It’s a hat-trick for Kim Nash! This is her third book, and it’s another fabulous, feel-good read that will leave you with a huge smile on your face, and with the feeling that anything and everything is achievable! Take one look at the beautiful cover … don’t you want to just be right there??
Sunshine and Second Chances is a bit of a departure from Kim’s previous two books. Although the strong, vibrant theme of friendship is the predominant premise here, it moves away from the English countryside where the other books are set and takes place in the gorgeous coastal Algarve region of Portugal. The descriptions of the area are so vivid that I almost felt the warm rays of the sun on my face (very welcome, as the weather’s freezing in Joburg right now!). And as if that’s not enough, just wait for all the detailed depictions of the food … oh my word; simply mouthwatering! Like I needed to picture divine, delectable dishes during lockdown!
But the stars of the show here are most definitely its main characters: Olivia (Liv), Deborah (Debs), Fiona and Samantha, four friends who’ve been close since way back when. On a beach holiday for their 21st birthdays they swore that no matter the circumstances, they’d get together again for a holiday during the year they all turn 50. And Liv is determined to make that happen. Luckily she has the means to do that, and manages to plan and organise a fabulous villa where they can spend the week re-connecting. Little do they know, they won’t only be spending the week re-connecting with each other, but also with themselves as they’ve each lost their way a bit and their lives aren’t exactly where they’d like them to be.
I completely identified with each and every one of these women! I’m of a similar age and the issues that each of them were facing were so very real and relevant that I felt like I wanted to sit down and have a heart-to-heart conversation with each of them. Kim has created characters that readers will immediately feel could become their own best friends. They’re genuine in that they’re flawed … they want to make the most of their lives but they’re not sure how. How lucky they are to have each other to talk to. Not everyone is blessed to have friends like these who will be honest with them and about them.
Against a stunning backdrop of Portuguese panoramas, sights and sounds, as each of the four come to terms with how they’ve landed up where they’ve found themselves, they discover their strengths once again. They quickly remember and re-claim the strong bonds they have that have weakened over the years as life got in the way, and they make some decisions that will have a huge impact on all of them when their holiday is over.
This is a wonderful read that will have readers reminiscing about vacations (and if we’ll ever be able to take them again!), sunshine, relaxation, indulgence and most of all … lifelong friends; especially ones who we don’t get to see often, but when we do, we can just pick up where we left off and it’s like we were never apart! It made me think about connection and communication; who we share with and who we want to share with; who brings out the best in us and who recognises us and treasures us for who we truly are.
And special mention has to be made of adorable, loyal Hector, Liv’s dog who is a character all on his own and who deserves loads of cuddles and kisses and long walks!
This is an absolute gem of a book … a gorgeous 5-star read that’s perfect for sunny days on beach chairs, rainy days cuddled up in armchairs, lockdown days that seem to go on forever, when you need something to cheer you up … any days really!
Thank you so much to Kim Nash for inviting me to read an early copy of her book, and to be a part of her blog tour. It’s an absolute privilege to help get the word about this lovely book that I adored!
Kim Nash is an author of uplifting, funny, heartwarming, feel-good, romantic fiction.
She lives in Staffordshire with son Ollie and English Setter Roni, is Head of Publicity for Bookouture and is a book blogger at www.kimthebookworm.co.uk.
Kim won the Romantic Novelists Association’s Media Star of the Year in 2016, which she still can’t quite believe. She is now quite delighted to be a member of the RNA.
When she’s not working or writing, Kim can be found walking her dog, reading, standing on the sidelines of a football pitch cheering on Ollie and binge-watching box sets on the TV. She’s also quite partial to a spa day and a gin and tonic (not at the same time!) Kim also runs a book club in Cannock, Staffs.
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Amazing Grace was her debut novel with Hera Books and came out in April 2019.
Escape to Giddywell Grange is Kim‘s second novel and was published in September 2019.
Sunshine and Second Chances is Kim‘s third novel and was published on June 4th 2020.
You can read Kim‘s Blog here: www.kimthebookworm.co.uk