Second Chances at the Board Game Café

Coming soon for 2024, a new cosy romance with a board game twist, perfect for fans of small-town settings

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Pub Date 6 Jun 2024 | Archive Date 8 Jun 2024

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Description

The next warm and uplifting instalment in The Little Board Game Cafe series, perfect for fans of Holly Martin and Christie Barlow.

In the cosy Yorkshire village of Hebbleswick, single mum Taylor dreams of a fashion design career, but she spends her days fixing zips, hemming skirts and worrying about her son, Max.

At the local board game cafe, railway enthusiast Harry, still recovering from a painful breakup, dreams of fatherhood. When Taylor and Harry cross paths, sparks fly, but Harry's confidence issues and Taylor's concerns for Max threaten their budding romance.

Can they find a second chance at love where they least expect it?

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Perfect for fans of:
Cosy romance
Small-town settings
Characters that are made for each other

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Praise for Jennifer Page

'An absolute delight from the very first page to the delicious end!' Faith Hogan

'Word perfect! I loved it!' Heidi Swain

'Another cracker from Jennifer Page! This is a hug of a book.' Caroline James

'A heart-warming romance perfect for curling up with. I absolutely loved it.' Kitty Wilson

The next warm and uplifting instalment in The Little Board Game Cafe series, perfect for fans of Holly Martin and Christie Barlow.

In the cosy Yorkshire village of Hebbleswick, single mum Taylor...


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Featured Reviews

A welcome return to the board game cafe. A real feel good book with a great cast of characters and a lovely story. Highly recommended.

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I was delighted to receive this as I enjoyed the first book so much. I have raced through the story in only a few hours. It was great to meet the new characters and even better to catch up on the previous ones. So enjoyable and with a great ending that only the hard hearted wouldn’t like. Fabulous.

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I absolutely loved reading this revisit to The Board Game Cafe.

It was so lovely to go back to this cosy little town. It has a really lovely community feel and coming back to it each time feels like a big hug.

I am still to try some of the board games mentioned in this book, but I will. I love scrabble which is the reason the first book appealed to me so much along with it's beautiful cover.

I love the romance in this book, it's a bit of a will they, won't they situation and I am here for it. I like a touch of drama and I thought this was really well thought out and perfectly approached throughout.

I am absolutely honoured to be mentioned in the Acknowledgments, thank you so much Jennifer. It's been an absolute pleasure supporting your writing and promoting your beautifully written books.

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This was another fabulous instalment in the board game cafe series and was great to reconnect with old friends and also get to know new ones in the form of this story covering the lives of Taylor and her son max and them getting to know Harry.

I love the community feel of these books and the stories surrounding the games and these books are a guaranteed feel good read.

Looking forward to the next instalment

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This is a heart warming story of community support interwoven with a romance. The characters are well drawn and likeable.

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Taylor, a single mother, is a self confessed board games enthusiast, Scrabble being her favourite. She is also looking for the right man, with varying degrees of success. Lovely descriptions of a caring community set round the villages, schools, projects, people. When she meets the lovely Razz, things become interesting, and it was interesting to see his development. A super book. Thanks to NetGalley for a chance to read and review the book.

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Amazing to catch up with the old characters from the board game cafe and the new characters the storyline is based around, wonderfully written and I didn’t want to put the book down until I had finished it, can’t wait to read more from the little cafe and it’s wonderful villagers

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ai absolutely loved this book and read it in a day. It is The third book in the Board Game Cafe book but can also be read as a standalone novel. I suggest reading the first books before you read this book though as it's a gorgeous series.
This book features Taylor, a single Mother but all of the previous characters from the first two books are in this book. It is lovely to catch up with them all.
There are some difficult themes in this book, but overall it is a heartwarming and uplifting story.
Thank you to Netgalley and the Publisher for my ARC.

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Have loved all the books about the Board Game Cafe. Taylor loves designing and upcycling but with her son Max she hasn't been able to fulfill her dreams. She meets Harry who is a bit of loner and loves everything to do with trains the same as Max

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ARC REVIEW - SECOND CHANCES AT THE BOARDGAME CAFE BY JENNIFER PAGE

Genre - Small town romance
Dual pov

I was extremely honoured to be invited to review this by @jenniferpagewrites. I have signed copies of her first two books, The little boardgame cafe and Love letters on Hazel lane so I was very excited to start this one!

This book shows us fiercely independent Taylor, a single mother and seamstress, who gave up her childhood dreams of becoming a fashion designer, to battle through the trials and tribulations of making ends meet on her own.

We also see adorable and people pleasing Harry. With his trainspotting and number crunching quirks, combined with a rather awkward and somewhat shy personality, he simply wants to be liked. Romanced is teased with these two but after a misunderstanding, they need a little help from their friends, Taylors son and a huge dose of community spirit to bring them together.

I love that we see characters from previous books who don't lose their intricately crafted personalities. One of my favourite lines is from Mr B. Taylor apologises for her choice of language after the pair witness a tremendous catastrophe. Mr B says, "no indeed, sh*t seems very appropriate given the circumstances." Which if you knew his gentlemanly and dapper character from previous books, would surely make you chuckle as it did me.

The descriptive writing captures our imagination from the very beginning and the pace doesn't drop for a second. This book is uplifting, heartwarming, the characters are relatable and hugely community spirited. We easily find ourselves yearning for such warmth from strangers who become friends as is portrayed in these books.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ From me and I can't wait for the next one! Thank you Jen for making my Easter weekend all the more beautiful with your marvellous writing ☺️

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Read and reviewed in exchange for a free copy from NetGalley. The Board Game Café series is fast becoming one of my favourites in this genre. Having loved the previous two in the series, I was delighted when the publisher offered an ARC of the latest installment, and this did not disappoint. Although it took a little time for me to warm to Taylor, I was invested in the story and enjoyed seeing it unfold. It was nice to see some familiar faces reappear and the story was engaging and well-written.

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I am really enjoying these novels by Jennifer Page. They’re light hearted and witty and I find myself getting lost in the pages and unable to put the book down.

In this novel we follow Taylor and son Max. What did frustrate me a bit with this novel was that it was seemingly obvious that Max (and to a similar extent, Harry) was autistic, or at least, that’s how it came across to me. I only found this frustrating because instead of saying that, it was described that Max disliked change, was a difficult child, non sociable etc. and having an autistic child myself I found this quite hard to read.

Other than that, I found the storyline really intriguing and I’d love to read a story about Kate and about her finally getting her happy ever after. I love this little community and look forward to reading another one in the series (fingers crossed).

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Received as an ARC in return for my honest review.

Single Mum FMC x Train enthusiast MMC
Small town
Board game café

This is the 3rd book in the Little Board Game Café series and I genuinely don’t know why the hell I haven’t ready this sooner?!?! Board games? Check. Cute cosy Yorkshire village? Check. Fiercely independent single Mum FMC? Check. Adorable and shy MMC? Check. What’s not to like……

I loved the writing style for this, it was like visiting home and being drawn back into the lives of your best friends with all the comfort that comes with that. Despite this being slightly longer than average at just over 400 pages I ate this up in record time. Now just to go back and read the first 2 and then patiently wait to see what’s the come next from Jennifer and her brilliant mind.

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I love being able to slip back into a community where I feel like I'm visiting old friends, and Second Chances at the Board Game Cafe was just that.
This time, we meet a single mum, Taylor, who is a sewist/seamstress. She is not entirely living her dream of being a fashion designer but struggles to keep her head above water. She also has a steady life for her son, Max, who finds certain situations a bit tough to handle.
And then we have train enthusiast and accountant, Harry. He's a bit socially awkward and not very experienced with women, but he finds himself strangely attracted to this young woman he keeps seeing in places.
The Board Game Cafe is integral to finally getting them to know one another, albeit under circumstances that have nothing to do with romance! (Don't worry; that follows!)
Taylor is a complex character. Because of falling pregnant, she has not been able to realise her childhood dream, but rather than feel upset, she tries her hardest to give her son the best life she can.
Harry is such a sweetheart, and he really doesn't know it!
I love the way their relationship develops, but the connection Harry has with little Max is possibly one of the cutest! Though it isn't made much of, seeing two people with similar social anxieties and interests come together is just wonderful. I only wish they had met sooner!
Hearing updates on the other characters, such as Mr B and his wonderful ladyfriend and even Jo from the last book, was really lovely. As I mentioned earlier, it's like visiting friends.
A wonderful story with community at the heart and a great message about upcycling, along with raising some awareness of the difficulties some children have at school when they are neurodiverse.
Many thanks to NetGalley and Aria & Aries for an ARC.

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Delighted to be back at the little board game cafe in Jennifer's 3rd book in the series. Lovely easy read that needs to be added to your holiday must reads to take along.

Thank you to the publishers for the personal invite for this.

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Another excellent book from Jennifer Page. Having read her first two books I couldn't wait to read Second Chances at the Board Game Cafe. I wasn't disappointed all three books are well written and beautifully linked to the previous one.
A must holiday read but be warned once you pick it up you won't be able to put it down.

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This is an enjoyable, cosy romance read which I enjoyed reading. This is the third book by Jennifer Page and although it is a standalone story it follows on with the characters previously met in her other two books. I enjoyed the themes of board games and upcycling clothes, which both appeal to me. I liked the easy flow of the story and the slow build-up which went with it. Taylor is a single mother who is trying to do the best for her son. She has all sorts of dramas in her life and then she meets Harry, a train enthusiast who loves board games.

There are some delightful characters in this book and I liked Taylor. Harry is quirky and lacks confidence but has a kind heart. There are characters from previous books too, so, it was nice catching up on their lives.

The plot line is fairly obvious, though that didn't deter from the story at all, in fact, it added to the easy nature of the story. If you like board games, being creative and a nice romance story then this one would be a good choice.

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hank you to Netgalley and the tagged publisher for my copy.

I'm reading the third book in The Little Board Game Café #3 series, which introduces us to a list of characters within this community. This book focuses on Harry, Taylor, and Max. I appreciate that Taylor is a single mom and that she shares her struggles with her son, who, from my perspective, appears to be neurodiverse. It's heartwarming to revisit this sweet little café run by Emily, who is so wholesome and kind.

Taylor has given up on her dreams of being a fashion designer and settled for making repairs and alterations from her cramped rented flat since Max's father decided he wasn't cut out for fatherhood. She's desperate to move and would like to transfer Max to a closer school where he wouldn't be bullied as much. However, Max is adamant he doesn't want anything to change.

In addition to Max, we are introduced to Harry, a character with similar tendencies towards routine and a sweet demeanour. However, due to negative experiences with females, he can be hesitant around them.

One day, Taylor mistakenly cuts six inches off a pair of jeans that Harry had asked her to alter by only six centimetres. To make up for her mistake, she upcycles the jeans by adding a tartan flare and pockets. This led her to start an upcycling sewing class above the café and eventually put on a fashion show at the local school to showcase her talents. Taylor hopes that by doing so, she will be able to attract more interesting work than just replacing zips and taking up hems.

This class gets a lot of attention and is packed and then we see some progression between Harry and Taylor although there are some hiccups as well that made me laugh out loud.

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Loved going back to the board game cafe. I enjoyed reading what was happening with the characters. So uplifting and warm and fuzzy
Wholeheartedly recommend everyone to get a copy

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Board games -☑️. Slow burn romance - ☑️. Cozy small town vibe -☑️.

If these are all things you love in a book, then this wholesome book is for you. It was like a warm hug after a long day, and I found myself really looking forward to it! While it’s not the first book in the series, it’s a standalone novel so can be read on its own. But you can bet I will be going back and reading the rest of the books in the series.

I thought the author did a great job at touching on topics like parenthood, bullying, and having the courage to chase your dreams. I thought Taylor was a great, empathetic FMC and her journey from hyper independent to accepting help from those who cared about her really made me happy.

Harry is also now one of my favourite characters. I love that he doesn’t fit the bill of your stereotypical MMC, and his desire to help others, especially Taylor, and the challenges he faced in previous relationships were handled with such care. Plus his relationship with Max was so adorable.

It’s such a sweet story, that focuses more on relationships than romance (though it’s definitely not without romance!) and I just loved everything about it!

Thank you to NetGalley, Aria Fiction and Jennifer Page for providing me with an early access copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.

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Another trip to Hebbleswick and Essendale. This time it's single mum, Taylor, who has dreams of fashion design but spends her days sewing zips and buttons. Her son, Max, is being bullied at school because he likes trains, not football. Harry is an accountant, who also likes trains and routine, but somehow Taylor disrupts his life without knowing.

This time the board game theme is train games - my family loves ticket to ride and it's lovely to read stories that aren't based around the usual romance themes.

I've really enjoyed these books and the development of the original characters too. It's nice to see what they're up to, even if they're now mainly in the background. I wonder if Kate is the star of the next installment (if there is one!).

Once again, the characters are well written and some are thoroughly dislikeable (Tarquin doesn't seem to have got any nicer in the 2 years that have passed since the first book).

I would note that Max isn't explicitly autistic but likes routines (same food on particular days) and trains, seemingly to the exclusion of all other interests. He's bullied at school, even by the teachers, and that might be upsetting to some readers. Same with Harry - not explicitly autistic but has a backstory of bullying.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced ebook copy in exchange for an honest review.

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The third book in a series and returns to the cafe that as well as being a cafe promoted board games. This storyline focuses on Taylor a single Mum and Harry. Lots of fun as well as romance. An easy 5 stars. Thanks to Jennifer and her publisher. Thanks also to NetGalley

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A definite feelgood book with plenty of warmheartedness and community spirit. Set in a small town in Yorkshire, the book is part of a series and, although I've read the first book, I think it does stand alone not having read the second. Delightful ordinary everyday characters with even a villain in the piece highlighting different issues of our time. Light read and enjoyable.

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I loved the first book in this series and read this without knowing there was a second. It stands alone very nicely. Such lovely characters with some real life issues such as a single mum trying to help her son cope with bullies while she tries to make ends meet while following her dreams as a fashion designer. The upscaling of clothes is a very topical issue too, and was woven in very well. A truly lovely read, very enjoyable

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This is the third book in the Board Game series but it works very well as a standalone. That said it was a delight to meet the characters from the previous books and meet new ones in this book. It is a gorgeous story following single mum Taylor, her son Max and unlucky in love Harry. Really enjoyed this and read it in a single day.

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Sweet, interesting and meaningful, Second Chances at the Board Game Café by Jennifer Page tells a story about a single mother who dreams of being a fashion designer and a man who lacks confidence in himself after a breakup.

Summary: Taylor Sweet has always dreamed of becoming a fashion designer but had to give it up when she had her son Max. Now, she is a single mother who fixes and alters clothes for a living. But a railway enthusiast named Harry unwittingly provides her with the chance to fulfil her dream.

Tropes/Genres:
• strangers to friends to lovers
• single mother
• small town
• slow burn
• contemporary romance
• found family
• set in Essendale and Hebbleswick

Review: The story started a little slowly, but it set up the scene very well. Every little piece of drama in this book was executed well and evoked plenty of emotion. I also love the double meaning of "second chances", one being Taylor's second chance at being a fashion designer and two being both their second chances at love. It's so smart!

Taylor is a single mother who seeks to fulfil her dream, and I find this plot so beautiful. It's nice to see her on her way to fulfilling her longtime dream, and her positivity and contentment are honestly admirable. I love that she never once thought of Max as a burden even though he was the reason why she couldn't pursue her dream. That's on top of the fact that Max is a "difficult child". To her, Max is a gift, and that's simply beautiful. I also love how she upcycles clothes. It's so inspiring!

Harry is a train geek who is afraid to show his true self due to insecurity, particularly after his ex Fay broke up with him because he was a nerd. I feel that this is realistic because many people may feel insecure about certain aspects of themselves that others may deem boring or unattractive. But I just love how perfect Henry is for both Taylor and Max. Just like Harry, Max is a train geek! I already loved him for them from the very beginning.

It's so nice to see characters from the first two books, The Little Board Game Café and Love Letters on Hazel Lane, in this book again. Well, everyone except Tarquin, who never fails to be a jerk that nobody wants to see. He's so gross, but let's forget about him. It's SO NICE to see Emily, Ludek, Jo and Kate (with that one mention of Raz), along with other side characters. The community spirit at Essendale and Hebbleswick is lovely (minus Tarquin).

The classic The Railway Children appeared in this book a lot. As I haven't read that book yet (it's still on my TBR), I didn't understand the references immediately. However, I love that the author explained the details just enough such that I can understand them in context with the story! It adds on to the train theme in this story, along with the board game Ticket to Ride. I didn't even know such a board game existed, and it looks so fun! I want to play it someday because of this book :)

All in all, I recommend this book to anyone who would like to read a slow-burn friend-to-lovers romance with a touch of realistic issues. This book has plenty of references to The Railway Children, that being Max's favourite book, so if you've read that book and perhaps enjoyed it, you may enjoy this book a little bit more!

Thank you, NetGalley, for the read.

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I was so excited to return to the Board Game cafe and I wasn't disappointed. Another arm, witty, heartfelt tale of quirky characters, friendship, love and community. Definitely one I'll be recommending.

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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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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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