Handmade With Love – eARC Review

Title: Handmade With Love
Author: Rochel Bowdler
Series/Number: N/A
Genre: Romance
Age: Adult
Publication Date: February 1, 2022
Themes: Exes to lover, Second Chance Romance, FF Romance, Alzheimer’s, Dysfunctional Family,


In the Welsh coastal village of Castell Bay, Stevie Turner creates souvenirs with washed-up materials found on the beach for her rustic gift shop, the Little Shop of Driftwood. When old flame, Anna Conway, returns home and moves into the apartment above the shop, Stevie can only offer her ex-girlfriend the cold shoulder.

It’s been eight years since Anna broke things off and vowed to never return to Castell Bay, but with a new job as a city council member, her focus is protecting the home she loves from beach-combing tourists. How could she have known her first bylaw would result in destroying her ex’s business?

Despite the shared hostility, old feelings begin to resurface, and when Stevie father’s health takes a turn for the worse, their past becomes the present. Anna and Stevie must finally face the truth of their breakup and accept first loves can never dwindle, even after eight years.

This charming, humorous small-town romance is a heartwarming beach read that explores the importance of second chances and found family.

Thank you to the author for an eARC of this book

This is another second chance romance and I thought this was a really sweet novella. For starters I really enjoyed the characters and the history. I liked that they both had complicated pasts and histories that they didn’t know about each other. It was really interesting to see how their previous relationship fell apart over time and how neither of them were really doing the work to keep a relationships going.

I think I would have liked this a lot more if it was longer. The meddling aspect, just really didn’t do it for me and I think that it could have been better if the characters had more time to get to know each other again and open up to each other again. I loved the characters so much that I wanted to see more of them talking to each other and trying to reconcile what happened.

I think this was really sweet romance and I will absolutely be reading more from the author going forward because I enjoyed this story so much.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars


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