Jaimie Admans resturns to the blog today with a lovely story that combines chance, choice and carousels in
The Little Vintage Carousel by the Sea
Vanessa (Ness) has a poky London flat, a job as a fact-checker for a leading woman’s magazine and a seemingly endless series of days that are all the same. From the sardine-like commute on the Tube, to mind-numbingly pedantic fact checking through her friend and mother’s constant ‘meddling’ to find her a boyfriend, she’s stuck in a rut. And what a rut it is. The bloom is off the rose where London is concerned, and she’s found it increasingly difficult to meet new people, or even find a reason to want to. But, defying all rules of the London Commuter’s Handbook, there is one person she’s encountered on the tube that intrigues her. Train Guy. Taller than most commuters, occasionally making eye contact, and frequently smiling at others – all things not acceptable, she finds herself in near ‘conversation’ distance one commute, until he hops off the train, dropping his phone in the process. She grabs it up – planning to return it, but his height combined with the crowd and her lack of coordination and fitness means he’s long gone.
Discussing this ‘encounter’ with her best friend at the office, they are overheard by the boss, and Ness is set with a task. Write up the story of her encounter with Train Guy, then follow it up with finding him, delivering the phone and falling in love. Easy, right? Oh so very not. For Vanessa is in no way a person who is comfortable with using someone to get herself ahead, and Nathaniel (Train Guy) is perhaps her perfect match. A bit goofy, a lot honest and utterly sweet – so very in love with his job of restoration and renovations with a specialty in antique carousels. And he’s on the coast in a small village to do just that. A Victorian-era carousel, hand carved, unlisted and previously unknown, with no attributions for artist or purpose – or even a “how it came to be”. Legends and stories, sure, but nothing real. And he’s got Ness arriving unexpectedly, delivered to his doorstep by well-meaning and wholly involved geriatric residents of the village.
Oh this was simply adorable: from Nath’s excitement about the find to his connection to Ness, and her ability to listen and get him to open up about the past that had so hurt him. She’s not divulging her real reasons for her unexpected trip and three-week break, and as the two are so clearly matched to one another to everyone BUT them, the input from residents, her parents and even the changes that occur between them are clever and full of heart. Admans created a lovely story with characters to adore and cheer for, and gives us a bit of insight into how one goes about rectifying a mistake, simply to set things right. Nath and Ness are lovely characters who are much better together than apart, and they finally find a way to make all of that work for them both.
Title: The Little Vintage Carousel by the Sea
Author: Jaimie Admans
Genre: British, Contemporary Romance, Second Chance, Setting: Britain, Small Town
Published by: HQ Digital
Published on: 1 April, 2019
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Ness has almost resigned herself to being single forever, when she catches sight of the most gorgeous man she’s ever seen on the train to work.
But just as she plucks up the courage to speak to him – he steps off the train and disappears into the crowds, without realising he’s accidentally dropped his phone!
It’s her ‘glass slipper’ moment, she’s sure of it, she just needs to track him down – all the way to the gorgeous seaside village of Pearlholme, where she finds him restoring a vintage carousel by the sea…
Maybe it’s finally time to follow her heart?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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