Today it is my pleasure to bring you my review of New Year New Guy by Angela Britnell.
Out with the old life, in with the new …
When Laura’s bride-to-be sister, Polly, organises a surprise reunion for her fiancé and his long lost American friend, Laura grudgingly agrees to help keep the secret. And when the plain-spoken, larger-than-life Hunter McQueen steps off the bus in her rainy Devon town and only just squeezes into her tiny car, it confirms that Laura has made a big mistake in going along with her sister’s crazy plan.
But could the tall, handsome man with the Nashville drawl be just what reserved Laura Williams needs to shake up her life and start something new?
As you will be aware, I am a fan of Angela Britnell and her novels. I really like the fact that they are regularly set both in England and America, giving us a taste of both countries, as well as the difference in personalities between the English and American characters. New Year New Guy is no exception.
Laura and her sister Polly could not be more different. Polly does things to the extreme; she loves hard, she’s spontaneous and she is not organised. Laura on the other hand is serious, controlled and hates surprises. Her life is ordered, bordering on the bland. She works hard as a nurse, and she is more than happy on her own. Having left behind a bad marriage she is keen to avoid relationships at all costs. So when asked by her sister to assist in surprising her fiancée with his long lost American friend, she is less than happy. Even more so when she finally meets the imposing Hunter McQueen, a man she is expected to hide in her home until the big reveal can be made.
Hunter McQueen is an all American man. He is successful in his field but his success only hides a past that he can not move forward from. He knows travelling to England could be a mistake but he needs something else in his life, some way to battle and overcome the demons that have continued to haunt him.
I really enjoyed this novel. All of the characters were well rounded, shaped by their own individual past experiences. It was clear to see how they could help each other move forward in different ways, but it was also good to see that sometimes moving forward isn’t that easy. They each had their own barriers to cross, and the novel wasn’t just about one character being there to save them. Don’t get me wrong, this is a love story – but it is more than that, its about facing up to your past in order to move forward into your future
The setting in Devon provided the perfect backdrop for this story, rain, cream teas and all! It was nice to also get to visit Hunter’s home too, with its rugged mountains and peaceful setting. A real contrast the Devon countryside!
I am more than happy to recommend this novel. It’s another great read at a time when we all need a bit of escapism (with some travel thrown in for good measure!). If you’d like to read more of Angela Britnells novels, check out my reviews below;
Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖
Thank you to Angela Britnell and the fabulous Rachel at Rachels Random Resources for inviting me to be a part of this tour, and for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.
Angela grew up in Cornwall, England and returns frequently from her new home in Nashville, Tennessee to visit family and friends, drink tea and eat far too many Cornish pasties!
A lifelong love of reading turned into a passion for writing contemporary romance and her novels are usually set in the many places she’s visited or lived on her extensive travels. Thanks to over three decades of marriage to her wonderful American husband she’s a huge fan of transatlantic romance and always makes sure her characters get their own happy-ever-after.
She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, the Romance Writers of America and the Music City Romance Writers.
If you’d like to find out more of what Angela gets up to (Advance warning: this may include references to wine, chocolate, Poldark and the hunky Aidan Turner) check out http://www.angelabritnellromance.com or follow her on www.facebook.com/angelabritnell , www.twitter.com/angelabritnell and on Instagram as Angela Golley Britnell.