Season of Second Chances by Aimee Alexander @aimeealexbooks @denisedeegan #Review

Season of Second Chances is available now. My thanks to the author for sending me a copy for review.

 When leaving is just the beginning... The long-awaited novel of family, love and learning to be kind to yourself by award-winning, bestselling Irish author, Aimee Alexander.

Grace Sullivan flees Dublin with her two teenage children, returning to the sleepy West Cork village where she grew up. No one in Killrowan knows what Grace is running from - or that she's even running. She'd like to keep it that way.

Taking over from her father, Des, as the village doctor offers a very real chance for Grace to begin again. But will she and the children adapt to life in a small rural community? Can she live up to the doctor her father was? And will she find the inner strength to face the past when it comes calling?

Season of Second Chances is Grace's story. It's also the story of a community that chooses the title "Young Doctor Sullivan" for her before she even arrives. It's the story of Des, who served the villagers all his life and now feels a failure for developing Parkinson's disease. And it's the story of struggling teens, an intimidating receptionist, a handsome American novelist escaping his past, and a dog called Benji who needs a fresh start of his own.

Season of Second Chances is a heart-warming story of friendship, love and finding the inner strength to face a future that may bring back the past.

Perfect for fans of Call The Midwife, Virgin River, Doc Martin, The Durrells and All Creatures Great and Small. The villagers of Killrowan will steal into your heart and make you want to stay with them forever.

My Thoughts: 

Season of Second Chances was a charming and enchanting read that I was fully absorbed in and read within two days, in amongst doing all the lockdown chores. I will forever remember it as a book I fully escaped into at this time.

Set in West Cork, I loved the village feel and setting. The pull of small town life, countryside and fresh air was ever prevalent. I have never visited Ireland but Season of Second Chances made me want to. Grace and her two children Jack and Holly used to live in Dublin. In Dublin they were a family of four but it is safer with just three and besides a new start is needed where nobody knows who they are.

Well, where nobody knows who they are apart from the locals! Locals who are renowned for their gossip and stuck in their habits that are hard to change. It is not going to be easy for them to accept Grace as the new village Doctor particularly when they are so fond of her Father who has recently just retired himself.

Grace's father Des was my favourite character in this book. He has a wiseness that only comes with age, he was also warm and a great grandfather now that he has been given the chance. It was sad the way his health was beginning to decline from Parkinson's, particularly when he was portrayed as such a capable man.

Themes of domestic violence and manipulation run throughout this story and whilst this could have been difficult there was a certain joy to the prose that kept me flicking the pages. I couldn't wait to reach the conclusion.

A thoroughly enjoyable and memorable read. A story of courage and new beginnings and the right to hope and have something better. A serious message delivered with warmth and humour.

About the Author:

Aimee Alexander is the pen name of best selling author Denise Deegan who writes contemporary family dramas about ordinary people who become extraordinary in crisis. Her novels have been published by Penguin, Random House and Hachette. 

Aimee lives in Dublin with her family where she regularly dreams of sunshine, a life without cooking and her novels being made into movies. She has a Masters in Public Relations and has been a college lecturer, nurse, china restorer, pharmaceutical sales rep, public relations executive and entrepreneur.

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