Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources dfor inviting me to participate in the blog tour for Georgina Troy’s new book Winter Whimsey, the third one in the Boardwalk by the Sea series of novels set on the island of Jersey.
Zip up your puffer coat, winter has arrived!
When Lexi Davies discovers that her father has sold the fishermen’s cottages she runs as holiday lets and where she also lives, she is heartbroken. Then, when Oliver Whimsy arrives at the boardwalk and announces that he is the new owner, Lexi realises that the future she was looking forward to enjoying at her cottages is over.
Oliver might be handsome, wealthy and very sexy, but he’s new to the island and has already made a terrible impression on the locals. When he offers Lexi a job, she’s unsure whether she should accept. Unfortunately, she has little alternative if she wants a roof over her head for the winter.
As Lexi gets to know Oliver better, she discovers there’s far more to Oliver Whimsy than she or anyone else had imagined. Just what is the heartache Oliver’s trying so desperately to hide and why was he so determined to buy the cottages? Lexi wants to find out, but in order to do so she’s going to have to spend time with him…
Winter Whimsy ( I just love this title!) is the third book in Georgina Troy’s series of novels set on the island of Jersey, The Boardwalk by the Sea. If you have read the previous novels, Summer Sundaes and Autumn Antics, which were about Sacha and Bella, you must have been waiting to find out more about their third friend-Lexi. Although technically the books can be read as standalones, I would recommend reading them in order as you would get a fuller experience and better understanding of the friends’ life circumstances.
Twenty nine year old Lexi has recently lost her mother who left her to manage three fishermen’s cottages that are very popular with holidaymakers and are Lexi’s only source of income. The cottages have been passed from mother to daughter for several generations. Imagine Lexi’s shock when Oliver Whimsy, a Scottish businessman, arrives to the cottages and claims Lexi’s father has sold them to him. After a brief confrontation with her impractical and artistic Dad, Lexi realises that now she will have to find a new job and a new place to live. She also suspects that Gloria, her father’s new girlfriend, may have had something to do with this transaction.
Oliver is very understanding. To make things better, he hires Lexi as a typist to help him work on his new business book. She can also stay in one of the cottages. Perhaps, the man isn’t as bad as the island community makes him out to be. The islanders’ opinions aren’t easy to change, though. Lexi, however, spends much more time with him and gradually finds out what real Oliver is like (spoiler alert: he is lovely, sensitive and thoughtful) and why he was so keen to purchase the cottages.
It was great to see how Lexi’s friends go out of their way to show her support. They are indeed friends for life. We also find out a bit about how Sacha’s business is getting on and what Bella’s relationship with her mother Claire is like now. The oldest resident on the island, ninety-year-old Betty, is as lovely as usual and it is wonderful to know that there are places where people care so much about their neighbours, old and new.
What I liked the most was the setting. Life on a small island may not be glamorous, but the nature and the island history make up for the lack of comforts. The descriptions of theweather are also wonderfully atmospheric and you get a very good feel for the bitter cold and gushing winds our characters have to deal with on a daily basis. Winter is also the season for so many marvellous holidays, including the Burns night and the villagers do seem to like a good party!
The book is very easy to read. In fact, I raced through it in half a day and now can’t wait for Jool’s story which is coming out in spring 2021. If you like series about groups of friends and don’t mind reading about grief and changing family dynamics and love winter descriptions, this book is for you!
Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources and the author for the gifted review copy. All opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.
Georgina Troy is a pseudonym of author Deborah Carr, USA TODAY bestselling author of The Poppy Field, Broken Faces and the Mrs Boots series.
She was a finalist in the Contemporary Romance Category of the Romantic Novel of the Year Awards 2016 (RoNAs) with A Jersey Kiss, book 1 in her Jersey Scene series.
Georgina lives on the island of Jersey with her husband and three rescue dogs and is 1/3 of The Blonde Plotters.
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