Christmas at the Second Chance Chocolate Shop (Rabbit's Leap, Book 3)
Christmas at the Second Chance Chocolate Shop (Rabbit's Leap, Book 3)

Christmas at the Second Chance Chocolate Shop (Rabbit's Leap, Book 3)

by Kellie Hailes

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ISBN-13: 9780008259181
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/05/2017
Series: Rabbit's Leap , #3
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 267,496
File size: 952 KB

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Christmas at the Second Chance Chocolate Shop (Rabbit's Leap, Book 3) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
This is Serena's story - born on a small dairy farm in Rabbits Leap, she couldn't wait to leave the town for university, and then met and married a rock star and headed to Malibu, never to return. She's now back, after trying again with the family farm she's going for her own joy and has rented a shop with a flat above to open a chocolate shop. One thing though: Serena never told Richie, her husband, that she was leaving, or why. Of course, Richie finally pulls it together and comes to find her: looking for answers of how to get his muse back, since he’s not been able to write a thing since she left. But, as a famous rock star, the town could be inundated with paparazzi – and the “cone of silence’ is invoked, ensuring that anyone who leaked his presence will be shamed and shut out of town, denied service and trust. Yes, someone broke that cone, and Serena said “the words” that are traditional, before the miscreant ran out of town. But this is less about the quirks and eccentrics in and of the town, and all about a journey. The journey of Serena to find her own joy – without the love of her life in Ritchie. It’s about her own relationship with her mother, who believes that the Hunter women are meant to be farmers, nothing more or less – and Ritchie’s learning to share his history and past, and discovering that his ignoring of his past and shutting Serena out of his history, his pain and his story have little room left if he wants a relationship with the only woman he will ever love. Serena’s searching for something that fulfills her as a person – allows her creativity to flourish and make ‘something’ of herself that isn’t a dairy farmer or a wife who shops is at the core of this story. Her coming to revel in the joy she finds in creation, her ability to stick with something instead of run when things are tough, and of finally being honest with Ritchie, explaining why she left and how much she was hurting every time he shut her out. Ritchie grows too, learning to deal with ‘the girls’ at the farm and finding an admirer in Daisy, stepping up to Serena’s mother and speaking a truth that started to heal that rift, finally starting to write again and sharing his life with her: and his guilt over losing his temper and yelling just before she left. Oh the hurts and healing are strong here: from unsolicited advice from an admirer of Serena’s to the annual Christmas parade and being the rear end of the donkey, the laughter sprinkled through the story keeps the tone hopeful and bright – even when things get rough. It’s truly a joyous Christmas when this story ends- full of laughter, love and hope. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Bookish Owlette More than 1 year ago
One Line Review: Always fight for what you believe in. Holiday themed anything is usually something I avoid. Christmas is no exception. However, when I read the summary of this book, I faltered. Rockstar husband, self-discovery and chocolates..who can say no? So I went for it. And I'm so happy that I did. This book was perfect from start to finish. It only took me a day to reach it's wonderful ending. The problems that Serena and Ritchie face are very relatable. And I'm glad that the process of their healing was done in a very realistic way. Meaning, Serena didn't give up her dream and Ritchie realized that he was in the wrong and actually changed for the better. This kind of character development is very rare in the book world. This book can easily be turned into a romcom. It has the perfect ingredients to make a successful Christmas holiday movie. I can't help but imagine Ritchie as Hugh Grant in all that black and leather. In conclusion, this is a book I would recommend for some wintery fun.
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
5 - It was going to take a miracle of the Christmas variety to sort this situation out... Stars! The third visit to the sleepy village of Rabbits Leap gave me two of my favourite things, Christmas and chocolate, all wrapped up in a lovely festive story. Kellie balanced out Serena and Ritchie’s story really well, with a couple dealing with marital issues you know going in there is going to be a bit of drama and angst going in, but they worked through everything without it all being dragged out too much. The secondary characters who I have come to know (and love) through the previous books also really helped as the story wasn’t just focussed on the one couple and their issues. "You may have given up on us. But I haven’t. Out of all the things I have going on in my life you are the one thing I am certain about." There are a few giggles interspersed along the way as well, and I loved that although Ritchie’s back story was quite heavy, the guy himself really didn’t take himself too seriously, and some of the things he ends up doing through the telling of the story were laugh out loud funny. I enjoyed getting to know Serena more as well, she has featured in the previous books quite a bit as a secondary character so getting her story, and having it told over the Christmas period was just perfect for me. Well written, probably my favorite from the series (so far), I am hoping there are more books to come, the author certainly dangled a few carrots in regards to potential future characters. So I will wait with baited breath to see if my hopes become reality.