Review: Christmas at the Second Chance Chocolate Shop (Rabbits Leap #3)

Title: Christmas at the Second Chance Chocolate Shop (Rabbits Leap #3)
Author: Kellie Hailes
Genre: Romance
Publisher: HQ Digital
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Ebook
Release Date: November 5, 2017
Rating: ★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

’Tis the season for second chances…

Serena Hunter loves her new life in the sleepy Devonshire countryside! It’s a world away from her crazy past as the wife of American bad boy rock star, Ritchie Dangerfield.

Now she spends her days making delicious chocolate using milk from the local dairy and she finally feels that everything is back on track. That is, until her handsome ex-husband arrives in the village to win her back…

Away from the limelight, Serena gets to know Ritchie all over again and realises that maybe a second chance at love is the Christmas miracle she’d been dreaming of all along?

A perfectly festive read to curl up with this Christmas. Perfect for fans of Caroline Roberts, Cathy Bramley and Heidi Swain.


Serena Hunter has left her rockstar husband in Malibu and returned to her hometown of Rabbit’s Leap in England. She’s set up a chocolate shop, which she is proud to call her own. However, her husband, Richie, tracks her down and shows up at her door. She’s ready to celebrate Christmas at home with her parents for the first time in years, but now these plans have to change. His sudden appearance throws her off and she has to figure out if he will fit into her new life.

This was a unique holiday romance. I can’t think of any others that I’ve read where a couple has broken up and the husband tries to reconcile throughout the book. Serena and Richie’s relationship was a little awkward, because she was adamant about not being with him anymore, yet he didn’t know why she left.

I didn’t connect with the characters in this story. They all seemed to make decisions without a reason behind them, and then insist on sticking with it. For example, Serena was set on staying away from Richie, and her mom didn’t approve of Serena’s new business, even though she was glad to have her back home. I found their feelings a little confusing, so I couldn’t connect with the characters.

Even though I had some issues with this story, it definitely left me craving chocolate!

Thank you HQ Digital for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What to read next:

The Little Unicorn Gift Shop by Kellie Hailes

Other books in the series:

  • The Cosy Coffee Shop of Promises
  • The Big Little Festival
  • The Little Unicorn Gift Shop
  • The Little Bookshop at Herring Cove
  • The Little Bakery of Hopes and Dreams

Have you read Christmas at the Second Chance Chocolate Shop? What did you think of it?

Author: jilljemmett

Jill lives in Toronto, Canada. She has studied English, Creative Writing, and Publishing. Jill is the creator and content producer of Jill’s Book Blog, where she has published a blog post every day for the last four years, including 5-7 book reviews a week. She can usually be found with her nose in a book.

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