A Season for Second Chances (Paperback)

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I truly adored this second chance at romance story set on the stormy coast of England. A restauraneur in her mid-late forties has finally had enough of her compulsively unfaithful husband and business partner. She starts a new life with a temporary lease in a cottage in a small seaside village and quickly feels at home despite run-ins with the grouch nephew of the elderly landlady. He is determined to sell the historic property to a developer for leveling. Most of the first half of the book is spent with our heroine forging an empowered identity with the help of a group of women friends and her adult twin sons. In the smoldering second half, the landlady's nephew and she start sparking and action of all kinds ensues! I truly loved this book. Made me want to cheer!!!

— From Kelly


A charmingly quirky seaside town offers a recently separated restauranteur a fresh start and possibly a new lease on love in A Season for Second Chances, by the author of The Twelve Dates of Christmas.

Annie Sharpe’s spark for life has fizzled out. Her kids are grown up, her restaurant is doing just fine on its own, and her twenty-six-year marriage has come to an unceremonious end. Untethered for the first time in her adult life, she finds a winter guardian position in a historic seaside home and decides to leave her city life behind for a brand-new beginning.
When she arrives in Willow Bay, Annie is enamored by the charming house, the invigorating sea breeze, and the town’s rich seasonal traditions. Not to mention, her neighbors receive her with open arms—that is, all except the surly nephew of the homeowner, whose grand plans for the property are at odds with her residency. As Christmas approaches, tensions and tides rise in Willow Bay, and Annie’s future seems less and less certain. But with a little can-do spirit and holiday magic, the most difficult time of her life will become…a season for second chances.

About the Author

Jenny Bayliss lives in a small seaside town in the UK with her husband, their children having left home for big adventures. After having been a professional cake-baker for many years, she went back to college at age thirty-nine to study part-time for a degree in Creative and Professional Writing. Bayliss likes long walks, baking days, stationery, and shamelessly wearing party dresses to the supermarket. She is also the author of The Twelve Dates of Christmas.

Praise For…

One of Buzzfeed’s Best Books of October
One of BookBub’s Best Holiday Romance Books

“[An] inspiring tale of strength, integrity, and self-respect. . . Readers will be enchanted.”--Publishers Weekly

“Bayliss’s fans and readers who enjoy laugh-out-loud rom-coms will want to spend a cozy winter evening by the fire with Annie and the residents of Willow Bay.” – Library Journal

“There's so much to love about this enchanting story. Readers will want their own seat at the cafe Annie opens and to attend every quirky holiday party the townspeople dream up. This lovely, cozy read is perfect for winter.” BookPage (starred review)

"A gorgeous, cosy winter read that will transport you to the coast on a windswept day. Full of quirky characters and a refreshingly mature leading lady, this book will restore anyone's faith that it's never too late for a second chance at love, or indeed, life."--Sophie Cousens, author of This Time Next Year and Just Haven't Met You Yet

Product Details
ISBN: 9780593085417
ISBN-10: 0593085418
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Publication Date: October 19th, 2021
Pages: 448
Language: English