The Bookshop of Second Chances written by Jackie Fraser, publisher Simon & Schuster UK, is available NOW in ebook, audiobook and paperback format.
Set in a charming little Scottish town, The Bookshop of Second Chances is the most uplifting story you’ll read this year!
Shortlisted for the RNA Katie Fforde Debut Romantic Novel Award 2021.
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 lost, Thea doesn’t know what to do. But, when she learns the great-uncle she barely knew has died and left her his huge collection of second-hand books and a house in the Scottish Lowlands, she seems to have been offered a second chance.
Running away to a little town where no one knows her seems like exactly what Thea needs. But when she meets the aristocratic Maltravers brothers – grumpy bookshop owner Edward and his estranged brother Charles, Lord Hollinshaw – her new life quickly becomes just as complicated as the life she was running from…
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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the paperback launch of Jackie Fraser’s debut novel: The Bookshop of Second Chances.
Redundancy, marriage breakdown Thea fears for what else can go wrong and whether her poor battered heart can take it. But when she unexpectedly inherits a house complete with it’s own vintage book collection from her Great Uncle Thea wonders whether this is a helping hand from her family and is this the second chance she’s been looking for?
The house is located in a small village in the Scottish Lowlands and was once part of the vast estate owned by the local aristocracy. Thea soon learns that the estate would like to purchase the property back but she has no immediate plans for the house or her future. Her first plans are to just enjoy the anonymity of knowing the residents of this small village know nothing about her and accompanied with the glorious landscape the the simplicity of just being her heart feels like it can slowly start to heal.
Charles and Edward Maltravers are the local aristocrats who own the estate nearby. Edward has shunned the limelight and has rebuked his position and the Lordship has gone to his younger brother Charles. There’s much animosity between the brothers stemming back over two decades and it’s made both men very bitter about each other.
Getting to know the Maltravers brothers individually makes Thea realise they are both very different in personality. Charles is very much the serious one with the responsibility of the estate, he’s also a bit of a womaniser. Edward is very grumpy, hates the aristocracy and all that it entails. Edward does love his books though and setting up a bookshop dealing with rare, second hand, local interest and new books is his escape.
Jackie Fraser has written a gorgeous, heart-warming story filled with hope for new beginnings. There’s a gentle slow building romance that take the recipients by surprise.
I loved the location of this story, who doesn’t dream of escaping to the Scottish Hills? Also, a story based around a book shop is a reader’s idyllic storyline.
Very readable, filled with a warmth and a storyline that you just don’t want to end.
About the Author
Jackie Fraser is a freelance editor and writer. She’s worked for AA Publishing,
Watkins, the Good Food Guide and various self-published writers of fiction, travel
and food guides, recipe books and self-help books since 2012. Prior to that, she
worked as an editor of food and accommodation guides for the AA, including the
B&B Guide, Restaurant Guide and Pub Guide for nearly twenty years, eventually
running the Lifestyle Guides department.
She’s interested in all kind of things, particularly history (and prehistory), art,
food, popular culture and music. She reads a lot (no, really) in multiple genres, and
is fascinated by the Bronze Age. She likes vintage clothes, antique fairs and
photography. She used to be a bit of a goth. She likes cats.