The Winter of Second Chances

Jenny Bayliss

11 November 2021
464 pages


The Winter of Second Chances is the hilarious, heart-warming second book from the author of The Twelve Dates of Christmas, Jenny Bayliss.

'A gorgeous, cosy winter read that will transport you to the coast on a windswept day' - Sophie Cousens, bestselling author of This Time Next Year

'A tender and enchanting read, full of quirky characters and second chances' - Jean Meltzer, author of The Matzah Ball

Annie Sharpe has it all – an acclaimed restaurant she owns with her handsome husband Max, and two gorgeous grown-up sons. But after one indiscretion too many, she leaves behind the only life she’s ever known.

In search of a fresh start, Annie takes up a position as a caretaker of Saltwater Nook, a creaky but charming beach house on Kent’s beautiful, wild coastline. The village community is an eccentric but tightknit bunch, and Annie is swept up in a whirlwind of their traditional festive celebrations, from pumpkin carving to bonfires on the beach. It soon feels like home – she even reopens the long-dormant seafront café.

The only thorns in her side are John, the owner’s rugged but totally unreasonable nephew who has his own agenda for the house, and a persistent Max, intent on winning her back.

Salwater Nook has been the perfect escape, but Annie can’t run from her problems forever. Will she give her first love a second chance? Or step into the promise of a new life?


Readers are loving The Winter of Second Chances . . .

‘The best book I’ve read in a long time - it stands head and shoulders above all other seasonal rom coms’
‘Perfect reading material on a cold autumn night’
‘Everything that you would want from a book at this time of year, from Halloween to Christmas!’
‘I loved this book: it made me feel happy and cheerful – a guaranteed tonic’
‘I guarantee you will fall in love with Annie right from the first page. A beautifully written book in a wonderful coastal setting’


Praise for The Twelve Dates of Christmas:

'If you need help getting into the festive spirit, this is the book for you . . . This feelgood read has humour, romance and some gorgeous descriptions of the Christmas traditions of an English village' - Good Housekeeping

'Sparkly and romantic' - My Weekly