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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 twenty-six-year marriage has come to an unceremoni 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 twenty-six-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.


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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 twenty-six-year marriage has come to an unceremoni 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 twenty-six-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.

30 review for A Season for Second Chances

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ceecee

    Annie Sharpe and husband Max own a very successful restaurant The Pomegranate Seed in Leaming on the Lye. Late one evening she makes an eye boggling discovery about Max, not a huge surprise as he has history but she’s now had enough. She takes herself off to a hotel where she sees and answers an advert to be a custodian of a West Kent beachside apartment and business premises for the winter months. It is currently owned by Mari who is in her 80’s. She travels down to Saltwater Nook in Willow Bay Annie Sharpe and husband Max own a very successful restaurant The Pomegranate Seed in Leaming on the Lye. Late one evening she makes an eye boggling discovery about Max, not a huge surprise as he has history but she’s now had enough. She takes herself off to a hotel where she sees and answers an advert to be a custodian of a West Kent beachside apartment and business premises for the winter months. It is currently owned by Mari who is in her 80’s. She travels down to Saltwater Nook in Willow Bay, meets Mari and jumps at the opportunity offered as it will give her breathing space to decide on the direction of her life. I really enjoyed last years Twelve Dates of Christmas and this second novel proves what I thought then - that Jenny Bayliss writes entertaining and engaging novels. In places it’s very witty and funny with some likeable characters especially Annie who you root for in her attempts to wrestle free of Max. There are a host of other good characters such as John Granger, Mari’s nephew, Alfred and Maeve who is extremely funny. The setting is wonderful and the community is portrayed so well you want to move there especially as they use any excuse to hold community gatherings with Saltwater Nook at the centre of the hub! This book will happily take you through autumn and Halloween and then up to Christmas! It’s got a bit of everything from hilarious book clubs (great choices there ladies) to some romance and tense drama. It’s pleasant, compelling, easy to read, fun and with some really good dialogue. Overall, I daresay it’s predictable but it’s also a happy quirky read which warms your heart. With thanks to NetGalley and especially to Pan McMillan for the much appreciated arc in return for an honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lucy

    This is my second book by this author. I enjoyed The Twelve Dates of Christmas last year, so I was happy to see this new release. While it turned out to be not quite what I expected, I still enjoyed it overall. Based on the title, cover, and blurb I was expecting a romantic story of the second chances trope. A love story about Annie meeting John and starting a new life. Instead, this is a story about the tight-knit town of Willow Bay and its quirky residents. Yes, Annie sets up a new life in Will This is my second book by this author. I enjoyed The Twelve Dates of Christmas last year, so I was happy to see this new release. While it turned out to be not quite what I expected, I still enjoyed it overall. Based on the title, cover, and blurb I was expecting a romantic story of the second chances trope. A love story about Annie meeting John and starting a new life. Instead, this is a story about the tight-knit town of Willow Bay and its quirky residents. Yes, Annie sets up a new life in Willow Bay and meets John, but the overall focus is a second chance for the people of this seaside town. Overall, this is a heartwarming story full of fall and Christmas charm. If you're looking for a seasonal story with a feel-good plot, give this one a try. You'll get to know the people of Willow Bay and even be a part of Annie's book club.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dana

    I absolutely LOVED this book!! I laughed out loud so many times. What a fantastic cast of characters. It was a nice change to read a romcom with characters my age :)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Louise

    From its small town setting to its charming cast of characters, this had everything I’d typically love. After discovering her cheating husband in the act, restaurant entrepreneur Annie Sharpe seeks an escape in the charming seaside town of Willow Bay as a house-sitter. Discovering solace through newfound friends, it really is a beautiful journey of self-discovery. This was definitely soft and cozy, with the story eventually leading up to Christmas. And while the romance is late to start—almost ha From its small town setting to its charming cast of characters, this had everything I’d typically love. After discovering her cheating husband in the act, restaurant entrepreneur Annie Sharpe seeks an escape in the charming seaside town of Willow Bay as a house-sitter. Discovering solace through newfound friends, it really is a beautiful journey of self-discovery. This was definitely soft and cozy, with the story eventually leading up to Christmas. And while the romance is late to start—almost halfway in—it was sweet. But with the majority of time spent following the heroine as she becomes acquainted with the locals, the pacing was too slow moving for me. There wasn’t enough to keep me invested.

  5. 4 out of 5

    smalltownbookmom

    This was a HILARIOUS second chance at love story featuring a middle aged woman going through a divorce after she walks in on her husband cheating on her. Answering an ad to house sit for an older woman, Annie moves into a small cafe/cottage by the sea and befriends a cast of quirky small town characters (including her landlady's Scottish nephew). While there Annie reopens the cafe, forms her own little book club and sets about to save the place from being sold. I couldn't put this one down. It m This was a HILARIOUS second chance at love story featuring a middle aged woman going through a divorce after she walks in on her husband cheating on her. Answering an ad to house sit for an older woman, Annie moves into a small cafe/cottage by the sea and befriends a cast of quirky small town characters (including her landlady's Scottish nephew). While there Annie reopens the cafe, forms her own little book club and sets about to save the place from being sold. I couldn't put this one down. It made me miss all the hijinks and catharsis that comes from a group of women discussing good books and the problems of their lives. If you want a heartwarming, feel good holiday read look no further! This was great on audio too.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Gwendolyn Kensinger

    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 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.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Alayne Emmett

    I really enjoyed this sweet book. I loved the character and the fact it was set in a place I know so well and had a lot of holidays in Broadstairs as a child. The descriptions of the cottage and cafe were brilliant. My only grouse was the frequent references to sex which did spoil things a little. But, apart from those I enjoyed reading about this community. My thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for giving me the opportunity to read this book in return for an honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Samantha (WLABB)

    Rating: 4.5 Stars Annie had dismissed her husband’s transgressions for too long, and this last one was the one that broke the camel’s back. But after twenty-six years, where would she to go? What was she supposed to do? When Annie found an ad for a caretaker for a seaside home, she seized the opportunity and found a place to start rebuilding her life. You may have remembered me raving about Bayliss’ last book, The Twelve Dates of Christmas, as it was a favorite of mine last year. A Season for Seco Rating: 4.5 Stars Annie had dismissed her husband’s transgressions for too long, and this last one was the one that broke the camel’s back. But after twenty-six years, where would she to go? What was she supposed to do? When Annie found an ad for a caretaker for a seaside home, she seized the opportunity and found a place to start rebuilding her life. You may have remembered me raving about Bayliss’ last book, The Twelve Dates of Christmas, as it was a favorite of mine last year. A Season for Second Chances was quite different, however, it still filled me with all the warm and fuzzy feels I had hoped for. I like to believe there are always second chances for us all, and in this book, Annie was seeking several herself. She was very young when she married and became a mother, juggling those responsibilities along with building a successful restaurant. That didn’t leave much time for Annie to focus on herself. This was her second chance to create a life, one where she was the star. It would be filled with what she wanted and what she needed, and she wouldn’t have to compromise for others. Annie would have time to build relationships, have hobbies, and simply enjoy more of what life had to offer. It was wonderful taking this journey with her, and I found it so easy to cheer her on. It pained me that she believed all the best years were behind her, and therefore, it did my heart good to see her find a place as lovely as Willow Bay to begin again. This town was so charming, and it was filled with a wonderful group of people. They welcomed Annie with open arms. Well, most of them did, and she quickly found her place there. It delighted me to see Annie embrace Willow Bay and its traditions, which were fantastic. These people celebrated often and grandly, and Annie was fully engaged in each and every one of those fetes. She also found a great group of women who were an endless source of support. An eclectic group, they formed a book club where they discussed Victorian literature among other things. I think many will enjoy the bookish discussions, but it was those book club shenanigans that had me filled with laughter. These meetings were packed with comedic moments, as well as some important topics, and I was always looking forward to the next gathering. It’s special to see a character close to my age featured in a story, and also encouraging to see her finding a community, a future, and love. A Season for Second Chances was a beautiful reminder that it’s never too late to change your path, chase your passion, or begin again. This story was beautifully told and touched my heart deeply. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS

  9. 4 out of 5

    Leith Devine

    I really enjoyed this lovely Christmas romance. When Annie Sharpe, a chef, finds her husband Max having sex with a waitress in the restaurant they own together, she’s done and wants to get away. Annie finds an ad for a caretaker wanted for the winter, in a house by the beach in Willow Bay, and she gets a few brusque emails from the owner’s nephew John for confirmation. John plans to sell the land to a developer and get Mari into a home. When she arrives in the Fall, she meets a dynamic older wom I really enjoyed this lovely Christmas romance. When Annie Sharpe, a chef, finds her husband Max having sex with a waitress in the restaurant they own together, she’s done and wants to get away. Annie finds an ad for a caretaker wanted for the winter, in a house by the beach in Willow Bay, and she gets a few brusque emails from the owner’s nephew John for confirmation. John plans to sell the land to a developer and get Mari into a home. When she arrives in the Fall, she meets a dynamic older woman named Mari, who is spending the winter in Cornwall because John is concerned about her during the cold winters. Annie is thrilled to have a cottage by the sea (with a shuttered cafe attached), so she can evaluate her life and figure out what to do going forward. The locals are very welcoming, and she meets some ladies who want to start a book club. They meet at Annie’s, and they talk her into opening the cafe. Willow Bay loves to party! They have lots of traditions, and the cafe hosts the entire town. Mari has left a book detailing everything Annie needs to do, and she throws herself into the tasks. Max shows up a few times to get Annie to change her mind, but his manipulation only makes her more determined to get a divorce and move on. When Annie first meets John, he seems grumpy but he’s gorgeous. They get to know each other over the course of the Fall, John does repairs around the house and helps out during the parties, and they start to develop real feelings for each other. However, the deadline with the developer hangs over their heads, and Annie loves Willow Bay and the people. Annie has never been happier, but she and John haven’t taken their relationship much further and now she’s not sure what will happen. I loved this book and the characters, who were well written and relatable. The Willow Bay descriptions were fantastic and they made me feel very Christmassy and ready for the holidays! The romance was a slow burn and very satisfying. 4 stars. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Luanne Ollivier

    3.5 A Season for Second Chances is Jenny Bayliss' new novel. I quite enjoyed last year's The Twelve Dates of Christmas and was eager to get lost in another escapist read. Annie is forty four years old and is a successful restaurateur with two wonderful sons ... and a husband who is a serial philanderer. When she catches him, um... red handed it's the final straw. When she spies an ad for a seasonal caretaker for a wee cottage in a seaside town, she knows that it's just what she needs - to get awa 3.5 A Season for Second Chances is Jenny Bayliss' new novel. I quite enjoyed last year's The Twelve Dates of Christmas and was eager to get lost in another escapist read. Annie is forty four years old and is a successful restaurateur with two wonderful sons ... and a husband who is a serial philanderer. When she catches him, um... red handed it's the final straw. When she spies an ad for a seasonal caretaker for a wee cottage in a seaside town, she knows that it's just what she needs - to get away and reassess her life. Ahh, I loved the setting. Living by the water in a quirky historical building sounds perfect! The rest of the town is also well drawn and I would happily sit in the pub with a pint, catching up with the latest. Annie is a great lead character. I liked her being older (not that forty four is old!) and could connect with her. She's kind and friendly, as are the rest of the residents of Willow Bay. The supporting cast is eclectic and quirky as well. Annie easily slips into village life. Except for John - the nephew of the elderly lady who owns the building Annie is living in. He has his own plans for for it. But...he is rather handsome... All the bits are there for a fun rom-com, will they, won't they read. And yes, this is a seasonal read. Willow Bay hosts a large number of festivals and events, with Christmas being the biggest hurrah. I wanted to put up my decorations right away! I quite enjoyed A Season for Second Chances but ... yes, I have a but. There's a sex toy introduced in the book club that whole element just felt awkward, forced and not realistic. Frankly, it wasn't a needed piece of the story and I found it took away from the feel of the book. Other than that, a fun read in the run up to Christmas.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tashy Jones

    Recently I have been so in the mood for all the festive reads; the books that would make me feel warm and fuzzy, and have me reaching for the mulled wine. Unfortunately this book wasn’t that, it spans 3 months, from September through to December, and not a huge amount happens through most of it, just a bunch of book clubs and parties, like some modern day Pride & Prejudice. I didn’t overly care about any of the characters, which is not what you want in a romance book because without good charact Recently I have been so in the mood for all the festive reads; the books that would make me feel warm and fuzzy, and have me reaching for the mulled wine. Unfortunately this book wasn’t that, it spans 3 months, from September through to December, and not a huge amount happens through most of it, just a bunch of book clubs and parties, like some modern day Pride & Prejudice. I didn’t overly care about any of the characters, which is not what you want in a romance book because without good characters the story is nothing

  12. 4 out of 5

    Claire Mc Partlin

    I loved this book! Annie has had enough of her cheating husband Max after catching him with someone else, not the first time he's cheated, but definitely the last time. But they have a very successful restaurant together, so it's hard to leave, but Annie has just had enough and, after replying to an advert, she ends up as a temporary caretaker to a beach house, while she thinks about her future and sorts her finances out. The current elderly owner, Mari, moves to stay with a friend elsewhere as s I loved this book! Annie has had enough of her cheating husband Max after catching him with someone else, not the first time he's cheated, but definitely the last time. But they have a very successful restaurant together, so it's hard to leave, but Annie has just had enough and, after replying to an advert, she ends up as a temporary caretaker to a beach house, while she thinks about her future and sorts her finances out. The current elderly owner, Mari, moves to stay with a friend elsewhere as she can't cope with the harsh winters there these days, and leaves her nephew, John, in charge, as he hopes to sell the property to a developer the following year. The property also has a tea shop below it that has been shut for a while, but of course Annie soons get that opened again, and gets sucked into the village life, where the tea shop used to be a main centre for a lot of events in the past. I really liked Annie's get on with it personality, she managed to split from Max fairly amicably, her sons were great in supporting her to do what she wanted, and she even won grumpy John around! A really lovely book that I thoroughly enjoyed. This is the second book I've read by Jenny Bayliss, the other one being The Twelve Dates of Christmas, and both have been really great reads.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Alison

    Annie Sharpe has a golden life, wife to Max, her childhood sweetheart, with twin sons Peter and Alex, and chef/owner of a Michelin starred restaurant. Then a small error on her part leads Annie to confront a truth she's been ignoring for too long. A chance sighting of an unusual advertisement leads Annie to a role as short-term caretaker of a tiny cottage on the Kent coast called Saltwater Nook (the cottage not the village) while its owner holidays with a friend in Cornwall. The village of Willow Annie Sharpe has a golden life, wife to Max, her childhood sweetheart, with twin sons Peter and Alex, and chef/owner of a Michelin starred restaurant. Then a small error on her part leads Annie to confront a truth she's been ignoring for too long. A chance sighting of an unusual advertisement leads Annie to a role as short-term caretaker of a tiny cottage on the Kent coast called Saltwater Nook (the cottage not the village) while its owner holidays with a friend in Cornwall. The village of Willow Bay is small and friendly, soon Annie, and Saltwater Nook are at the heart of village life, hosting various festivals and parties to mark the passing of the seasons. The only issue is her landlady's nephew John, who seems determined to sell Saltwater Nook to a developer. This was a pleasant, albeit predictable, small town, over-40 contemporary romance. Annie is a likable character and her revival of the Saltwater Nook cafe acts as a hub for the community as the tourists leave. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review. Bumped for release.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Madeline

    this took me AGES to get into. i wanted to quit quite a few times...a slow start for sure (in defense of the author, there was a LOT to set up). but i ain’t no quitter, so i stuck with it! after john made his first appearance, i barely put it down. his and annie’s relationship was very mature, something i found extremely refreshing. one problem i had was keeping all of the characters straight (there’s a lot!), but they helped to instill in me willow bay’s sense of community. bonus points for the this took me AGES to get into. i wanted to quit quite a few times...a slow start for sure (in defense of the author, there was a LOT to set up). but i ain’t no quitter, so i stuck with it! after john made his first appearance, i barely put it down. his and annie’s relationship was very mature, something i found extremely refreshing. one problem i had was keeping all of the characters straight (there’s a lot!), but they helped to instill in me willow bay’s sense of community. bonus points for the wicker man reference! #netgalley

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sarah (tipsybookreviews)

    BOOK REVIEW - A SEASON FOR SECOND CHANCES Drink rec: Cranberry Moscow Mule This book felt a lot like a Hallmark movie to me, especially in the sense that with Hallmark movies you can have them playing in the background and still get a sense for what is going on in the book. But, unlike a Hallmark movie, it had little romance and wasn’t too centered around the holidays…definitely more focused on the theme of starting fresh in a small seaside town. I read the authors other book, The Twelve Dates of C BOOK REVIEW - A SEASON FOR SECOND CHANCES Drink rec: Cranberry Moscow Mule This book felt a lot like a Hallmark movie to me, especially in the sense that with Hallmark movies you can have them playing in the background and still get a sense for what is going on in the book. But, unlike a Hallmark movie, it had little romance and wasn’t too centered around the holidays…definitely more focused on the theme of starting fresh in a small seaside town. I read the authors other book, The Twelve Dates of Christmas, last year and definitely enjoyed that one more than this book. However, if you’re looking for a lighter book about a woman going through a divorce who decides to rent a seaside home and finds some ✨romance✨ along the way, then this one would be for you! It’s got cozy small town gives, quirky characters, and some funny moments. I totally got suckered in because the cover of this book is to die for😍 but I think this month I’ve realized that the second chance romance trope isn’t my fav, especially if the pacing is slower 🤷🏻‍♀️ That being said, if you’re all about second chances, you might wanna give this one a try!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Brittany waggingwithwords

    What a sweet, cozy, holiday romcom. This book warmed my heart and was the perfect cold winter day read. ⁣ ⁣ Every single character, except for Max were so lovely. I absolutely loved the instant friendship of these women bonding together and lifting each other up and supporting each other. Their book club nights were HILARIOUS. ⁣ ⁣ I absolutely adored Annie- her quick wit, her beautiful heart, and her feistiness. She was a queen and so so funny. I laughed out loud so many times.⁣ ⁣ Her boys were also s What a sweet, cozy, holiday romcom. This book warmed my heart and was the perfect cold winter day read. ⁣ ⁣ Every single character, except for Max were so lovely. I absolutely loved the instant friendship of these women bonding together and lifting each other up and supporting each other. Their book club nights were HILARIOUS. ⁣ ⁣ I absolutely adored Annie- her quick wit, her beautiful heart, and her feistiness. She was a queen and so so funny. I laughed out loud so many times.⁣ ⁣ Her boys were also so lovely and supportive of their mum.⁣ ⁣ Alfred was the best curmudgeon. Mari was the cutest little old lady.⁣ ⁣ And John, swoon, was so sweet and was always great with communication. I loved all of the coastal vibes and community in this town. I wanted to be there enjoying the beach and the cafe with this crew. ⁣ ⁣ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⁣ Thank you @putnambooks for a gifted copy for my honest review!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lani

    Funny and heartwarming, this book is more than your typical romance story. It's about a woman making changes in her life for herself and meeting some great people along the way. Willow Bay is a charming area filled with people intersecting they way they do in small towns. There is a lot of light and witty banter and many times I found myself laughing - and I love that, it's hard to find a book that is truly funny. I really enjoy a book with real relationships and friendships. All of these charac Funny and heartwarming, this book is more than your typical romance story. It's about a woman making changes in her life for herself and meeting some great people along the way. Willow Bay is a charming area filled with people intersecting they way they do in small towns. There is a lot of light and witty banter and many times I found myself laughing - and I love that, it's hard to find a book that is truly funny. I really enjoy a book with real relationships and friendships. All of these characters were memorable and realistic. I would love to be in a sweet community like Willow Bay. What's also fun about this book is that it follows holidays from Halloween to Christmas. The town has their own way of celebrating and decorating and they seem to enjoy having their parties as often as possible. I liked imagining the decorations and how they seemed to go a bit overboard in their displays. While the story did seem long at times, I didn't mind as it had very short chapters and was easy to pick up and read a little at a time. Sometimes I need a book like that to fit into my work life and my guilty pleasure of sneaking in some reading time!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    Feels a lot like Christmas already… mhmmmm!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Tobin

    I loved the first book from this author, but this one was too slow to keep my interest. The characters and love connection fell flat.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Danyelle Drexler ( danythebookworm_ )

    This book was such a treat to read. I really enjoyed having a main character being closer to my own age & I cannot wait to see what this wonderful & very talented author writes next. Until then I plan to dream about a little town called Willow Bay, with the most perfect cafe by the sea.

  21. 4 out of 5

    D.J.

    Charming and heartfelt, A SEASON FOR SECOND CHANCES is a delightful story about community and new beginnings. Jenny has once again created a wonderful town full of colorful characters and with a rich history. Annie is a wonderful lead who learns she deserves much more than she's asked for and it's a treat to watch her find her way. The romance takes a bit of a back seat in this one compared to Jenny's previous book, but the hate-to-love and grumpy/sunshine pairing works so well here all the same Charming and heartfelt, A SEASON FOR SECOND CHANCES is a delightful story about community and new beginnings. Jenny has once again created a wonderful town full of colorful characters and with a rich history. Annie is a wonderful lead who learns she deserves much more than she's asked for and it's a treat to watch her find her way. The romance takes a bit of a back seat in this one compared to Jenny's previous book, but the hate-to-love and grumpy/sunshine pairing works so well here all the same.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    A Season for Second Chances felt like a more adult version of a feel good holiday movie. Anne, 40 something renowned chef and mother of adult twins, finds herself at a crossroads in her life. She walks away from everything in her life and takes a caretaker job at a quaint, eccentric seaside village for a short term lease. What she finds along the way is a new purpose, new friends, new love and a new home. Her new book club fiends are one of the highlights of the book. What a hilarious group of t A Season for Second Chances felt like a more adult version of a feel good holiday movie. Anne, 40 something renowned chef and mother of adult twins, finds herself at a crossroads in her life. She walks away from everything in her life and takes a caretaker job at a quaint, eccentric seaside village for a short term lease. What she finds along the way is a new purpose, new friends, new love and a new home. Her new book club fiends are one of the highlights of the book. What a hilarious group of take no shit women who made me laugh several times. I love a book about fellow readers. I love a book about a woman in her 40s living her very best life. It was a sweet story and would make an excellent Christmas read. Thank you to NetGalley for the eARC in exchange for my honest opinion.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Brittany | chasingmrdarcy

    Thank you so much to Net Galley, Jenny Bayliss, and GP Putnam for an advanced copy of A Season for Second Chances in exchange for my honest thoughts. I loved this book! Genre: Contemporary Romance/Women's Fiction Pub Date: October 19, 2021 Star Rating: 4 stars I absolutely love Jenny Bayliss' first book, The 12 Dates of Christmas, so I was wild to get my hands on a copy of A Season for Second Chances. this book did not disappoint! This story is completely different from Jenny's first book, and I will Thank you so much to Net Galley, Jenny Bayliss, and GP Putnam for an advanced copy of A Season for Second Chances in exchange for my honest thoughts. I loved this book! Genre: Contemporary Romance/Women's Fiction Pub Date: October 19, 2021 Star Rating: 4 stars I absolutely love Jenny Bayliss' first book, The 12 Dates of Christmas, so I was wild to get my hands on a copy of A Season for Second Chances. this book did not disappoint! This story is completely different from Jenny's first book, and I will admit, it was hard at times not to compare and contrast them. About sixty pages in, though, I was 100% hooked on Annie's story. This book is purely about Annie's journey to self-fulfillment. For years, she's suffered the emotional abuse and infidelity of her husband Max, and when she catches him in the act with a young waitress at their restaurant, she's had enough. She leaves him and sets out on her own. Max has some tricks up his sleeve, like freezing up her assets, so she has to get creative. She finds an ad for a caretaker for the Saltwater Nook house, and she answers it on a whim. The owner, Mari, is aging out of seaside living in the winter, and Annie takes on the care of the house. Jenny Bayliss has a way of creating towns and people that I just want to fold myself into. As I read this story, I could see the town take life in my head, and I wanted to sit down at the pub and have a roast dinner with the characters from the story. I wanted to sit down for book club and enjoy a class of wine with the women of the town. And I would certainly be okay with John sweeping me away! :) I honestly think the heart of the town Jenny created captured me just as much as the story of Annie, and ultimately, John, did. Even though the romance between Annie and John was a critical part of the story, the supporting characters in the town were just as important. Alfred, Maeve, Gemma, etc, all had a role to play, and I love the importance of even a minor character to the story. This was a story about fulfillment, and that fulfillment came in many different forms to many different characters. One of my favorite scenes was when the women gifted Annie a synthetic penis. I literally lol'd at this part, especially when John walked in. This was just hilarious, and I loved how open the women were with each other about their sexuality. I also loved how the whole scene turned John into a stuttering mess. Classic. I also enjoyed the scene immensely where Annie finally gave Max exactly what he deserved and took back her own power. I like how this wasn't always easy for Annie, and it was written as a journey for her to learn to stand up to Max. I think that's a really realistic representation of how life really is, especially after suffering the emotional abuse from him that she did. I also thought the organic relationship development between Annie and John was well-written. I liked the contrast of their sizzling chemistry compared to the town welcoming Annie immediately. It gave the story a nice element of give and take, and I felt like it added dimension. Overall, I really enjoyed this book because it just made me feel good. I liked the characters, and I fell in love with the town. Thank you so much for an advanced copy!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️(4/5, Holiday Romance) This is a cozy, charming, rambling story of love between a woman and her totally endearing small town. We have a bit of romance sprinkled in there but this is really about Annie falling in love with the town of Willow Bay… and herself! Annie Sharpe's life has hit a bit of a rough patch as her twenty-six-year marriage comes to an end. For the first time in her adult life, Annie can go anywhere and do anything she wants! She finds a short-term lease in a historic seasi ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️(4/5, Holiday Romance) This is a cozy, charming, rambling story of love between a woman and her totally endearing small town. We have a bit of romance sprinkled in there but this is really about Annie falling in love with the town of Willow Bay… and herself! Annie Sharpe's life has hit a bit of a rough patch as her twenty-six-year marriage comes to an end. For the first time in her adult life, Annie can go anywhere and do anything she wants! She finds a short-term lease in a historic seaside home and decides to leave her city life behind for a brand-new beginning. You will fall in love with Willow Bay and the charming house Annie finds herself in. This town reminds me a bit of Stars Hallow (Gilmore Girls) as it is steeped in traditions and many (many, many) festivals. This was not face paced which I loved for a cozy weekend read. Reading this was like sipping a hot cup of tea by the window on a blustery day, something you get a lot of enjoyment from doing slowly. That isn’t to say this book isn’t cheeky and funny as well, Annie is a live wire who will make you laugh out loud. Be warned: this was pitched to me (by the internet!) as a holiday romance and I realize I am presenting it to you as a holiday romance and it IS incredibly cozy but only about 10% of the book occurs during the holiday season. Annie’s book club loved their spiked hot beverages, so I would pair this with mulled wine! ———

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Gray

    Annie's had enough. She married Man as a teen, raised their twins, ran their restaurant, and put up with his affairs but she's finally had it and leaves him (and the restaurant). When she comes upon an a ad for a "guardian" for a property on the seashore, she impulsively applies and finds a new life that makes her, for the first time in a long time, happy. Turns out Mari, who owns the seaside cafe/kiosk/flat, is quite old and her nephew John has finally convinced her to move to an easier spot fo Annie's had enough. She married Man as a teen, raised their twins, ran their restaurant, and put up with his affairs but she's finally had it and leaves him (and the restaurant). When she comes upon an a ad for a "guardian" for a property on the seashore, she impulsively applies and finds a new life that makes her, for the first time in a long time, happy. Turns out Mari, who owns the seaside cafe/kiosk/flat, is quite old and her nephew John has finally convinced her to move to an easier spot for the winter and to sell up. John conveys as a judgmental and angry man initially but there's a spark. Max, well, Max can't quite let go, not of their cash and not of Annie, who seriously wants the former but not the latter. This is one of those it takes a village style novels with some delightful characters such as Maeve, Gemma, Alfred, and so on. Bayliss has imbued this with a good sense of humor- there are several scenes that made me laugh out loud- as well as with compassion for Alfred, Mari, and others. There's some tension at the end but readers who paid better attention than I did will recognize immediately that there's a solution (I remembered the clues after the fact!) Thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC. Genuinely enjoyed this-yes it's a little trope-y but the characters and the setting are great and there are some unexpected turns. A very good read.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    I enjoyed this delightful and cozy read! Anne decides she needs a new start after walking in on her husband cavorting with a very young female that works at the restaurant Anne and her husband co-own. Anne takes a rent free house by the bay. She meets the wonderful people in the community and soon feels like she is right where she belongs. This book has many great characters. I love the banter each character brings to the story. I loved reading this book in the Fall season as the characters cele I enjoyed this delightful and cozy read! Anne decides she needs a new start after walking in on her husband cavorting with a very young female that works at the restaurant Anne and her husband co-own. Anne takes a rent free house by the bay. She meets the wonderful people in the community and soon feels like she is right where she belongs. This book has many great characters. I love the banter each character brings to the story. I loved reading this book in the Fall season as the characters celebrated all the holidays from Halloween to Christmas. I highly recommend this book. It is a great book to cozy up with on the couch on a cool fall day.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    This book was sweet and heartwarming. The cute yet rugged seaside setting was a great backdrop for the cast of loveable characters. The age/time of life of the protagonist was a welcome change-up from the small sample of this genre I've read. It was quite slow-paced and if you're in it for any romance, definitely be prepared to wait a little bit. It had a lot of fun but not-totally-necessary detail. There was lots of well-done humour that had me genuinely laughing out loud! I'd recommend if you' This book was sweet and heartwarming. The cute yet rugged seaside setting was a great backdrop for the cast of loveable characters. The age/time of life of the protagonist was a welcome change-up from the small sample of this genre I've read. It was quite slow-paced and if you're in it for any romance, definitely be prepared to wait a little bit. It had a lot of fun but not-totally-necessary detail. There was lots of well-done humour that had me genuinely laughing out loud! I'd recommend if you're looking for a gentle, feel-good read, or if contemporary holiday romance is your thing.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Addie Yoder

    While a little slow to start, I really liked this story of Annie and her own second chance. After finding her husband with another woman, Annie takes a house sitting position and finds herself in the process. I adored the community and friendships in this book. I loved watching how real it was to see Annie waver and then hold strong when it comes to her choices and I loved John. While definitely a holiday read, this book is just a warm, fun hug when I needed it.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lymari Yenderrozos

    3.5 stars! A mature version of a Netflix holiday rom com in book form. This started off slow and took me some time to get into, but once I did it was really enjoyable and heartfelt. I loved the beautiful setting and endearing, quirky characters. Annie’s character development was amazing, and I found the story to be very engaging. A feel good holiday read with a stunning backdrop. *I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Genna

    Charming and cozy, like the book equivalent of a steaming and comforting bowl of tomato soup on a dark winter’s day. A Season for Second Chances features a quaint town full of quirky characters and is the perfect holiday romp with the right touch of humor. Just the balm that I needed this week.

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