I'm delighted to be sharing my review on the blog tour for Summer Sundaes by Georgina Troy. There is also a fab competition to name a character so don't forget to enter!
First of all let's take a look at the description for the book...
Series: The Boardwalk by the Sea, Book 1
Author name: Georgina Troy
Genre: Contemporary Fiction/Romance
Release Date: 15 July 2017
Publisher: Green Shutter Books
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.
I loved how the story started in Rome but then ended up back where Sacha lives in Jersey it was lovely to have the gorgeous descriptions of both places. I have visited Jersey and it truly is a wonderful place so this made the story even more enjoyable for me. I loved the whole idea behind the local shops and one of my favourite characters was of course Sacha but Bella came a close second (I hope we will get to see her story play out) Everything about the village and the characters just seemed that little bit more unique and quirky. Along with a lovely sense of community spirit that really brought a smile to my face.
Alessandro and Sacha first meet in Rome and they have that perfect instant connection. However this comes crashing down after Alessandro arrives in Jersey and ends up in direct competition with Sacha's Summer Sundaes Cafe. Sacha is completely likeable and I love her determination to make her cafe a success. Even though there are a few characters this doesn't impact on the story at all it just made me look forward to reading their stories in the rest of the series.
Summer Sundaes just makes it so easy to fall in love with the characters and the setting. It really is a wonderful start to the series and I can't wait to catch up with the characters again soon. This story has really helped to prolong the summery feelings that have all but deserted me. Let's face it our summer has been a bit of a washout. Perfect for a lazy day of reading and I really enjoyed my time at The Boardwalk by the Sea.
Within the pages of Summer Sundaes is romance, a few secrets and delicious desserts. Now that is a fabulous combination!
With thanks to Brook Cottage Books for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.
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
Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7224225.Georgina_Troy
A character in Autumn Anomoly (book 2) named after someone the winner nominates, i.e themself/family member.