Book Review: The second chance teashop


Following the tragic death of her beloved husband, Anna Hemingway decides it’s time for a fresh start. So Anna and her three-year-old daughter Ellie move to a picture-perfect cottage in the beautiful village of Little Somerby, and when she takes over the running of the village tea shop, Ellie and Anna start to find happiness again.

But things get complicated when Matthew Carter, the owner of the local cider farm, enters their lives. Throughout a whirlwind year of village fetes and ancient wassails, love, laughter, apple pie and new memories, life slowly blossoms again. But when tragedy strikes and history seems to be repeating itself, Anna must find the strength to hold onto the new life she has built.

This beautiful, life-affirming debut novel marks the beginning of the Little Somerby series, and promises to make you smile, cry, reach for a cream tea, and long for a life in the perfect English countryside.


I loved Anna, Merry, and Ellie most in this cute little read! Matthew, on the other hand, I was going back and forth between loving and hating. The hating was sealed for me after the “mistake” he supposedly made and made worse for the way he treated Anna. This man was not good enough for caring Anna. 

However, with that being said this is a light, sweet romance story set in a cosy little village, it is good for a summer read with an adequate ending. The characters are real and believable. Overall, the story was entertaining enough, but the story is too predictable and a bit too much sex for this light read.

3/5 Stars

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