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Publisher's Summary

A charmingly quirky seaside town offers a recently separated restauranteur a fresh start and possibly a new lease on love in A Season for Second Chances, by the author of The Twelve Dates of Christmas.

Annie Sharpe’s spark for life has fizzled out. Her kids are grown up, her restaurant is doing just fine on its own, and her 26-year marriage has come to an unceremonious end. Untethered for the first time in her adult life, she finds a winter guardian position in a historic seaside home and decides to leave her city life behind for a brand new beginning.

When she arrives in Willow Bay, Annie is enamored by the charming house, the invigorating sea breeze, and the town’s rich seasonal traditions. Not to mention, her neighbors receive her with open arms - that is, all except the surly nephew of the homeowner, whose grand plans for the property are at odds with her residency. As Christmas approaches, tensions and tides rise in Willow Bay, and Annie’s future seems less and less certain. But with a little can-do spirit and holiday magic, the most difficult time of her life will become...a season for second chances.

©2021 Jenny Bayliss (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"A gorgeous, cosy winter read that will transport you to the coast on a windswept day. Full of quirky characters and a refreshingly mature leading lady, this book will restore anyone's faith that it's never too late for a second chance at love, or indeed, life." (Sophie Cousens, author of This Time Next Year and Just Haven't Met You Yet)

“[An] inspiring tale of strength, integrity, and self-respect... Readers will be enchanted.” (Publishers Weekly)

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loved it

Loved it. A lovely book to read during the holidays. Under blankets with a cup of tea. Enjoy.

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Wonderful story of second chances.

Too many Romcoms have no story line. This has an excellent story of Annie who finds that life can really begin at 40.

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Didn’t finish…

Didn’t finish the entire book so take this review with a grain of salt. I initially enjoyed the premise of the story, but the undertones were a bit to feminist for my liking!

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charmingly quirky

I honestly adored this book so much! Let me forewarn you that if you’re looking for a quick rom-com this is not the book. I do think it’s a bit longer than necessary, but it also really takes its time building up the second chance narrative, the spirited coastal town of Willow Bay and its residents, as well as a bit of romance near the end. I went into it looking for the romance, but I liked that it didn’t immediately jump into things.

Annie is dealing with the end of a 26-year marriage, one in which her husband cheated on her repeatedly. At 44 years old it’s the first time Annie is truly on her own as an adult and she’s trying to come to grips with the end of her marriage and find accommodations while her and Max (her husband) figure out the division of assets. After a few hopeless days in a hotel Annie finds a winter guardian position in a historic seaside home and decides to leave the city life behind for a brand-new beginning. That’s the main focus of the novel. Annie will be watching over a secluded beach apartment and small (closed) business over the winter months. It’s an unpaid position but the rent is free. Since Max is being a bugger with the accounts and assets Annie is due this is just the thing she needs.

The community of Willow Bay was absolutely charming. Definitely the type of community I long to be a part of. What makes this such a stand out romance is there was never miscommunication, in fact the characters were quite forthcoming which was so refreshing. I also like that Annie had her weaker moments with Max as he set to woo her back. She knew he was bad news but after 26 years things are familiar and she knew in her heart of hearts what she deserved but she still showed those moments that made it all too real.

The romance doesn’t start until around the 300-page mark, so buckle in for a long meandering yet lovely tale of a season for second chances.

If you like this, check out Float Plan by Trish Doller.

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The perfect story

Love love love this author and narrator. Excellent writing, wonderful story, and I didn’t want this to end.

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A sweet story of courage, determination, and love. The reader did wonderfully with the different accents.

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Can't wait for your next book! A Fan now.

Loved it!! Had a little bit of everything. Laughed out loud in parts and teared up in others. Please keep writing, Jenny!
Read perfectly!

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Nice Christmas Story

I really enjoyed listening to this book. The narration was great. I like this authors character development and story line.

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This was one funny novel. I previously read 12 Dates of Christmas so I had high expectations for this one and it did not disappoint. It was funny, engaging, passionate and down right a great rom-com.

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If you’re on the fence, just get it

Great winter read, simple yet good story. Nothing groundbreaking, but with the craziness of the holidays, it’s a nice way to check out for a bit while shopping or cooking. And it’s not my typical pick of book, I’m more thriller or non-fiction.