Does first love deserve a second chance?
Ava Flynn sometimes feels like the clothes donated to her charity shop have seen more life than her, but ‘maximum dedication for a minimal wage’ is what it takes to keep her mother’s beloved wildlife charity, All Critters Great and Small, running – especially in the village of Dapplebury, where business is certainly not booming.
But when Ava’s first love, Henry Bramlington, returns to the village, suddenly life becomes a little too eventful. Henry escaped Dapplebury many years before, but now he has the power to make or break the village he left behind – All Critters Great and Small included. Can Ava trust the boy who ran away to give both her and her charity a second chance?
Carol Thomas lives on the south coast of England with her husband, four children and lively Labrador. She has been a primary school teacher for over twenty years and has a passion for reading, writing and people watching. When she is not in school, chasing after her children, or stopping her dog from eating things he shouldn’t, she can be found loitering in cafes drinking too
much tea and working on her next book.
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My thoughts: this was a lovely, heart warming rom com of errors. As Ava and Henry reconnect as adults, both misunderstand their intentions and it takes puppies, good friends, a festival and a ball to get things on course. There’s also some themed evenings at the local pub, lots of selling things in the charity shop (along with some worrying donations – flashbacks to my own time managing a charity shop!) and cake.
I really enjoyed this book, it was great fun and cheerful, I wish Dapplebury was a real village as it seems like a great place to live, did I mention the puppies?
*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.