Everyone deserves a second chance…don’t they?
Jenny Masters finds herself living the modern dream. Wife to a millionaire, living in a mansion and mother to Kardashian-obsessed ten-year-old April, there isn’t anything missing. Until, her whole world comes crashing down, forcing Jenny and April to leave behind their glittering life and start over with nothing.
With village gossip following her wherever she goes, she finds refuge and a job in the new coffee shop in town. As the days pass Jenny fears she doesn’t have what it takes to pick herself back up and give April the life she always wanted to. But with the help of enigmatic new boss Noah, and housemate Elle, Jenny realises it’s never too late to become the woman life really intended you to be!
I adored this book because it was fun to read and at times very uplifting as you follow Jenny Masters on her journey of self-discovery. Samantha Tonge wrote one of those great books you want to read on the beach, when the sun is shining and the water is crashing nearby.
You know that woman who seems incredibly perfect, with the perfect life, perfect clothes, perfect hair, perfect family and you just want to smack her? Tonge gives you someone who gets all the perfect but is so nice that when her perfect becomes nothing but imperfection you actually feel pain as her world collapses rather than clapping with glee. Her characters are really put through some hell in this story but instead of just falling apart they show the positive aspects of helping each other through the tough times. Her character development will make you fall in love with her creations as their struggles and wins become yours.
Tonge managed to write the perfect summer novel but with unpredictability so you won’t just slide your way to the conclusion bored at having read a template of everything else out there. Instead you’ll wallow in the adventure and be grateful for the journey as it provides you a chance to examine what you know about yourself.
Spending so much time in their coffee shop made me wish I had something besides Starbucks in the area because it’d be nice to have a place the way Tonge describes. I highly recommend enjoying a decent cup of coffee while reading this book so you can fall into the story more.
Thank you to Netgalley and Harper Collins UK for allowing me to review this book.
*synopsis and pic from netgalley.com
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