Bookshop of Second Chances by Jackie Fraser Review

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Bookshop of Second Chances by Jackie Fraser Review

Bookshop of Second Chances by Jackie Fraser Review is here. This book is not one I would typically read. I tend to gravitate more toward mystery/thrillers, and if I do decide to read a romance, they’re a bit spicier (This was a very clean read save for a couple of fade-to-black moments). I also don’t often read books set abroad. However, after reading this book, a big part of me wants to inherit a house in Scotland and relocate for a couple of months.

The Bookshop of Second Chances
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Maybe even fall in love with the grumpy owner of a bookshop–which is exactly what happens to our main character, Thea.


Thea Hamilton is a forty-something woman who has just lost her job, her husband, and her great-uncle Andrew (whom she didn’t know). Following news of Uncle Andrew’s passing, Thea receives a letter notifying her that she’s inherited Andrew’s lodge in the small town of Baldochrie, Scotland. With nothing holding her in Sussex, Thea decides a change of scenery is exactly what she needs.

There, Thea meets her neighbor Charles, who happens to be a Lord, as well as a handful of other quirky and charming characters; not least of all Edward Maltravers–the impersonal, often scowling owner of a bookshop (and Charles’ brother!) While Charles and Edward do not get along for several reasons, Edward and Thea manage to get along beautifully.

Both have been hurt and jaded by love in the past, but over time their witty, playful friendship turns into something more. It turns into something shaped by forgiveness and learning how to live—and love—again.

The Bookshop of Second Chances by Jackie Fraser
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As I continue to age, I have found a new appreciation for older, mature main characters. I was able to connect with Thea better than I would have if she’d been in her early twenties. The dialogue between the characters also reflected their ages, as they didn’t tend to tip-toe around important conversations. When Thea had doubts about possibly moving forward romantically with Edward, she expressed them. Edward was open and honest with Thea about his past relationships and what had caused the divide between him and his family. I appreciated this because it meant we got to focus on the characters and who they truly were without having to navigate miscommunications.

While this is a book about romance, it’s also a story about letting go. One important lesson I pulled from it (and think it is incredibly important to remember) is that forgiveness takes time. Healing takes time, and just because you develop feelings for someone else doesn’t mean the hurt automatically goes away. Edward does not fix Thea. He does not magically erase the pain of what her ex-husband did.

Instead, he shows her, one cuppa at a time, that it’s okay to move on and be happy. And that it’s okay to give love a second chance.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

If you are a person who enjoys clean romances, Scottish coastlines, and antique bookshops, then consider giving this four-star book a read.

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