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Coming Home to Hope Street (The Hope Street Series, #2) by Marcie Steele

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Step across the cobblestones, pull back the curtains and peek behind the doors in the second installment of The Hope Street Series. Catch up with old friends and fall in love with new ones in a story of friendship, second chances and new beginnings. 

Livvy has no choice but to return to Hope Street, the childhood home she left over twenty years ago. Along with her sixteen-year-old daughter, Pip, she turns up on the doorstep, hoping for forgiveness from her sister.

Hannah thought she’d never see Livvy again. She’s overwhelmed with emotion but locks away her real feelings. How could Livvy stay away without any contact? And why has she come back now?

It isn’t long before the charm of the market town of Somerley begins to work its magic. Hannah is opening a book shop in the square, adjoining The Coffee Stop, and Livvy’s offer to help out brings the sisters closer together.

But when someone from Livvy’s past arrives unannounced too, he threatens everything she’s built up since her return. Can Livvy convince her sister, and her new friends, that her intentions to return were good ones? Or will her dreams of settling down and being happy again become nothing but a closed book?  


Welcome to my stop on the Book on the Bright Side Blog Tour. Coming Home to Hope Street is my second book in the Hope Street series and I loved meeting Hannah, Doug, Thelma and Phoebe again. 

Livvy was young and irresponsible when she left Somerley 20 years ago, but she is happy to finally be home and is willing to do anything to mend fences with her sister, Hannah, after leaving her alone to take care of their invalid mother. Will Hannah forgive her? Will the people of her small town judge her?  It’s time to put her big girl pants on and face the music. But a problem from her past arises and threatens to destroy all the good she has found in the town.

Livvy’s love for her teenage daughter, Pip, is wonderful and watching them both thrive and finally become a part of the community is heartwarming. Hannah is a kind and forgiving person and it is understandable she wants to welcome Livvy back, but she is still angry with how she left. Hannah’s husband, Doug, is my favorite character with his calming influence and gregarious nature. His words of wisdom and instincts are worth listening to.

Overall, this is a warm and delightful sequel to The Man Across the Street. The author has a way of telling a compelling and cozy story with diverse characters and lovely settings. 

Thank you to Ms. Steele for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.


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Marcie SteeleMarcie Steele is the pen name of Mel Sherratt. For as long as she can remember, she’s been a meddler of words. Born and raised in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, she’s a romantic at heart and has always enjoyed writing about characters that fall in and out of love, have good friends to hang around with, and live in communities with great spirit. 

She can often be found sitting in her favourite coffee shop, sipping a cappuccino and eating a chocolate chip cookie, either catching up with friends or writing on her laptop. Whether she writes crime or women’s fiction, she loves making up things for a living.

You can find more about Marcie Steele on Mel Sherratt’s website, on Twitter, and on Facebook.