Villa of Second Chances by Jennifer Bohnet – Blog Tour

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for organising this tour and to Jennifer Bohnet, Boldwood and Netgalley for a copy of this novel in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.


Everyone deserves a second chance…right?

Escape to the Villa in the South of France with Top 10 international bestseller Jennifer Bohnet, for an uplifting story of family, love and second chances.

 Run by sisters Rebecca and Delphine, Villa Sesame is a popular venue for small intimate weddings on the sparkling French Riviera. Beautiful terraces and a horizon pool all over look the Mediterranean setting the scene to make memorable days and dreams come true.
When recently widowed Delphine unexpectedly announces her desire to retire and live a different life, Rebecca feels her own life could be slipping into free fall.
How can she possibly carry on with the business without her sister at her side? Could this be the beginning of the end for Villa Sésame and Rebecca’s life as she knows it?
As the guests gather for the June wedding of Freya and Marcus, Freya’s two childhood friends bring their own problems to the villa and cousin Verity has her own agenda.
But it’s the arrival of a certain guest who throws Rebecca’s whole world into turmoil and she finds herself asking the question, where do I go from here?

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My Thoughts

Oh the weather outside is frightful…….but I have a Jennifer Bohnet book to take me to sunnier places with beautiful views and wonderful characters so I don’t actually care!

I think I am now at a point where I can tell Jennifer’s trademark style and content easily as there are certain things that I have come to expect from her books. 

As always, we are whisked away to a stunning location, this time Antibes in the South of France and Dartmouth in Devon.  Both locations were described so beautifully and vividly that I could build such a strong picture in my head and go there.  It’s obvious that Jennifer has such a strong knowledge and passion for the places she writes about in her books.  The villa itself sounds amazing and I love the idea of hiring a whole place for a wedding.  It sounds perfect.  

Another of my favourite things in Villa of Second Chances is how the main characters are a little older than most and this really makes for a interesting perspective and character development.  For me, it is also more relatable (although I’m not quite the age of some characters).  All the characters have a connection of some sort and some relationships are stronger than others.  I particularly enjoyed the sister relationship and the uncertainty surrounding the future of Villa Sesame.

The chapters are short which makes this a good book for picking up during small intervals but I’d have found it difficult not to have devoured it in a few longer sittings. Each chapter is narrated from the perspective of a character so you get a stronger feel for each one and their personal perspective on things. 

Villa of Second Chances is pure escapism.  It’s a light read in gorgeous locations and explores multiple plots.  It also explores a variety of different relationships and it goes so beyond a straightforward romance.  There’s always plenty of drama with a little smidgin of tension too.

Highly recommended for a book to completely get yourself lost in.        

Author Bio – Jennifer Bohnet

Jennifer Bohnet is the bestselling author of over 14 women’s fiction titles, including Villa of Sun and Secrets and A Riviera Retreat. She is originally from the West Country but now lives in the wilds of rural Brittany, France.

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