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A Second Chance Summer

Book One of the Coming Back to Cornwall Series, Volume 1
Narrated by: Sally Roughton
Series: Coming Back to Cornwall, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
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"Delightful read! Exactly what I was looking for from the genre: escapism, characters I recognized, an engaging story line. Couldn't put it down."

Alice knows that coming back to Cornwall means she will have to see Sam, who she fell in love with ten years earlier when they were both aged 18. How will he react to her return, and what changes have the intervening years meant for them both?

Still recovering from a toxic relationship, Alice realizes she has allowed life to become too predictable, while Julie has just ended things with the man she was due to marry. The two friends decide to throw caution to the wind, coming back to Cornwall, where they spent a long, happy summer before life got serious. As they return to the same small flat in the center of town, and seasonal jobs at the Sail Loft Hotel, Alice harbors both hopes and fears of finding Sam, while Julie is determined to enjoy the freedom she’s been missing.

A lot can change in 10 years, though, as their friend Luke - now a handsome, successful businessman – proves. Back in Cornwall himself to spend time with his seriously ill mum, he and Julie form a close relationship. Alice is worried that her friend is making a huge mistake and, all-but-abandoned, starts to spend time with single mum Casey.

Sam, meanwhile, proves elusive but slowly reveals that, although he appears not to have changed at all, the previous decade has been eventful for him, too.

It's not all about the boys, though. Alice and Julie's strong, honest friendship will quickly draw you to them. Alice can be opinionated, Julie reckless, but both are quick-witted, funny, warm, and ambitious.

The county of Cornwall, famous for its rugged coastlines, glorious beaches, and picturesque harbour towns, provides a vivid backdrop for the perfectly paced beginning of this cracking new series.

Is it possible to relive the best time of your life? Alice and Julie are about to find out.

©2018 Katharine E. Smith (P)2020 Katharine E. Smith

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A great story. Relaxing and easy to listen to

I’ve read the whole series and was keen to listen to the audio version. A great set of books that are relaxing and pleasant to read. I love the descriptions of Cornwall and find the characters realistic. Hoping the next one is out in audio soon.

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Easy loose yourself listening

Listened to this whole book whilst working in my garden in the sunshine. The time passed so quickly, couldn't wait each day to listen to the next chapter. Enjoyed it so much tomorrow i start Katharines next book , hope the sun is still shining xx

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easy listening

enjoyed story but narrator not great
voices not different enough for each character ;(
shame.