraser's writing brought the small Scottish community and some of the residents to life.

I confess that I didn't connect well to Thea or Edward. I often thought Thea to be "wishy washy" about her life. She seemed to be running away from her old life after losing her job and her husband's betrayal rather than running toward a new life in Scotland as she kept telling everyone that
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Kimberly
Sep 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
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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Ashlee Bree
This book began with promise: a rural Scottish village, a forties-something wife separating from her philandering dolt of a husband (cheating with her friend, buddy? really?), an inherited home and an extensive book collection left to her by a long lost great-uncle (can I acquire this for myself, somehow? BUELLER? BUELLER?), and a chance to start over. The premise seemed enticing enough. I was more than ready to cheer on Thea's quest to become reacquainted with herself after a heartrending betra ...more
Abbey
Feb 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
'The Bookshop of Second Chances' by Jackie Fraser was just the warm-up I didn't know I needed on a cold & wintry day.

As a woman happily hanging out in her early 40s, I was pleasantly surprised to read a book about someone my own age finding herself again, as well as finding love & friendship. Back in the late '90s and early aughts, I was an avid reader of the Bridget Joneses and Rebecca Brandons (nee Bloomwood) - annoyingly labeled Chick Lit. I loved the drama and the sweeping off of feet. But,
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Anne
Oct 18, 2020 rated it liked it
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. ...more
Rachel
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
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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Micky Cox
Oct 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
Jamice Robinson
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
Linda Hutchinson
Feb 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 The Bookshop Of Second Chances by Jackie Fraser is an interesting book about a middle aged woman, Thea, who’s 20-year marriage heads for divorce after she catches the hubs cheating. At the same time, Thea has the good fortune of inheriting a house from a relative whereupon she moves to the Scottish countryside to check on her inheritance and to get away from city life and think about what her future holds. I love the character of Thea because although she’s disappointed at the end of her ...more
Samantha Nietzel
Sep 05, 2020 rated it liked it
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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June
Jan 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
I stayed up late finishing this, so it must have been pretty good. However, I wish it had been a bit shorter or more concise so it didn't require the 1:26 am finish time. Not a lot happens, plot-wise, so it's mostly just a lot of dialogue (good dialogue--but just so much of it) and introspection. The protagonist, Thea, felt authentic in her characterization, although the sequence of events in her life seemed overly fortuitous--she gets fired, discovers her husband's affair, moves out, inherits a ...more
Michelle Ryles
Nov 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: galleys-read
Novels set in bookshops are like catnip to booklovers so I just had to read Jackie Fraser's debut: The Bookshop of Second Chances. I think it's very hard to place The Bookshop of Second Chances into just one genre as it is something so different that it feels like romance for realists and chicklit for older chicks.

Thea is 44 years old, so she's just a wee bit younger than me, and it's so refreshing to read a novel with a middle aged lead character. Although we still have our insecurities, I thi
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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
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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C.
I've spent the afternoon debating between 3 & 4 stars for this book. The premise of this title and the title itself pulled me in, and combined with the possibility of the Scottish setting, I was super excited to be approved on NetGalley to read this title. It also was a really fast read, and the perfect read to have during a major snow storm when I wasn't going to leave the house!

The pros: I loved that this was about a woman in her 40s. So often romances hinge on characters that are much younge
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Tisha "Manic Reads"
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"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
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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