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
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GenreRomance, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit

Second Chances (The Cornish Village School #2) Review

  • Dash fan
    January 1, 1970
    5☆ Enchanting, Funny, Warm and Cosy RomcomThe Cornish Village School - Second Chances is the second book in the series, but my first book.It can be read as a standalone perfectly fine.First of all I want to start by saying how gorgeous and eye catching the cover for this Charming feel good read is.I simply adored this enchanting warm and delightful story of New Beginnings, friendship, love, romance, family, and teaching. It had plenty of laugh out loud moments, drama, mishaps, mayhem, emotional 5☆ Enchanting, Funny, Warm and Cosy RomcomThe Cornish Village School - Second Chances is the second book in the series, but my first book.It can be read as a standalone perfectly fine.First of all I want to start by saying how gorgeous and eye catching the cover for this Charming feel good read is.I simply adored this enchanting warm and delightful story of New Beginnings, friendship, love, romance, family, and teaching. It had plenty of laugh out loud moments, drama, mishaps, mayhem, emotional moments, and a good sparkle of Romance. What more could You want! Single Parent Sylvie and her son Sam meet the devilishly handsome Alex (also single) and his daughter Ellie on the beach.The two children simply hit it off straight away. Sylvie and Alex.... Wow the chemistry between them fizzed with excitement.But Alex tells Sylvie he is on on a short visit and won't be sticking around!... or Will he?It's Sam's first day at school and he is now in reception class.But Who happens to turn up on the same day.... Yeap you guessed it.... Alex and Ellie. Sam is over the moon and soon forgets his mum has even left him.There is sooo much I want to say about this adorable book but I'm afraid of giving anything away. But if you read the blurb it will give you enough intriguing info.I loved Sylive and Sam's Characters.Sylvie is vulnerable after losing her Mum. Living on her Uncles farm isn't really helping. Sam is a shy little boy with a huge heart. The two of them together simply melted my heart.I also loved Alex & Ellie. Alex too has a slight vulnerable side.He is very handsome, strong and certainly has a soft spot for Sylvie. (Swoon) For me, my favourite character is Ellie. She had me laughing out loud. A lil madam, cheeky but incredibly cute with it and her bond with Sam is So cute!!In fact I adored each and every single character. They was all beautifully written and I warmed to them all pretty much straight away.I want to say a big thank you to Kitty for capturing Sam and Ellie's dialogue. It literally is SPOT ON!! And had me in fits of laughter. I am a qualified nursery nurse and can so relate to the many mishaps and mayhem that happened at Penmenna School.The pace was was fluid and captivating.The writing style was engaging, entertaining and wittyA heart Warming and Cosy little Tale, that was romantic, funny and feel-good.It was an absolute joy to read!So Get ready to fall in love with the Cornish Village School and it's endearing and loveable characters.Perfect for lifting your spirits. Enjoy!!Thank you to Ellie Pitcher at Canelo for this copy which I reviewed honestly and voluntarily.My Review is also on my Blog Website :-https://dashfan81.blogspot.com/2018/1...
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  • 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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  • Rachel Gilbey
    January 1, 1970
    It was lovely to be back in Penmarra and the Cornish Village school. If you have read the first book then the setting and teachers will be familiar to you. If you haven't, fear not, this easily reads as a standalone with two new families and main characters. I really enjoyed getting to know Sylvie and Alex, and their two kids Sam and Ellie. Sam and Ellie are the real stars of this book, and I loved their very different personalities. I also enjoyed seeing how Sylvie grew in confidence as the boo It was lovely to be back in Penmarra and the Cornish Village school. If you have read the first book then the setting and teachers will be familiar to you. If you haven't, fear not, this easily reads as a standalone with two new families and main characters. I really enjoyed getting to know Sylvie and Alex, and their two kids Sam and Ellie. Sam and Ellie are the real stars of this book, and I loved their very different personalities. I also enjoyed seeing how Sylvie grew in confidence as the book progresses, as she tries to get new job and new house. Its an enjoyable sequel, and good to catch up with old friends to see how they were getting on. I hope there will be more to this series as I suspect it will get better book by book!Thank you to Netgalley and Canelo for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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  • Liina
    January 1, 1970
    Sylvie and her son Sam are enjoying the summer before Sam starts his school journey. They enjoy going to the beach a lot and even have their favorite spot there. One day, when they go to beach they discover that their spot is taken. A bit later they notice that it was taken by a young girl Ellie and her dad Alex. The children start playing at the beach and have instant connection, which means the adults have to get acquainted too. Alex and Sylvie both want the best for their children and while t Sylvie and her son Sam are enjoying the summer before Sam starts his school journey. They enjoy going to the beach a lot and even have their favorite spot there. One day, when they go to beach they discover that their spot is taken. A bit later they notice that it was taken by a young girl Ellie and her dad Alex. The children start playing at the beach and have instant connection, which means the adults have to get acquainted too. Alex and Sylvie both want the best for their children and while they are good friends, more deeper feelings are growing between them.It’s the second book in the series, but works well as a standalone book too. I really liked the family and friendship ties between the characters, the children and the romance between Sylvie and Alex. Reading about the warm beach days made me miss the summer even more. It was a heart warming book about village life, friendship, family and love.
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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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  • B.R. Maycock
    January 1, 1970
    You know something, you all know already that this is going to be a bit of a rave-I adored book one (review here) of this series, and chances were pretty slim that I wasn't once more going to get all excited by the fact that I now have a new steadfast addition to my 'must read' romance authors (yay!).Anyhoo, on to the story, wherein we are once again back in Penmenna, not with Rosy Winters (although she has a big part in the book -yessss!!!!). No, this is the story of Alex, an ex foreign corresp You know something, you all know already that this is going to be a bit of a rave-I adored book one (review here) of this series, and chances were pretty slim that I wasn't once more going to get all excited by the fact that I now have a new steadfast addition to my 'must read' romance authors (yay!).Anyhoo, on to the story, wherein we are once again back in Penmenna, not with Rosy Winters (although she has a big part in the book -yessss!!!!). No, this is the story of Alex, an ex foreign correspondent (done expertly, I loved hearing of his time abroad and equally was horrified at both his and Ellie's story), who is just one of the most swoon worthy, lovely characters out there. Add to this the red haired force of nature that is Sylvie, the one time dancer turned dance teacher and totally dedicated mum to the very cute Sam, and you have nicely subtle but always beautiful fireworks mixed in with nod-along banter and smile all the time fun (I know, I'll stop soon, I promise!)  There was an overall great mix of Ms. Wilson's charming settings and swoonerific romance, nicely dotted with heartbreaking drama and absolutely tragic circumstances that were lightened by lovely kiddie moments and great characters that you felt for one minute and wanted to throttle the next. (Exhales, totally spent with lovely charming gushing!;))Thanks so (so so!) much to Canelo and Netgalley for this wonderful book in return for an honest (and hopefully wonderful) review.
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  • FNM
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.So I didn’t actually realize that this is the second book in ‘The Cornish Village School’ but I can safely say that it does read well as a standalone book. Also on a somewhat related note, I now do really want to read the first book in the series!We start of the book by being introduced to Sylvie and her son Sam as they are heading off for their afternoon visit to the beach, I really loved the pure exciteme Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.So I didn’t actually realize that this is the second book in ‘The Cornish Village School’ but I can safely say that it does read well as a standalone book. Also on a somewhat related note, I now do really want to read the first book in the series!We start of the book by being introduced to Sylvie and her son Sam as they are heading off for their afternoon visit to the beach, I really loved the pure excitement from both of these characters as they initially set off for the beach, it’s where they meet both Alex and Ellie and begin an almost instant friendship. (Living pretty close to the beach I can safely say I do not take advantage of visiting as much as I really should and after reading the first few chapters of this book I really wanted to get out and visit!)This was a great character-focused book with a lot of different relationships coming in to play, there was quite a focus on the children as well as the friends and family of Sylvie and Alex which made it just that little bit more than a simple romance book. There were a few ‘secrets’ in the background but mostly I really enjoyed it being a straightforward romance book. I think perhaps there could have been a bit more focus on some of the place descriptions but it doesn’t take away from the story at all. For me, it was a great sweet little read that had me smiling all the way through.Rating: 4.5/5Would I read again: ProbablyWould I Recommend: YesWould I read another book from this author: Yes
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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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  • Sally Coles
    January 1, 1970
    Sylvie is a single mum to shy five year old Sam and at the start of the book the two of them are setting of for the beach where they meet Alex and his daughter Ellie. Sam and Ellie hit it off immediately and there is definitely chemistry between Sylvie and Alex...... but Alex is not intending to stay around indefinitely...... so can they overcome their issues and make the happy family that their children want? Great to be back in the village school and catch up with the characters from the first Sylvie is a single mum to shy five year old Sam and at the start of the book the two of them are setting of for the beach where they meet Alex and his daughter Ellie. Sam and Ellie hit it off immediately and there is definitely chemistry between Sylvie and Alex...... but Alex is not intending to stay around indefinitely...... so can they overcome their issues and make the happy family that their children want? Great to be back in the village school and catch up with the characters from the first book and the second one was just as good. I really liked the two main characters Sylvie and Alex and was really rooting for their happy ending....... and any book with a Cornish setting gets my vote!
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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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  • Sharon
    January 1, 1970
    We’re back in the little Cornish Village of Penmenna for the second book in this series.  Whilst it can be read as a standalone book, for continuity of the story it makes sense to read them in order!In this book we are introduced to Sylvie, a single mum who is preparing her son for his first day at the Village School.  We also meet journalist Alex whose adopted daughter, Ellie is due to start school also.  I loved the characters of Sylvie and Alex (and their respective children, obviously!) and We’re back in the little Cornish Village of Penmenna for the second book in this series.  Whilst it can be read as a standalone book, for continuity of the story it makes sense to read them in order!In this book we are introduced to Sylvie, a single mum who is preparing her son for his first day at the Village School.  We also meet journalist Alex whose adopted daughter, Ellie is due to start school also.  I loved the characters of Sylvie and Alex (and their respective children, obviously!) and when it looked like there may be an attraction between the two I started to cross everything in the hope that love would find a way!  Of course, in the style of these books, love never runs as smoothly as it should, and whilst you can probably have a good guess at how the story will end, it was such a fun journey with these characters to get there.As in the first book, I feel in love with the setting of the village and the descriptions of it put beautiful images in my mind throughout the book.  It was lovely to see some of the other characters from the village, particularly Rosie Winters as I did like her character in the first book!  The cover was again so enticing and obviously the year is moving on from summer into Autumn, so was an absolute perfect read for this time of year!A word of warning though, you may need to again brush up on your Cornish dialect as there is a little bit of the local accent throughout the story!  I’ve been to Cornwall plenty of times, but can’t for the life of me remember how the locals talk (I’m not even sure if I met any locals as I’m sure none of them talk like they do in this book!). It may look, and probably sound a bit strange, but I love how it makes this series just a little bit more different than some of the others!A fun and romantic story which ticks all the right boxes!  I can’t wait for the next visit to Penmenna!!  Would definitely recommend!
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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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  • Donna Maguire
    January 1, 1970
    https://donnasbookblog.wordpress.com/...This book was an absolute delight to read!!I loved everything about this book – the characters are excellent, very well developed and I warmed to them straight away. This is the second book in the Cornish Village School series but I felt it was fine to read as a stand alone, but the first book is also very lovely if you get a chance to read that one too!The plot was excellent, the author really captivated my imagination – I loved the story right from the s https://donnasbookblog.wordpress.com/...This book was an absolute delight to read!!I loved everything about this book – the characters are excellent, very well developed and I warmed to them straight away. This is the second book in the Cornish Village School series but I felt it was fine to read as a stand alone, but the first book is also very lovely if you get a chance to read that one too!The plot was excellent, the author really captivated my imagination – I loved the story right from the start and was hooked in just a few pages, I had been looking forward to reading this one for a while and it certainly didn’t disappoint.The cover for the book is beautiful and works so well with the story.Five stars from me, I loved it – very highly recommended!!
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  • Ems. (afternoonbookery)
    January 1, 1970
    ReviewWe all know books like this are my faves, and despite having not read the first book i knew straight away this would be something i would enjoy, and despite writing the wrong date down for blog tour and forgetting like the brilliant blogger i am however i had read the book and was allready to go - its better late than never.Ex Ballerina Sylvie is focusing all her energy on getting her son Sam ready for his first day at school, espeically after a summer of just them spending time together, ReviewWe all know books like this are my faves, and despite having not read the first book i knew straight away this would be something i would enjoy, and despite writing the wrong date down for blog tour and forgetting like the brilliant blogger i am however i had read the book and was allready to go - its better late than never.Ex Ballerina Sylvie is focusing all her energy on getting her son Sam ready for his first day at school, espeically after a summer of just them spending time together, with the worry of that and the hope of moving out the family farm - her life is a hectic one. When on an end of summer trip to the beach Sam makes a new friend Ellie - it really isnt only Sam making friends. Sylvie is too with Alex, who is just down for the summer.When a change of circumstances sees him and Ellie sticking around true friendships are formed, even if its just to come together against the PTA. As the fireworks go off, so does the relationship between them, however Sylvie has been very clear - she isnt seeking more than the friendship, the friendship she values so deeply not just for her - but for Sam too.With new job prospects, home changes and new friendships been formed - The Cornish Village School Second Chances really is a wonderful read, with enough drama in it that keeps the pace moving along, with characters that you want to spend time with, and realtionships that warm your heart this was exactly what i was seeking, a feel good read.
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  • Petra Q
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely adored this book. Kitty Wilson writes with such a warmth and sparkle. I loved Sylvie and Sam story. From the moment Sylvie met thr swoon-worthy journalist Alex and his delightful daughter Ellie she blossomed and her little son Sam grew in confidence. It was so lovely to take a peek into the life’s of the characters from the first book of The Cornish Village school. I enjoyed watching Rosy take Sylvie under her wing and invite her into her circle of friends. A truly heartwarming stor I absolutely adored this book. Kitty Wilson writes with such a warmth and sparkle. I loved Sylvie and Sam story. From the moment Sylvie met thr swoon-worthy journalist Alex and his delightful daughter Ellie she blossomed and her little son Sam grew in confidence. It was so lovely to take a peek into the life’s of the characters from the first book of The Cornish Village school. I enjoyed watching Rosy take Sylvie under her wing and invite her into her circle of friends. A truly heartwarming story full of charming characters that you can’t help falling in love with and a setting so gorgeous that makes you pack your back and move there with a click of a fingers.
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  • Katherine Hayward Pérez
    January 1, 1970
    Sylvie and her 4 year old son Sam are heading down to the beach as they do on a regular basis (I love the detail of how they kicked their flip flops off, that was cute). They find their usual spot taken by Alex and his adopted daughter Ellie who is 5. Naturally, this is a talking point and leads to them all meeting. The kids hit it off but will the adults too? The summer vibe is in every pore of this book: beaches, ice creams and suntan lotion are at the ready and as I was listening to it in dec Sylvie and her 4 year old son Sam are heading down to the beach as they do on a regular basis (I love the detail of how they kicked their flip flops off, that was cute). They find their usual spot taken by Alex and his adopted daughter Ellie who is 5. Naturally, this is a talking point and leads to them all meeting. The kids hit it off but will the adults too? The summer vibe is in every pore of this book: beaches, ice creams and suntan lotion are at the ready and as I was listening to it in decidedly autunmal weather, I found myself longing for summer again, The book will appeal to anyone who is from, or has ever been to Cornwall and the scenic descriptions are very enticing. Sam is due to go to school soon and Sylvie has lots of other issues to sort out. Will the meeting with Alex and Ellie blossom into something more? The book is a quick, atmospheric and relaxing tale of summer fun, friendship and never giving up on what and who you want in your life. Kitty Wilson has a magical ability to transport the reader to Penmenna in the first few sentences of the book and a great attention to detail and the nuances of relationships that will keep you there. It was lovely seeing the bond between Sam and Ellie so quickly. 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.4 stars. I'm glad I have now reviewed both books in The Cornish Village School series.
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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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  • Jo Ullah
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed a spell in the Cornish sunshine for this sweet and funny tale of longing for love, being a parent to small children and village interaction - both the busybody and the uplifting kind! Made me giggle and feel warm both inside and out despite winter here in the real world. Lovely writing.
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  • Stacey Wright Aumock
    January 1, 1970
    Super cute book. I liked this one better than the first one!
  • Jane Cable
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book - it made me laught out loud and the premise of the love story was just a little bit different. Oozed autumn from every pore. A fabulous feel good read.
  • Julie Morris
    January 1, 1970
    Although this is the second book in the series set in Penmenna, it is a completely new story and it really isn’t necessary to have read the first book at all to enjoy this one, it can be read completely as a standalone. Some of my favourite characters from book one reappear, but the focus is on new characters and I think the author has been very clever in making sure she pleases readers returning eagerly from book one without alienating new readers.This time the story focuses on Sylvia and Alex, Although this is the second book in the series set in Penmenna, it is a completely new story and it really isn’t necessary to have read the first book at all to enjoy this one, it can be read completely as a standalone. Some of my favourite characters from book one reappear, but the focus is on new characters and I think the author has been very clever in making sure she pleases readers returning eagerly from book one without alienating new readers.This time the story focuses on Sylvia and Alex, two single parents dealing with the day to day issues which that situation inevitably brings whilst also trying to resist the attraction growing between them for the sake of their children, who have become best friends.You pretty much know what to expect from this type of book looking at the cover and the blurb and there are no major surprises in that regard but it is a lovely example of a book in the genre. The characters are genuine and honest and I was totally invested in their story. Kitty writes the children and their lives particularly well I think and I really loved this aspect of the book. The secondary characters are great additions – I particularly love Marion from book one who continues to add great comedy to the book, and the new character of Uncle Tom – no one is wasted, everyone is there for a reason.Kitty does a great job of balancing humour, romance and genuine stories of people’s lives and her writing is warm and approachable. I love the setting of the little village in Cornwall, which she uses without over-working it. All in all, another fabulous book that I would highly recommend.
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