Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Book Review - Autumn Antics by Georgina Troy

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Title: Autumn Antics
Author: Georgina Troy
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Author supplied copy
Publisher: Green Shutter Books
Publication Date: 25th August 2018
Rating: 5 Stars

Pull on your beanie, the fireworks are about to begin...

Being a part-time hand model can be tricky, especially when you have to deal with prima donnas like Megan Knight, a reality star whose meteoric rise has surprised everyone. Bella is happiest running her tiny antique business from the front room of her cottage on the boardwalk. To ensure she has enough income coming in, she also rents out two of her bedrooms and is hiding a secret crush on one of her lodgers. His name is Jack Collins and he also happens to be her best friend Sacha’s brother.

If life wasn’t complicated enough, her world-travelling mother appears on her doorstep on the same evening that Jack’s ex-fiancée arrives on the boardwalk determined to win him back. Bella has a lot of thinking to do and soon discovers that not all gems sparkle.

It was such a joy to be able to return to Jersey and The Boardwalk by the Sea in this long awaited second book in the series - Autumn Antics.  

Due to the main focus of the book being Bella, it can easily be read as a standalone - although book one features a lot of ice-cream and gelato so I would recommend you read it anyway! All of the characters from the first book are present, in addition to some new ones. 

We get to know Bella very well in this story, she has had a crush on her lodger Jack for many years, but its very complicated.  He has an ex-fiance that keep appearing like a bad penny,  she made a promise to Sacha, Jack's sister that there would never be anything between them.  Yet as a reader you can see they clearly belong together and I spent the whole book hoping they would finally come to their senses. 

I really enjoyed the storyline with Megan Knight too, she is a new reality TV star who behaves like a prima donna, but when she is forced to spend some time in Jersey, Bella and her friends  get to see the real Megan. 

It was Bella and Jack's easy friendship that really appealed to me, they were on the same wavelength, and both care a lot about other people.  Especially their neighbours and the more vulnerable in the community. 

There was plenty of action, great conversations, kind gestures, laughs all set to a stormy Jersey backdrop. I found this to be a very quick and easy book to read, and is easily one of my favourites from Georgina Troy, in addition to being a great second book in the series.  Roll on book 3! 

Thank you to Georgina Troy for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.  

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