*I received a free ARC of this book with thanks to the author and Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources blog tours. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*
Blurb: Everyone deserves a second chance at love, don’t they?
Polly Nightingale never meant to fall in love again especially not with a biker thirteen years her junior. But then Jago Solomon enters her life with a guitar strapped to his back, and Polly and her six-year-old son, Archie, know that they’ve never been happier.
But what happened three years ago when Polly’s husband, Sean, went missing? And what will it mean for Polly and Jago if her past ever catches up with them?
Join the Nightingale family once again for the second in The Book Lovers series by the bestselling author of The Rose Girls.
Polly is a single mum and has been running on autopilot since her husband, Sean, mysteriously disappeared over three years ago. Luckily she has the support of her family, the Nightingales, and her work in their bookshops to help get her through it. Plus, her lovely son Archie to keep her smiling. But definitely no romance… she prefers historical fiction!
That is, until younger man Jago turns up with his guitar. It doesn’t take long for him to win Archie’s heart, but will he charm a Nightingale sister too? And which one?!
This is the second book in the Book Lover series, and they all technically stand alone but are much better when read together, as they focus on different members of the same book-loving family.
Whilst it is Polly’s turn under the spotlight in this book, it was nice to still visit with Callie, Sam and Bryony in places – following up on what went before and preparing for what is to come.
Whilst the book club of the title does make an appearance or two, it doesn’t really have top billing in the story. That has to be reserved for the mystery of what exactly happened to Polly’s husband Sean three years ago, and who is the suspicious stranger lurking around her house and Archie’s school now.
This book goes a step further than the last when it comes to conflict, with domestic abuse featuring as an integral part of the main storyline. More than the physical violence, what I found terrifying and felt was very realistically portrayed, was the speed and ease with which somebody’s whole personality could be subsumed by another’s.
As with the previous book, this is a very sweet, easy-to-read romance that focuses strongly on emotional strength, support and friendship between romantic partners and also within a family.
I am thoroughly enjoying this series and looking forward to the next one in a few days time!
When Sean Prior had gone missing on a warm September day three years ago, Polly had stopped being a wife, for what was the role of a wife when her husband had disappeared? It was as if that part of her had been erased along with all trace of Sean.
– Victoria Connelly, Rules for a Successful Book Club
Don’t forget to stop by the other blogs on this tour (see the poster below for details) for more great content and reviews! Check this link for my review of The Book Lovers and observant readers will spot that I am back on the 17th and 20th of this month to bring you my thoughts on the other books in this series.