A cute and entertaining contemporary novel with a generous dash of romance.
Thank you so much to Rachel at https://www.rachelsrandomresources.com/ and Georgie Hill for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary digital copy and blog tour media kit!
About the Author
Georgia Hill writes warm-hearted and up-lifting contemporary and timeslip romances about love, the power and joy in being an eccentric oldie and finding yourself and your community. There’s always a dog. It’s usually a naughty spaniel of which, unfortunately, she has had much experience. Her books are firmly rooted in small seaside towns similar to the one she lives in and she loves history especially when it insists on rearing up and battering at the present.
As a child she had an invisible friend called Gonky who lived on the third stair from the bottom. As an adult her invisible friends inhabit her head and refuse to leave until she commits them to paper. Readers of her books can escape into a warm bath of words and, no matter what challenges her characters face they will, ultimately, have a happy ending.
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Janey’s life becomes more disaster movie than romcom when the ruthless Becca steams in to manage Cheney House. Her job as head gardener in peril and her self-confidence in tatters, Janey must fight back. Finding an ally in Will, who’s more Clark Kent than Superman, it’s up to them to save the day while owner Clare is away having her Shirley Valentine moment. It doesn’t help that everyone is in love with the wrong people!
Why can’t people love the one who loves them back?
Will Cheney House survive – and will Janey ever get her When Harry Met Sally happy ending?
Find out in this warm-hearted romance from the author of the best-selling Millie Vanilla’s Cupcake Café, full of Gregory Peck look-a-likes, snowdrops, cake, and a cocker spaniel called Camilla.
Review (No Spoilers)
Welcome to another installment of “Jenny didn’t remember signing up for this tour despite totally signing up for it!”. Someday I’m going to learn how to write things down right away rather than lying to myself about how I’ll remember to write it down later.
Today I’m giving you my review for the rom-com Janey Trelawney’s Year of Surprising Triumphs. While it’s marketed as a rom-com, I’d say that it’s more of contemporary women’s fiction with a good dash of romance. I felt like the plot focused more on Janey’s struggles on how to accept herself and succeed in life rather than who she should/would end up with.
I thought the pacing of this book was very nice. I enjoyed reading the different ways that Janey and her coworkers/customers attempted to outmaneuver the new manager, Becca, and how they continued to care and protect each other. The extent to which Becca was evil, however, made me more and more annoyed whenever there was a chapter about Clare, the establishment’s owner. I wasn’t interested in reading about her Italian getaway when I couldn’t believe she left her business in the hands of someone she barely knew! I kept yelling at her to go home and fix things!
I would have to say that my favorite thing about this book was Janey’s dedication to remaining true to herself. Despite several people telling her that she needed to change in order to be “more professional” or “attract men”, she held firm on the idea that she shouldn’t have to change unnecessary aspects about herself in order to make herself more palatable. While she did get a minor makeover, the Janey at the end of the book is still very much the same wonderful Janey from the beginning. Her taste in men however…that’s a different matter 😂.
Overall, Janey Trelawney’s Year of Surprising Triumphs is a sweet story about friendship, love, and perseverance. There is a strong theme of “we can do this if we do it together”, which is something I think a lot of people need to hear right now.
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