Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Book Review - Summer Sundaes by Georgina Troy - Blog Tour

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Title: Summer Sundaes
Author: Georgina Troy
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Author supplied review copy
Publisher: Green Shutter Books
Publication Date: 15th July 2017
Rating: 4 Stars

A perfect escapist read for anyone needing a holiday.

When Sacha Collins, cafe owner and sundae-maker extraordinaire, meets Italian archaeologist, Alessandro Salvatore in Rome, she's grateful to him for being her tour guide. Now he’s turned up in the seaside village where she lives, known locally as, The Boardwalk by the Sea and is setting up a gelateria in direct competition to her retro Summer Sundaes Café. 

She's only been running her café for two years since taking over from her father. Until now the only other shops on the boardwalk have been a wool shop, an antique shop and a second-hand book shop. These have helped rather than hindered her custom. How will her creative sundaes made from fresh Jersey ice cream compete with his delicious Italian gelato?

Sacha is worried. Is there enough custom for both businesses to thrive? Who is behind the strange changes being made on the boardwalk? And when the oldest resident on the boardwalk is threatened with eviction can Sacha and Alessandro come together and find a way of helping her?

For a peaceful little boardwalk overlooking one of the quieter beaches on the island, there's an awful lot going on and some of it is going to lead to big changes.

Wipe off your flip flops, it’s going to be a bumpy ride...

I really feel like having an ice-cream sundae, and I know just the place to go for one - the Summer Sundaes cafe, in Jersey in the area known at The Boardwalk by the Sea. On the other hand if you are in the mood for gelato, a new place is opening also on the boardwalk for that. 

The only catch is Sacha the owner of Summer Sundaes and Alessandro who is sorting out the gelateria, who met on Sacha's recent trip to Rome, isn't expecting the competition or the lies to have got them to this point. 

The book starts off in Rome, and I loved the whistle stop tours of the city as Sacha is guided by Alessandro for a couple of days before she and her aunt embark on a med cruise. During the trip in Rome, we see the iconic tourist attractions and also get dazzling descriptions of gorgeous gelato. Plus the fact that the guide is hunky, is always a bonus! 

I loved the setting of this book, in Jersey, and got a real feel for the island, especially when Sacha swaps tour guide roles with Alessandro.  We also get a great idea of the community when all the businesses band together for a great cause. 

I really enjoyed meeting the people that worked in Sacha's cafe, as well as her best friends which I suspect will be the focus for the next books in this series. 

Besides the stunning cover for Summer Sundaes, you have a really simple and pleasing to read book, that has a few surprises up its sleeve, and I really liked the writing style of Georgina Troy. I could really believe the characters and am already looking forward to the next book in the series. 

Thank you so much to Georgina Troy for this copy of the book which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

About Georgina Troy

Georgina Troy is the pseudonym of author Deborah Carr. Her first book, A Jersey Kiss was a finalist in the Contemporary Romance Category of the Romantic Novel of the Year Awards 2016 (RoNAs) and finalist in the Joan Hessayon Award for New Writers 2015.

Her WW1 historical romance, Broken Faces, written in her own name, Deborah Carr, was runner-up in the Good Housekeeping Novel Writing Competition 2012. She lives on the island of Jersey with her husband, two children and three rescue dogs. Her books are published by Accent Press and Green Shutter Books. Georgina is a member of The Blonde Plotters.

Georgina’s new series, The Boardwalk by the Sea, includes four standalone novels about friends, Sacha, Bella, Lexi and Jools. Each book is set in a different season. The girls live on or near a small seaside village known locally as The Boardwalk by the Sea and all of them make an appearance in the books throughout the series but each book will focus on one of the friends.

Summer Sundaes (book 1)
Autumn Antics (book 2) - due Spring 2018

A character in Autumn Antics (book 2) named after someone the winner nominates, i.e themself/family member.

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