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When leaving is just the beginning...
The long-awaited novel of family, love and learning to be kind to yourself by award-winning, bestselling Irish author, Aimee Alexander.
Grace Sullivan flees Dublin with her two teenage children, returning to the sleepy West Cork village where she grew up. No one in Killrowan knows what Grace is running from - or even that she's running. She'd like to keep it that way.
Taking over from her father, Des, as the village doctor offers a very real chance for Grace to begin again. But will she and the children adapt to life in a small rural community? Can she live up to the doctor that her father was? And will she find the inner strength to face the past when it comes calling?
Season of Second Chances is a heart-warming story of friendship, love and finding the inner strength to face a future that may bring back the past.
Perfect for fans of Call The Midwife, Virgin River, Doc Martin, The Durrells and All Creatures Great and Small. The villagers of Killrowan will steal into your heart and make you want to stay with them forever.
What did I think about it..
Returning to the sleepy Irish village of Killrowan with her teenage children is hardly the homecoming Grace Sullivan wanted but fleeing from a traumatic situation means that Grace has had to make a difficult decision in order to keep her family safe. Taking over as the local GP from her father is never going to be without its challenges, especially when the villagers don’t seem want to give Grace a chance, and insist on calling her ‘young Doctor Sullivan’, regardless of her age and experience.
Whilst this is very much Grace’s story, and also that of her children, Jack and Holly, as they settle into a new way of life, it’s also about Grace’s father, Des, as he reacts to the disruption to his life and his adjustment to all the changes. This is such a wonderful story and the author brings real warmth and understanding to, what is, rather a difficult story-line, and yet, it tackles the reason for Grace’s move to Killrowan in a sensitive and thought provoking way.
The author writes with wonderful ease, bringing place and people alive, in a story which flows beautifully. There’s never any awkwardness, and all credit to the author for tempering the dark nature of the story with some wonderful light moments which made me smile, and even when parts of the story were a bit tense, I had complete faith in the author to deliver a sympathetic, and compassionate, family drama. I loved the way that the villagers of Killrowan have their own time in the spotlight, enjoying their little quirks and gossipy ways, sitting down with them in The Coffee Cove and relishing the giant chocolate chip cookies, which sound so delicious that even the mention of them caused me to forage for a biscuit of my own.
Beautifully written, Seasons of Second Chances is sympathetic story about new beginnings and second chances, of finding love and friendship in unexpected places, and of taking the opportunity to be brave enough to start again.
About the Author
Aimee Alexander is the pen name of best selling author Denise Deegan who writes contemporary family dramas about ordinary people who become extraordinary in crisis. Her novels have been published by Penguin, Random House and Hachette. Aimee lives in Dublin with her family where she regularly dreams of sunshine, a life without cooking and her novels being made into movies. She has a Masters in Public Relations and has been a college lecturer, nurse, china restorer, pharmaceutical sales rep, public relations executive and entrepreneur.
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