Does first love deserve a second chance?
Ava Flynn sometimes feels like the clothes donated to her charity shop have seen more life than her, but ‘maximum dedication for a minimal wage’ is what it takes to keep her mother’s beloved wildlife charity, All Critters Great and Small, running – especially in the village of Dapplebury, where business is certainly not booming.
But when Ava’s first love, Henry Bramlington, returns to the village, suddenly life becomes a little too eventful. Henry escaped Dapplebury many years before, but now he has the power to make or break the village he left behind – All Critters Great and Small included. Can Ava trust the boy who ran away to give both her and her charity a second chance?
Fun and fabulous
Ava is running an animal rescue sanctuary created by her family and loved by her mum. She mainly focuses on fundraising and runs the charities shop in the village of Dapplebury. Henry is the heir to the Dapplebury estate and has been away for years but has come back as his father is gravely ill
I adored Henry as a character, he is so loveable and determined to make Ava happy, even seeking her out as soon as he returns to the village. He has struggles with the villagers accepting the changes that need to be made to make the estate viable but eventually wins them round and they start to warm to him. He knows what he wants and isn’t afraid to try and get it and his character shines through with everything he does, I ended up loving him even more by the end of the book if that is possible
Ava is still consumed by her grief for her mums passing and there are a lot of unresolved issues that are bought up within the story but as she starts to deal with them she became a more likeable character to me. It was harder to get to know her because of all of her issues obscuring the real her but she starts to shine through and develop as the story continued and I really ended up routing for Ava and loving her character by the end of the book
Both Henry and Ava have their own issues to deal with and coupled with misunderstandings, her friends inadvertently causing trouble and ghosts of the past coming back to haunt them but I still loved reading their story and was pulled so easily into their world which caught my attention right from the start and had me hooked
There is a fabulous cast of supporting characters in this book and a part of me thinks that this is what makes the book work so well, they are people I recognise, people I know and I’m sure this will resonate with other readers as well. Because of this I can imagine them so clearly and I love what they bring to the story and how through them we learn so much more about Ava along with so much else (plus some of their exploits really did make me chuckle!)
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a story that looks at what has happened in the past and how that impacts a persons future with some brilliant characters and a storyline that will catch your interest
AM 🐾 x
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Carol Thomas lives on the south coast of England with her husband, four children and lively Labrador. She has been a primary school teacher for over twenty years and has a passion for reading, writing and people watching. When she is not in school, chasing after her children, or stopping her dog from eating things he shouldn’t, she can be found loitering in cafes drinking too much tea and working on her next book.
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