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.
What does TWG think?
The weather is turning, the temperature is dropping, so what better book to read than a book which screams ‘warmth and happiness’! Author, Georgina Troy, has released the first book from her brand new series; ‘The Boardwalk by the Sea’ – Summer Sundaes, and what a summery treat it is!
Sacha has gone for a well needed break away to Rome where she is given a tour guide by her aunt. Unsure as to whether the Italian stallion is merely a tour guide or a potential love interest courtesy of her aunt’s not so subtle matchmaking, Sacha decides to go with the flow and let Alessandro show her the delectable sights of Rome. However, things aren’t always as they seem and in Alessandro’s case, he’s been holding onto some information which could either make or break his friendship with Sacha before it has even hit the ground running.
What I loved about ‘Summer Sundaes’ most was how the Boardwalk oozed magic, and how the residents of the Island were full of such wonderful community spirit. It seemed to me that no matter what happened to anyone on the Island, there was always someone there to keep heads above the water.
I had an inkling almost straight away that Alessandro wasn’t as forthcoming as he maybe should have been. Part of me thought that he came across a teeny bit sneaky but at that moment in time, I had no idea why. Obviously as the storyline unfolded, a lot of things became clearer and I was able to get into the characters psyche a little bit more; especially Sacha’s. Despite the main character coming across a bit guarded (and no wonder!), I loved how relatable and real she was. No doubt a lot of readers will be able to relate to Sacha’s character!
As for the rest of the storyline, there was only really one thing that irked me and, without giving too much away, I will try to explain! There is a situation in the book which comes to light due to the bombshell of two similar business on the same boardwalk, and that situation in question seemed to generate a lot of hype leading up to it. At the time, I genuinely thought that it was something devastating or really serious due to the amount of build-up. However, what came to light was something a lot more trivial than I what expected and what I was led to believe. Don’t get me wrong, the unfortunate circumstance worked well with the overall story, I just felt that the build-up to that was a lot more intense than it needed to be and I felt a bit subdued. However, I didn’t let that minor detail ruin my enjoyment of the book too much. I mean, there was so many interesting and charismatic characters to keep me occupied, I was able to put that little irk to the back of my mind and enjoy the rest of the book.
‘Summer Sundaes’ is such an easy-read (in a good way) and I ended up finishing the book a lot quicker than anticipated; much to my annoyance! In an ideal world, Georgina Troy’s new release would have an extension which meant that I could have read it for a bit longer! Unfortunately that would never be the case, so I will have to hope my patience behaves itself between now and the next book. I want to read it nowwwwww!!
‘Summer Sundaes’ is a beautiful, cosy, enriching, and addictive read which will leave you feeling extremely content by the end. Full of warm wishes, heart-warming moments, and enough love to fill a ‘Love O’meter’ on Valentines Day, your taste buds are guaranteed to be tantalised whilst your heart is full.
A lovely read for any time of the year, ‘Summer Sundaes’ by Georgina Troy would be an ideal addition to anyone’s kindle – without a doubt.
About the author.
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
Prize: A character in Autumn Anomoly (book 2) named after someone the winner nominates, i.e themself/family member.