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Publisher's Summary

Starting over never tasted so good.

Holly Berry has it all: a good corporate career, a steady boyfriend, and enough savings that they will soon be able to buy a nice little house. But when she finds out her boyfriend has been cheating on her, she decides to retreat to the Cotswolds and a place full of far sweeter memories.

Quite literally.

However, when Holly discovers the quaint village sweet shop that she worked in as a teenager is starting to crumble, she decides that maybe the sensible life isn’t what she wants after all. Putting all her chocolate eggs in one basket, she says goodbye to the city and sets her sights on Just One More.

After all, how hard can running a sweet shop be? 

With charismatic Giles ready to rescue her at every turn and the local bureaucrats breathing down her neck, it certainly isn’t the quiet life she expected. Can Holly really save the place from the the wicked developers, or will she be the reason Just One More closes its doors for good?

Full of laughter, sweet clean romance, and cozy village life, The Sweet Shop of Second Chances will make you believe that the best things in life really are worth fighting for.

©2021 Hannah Lynn (P)2021 Hannah Lynn

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Cozy romance


Cute characters, I enjoyed getting to know this wee town.

3 star read with little to no real romance that progresses until the end.

Unsavoury characters come to light that are easily guessed but that’s ok the plot was good. This is the first novel I’ve read from this author.

I listened via audio and I enjoyed the narration.

Gifted audio in exchange for an honest review.

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Easy read

The Sweet Shop of Second Chances was such a likeable listen. This is definitely a feel good book and the main character, Holly Berry was very easy to relate to. I found myself wanting her to succeed at every corner. The narration of this audiobook was very good and made for an enjoyable listen. Perfect read for the holidays. I will definitely be revisiting Holly Berry!

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Such a delight!



The author takes us on a journey of Holly Berry, who has moved home after a difficult event. Holly takes over the town sweets shop with all of the ups and downs of being a business owner. Even though Holly encounters struggles and hurdles, the book manage to continue feeling optimistic. The story moves along at a good pace, and I remained engaged throughout.

The narrator did a wonderful job and was easy to listen to.

Thank you to THE Bookclub Audible Listeners for the free listen.

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Just the Right Ingredients for a Sweet Read!

This novel was the kind I love! Strongly developed characters, interesting twists and turns and believable ending. It was a cozy read while simultaneously keeping you on the edge of your seat. That takes talent to achieve. By the time I got it all sorted out, as I listened while I walked my dog, I exclaimed, “You dirty so and so!” My little pup looked up at me as if to say, “You talking to me?” Full disclosure-I received a complimentary copy of this Audible book with the request for an honest review. I read it within 24 hours-not because I had to but because it was so enjoyable. Highly recommend!

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Holly Berry impulsively returns to her hometown and tries to buy the candy shop she worked in as a kid. What follows is a series of fortunate and unfortunate events.

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- There wasn’t enough of a relationship with Dan to make his betrayal have any sort of sting. I get that the author needed to get to the current tale, but it just sort of made me question the MC’s judgment from the get-go.

- The main character’s kind of dumb. Especially near the end, she makes a lot of assumptions. Plus, if some obviously rich dude sweeps in and takes you to a uber fancy, crazy expensive place, then offers to pay the bill, your line is thank you, not I insist on paying my half with the bill not even seen.

- Not sure how the book got qualified as a romance. It’s super slow building. Not sure anything happens of significance until well into the third act.

- Characters are mostly endearing. Holly’s the sort of normal young adult you can root for.

- It’s more a slice of life sort of book than a romance, let alone a romantic comedy. I think I laughed like 2x.

- There’s a bit of mystery, but it’s not billed as a mystery.

- The bad guys stay pretty nebulous.

- I do like that there are two sides to every story and it comes down to who do you believe.

- Well narrated. I’m American. I’m a sucker for a British accent.

- Content Comments: There are a few curse words, and the opening scene almost crossed the line of clean/not clean, but mostly, it’s a clean book. Just not squeaky clean.

- Not really sure how this could be turned into a series. Things wrap up pretty well.

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Easy to listen to. Light read. Only wanted to punch a character once or twice. Hinted at a happily ever after, so it’s all good.

*I received a free code. I chose to review the book. All thoughts are my own.

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Fun listen

This story of a lady coming home after a bad relationship was a good listen. I enjoyed listening to the story. I did receive a copy but I am leaving my review.

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  • 12-31-21

A "sweet" story

This was a real feel good story. Holly Berry up sticks and takes over the sweet shop she used to work in on Saturdays. I loved the characters in the story and the baddies weren't even that bad, just devious. It was a really easy story to get into, set in a lovely location. It definitely brought back memories of the sweet shop I used to visit on my way home from school. If you want an easy, enjoyable audio book to listen to then this is it.

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  • Book Monitor
  • 12-22-21

A light story, easy and enjoyable listen.

This is a light and easy story to listen to. Holly Berry was a little irritating in her naivety and malleability, but otherwise likeable enough. The villain is obvious but I think meant to be, and the supporting cast variable; I quite liked Drea, and Holly's mum but was not sure about Ben for example. The plot is straightforward and the ending doesn't bring any surprises but it's not that sort of book.
I wasn't overly enamoured by the narrator but I can't quite put my finger on why. There was nothing wrong with her telling of the story but I found her voice didn't quite fit for me.
Overall though I am glad I listened to this and will look out for future books in this series.
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  • caroline wright
  • 12-20-21

Really enjoyable - narration was brilliant

Firstly can I say you can really tell that the author loved Burton and the Cotswolds generally, it was so apparent. This was such a nice cozy mystery and cant wait to see where it goes. The villain was perfect. The narration really suited it.

Just such a perfect audio to feel good in a miserable winter's day and it was such an easy listen you didn't realise that time was passing you by.

I was given a free copy by the author via the book club audible listeners but the review is entirely my own.


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  • John Marsden
  • 12-20-21

Very Good!

Having listened to and enjoyed Hannah Lynn's Peas and Carrot books I was pleased to see this, the first in a new series.
This is a really good story about Holly Berry, after a break up with her boyfriend, taking over a sweet shop that she worked at as a teenager and the trials and tribulations that she had to overcome when devious developers tried to force her to sell out to them. Holly has to decide who she can trust and with twists and turns coming at her from all directions she nearly gives up, but....
Poppy Royana does a really good job of the narration.
I look forward to listening to more of this series.
I was kindly given a copy of this book by the author and leave this honest review.

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  • Joni J Mielke
  • 12-11-21

A really good listen

I enjoyed listening to this book thanks to its characters, the storyline and an excellent narrator. This is a lovely first book in what looks to be a promising series but it can also be read/listened to as a standalone story by itself. The main character evolves at a natural pace, sometimes missing a step or backsliding a little, but all of that comes off as natural and perfectly in line with the way her story develops. The supporting characters make up a fun and colourful ensemble without encroaching too heavily on the main character's plot. I particularly enjoyed listening to the narrator, who is particularly perfect for the 1st person narrative in this case. Her take on the female characters is particularly strong, and the men also sound good with maybe one or two exceptions that appear early in the audiobook and recur enough to be annoying. All said, this was a very good audiobook and I look forward to listening to future instalments in this series.