Thursday, August 03, 2023

Blog Tour: Second Chances in Bellbird Bay by Maggie Christensen

The sun is shining, the surf is up, the beers are flowing at the  surf club.....we must be back in Bellbird Bay! 

When successful hotelier Leo Carlson was a young man, he spent an idyllic summer in the seaside town of Bellbird Bay! There he met a beautiful young woman named Greta and they fell headfirst in love. The plan was that they would live happily ever after. But this was the days before the internet and mobile phones. He returned to the city and lost her phone number. Life got in the way and by the time he could come back he realised Greta had moved on.

Many years later he has the opportunity to buy a hotel in Bellbird Bay and so he decides to return to the town he loved so much as a young man. 

For Greta, seeing Leo again has bought back all sorts of memories. However, her life is complicated. Her daughter has just returned from living in London. Whilst Greta is glad for her to be home, she is concerned because Jo isn't talking about why she has come home after all these years, and she is clearly miserable. He ex-husband, Mick, also seems to be thinking that there might be a chance for him and Greta to reunite.

Greta has built a life for herself in Bellbird Bay after her divorce. She owns a boutique in town and she is pretty content, all things considered. The idea of rekindling a romance with Leo is tempting, but it takes a leap of faith. After all he left her without any explanation before. What's to stop him from doing that again? 

I do enjoy my visits to Bellbird Bay and this was no exception. I enjoyed reading about Leo. I was interested to see some of his work issues. After years of building up his business, he is ready to make changes for Greta, as long as he can convince her to trust him. And as long as his needy ex wife doesn't cause trouble.

Whilst the magic that must be present in the waters of Bellbird Bay does it thing between Leo and Greta, I have realised that it is not only the main characters who feel the effects. Whilst they are not the focus of the story there are often lovely interactions between other characters in the background. There were also more characters introduced in this book who I suspect might get their magic moments in upcoming books in the series. 

And the reader gets their own form of magic - a lovely read which leaves you feeling happy at the end of the book.

Thanks to Rachel's Random Resources for the review copy.

I already know I am looking forward to the next book. Luckily the next one is out in November so it isn't long to wait!

About the book

Second Chances in Bellbird Bay: A captivating story to tug on your heartstrings

Following her divorce, Greta Roberts has found solace running Birds of a Feather, an upmarket boutique in the seaside town of Bellbird Bay. But when a ghost from her past reappears, Greta’s peaceful, single life is sent into a spin.

Leo Carlson has built an empire of hotels and resorts but has never forgotten the perfect summer he spent in Bellbird Bay in his teens. When the opportunity to purchase a hotel there arises, he finds it difficult to pass it up.

Meeting again, Greta and Leo are quick to discover they are different people from the young couple who kissed on the beach and vowed to love each other for ever. Beset with challenges which threaten to keep them apart, can Bellbird Bay work its magic and provide these two with a second chance at love?


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About the author

After a career in education, Maggie Christensen began writing contemporary women’s fiction portraying mature women facing life-changing situations, and historical fiction set in her native Scotland. Her travels inspire her writing, be it her trips to visit family in Scotland, in Oregon, USA or her home on Queensland’s beautiful Sunshine Coast. Maggie writes of mature heroines coming to terms with changes in their lives and the heroes worthy of them. Maggie has been called the queen of mature age fiction and her writing has been described by one reviewer as like a nice warm cup of tea. It is warm, nourishing, comforting and embracing.

From the small town in Scotland where she grew up, Maggie was lured to Australia by the call to ‘Come and teach in the sun’. Once there, she worked as a primary school teacher, university lecturer and in educational management. Now living with her husband of over thirty years on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, she loves walking on the deserted beach in the early mornings and having coffee by the river on weekends. Her days are spent surrounded by books, either reading or writing them – her idea of heaven!


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