The Second Chance Hotel by Rachel Dove
April Statham had it all – until her husband left her for a blonde ten years her junior. Now she’s thirty-five, single, and starting again. So she does what anyone in her position would do: she impulsively invests her life savings in the chalet park she used to visit as a child, on the beautiful Cornish Coast.
The Shady Pines Chalet Park is… ramshackle. But it has one big advantage – it is as far as physically possible from April’s ex, his new fiancée, and her old life. With gorgeous handyman Cillian O’Leary, April is looking forward to the challenge.
As visitors arrive, April realises that Shady Pines isn’t just a second chance for her, it gives Cillian another shot at happiness too.
But when he moves into the chalet next door, April’s painful past starts to catch up with her, and she struggles to reconcile her feelings for Cillian.
Is April’s new beginning destined to end in failure – or will she find new friends, a new life and new love at her second chance hotel?
The hotel isn't a hotel as such, it's a chalet park, and it actually sounds lovely (once it gets a refurb). I envy people who have the courage to up sticks and revamp their lives, and that's probably why I'm drawn to stories like this one.
Cillian is a grumpy dreamboat (and who doesn't love a brooding moody male lead??) and April is a downtrodden, bullied woman. Both are damaged - in fact, all the main characters in this book are to some extent, and it is their separate yet intertwined journeys that make the book so enjoyable.
About the Author
I am a writer and teacher, living in West Yorkshire with my husband, our two sons, and our furry pets.
In July 2015, I won the Prima magazine and Mills & Boon Flirty Fiction Competition, with my entry, The Chic Boutique on Baker Street, out now in ebook and paperback. The Flower Shop on Foxley Street followed this in 2017 and both books hit the Amazon top 200. Chic Boutique got to #2 in the rural life humour chart and is regularly in the top 100 of that chart. The Wedding Shop on Wexley Street came out in ebook on 10th August and the paperback 1st November 2018.
I am the winner of the Writers Bureau Writer of the Year Award in 2016 and I have had work published in the UK and overseas in various magazines.
My standalone soldier book, The Long Walk Back, came out in January 2018 and I am currently writing the next book in the Westfield series. My first book with Manatee Books, Nice Guys Finish Lonely, came out in April 2018 in ebook and paperback. I love to write romantic fiction, both rom-com and harder hitting women's fiction.
I am also a post 16 teacher and am undertaking an MA in Creative Writing at Teesside University.