Review: The Bookshop of Second Chances by Jackie Fraser

☆☆➹⁀☆ 4 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆

About the Book:

Thea Mottram is having a bad month. Her husband of nearly twenty years has just left her for one of her friends, and she is let go from her office job–on Valentine’s Day, of all days. Bewildered and completely lost, Thea doesn’t know what to do. But when she learns that a distant great uncle in Scotland has passed away, leaving her his home and a hefty antique book collection, she decides to leave Sussex for a few weeks. Escaping to a small coastal town where no one knows her seems to be exactly what she needs.

Almost instantly, Thea becomes enamored with the quaint cottage, comforted by its cozy rooms and shaggy, tulip-covered lawn. The locals in nearby Baldochrie are just as warm, quirky, and inviting. The only person she can’t seem to win over is bookshop owner Edward Maltravers, to whom she hopes to sell her uncle’s antique novel collection. His gruff attitude–fueled by an infamous, long-standing feud with his brother, a local lord–tests Thea’s patience. But bickering with Edward proves oddly refreshing and exciting, leading Thea to develop feelings she hasn’t felt in a long time. As she follows a thrilling yet terrifying impulse to stay in Scotland indefinitely, Thea realizes that her new life may quickly become just as complicated as the one she was running from. 



My Thoughts:

Scotland, a bookshop, and tall, handsome brothers—what more could you ask for in a book? The premise of Jackie Fraser’s The Bookshop of Second Chances had me hooked from the start, and the lovable main character, Thea, made me want to keep reading.

Inheriting her Great Uncle’s worldly effects in remote Scotland does not feel like solace from her broken heart and shame from her husband’s cheating and the scandalous chatter about it amongst their friends. However, the longer she stays (hides out) in Baldochrie, the more she feels at home. She finds some new friends, a quaint village, some posh and pretentious women vying for the attention of the local lord, and a grumpy bookshop owner with whom she finds it fun to banter.

I enjoyed the leisurely pace and the realistic relationship transitions. Ms. Fraser’s descriptive writing made the reading experience like visiting Scotland. The nosey villagers of Baldochrie are fantastic secondary characters. I did question why Thea was so reasonable in regards to her husband not only cheating but doing so with one of her so-called friends. The slow-burn, friends-to-lovers relationship highlighted the author’s messages about lasting love needing a strong foundation of friendship. The Bookshop of Second Chances is a sweet, easy-to-read romance.



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