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When single mum Taylor rents a home in the lovely village of Hebbleswick in Yorkshire she is looking forward to a new start for her and her son Max.
Making a living doing clothing alterations and sewing is far from Taylor’s dream of being a fashion designer, but it pays the bills and keeps her occupied.
When Taylor visits the Little Board Game Cafe, she meets Kate, who decides that Taylor needs to maximise her potential and Kate is just the person to help her.
Accountant Harry is a regular at the Board Game Cafe, playing board games with other railway enthusiasts.
When Taylor and Harry meet, there is an attraction, but they both have other worries and priorities and they are not sure this is the right time for a relationship.
Will Taylor and Harry open up to each other and take a chance or will their insecurities about the past spoil the future.
Although this is the third in the Board Game Cafe series, it can be read as a standalone, but I would thoroughly recommend all of them.

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I loved this book. Such a warm and uplifting story. It’s book #3 of The Little Board Game Cafe series but can easily be read as a standalone too.
The story follows single mum Taylor, a seamstress and her son Max. Then she meets Harry, a train enthusiast.
It’s full of friendship, love and community. A cosy romance in a small town setting.
It’s beautifully written with likeable characters. I enjoyed getting to know all the new characters and catching up with previous ones from book #1. There’s just an easy flow to the story and it just draws you in. Just brilliant.
I enjoyed the board games and the up cycling themes. So much fun.
Overall, a feel good easy read. Definitely recommend if you enjoy small town romance fiction.
I look forward to reading the next instalment @jenniferpage
With thanks to #NetGallery @ariafiction #Aria&Aries for an arc of #SecondChancesAtTheBoardGameCafe in exchange for a honest review.
Book publishes 6 June 2024.

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This is the third book in the series. They don't need to be read first, but it's nice to.

Taylor is a sewist/tailor and an up and coming fashion redesigner.
Her son Max is a sweet, unique 8 year old boy who has set routines and likes and dislikes.

Harry has set routines and loves trains and is the sweetest, gentlest man.


I loved seeing their inner dialogues and getting to know them. Their beliefs about each other, due to their own insecurities, made them likeable and relatable.

Tarquin, the real estate agent. The character I love to hate (he was featured in love letters on Hazel lane) was so icky and smooth talking.

I loved the descriptions of the re designs, and Taylor discovering a brave side, and Max and Harry being so selfless. The character development and growth were fantastic. And some 'scenes' had me laughing out loud!

I can't get enough of this series!

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This is a terrific return to the Board Game Cafe that I deeply enjoyed. We have a new set of characters (Taylor and her son Max) who enjoy the Board Game Cafe along with the train enthusiast Harry. As Max is also a true fan of trains will they become a small family? This is a heartfelt emotional story, not afraid to tackle difficult issues.

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Another trip to the village of Hebbleswick and it's like returning to old friends. On this visit, we meet single mum Taylor and train enthusiast Harry. Taylor is looking for a fresh start in a new house and a new upcycling community project, Harry is keen to help Taylor where we can but is worried that if she learns about his hobbies she wouldn't be interested in him. Little does he know, they share the same favourite film and Taylor's son, Max, loves trains as much as Harry does.

A story about being true to yourself, love and friendship. A fantastic read for anyone who enjoys a cosy romance

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Set in Essendale a little town nestled amongst the hills of the West Yorkshire Pennines and Hebbleswick.
This is the third book that I have read from the author, based in these two towns. Some of the characters from previous books make appearances, but you can also read this book as a stand alone.
The main characters in this book are Taylor Sweet and her son Max, and Harry.
A cosy romance book, that has made me want to learn how to sew and use a sewing machine.
Second chances, new beginnings, and a lovely read.

Many thanks to NetGalley and Publisher for an advanced e-book copy. Opinions about the book are entirely my own.

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This story was a real treat to read. It is full of surprises and both difficult and hilarious moments. An emotional tale about not giving up. A thoroughly enjoyable book.

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Read this if you like:
* Small town romance
* Dual POV
* Single mom
* He falls first
* Geeky and neurodivergent love interest

I was so happy when the publisher contacted me through NetGalley to ask if I wanted to review this book since I also reviewed the first book in this series and enjoyed it! I wasn't even aware that there were sequels to The Little Board Game Café! I now have to read the second book which release I somehow completely missed.

This book was very refreshing and very much up to my taste. I loved that the love interest, Harry, was neurodivergent and a trainspotter. He is a side character in the first book and I loved that we got his POV. Taylor's son Max is also neurodivergent and has the same special interest (trains) as Harry. I loved their bonding! Harry is the kind of love interest I want to see more in books. He's shy and gentle and very very cute!

I also loved that, just as in the first book in this series, the FMC is trying to start her own business and follow her passion. I loved how much of the book was focused on the preparation of the fashion show and the upcycling of garments.

Highly recommend this series if you are looking for a cute quick romantic read with a dash of geekiness!

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I love this series.
Single mum, Taylor, has always wanted to be in fashion. Her life is busy with looking after her son Max, school runs and fixing zips, taking up hems, etc.
Harry frequently goes to the board game cafe to spend time after a hard breakup. He’s a train enthusiast.
When Taylor and Harry meet there’s an attraction but Taylor’s not sure how Max would cope and Harry has had his confidence knocked .
Will they be able to find their happy ever after?

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Love it, love it, love it! Jennifer Page does it again. A lovely story set in the familiar valley used in the previous two books with supporting appearances from our favourite (and not so favourite) characters. This time the main protagonists are a single mum with a lovely albeit slightly neuroatypical boy and a geeky train enthusiast. They are filled with self doubt and yet are lovable characters that are very relatable.
The story revolves around Taylor’s sewing skills and if you enjoy the Great British Sewing Bee then you will love the fashion. If you play board games then there are plenty of mentions of games you might know and some you may not. If you didn’t fit in at school you will be rooting for Max. If you have a passing interest in trains or liked The Railway Children then you will be at home here. It is a beautiful and uplifting story.

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I adored this delightful, uplifting romance! I fell for Taylor, Harry and Max from the very beginning and could hardly bear to put my Kindle down, I was so wrapped up in their story. I read it in two sittings, and really didn’t want to stop halfway through.
The characters were beautifully drawn and it was easy to empathise and root for them to get their happy ever after. The fact that sewing is integral to the story adds to its charm. What an absolute joy of a book - I’ll be recommending it to everyone.

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This is the first book I've read by Jennifer Page and has made me definitely want to pick up more books by her! It was a super wholesome read that made me feel good at the end. You can tell this is a sequel with the mentions of the previous board game cafe etc, but it doesn't take away from the story at all, and you find out enough to be able to enjoy the story thoroughly.
Taylor is a single mum and a seamstress who has dreams of being a designer, but her sometimes challenging son is her top priority. Harry is a man of routine, who is set in his ways but is an absolute gentle giant. They are an unlikely pairing but when you get to know them both and the struggles they've been through, you see why this book is written around them. Harry is very similar to Taylor's son Max (it isn't specifically mentioned but Max seems to be neurodivergent) and they share a love of all things trains.
The main story is about Taylor finding her confidence through the people in the village of Hebbleswick and realising that accepting help isn't the same as asking for it. The characters were all super likeable and I really enjoyed this book!

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I absolutely loved this book. It was charming and sweet and I fell in love with the characters. It's everything I expected and more and I've since downloaded another book by this fab author.

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Started reading this book and didn’t gel to the main character, seriously wondered about finishing the book. Carried on and it became a sweet easy read with tangents in the story I wasn’t expecting. Enjoyed the twists and the supporting characters.

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3/5 ⭐️

Thank you NetGalley and publishers for ARC of this book.
Another cozy, small town story from Jennifer, unfortunately not nearly as engaging as Love Letters.
I tried really hard to like our MCs but I found them both pretty dull and frustrating at times.
One improvement on Love Letters is that we actually get to see the MCs spend time together and their relationship progress (most of that was done off page in LL), so I definitely enjoyed that aspect of the story.
And I do hope we’ll get a Kate story next cause that girl is BUSY!

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quite a sweet read, initially | thought it was going to be a bit dull but I soon liked the characters and the gentle nature of the story, really quite pleasant bedtime reading!

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Taylor is a single mom to Max, who's a bit unique. Max is super smart with numbers but struggles socially, and he's not into sports. He likes things to be just so, like having fish fingers on the same day each week. Taylor's dreams of being a fashion designer got put on hold when Max's dad bailed. Now she does clothing repairs from her small apartment. She wants to move to a better place and get Max into a school where he won't get picked on, but Max is resistant to change.

Harry is an accountant who's obsessed with trains. He's a bit of a loner, sticks to routines, and even dresses up for work when he's at home. His favorite hobby is playing train-themed board games. After being used by his ex and dumped, he's wary of getting close to anyone.

When Taylor first meets Harry, she thinks he's just a dull accountant. She's more drawn to flashy Tarquin, a real estate agent. But she soon realizes Tarquin's not as great as he seems, while Harry is genuinely kind. Taylor worries Harry won't want to be with her because she has Max. On the other hand, Harry doubts someone as amazing as Taylor would be interested in a train enthusiast.

Their paths cross when Taylor alters a pair of Harry's jeans by mistake, turning them into something unique. Encouraged by this, she starts a sewing class and plans a fashion show to showcase her skills, hoping to land more interesting work than just fixing zippers.

This story is about warmth and romance. Taylor's independent nature makes it hard for her to accept help, but her friends and neighbors find clever ways to support her, like organizing the fashion show. She learns that sometimes accepting help doesn't mean losing her independence.

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Just finished an advance reader copy of Second Chances at the Board Game Cafe.

Brilliant. And I don’t say this lightly. An intriguing tale overcoming adversity whilst navigating a child with additional needs, a business, a fledgling romance and a collapsed house.
A good lesson in Upcycling, it leads into a tale of romance with a happy ending

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This is the third in the board game café series and although we do catch up with some of the characters from the previous books it can be read as a stand alone story.
The story starts with a prologue from two years ago introducing you to Taylor a single mum to Max. Living in a tiny one bedroom flat she dreams of her own bedroom, a work space for her sewing business and a living room she can play with her son in.
I must admit that I felt sorry for Taylor. Not only does she have to sleep on the sofa every night but, her son is quite challenging and she has no support network. She has no social life and spends her evenings working.
The opportunity arises for her to move into a much bigger property with two bedrooms and a bath. She feels hopeful for the future and her upcycling of clothing is attracting interest. Things are looking up for Taylor.
Some beautiful moments of true friendship when the owners of the Board game café help her to run sewing classes for the locals and she starts make new friends. There are lots of twists and turns to keep you turning the pages and as in all these books a happy ending.

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Second Chances at the Board Game Café by Jennifer Page tells the story of two lost adults who, in finding each other, are offered a second chance at love. Not only is this my favorite romance trope, but the setting of this book also really won me over. I love a cozy little town romance.

Read if you like:
• friends to lovers
• second chance romance
• small cozy town
• contemporary romance
• single mother looking for a new start

My review: The middle and ending of this book were the real winners here! I loved the slow burn beginning, but it didn't drag too long which was great. I really rooted for the main character, I wanted Taylor to fulfill all her dreams and find love. I loved the idea of these two filling in the missing parts of each other's lives. Overall, the family aspect was really cute and the smalltown setting was really fun.

Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who would like to read a slow-burn friend-to-lovers romance in a cute smalltown.

Thank you, NetGalley, for the read!

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