Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Summer Sundaes by Georgina Troy
Series:  The Boardwalk by the Sea, Book 1
Release Date: 15th July 2017
Publisher: Green Shutter Books
Genres: Contemporary Fiction / Romance

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

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.

It takes a very special author to be able to create a place that makes the reader feel they are truly there or to dream of living somewhere like the setting in a book. Georgina Troy is one such author. What an amazing place the Boardwalk is. And, as if that wasn't enough, the book begins in Rome, one of my absolute favourite places. I felt I was instantly transported back there.

Sacha, who runs a cafe back on Jersey is on a trip to Rome with her aunt. She is more than a little put out when her aunt arranges for the very enigmatic if not gorgeous Alessandro to give her a tour of the city. Despite never having met him before, Sacha is pretty sure he seems familiar. Their initial meeting is quite awkward with both feeling they've been set up slightly by their respective families. However, Sacha cannot deny that he is extremely attractive and a little intriguing.

When Alessandro comes to stay in Jersey, the roles are reversed and Sacha soon becomes his tour guide. However, Alessandro is not all he appears with a distinct air of mystery about him. Just what is his deep dark secret? Very soon a mystery begins to unfold and Sacha becomes fearful for the future of the cafe when direct competition threatens her livelihood. Everyone on the Boardwalk must pull together.

What I loved most about this book is the well crafted and interesting characters that Georgina Troy has created. This wonderful little community draws the reader into the story and makes you become invested in them, wanting a good outcome. Georgina Troy's descriptions of the island makes this a place firmly at the top of my bucket list of places to visit. This is such an easy and enjoyable read and I think I may be a little bit in love with the Boardwalk. Its very clear to see that this is going to be such a wonderful series if this first book is anything to go by. It has it all - mystery, romance, a sense of community and place and of course hunky Alessandro. What more could a girl ask for! A highly recommended read. 


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

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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

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