*Thank you Jaimie Admans, Netgalley and HQ Digital for my free copy of ‘The Little Vintage Carousel by the Sea’*
Meet Ness, an independent woman who is relatably clumsy, awkward and funny. She is currently working for a woman’s magazine as their fact-checker, however, she is wanting to climb up the ladder and pursue becoming a successful journalist for the magazine instead.
Ness’ mornings always start the same way; on a train with a bunch of sweaty strangers, but they don’t exist when she see’s him. The mysterious and handsome stranger. This particular morning, the two of them make eye contact and Ness has all the faith that they will finally communicate for the very first time. That is, until they reach his stop seconds later and in a rush, he drops his phone on the train floor, leaving Ness to solve who the man is and get his phone back to him immediately.
In what was supposed to be a private conversation between Ness and her best friend about the morning she had, her manager overhears and demands that this become a story for her magazine and Ness has to be the one to write it. This is an opportunity that Ness can’t pass up on and with her believing that she will simply find the man, give him back his phone and come back to reality – she accepts.
However, after an unexpected call from the man himself and a whole lot of noticable chemistry between the two, Ness finds herself sitting on a train to Pearlhome the next day, ready to meet the man she has admired for so long and get the story she needs to prove that she is ready to become a Journalist. But what happens when you truly start falling for one another?
I fell in love with Jaimie’s writing when I was taking part in her book tour for ‘It’s a Wonderful Night’ last year, so as soon as she announced ‘The Little Vintage Carousel by the Sea’ and I saw the gorgeous cover made for it – I was already hooked and ready to go! Jaimie’s characters are always so likeable and memorable, that they live on in my heart months after I’ve read her stories. Ness and Nathaniel (sorry, I know he likes to be called Nathan but I love the name Nathaniel too much!) were most definitely a match made in heaven, with their clumsy and dorky personalities, you just can’t not laugh along with them! In fact, there were so many hilarious moments in this book that I found myself giggling at quite often and honestly, I don’t fully laugh at books that much! Bravo to Jaimie for making me literally laugh out loud!
The side characters also were an absolute joy to read about, with their quirky personalities, they had me giggling plenty as well. Especially Charles and Camilla, with their bladder issues – there’s nothing that makes a book better than senior’s who have been in love for years, bickering back and fourth like a proper old married couple. I was incredibly intrigued by the tale Charles and Camilla shared with Ness and Nathaniel, regarding the carousel. Who doesn’t love being told an old tale from way back in the day about two lovers and their tragedies? Count me in!
Ah, Pearlhome. What a glorious seaside town you are. Reading about this little town was an absolute dream and I can see why Ness and Nathaniel had struggling thoughts about going back to London once their time was up. It had everything you need from a seaside starting with ice-creams, a chippy, and the local pub. The carousel was a little icing on the cake to this town and if I remember correctly, I wasn’t that much of a fan of them myself as a little girl, however, that being said, after reading this book and getting to learn the ins and outs of one – I’d love to give it a spin one day!
I can’t wait to see what unique and quirky story-line Jaimie has in store for us next, but in the meantime, you need to read this gorgeous story, ‘It’s a Wonderful Night’ and all of Jaimie’s other books, because you won’t be disappointed. You’ll only wish you found out about them sooner!
‘The Little Vintage Carousel by the Sea’ is available now on paperback and e-book.