The Bookshop of Second Chances – Published 2021
“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.” – Goodreads
Thank you to Netgalley for the ARC!
I really liked this book. Not only is it bookish in content, but it’s also set in Scotland and has an unlikely friendship/relationship with a grumpy male lead.
This is more than just a second chance romance, Thea is getting a second chance at the life she wants to lead. After her husband leaves her for another woman, she is able to separate herself from that life and start anew.
In the past year I have read SO many books where the main character inherits property from their late aunt or uncle. Books have me believing this happens much more frequently than it does 😂.