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Would you take the second chance you’ve always dreamed of?
It’s been ten years since Emma Stevens last laid eyes on Jake Murray. When he left the small seaside village of South Quay to chase the limelight, Emma’s dreams left with him.
Now Emma is content living a quiet and uneventful life in South Quay. It’s far from the life she imagined, but at least her job at the local hotel has helped heal her broken heart.
But when Jake returns home for the summer to escape the spotlight, Emma’s feelings quickly come flooding back. There’s clearly a connection between them, but Jake has damaged her heart once already – will she ever be able to give him a second chance?
This is a second chance romance starring the drama group from South Quay and a local but now famous actor who is returning to holiday there for the summer. Jake Murray left a decade ago but Emma Stevens has never forgotten him as he broke her heart when she was just seventeen. Now he’s back and he definitely looks down on the amateurs who will be performing Romeo and Juliet in their summer performance. He comes across as arrogant, snobbish, belittling, conceited, self-important . . . . . you get my drift? I really didn’t connect with him or like him for most of the story though he redeems himself in the end.
Whilst most of the story is set around South Quay, there is also a few days spent in London and I definitely want to explore some of the areas visited as part of this at some point in the future. There are many quotes from Shakespeare dotted throughout the story as Emma and Jake have a longstanding habit of using them in their conversations so if you enjoy his works it may well add to your enjoyment of this book. I found them funny to begin with.
The cast of Romeo and Juliet is full of great, quirky characters who provide lots of laughter and drama as the story progresses. Emma has the role of Juliet but there are several different Romeos for her before the final performance. The whole production is fraught with problems to be overcome from cast changes to costume dramas, venue issues and difficulties learning lines. If you can think of a potential difficulty, they probably had to sort it out! It really is a case of trying to ensure that the show must go on! Through it all, Emma is reconnecting with Jake but do they really want to rekindle their teen romance or have they now grown too far apart?
There are several different romances in this heartwarming story set in this lovely, seaside community and it is a lovely story to escape into. I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this is my honest review after choosing to read it.
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Lynne Shelby writes contemporary women’s fiction/romance. Her debut novel, French Kissing, was published when it won a national writing competition. She has worked at a variety of jobs from stable girl to child actors’ chaperone to legal administrator, but now writes full time. When not writing or reading, Lynne can usually be found at the theatre watching a musical, or exploring a foreign city – Paris, New York, Rome, Copenhagen, Seattle, Athens – writer’s notebook, camera and sketchbook in hand. She lives in London with her husband, and has three adult children who live nearby.
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