Step across the cobblestones, pull back the curtains and peek behind the doors in the second instalment of The Hope Street Series. Catch up with old friends and fall in love with new ones in a story of friendship, second chances and new beginnings.
Livvy has no choice but to return to Hope Street, the childhood home she left over twenty years ago. Along with her sixteen-year-old daughter, Pip, she turns up on the doorstep, hoping for forgiveness from her sister.
Hannah thought she’d never see Livvy again. She’s overwhelmed with emotion but locks away her real feelings. How could Livvy stay away without any contact? And why has she come back now?
It isn’t long before the charm of the market town of Somerley begins to work its magic. Hannah is opening a book shop in the square, adjoining The Coffee Stop, and Livvy’s offer to help out brings the sisters closer together.
But when someone from Livvy’s past arrives unannounced too, he threatens everything she’s built up since her return. Can Livvy convince her sister, and her new friends, that her intentions to return were good ones? Or will her dreams of settling down and being happy again become nothing but a closed book?
I really enjoyed the first story in the series so I was eagerly awaiting this book, the second to be released and it was definitely worth the wait!
I thought that the characters were well developed and I really enjoyed their interaction. I warmed to them from the start and was really pleased to be able to catch up with the people of Somerley. The book is the second in the series but I do think it would read fine as a standalone, but if you do get an opportunity the first book is just a fabulous read!
The author has done a great job telling the story and it was a book that I was keen to pick back up after work and dive back into the story – she is a wonderful storyteller and having read nearly all of her books to date, she has never disappointed and goes from strength to strength with her writing – I can’t wait to see what she releases next as it is bound to be a treat!
I really enjoyed the story the whole way through and the ending was spot on – it is 5 stars from me for this one, a well developed plot line, great setting and very enjoyable characters – very highly recommended!
Marcie Steele is the pen name of Mel Sherratt. For as long as she can remember, she’s been a meddler of words. Born and raised in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, she’s a romantic at heart and has always enjoyed writing about characters that fall in and out of love, have good friends to hang around with, and live in communities with great spirit.
She can often be found sitting in her favourite coffee shop, sipping a cappuccino and eating a chocolate chip cookie, either catching up with friends or writing on her laptop. Whether she writes crime or women’s fiction, she loves making up things for a living.