Friday, 12 September 2014
Review: Ice Creams at Carrington's by Alexandra Brown
Georgie Hart seems to have her life on track. The perfect job, the perfect boyfriend, the perfect life. Then she is given the challenge of
organising the first summer regatta for Mulberry-on-Sea, sponsored by Carrington's Department store! With the regatta looming, her father loose on the continent in a camper van and an opportunity state-side that is just too good to miss, Georgie finds herself pulled in all directions. This is the summer when Georgie will discover what she truly wants out of life.
I reviewed the previous book in the series, Christmas at Carringtons, here, in fact it was my first ever review on this blog! It's not necessary to read the Carrington's books in order -I haven't read the first one yet - but personally I enjoyed this story a lot more than the previous one.
As in the previous book, the slang annoyed me a bit; I've had enough of 'emosh' and 'amazeballs' to last a lifetime as it is so I don't want them in my books too (plus I don't know anyone in real life who actually uses them...). The one thing that this book lacked in comparison to its predecessor is it's focus being on the family run department store. The whole New York trip thing has been done so many times before in other chick-lit novels that I'm getting a little tired of it - I didn't even like Sex and the City!
The novel features stereotypical characters and a relatively predictable storyline, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. It is easy to follow and easy to read, which in my mind makes it a perfect book to spend a lazy summer afternoon with. I can relate to Georgie in the sense that I'm torn between home comforts and the excitement of new places. She must be loaded though!
3.5/5 Light-hearted escapism for a summer's day, with ice cream of course!