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  • The Bookshop of Second Chances

  • A Novel
  • Written by: Jackie Fraser
  • Narrated by: Ell Potter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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The Bookshop of Second Chances

Written by: Jackie Fraser
Narrated by: Ell Potter
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Publisher's Summary

A woman desperate to turn a new page heads to the Scottish coast and finds herself locked in a battle of wills with an infuriatingly aloof bookseller in this utterly heartwarming debut, perfect for readers of Evvie Drake Starts Over.

“Humor and charm abound.... [This] love story hits the spot.” (Publishers Weekly)

Thea Mottram is having a bad month. She’s been let go from her office job with no notice - and to make matters even worse, her husband of nearly twenty years has decided to leave her for one of her friends. 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 lovely but neglected garden. 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 book 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 experienced 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.

©2020 Jackie Fraser (P)2021 Random House Audio

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  • 2024-01-16

Very enjoyable!

I enjoyed the story, and the fact that the characters are older, past 40, and have life experience. I wish I could see images of what the buildings look like!

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  • 2023-10-29

Catchy & Clichéd

The first half of the book was quite catchy. It was surprising to get the perspective, of what seems like the true voice, of a middle-aged woman in what’s clearly a romantic novel.
The second half is unfortunately trite. It’s as though the main character, who previously seemed like a woman who had a rough time, although one who isn’t to be pitied, becomes a sad cliché, a typical “who could love me, I’ll let the man I like mistreat me”trope. Ugh. Disappointed. I was rooting for her. Had to stop listening an hour before finishing.

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Fab!

This was so much fun to listen to.
Beautifully narrated. I wish it didn’t have to end.
I listened to it during a stressful time, and felt so grateful for the entertaining diversion.

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Absolutely wonderful !

The writing is terrific…perfectly paced, interesting plot…no repetitive words…great vocabulary. My kind of story but the unfolding of the story is far beyond my expectations ! It is so wonderful to find such an awesome author where you do not expect it. I am excitedly waiting for her next work ! Excellent as well because I really enjoy the narrator as well…just an interesting story very well written and told. Loved it !

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Great listen

Really enjoyed this. Looking for additional books by this author now. Love it when I’m introduced to a new author.

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Brilliant! Couldn't stop listening to it

Thea will capture your heart. She is strong, witty, determined and clever. Her story about starting over is not unique but nonetheless endearing.
The narrating is wonderful. Read with such energy and passion, it is truly heart warming to listen to. I couldn't stop thinking about the story when not listening to it and could hear Thea's narrated voice in my head while going about my day.
I look forward to other books and hope they use the same narrator.

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