Also today, I’m delighted to be one of the closing stops on the blog tour for Sweet Pea Summer by Alys Murray, with a review of this heartwarming tale of love, friendship, lies, truths and second chances…..

the blurb

Can you ever really forget your first love?

It’s been eight long years since May Anderson’s high school sweetheart Tom Riley drove down Main Street in his truck, leaving Hillsboro—and May—in his rearview mirror. Now he’s back and, try as they might, the pair can’t avoid each other.

As Hillsboro prepares to host the prestigious North West Food and Wine Festival, Tom and May are reluctantly called in to plan the big event. Tom needs May’s help to repair his bad-boy reputation and, with the whole town counting on them, May and Tom need to learn to trust each other again.

May is determined to protect her heart, but a lot has changed since high school. She can’t help but notice how the skinny boy she used to know is now a man who perfectly fills out his button-down, and Tom can’t seem to tear his gaze away from May’s sweet smile. It’s clear old feelings are surfacing again, but there is a secret keeping them apart and, until they find the courage to face it, their second chance summer will be only that…

A heartwarming story about first love, family and the importance of second chances. Fans of Jenny Hale, Debbie Macomber and Robyn Carr will adore Sweet Pea Summer.  

Purchase Links: Amazon UK ~ Amazon USApple ~ Kobo ~ Google
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my review

Tom’s always had a reputation in town for being the bad boy, whether it’s true or not the residents of the town don’t care.  A close knit community who like to gossip, one step wrong puts you in the people’s bad books forever!  So when him and his ex girlfriend, May split up eight years ago, he got the brunt of the backlash and now his business is suffering.

May on the other hand is the town’s sweetheart but she’s harbouring a secret that no-one knows.  When her and Tom are ‘volunteered’ to take over the planning of North West Food and Wine Festival, they need to put aside their differences to make it a success ~ Tom needs it and so does the town.  But as they ease into each others company again, old feelings start surfacing, but with a big secret looming, will they make it through and have the second chance they deserve?

This was a charming story that I looked forward to reading each time I picked it up.  Despite the things you learn about May, you can’t help but route for her and Tom.  Tom is a darling ~ despite what the community think of him, we see the other side of him; the sweet man that came back to support his family.  May is somewhat of a loner and keeps to herself, but at times I felt she came across as a bit of a brat!  She frustrated me throughout the book and I just wanted to give her a slap and tell her to come clean!!  But she eventually realises what is truly important and we see another side of her too.

I really loved the setting in the town of Hillsboro although I have to say I wouldn’t want to live there! The townsfolk are far too nosy and enjoy gossiping too much for my liking ~ they’d drive me nuts! But the town itself sounds like a lovely place, and I love that there are lots of local stores on the high street.  It would be the sort of place I’d like to visit but not stay!

The story keeps you enthralled as you learn about Tom and May’s past, what’s happened since and then you go with them on the journey of getting to know each other again.  They’re in for a bumpy ride but will it be worth it? There are moments in the story that will make your heart melt, times when you’ll want to hug the characters, and times (as I’ve said above) that you’d want to slap a few!  There are also some fabulous supporting characters.

I thoroughly enjoyed this – it was a lovely and easy story to read and follow; perfect for reading on a summers evening with a glass of wine.  I’ll definitely be looking out for more from this author.  Highly recommend by me.



about the author

Alys Murray is an author who writes for the romantic in all of us. Though she graduated with a degree in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and a Master’s in Film Studies from King’s College London, her irrepressible love of romance led her to a career as an author, and she couldn’t be happier to write these stories! Currently splitting time between her home state of Louisiana and London, she enjoys kissing books, Star Wars, and creating original pie recipes for all of her books. Tobey Maguire is her Spider-Man.

Where to find Alys online: Website ~ Facebook ~ Instagram ~ Twitter

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Thanks to Sarah for inviting me on to the tour, and to the author and Bookouture for providing me with a copy in return for an honest review.  All views and opinions are my own.

Have a wonderful day lovely people

Chelle x

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