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COMING HOME TO HOPE STREET – Marcie Steele (Released September 18th, 2020)
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?
My Thoughts: 4/5 stars
It’s always good to throw in something lighter between all of the thrillers, police procedurals, and horror books. COMING HOME TO HOPE STREET was exactly what I needed after a few darker reads. While this is book two in the series, I didn’t feel lost at all and it could be read as a standalone. However, after reading some other reviews, it sounds like book one was just as good and gives us more backstory on a couple of characters.
Livvy and her daughter return to her childhood home and is hoping to make amends with her sister, Hannah. They haven’t seen each other since Livvy up and left decades earlier. Of course, if your estranged sister and her daughter suddenly arrive on your doorstep, there are hundreds of thoughts and emotions going through your head and I think the author did a great job getting us into Hannah’s shoes and really experience it all.
Livvy and Pip are getting the fresh start they were hoping for, until their past comes back to haunt them. Will they be able to hold onto their new lives and the friendships they’ve mended and created? I think this was a great one that you can really cozy up with. If you’re looking for a quick read, then this is perfect for that TBR. I will definitely be looking for book one in the future.
About the Author:
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.