Second Chances (The Cornish Village School #2)
Ex-ballerina and single mum Sylvie is in trouble. Juggling her ballet classes in the nearest town, preparing shy Sam for his first day at Penmenna Village school and trying to finally move out from the farm she shares with her cantankerous Uncle Tom means life is anything but easy.Television Journalist Alex is facing challenges of his own. Seeking a calmer environment for his newly adopted daughter, Ellie, he’s swapped reporting in war zones for the school PTA in quiet Penmenna, where his best friend Chase has persuaded him to start laying some roots.Fireworks ignite when Sylvie and Alex meet but as Ellie and Sam become instant best friends, will they be able to keep things strictly platonic for the sake of the children?

Second Chances (The Cornish Village School #2) Details

TitleSecond Chances (The Cornish Village School #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 4th, 2018
PublisherCanelo Escape
Rating
GenreRomance, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit

Second Chances (The Cornish Village School #2) Review

  • Nicola Clough
    January 1, 1970
    I couldn't wait for this follow on book to come out as so enjoyed the first one and it didn't let me down at all was simply brilliant I was hooked straight away I loved it so much. The characters are brilliant and you really think you are there with them gets you so captivated and you just want to keep reading to find out what happens next. It's heartwarming, romantic and learning about yourself and moving forward with what is right for you and to be happy with yourself. Set it a beautiful Cornw I couldn't wait for this follow on book to come out as so enjoyed the first one and it didn't let me down at all was simply brilliant I was hooked straight away I loved it so much. The characters are brilliant and you really think you are there with them gets you so captivated and you just want to keep reading to find out what happens next. It's heartwarming, romantic and learning about yourself and moving forward with what is right for you and to be happy with yourself. Set it a beautiful Cornwall village and around the village school. Sylvie lives with her son Sam on her family farm but her mother has passed away and her son is about to start school. She goes down to the beech one day to their usual spot which is always quiet but she finds a man their with his daughter and they start chatting and he says he is going back to London tomorrow so she's pleased she won't see him again. Sam starts school and who should be there but the man she met on the beech Alex with his daughter Ellie who is starting school to she can't believe it as she thought she wouldn't have to see him again. The children build and really special bond and love being together and it means that both Alex and Slyvie spend time together but she finds him attractive but she's not saying anything as she wants to stay single. Marion at school who is the governor says she will get Alex married off as she wants him to stay in the village as he's a famous journalist but will she succeed or not. She wants him away from Slyvie but she doesn't realise she's a professional ballerina. She sets him up on a date as he's to frightened to no he's happy just him and his daughter. Sylvie suggests having Ellie for him but he's not sure as he's adopted her from a war zone and she's lost her parents and still has night terrors and he wants to be there for her. Slyvie wants to move out of the farm and get a job now Sam has started school and things fall into place very quickly with both as Rosie the head offers her a job doing PE at the school and also says she will see if she can rent the school hall out to her on a sat so she can start ballet lessons and she can't believe it's fallen in to place so well. She then gets a house as Rosie and her boyfriend move in together so a house is free she can't thank Alex enough for his help. Marion learns about Slyvie being a ballerina and soon wants her to marry Alex but she makes it so clear that she only sees Alex as a very good friend and that's all but she can tell the truth and Alex is upset as he wants more to. Both are putting children first and the children want them to be together to and they all plot a plan as Alex really realises he wants more and can he change her mind at all. Sam has an acident when they are putting there plan together and gets rushed to hospital and Slyvie rushes to hospital as so worried about sam as he's her world can they get the plan back on track or not and can they get together and be happy or can they just not move forward from the past. A enchanting read with excellent plot and worth far more than five stars.
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    This is another lovely series. Sylvie is an ex dancer and she meets ALex, a television journalist when their children become best friends. Sylvie is trying to make a life for herself and her son Sam and wants to build on her dance school dreams.There is an attraction between the two characters- but do they need to keep things simple? She also wants to move into her own home so that she can leave her uncle to run the family farm with his girlfriend.The locals feel like old friends and you are roo This is another lovely series. Sylvie is an ex dancer and she meets ALex, a television journalist when their children become best friends. Sylvie is trying to make a life for herself and her son Sam and wants to build on her dance school dreams.There is an attraction between the two characters- but do they need to keep things simple? She also wants to move into her own home so that she can leave her uncle to run the family farm with his girlfriend.The locals feel like old friends and you are rooting for Sylvie and Alex to allow themselves a chance to get together.
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  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    I had high expectations for this book, but it simply was not the read for me. I envisioned a book more along the lines of a "Miss Read" book, but instead the narrative was "too modern" to engage me. While I think the intended audience is adult, the writing style struck me as being more appropriate to a middle school audience. I did not feel a strong sense of place in Cornwall either, probably because the descriptions are brief and lack the adjectives which draw a reader into the landscape. If sc I had high expectations for this book, but it simply was not the read for me. I envisioned a book more along the lines of a "Miss Read" book, but instead the narrative was "too modern" to engage me. While I think the intended audience is adult, the writing style struck me as being more appropriate to a middle school audience. I did not feel a strong sense of place in Cornwall either, probably because the descriptions are brief and lack the adjectives which draw a reader into the landscape. If school stories with the headaches of modern technology, overpacked schedules, and societal problems is your idea of escape reading, give it a try. If not, go back and re-read the Fairacre and Thrush Green stories of an earlier day and time. I received an advance review copy of this title from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Jane Hunt
    January 1, 1970
    Another slice of modern village life in Cornwall as the 'Second Chances', continues to explore life around the village school. The story focuses on Sylvie and Alex, both single parents who form an instant attraction but put their children's happiness first and decide to stay 'just friends'.The story pans out as you'd expect but this is part of the attraction for this type of literature. The characters are contemporary, realistic and vivid. You empathise with them as they find out what life is li Another slice of modern village life in Cornwall as the 'Second Chances', continues to explore life around the village school. The story focuses on Sylvie and Alex, both single parents who form an instant attraction but put their children's happiness first and decide to stay 'just friends'.The story pans out as you'd expect but this is part of the attraction for this type of literature. The characters are contemporary, realistic and vivid. You empathise with them as they find out what life is like in the village.If you are looking for a romantic tale, with a delightful Cornish village setting, this will suit you, enjoy.I received a copy of this book from Canelo via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
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  • Kathleen Gray
    January 1, 1970
    This one hit all my sweet spots- starting with the Cornwall setting! Heads up that there is some dialect here which you might want to sound out but it's no impediment to enjoying the book. Sophie, Sam, Alex, and Ellie are all looking for a new beginning, each for their own reasons. Of course things don't always go easily for the adults (or the kids, really). There are some great characters in addition- such as Sophie's uncle Tom. While a little predictable (but don't we need that sometimes?), it This one hit all my sweet spots- starting with the Cornwall setting! Heads up that there is some dialect here which you might want to sound out but it's no impediment to enjoying the book. Sophie, Sam, Alex, and Ellie are all looking for a new beginning, each for their own reasons. Of course things don't always go easily for the adults (or the kids, really). There are some great characters in addition- such as Sophie's uncle Tom. While a little predictable (but don't we need that sometimes?), it's nicely written. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.
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  • Vickie Richens
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this book, love this series, hope she writes some more
  • Meg Dean
    January 1, 1970
    I love this series!!! Such fun, funny, sweet books :c)
  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    The Cornish Village School-Second Chances is the second book in the Cornish Village School series, written by author Kitty Wilson. Although each book can be read as a stand-alone, I highly recommend reading the first book in the series, The Cornish Village School-Breaking the Rules.Sylvie is a single mom, and life is definitely hectic for her right now. A former ballerina, she still continues to teach ballet classes. She lives with her Uncle Tom on his farm, but she is looking forward to finally The Cornish Village School-Second Chances is the second book in the Cornish Village School series, written by author Kitty Wilson. Although each book can be read as a stand-alone, I highly recommend reading the first book in the series, The Cornish Village School-Breaking the Rules.Sylvie is a single mom, and life is definitely hectic for her right now. A former ballerina, she still continues to teach ballet classes. She lives with her Uncle Tom on his farm, but she is looking forward to finally moving out and getting a place of her own. She is also in the process of trying to get her four year old son Sam prepared for his first day of school at the Penmenna Village School. This is easier said than done, especially since he is extremely shy. Regardless of how busy she is, Sylvie keeps to her routine with Sam. Every sunny, warm day they head to the beach and spend quality time together. They have their favorite spot that is always unoccupied by anyone else...until now. As they arrive at the beach, they notice someone else has placed towels where Sylvie would normally place their own. It is not long before the owners of the towels appear, and the reaction to the man approaching completely catches Sylvie off guard. While Sylvie struggles to control her attraction to this man, introductions are made and she learns the man's name is Alex, and his daughter is Ellie. In addition to her her own reaction to Alex, she is also surprised at how quickly Sam warms to Ellie.Alex is a television journalist that is no stranger to a busy life. He has adopted a five year old girl, Ellie, and needs to give up war zones in order to provide a more stable life for Ellie. His friend Chase has suggested he spend some time in Penmenna, and Alex has decided this is the perfect place to set down roots.. Meeting Sylvie and Sam was not part of the plan, but the two children instantly become friends. As the four of them begin spending more time together, Alex is doing his best to keep the relationship with Sylvie platonic, and nothing more. Both Alex and Sylvie want what's best for their children, but denying the growing attraction for one another is becoming more difficult as time goes by.This is a beautifully written story about two people needing a second chance in life and a new beginning for their children. Kitty Wilson brilliantly weaves together the threads of this story, giving the reader a charming and heartfelt plot line. I absolutely fell in love with all of the characters, as well as the beautiful setting. Both Alex and Sylvie put their children first, which I admire. With that being said, their struggle to deny their attraction to one another was often humorous, but always realistic. The supporting cast of characters are just as amazing as the lead characters. The author portrays each character in a down-to-earth manner, including highlighting their attributes as well as their flaws. I loved the first book in the series, The Cornish Village School- Breaking the Rules, and enjoyed catching up with the characters. This story is a wonderful addition to the series, and it is one I would highly recommend reading.I would like to thank Canelo and NetGalley for allowing me the opportunity to read and review this heartfelt book. My views are my own, and are in no way influenced by anyone else.
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  • Clare
    January 1, 1970
    With thanks to Netgalley and Canelo for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review. I was excited to read this after enjoying the first Cornish Village School earlier this year. Although Second chances was focused on Sylvie and Nick I was delighted that Godzilla mum Marion Marksharp and reality star Angelica appeared in this book.Sylvie was brought up in Penmenna but left to join the Royal National Ballet in London. She decided to return to Penmenna when she found out she was pregnant wi With thanks to Netgalley and Canelo for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review. I was excited to read this after enjoying the first Cornish Village School earlier this year. Although Second chances was focused on Sylvie and Nick I was delighted that Godzilla mum Marion Marksharp and reality star Angelica appeared in this book.Sylvie was brought up in Penmenna but left to join the Royal National Ballet in London. She decided to return to Penmenna when she found out she was pregnant with her son Sam. Shortly after returning home her mother became ill with Motor Neurone Disease and Sylvie became her carer. When her mother died she was grief stricken but has decided to turn her and Sam`s life around.War journalist Nick had recently adopted 5 year old Ellie from the Sudan. No longer able to work abroad he went to Penmenna to spend time with his best friend Chase and his girlfriend Angelina. One day Nick took Ellie to the beach where he met Sylvie and Sam. The children quickly made friends and Nick decided to live on Penmenna so Ellie could settle in a village school.As the children became closer Nick and Sylvie started to spend time as a family. Nick and Sylvie were attracted to each other but decided to remain friends in case it went wrong and destroyed their modern day family unit. However Marion and the children had other ideas and devised a plan to make them realise how they feel about each other.Second Chances was a delightful light hearted read. I enjoyed reading about the village and how village life revolves around the Penmenna Village School. I was pleased we still got to see headmistress Rosie Winter when Sylvie got a temporary job teaching PE. The finale of the book was very descriptive and I could imagine a marque in Nick`s garden filled with African delicacies and the kids dancing in traditional dress.With its funny quirky characters this series is definitely on Par with the books written by Gervase Phinn. I look forward to the next book.
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  • Grace J Reviewerlady
    January 1, 1970
    Such a delightful read! Every bit as good as the first one and both great stand-alone reads...Sylvie and her son Sam are making the best of the summer days before Sam begins his school life. Alex and his daughter Ellie are having a short break from London in the gorgeous Cornish village of Penmarra. When outgoing Ellie and shy Sam make friends, the adults don't really have any choice but to become acquainted...I loved the first book in this series; wholly original and a super story with fabulous Such a delightful read! Every bit as good as the first one and both great stand-alone reads...Sylvie and her son Sam are making the best of the summer days before Sam begins his school life. Alex and his daughter Ellie are having a short break from London in the gorgeous Cornish village of Penmarra. When outgoing Ellie and shy Sam make friends, the adults don't really have any choice but to become acquainted...I loved the first book in this series; wholly original and a super story with fabulous people. To my delight, this one introduces new characters whilst still including those from the previous book - a completely new story with a different focus. I love that the author has avoided the trap of harking back to the details of the first one, meaning that it's still possible to go back and read it if you haven't done so already.This is a charming read; the characters are all so appealing in a strong story with plenty of humour thrown in. I just adored everything about it! The setting is idyllic but living in a picturesque village doesn't mean that the inhabitants don't have to face the ups and downs of everyday life, just like the rest of us. With plenty going on, it's one which kept me glued to the page until the very last, when I released a happy sigh of contentment. A terrific read and I hope there's more to come in this topnotch series. Absolutely recommended to those who enjoy an entertaining rom-com with a bit of substance to the story!
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  • Marianne
    January 1, 1970
    It felt lovely to return to The Cornish Village School Series and I was soon immersed back into village life. This is a relaxing read and full of the feelgood factor. I found Sylvie to be a well-drawn character and she seemed to be so relatable. I enjoyed getting the story from both Sylvie and Alex's perspectives which filled out the story and helped to explain why they reacted as they did in certain situations. One of the most enjoyable parts of the writing is the gentle humour to be found in s It felt lovely to return to The Cornish Village School Series and I was soon immersed back into village life. This is a relaxing read and full of the feelgood factor. I found Sylvie to be a well-drawn character and she seemed to be so relatable. I enjoyed getting the story from both Sylvie and Alex's perspectives which filled out the story and helped to explain why they reacted as they did in certain situations. One of the most enjoyable parts of the writing is the gentle humour to be found in some of the supporting characters. Marion is good value, as before and I found Sylvie's Uncle Tom with his slightly gruff manner to add a real human touch. The two children, Sam and Ellie, are full of fun and say aloud exactly what they are seeing and hoping for which is quite endearing. Ellie's story takes you far away from the confines of Cornwall. You find yourself rooting for Sylvie and Alex and hoping that they can put down roots in the village and create the family they both seem to be yearning for.In short: A heart-warming read about friends and friendship.Thanks to the author for a copy of the book.
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    After reading the first book in The Cornish Village School series, I couldn't wait to read this next one - and was so pleased when it came so quickly after the first! Not to mention that the cover design is absolutely gorgeous!This book is an absolute joy and I found myself finishing it in no time. Each and every character is so loveable, especially the children, Sam and Ellie. Their friendship really shone on every page of the book and visiting previous characters from the first book was such a After reading the first book in The Cornish Village School series, I couldn't wait to read this next one - and was so pleased when it came so quickly after the first! Not to mention that the cover design is absolutely gorgeous!This book is an absolute joy and I found myself finishing it in no time. Each and every character is so loveable, especially the children, Sam and Ellie. Their friendship really shone on every page of the book and visiting previous characters from the first book was such a thrill - though I have to admit it's the Cornish farmer, Tom, who I held the very softest soft-spot for. Sylvie as a character, is captivating too, and I loved her fiery streak amid admitting her feelings for the rather attractive and undoubtedly perfect Alex. Their romance vs taking care of the children's happiness made it such a twisty-turny but overall really enjoyable read. I adore Kitty Wilson's writing; every word flows right off the page and the characters are so authentic and real. Basically, I loved this. Will there be another??
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  • Stacy Walton
    January 1, 1970
    My trip to the Cornish village of Penmenna was everything I hoped it would be. The idyllic descriptions of quaint village life kindled a warm glow and a longing to read more.Sylvie and Alex were a dream come true as far as characters go, I instantly fell in love with their pairing and longed for that sort after happy ever after ending. But for me the real stars were Sam and Ellie, they stole the show in every scene and I could have read an entire book dedicated to their antics.If your looking fo My trip to the Cornish village of Penmenna was everything I hoped it would be. The idyllic descriptions of quaint village life kindled a warm glow and a longing to read more.Sylvie and Alex were a dream come true as far as characters go, I instantly fell in love with their pairing and longed for that sort after happy ever after ending. But for me the real stars were Sam and Ellie, they stole the show in every scene and I could have read an entire book dedicated to their antics.If your looking for the perfect book to snuggle down with for the autumn season this is the one. It's an uplifting and feel-good story filled with perfect village life, romance and two mini stars.
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  • Dawn
    January 1, 1970
    Single mum Svlvie and her son, Sam, enjoy an idyllic day at the beach until Alex and his daughter, Ellie, take ‘their’ space at the beach. Soon they become firm friends and their own little family but can they realise they are in love and their family is for real. This was such a fab story full of laughter and I really enjoyed it but I want more!!! Thank you to netgalley and the publishers for this arc in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Carol Beasley
    January 1, 1970
    The first book in this series was a 5 star read earlier in the year and this one did not disappoint. It is a heartwarming story filled with romance and relatable characters. The setting is always going to be a favourite of mine as I love Cornwall and this is most definitely a must read series for me. I was sent this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Katherine Hayward
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come Thanks to Kitty Wison and Canelo for my ARC in exchange for an honest and voluntary review as well as a spot on the blog tour for this title.
  • Sharon
    January 1, 1970
    Review to follow for the blog tour
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