Book Title: Peas, Carrots and an Aston Martin
Author: Hannah Lynn
My Rating: 4/5 Stars!
When George Sibley dies, his only son, Eric, has no idea that his inheritance will come with conditions. Now, if Eric is to ever get his hands on his father’s treasured Aston Martin, he must somehow juggle his hectic career and family life in the city, with regular visits to the small riverside town of Burlam. Life for Eric quickly becomes a chaotic kaleidoscope of grumpy pensioners, wellington boots and vintage auto-mobiles, fraught with heavy machinery mishaps, missed deadlines and drug raids, the result of which leave his marriage, job and sanity hanging in the balance.
Peas, Carrots and an Aston Martin is a light-hearted and humorous tale of a man who reluctantly goes digging amongst the weeds in order to discover his roots.
Peas, Carrots and an Aston Martin isn’t the genre of book I normally go for, but after reading Hannah Lynn’s last book, The Afterlife of Walter Augustus, I really wanted to give this book a shot. I really enjoyed it! Though I don’t fall in her target audience, I still found the story funny, compelling and a pure joy to read! This book made me cringe a bit, a little sad at times, but overall made me laugh and chuckle throughout. I did feel bad for him for the strain he was under, from the need to do well at his job and take care of his family, to dealing with the aftermath of his fathers death and the stipulations of his inheritance. However there were so many opportunities to laugh to laugh it really balanced out the more stressful parts of Eric’s personality and life.
There were a few parts I couldn’t always relate to but could understand and sympathize with. The fact that I could do this even when I couldn’t relate really showed the quality of the writing and plot. HM Lynn is a masterful story teller and nailed her character development. Eric’s journey and self reflection were wonderfully believable. There was an eclectic assortment of characters Eric meets along the way which were fun to read about ( I think Janice was one of my favorite characters), but not so many that it became jumbled or confusing. The events occurred and were resolved at a great pace, enough to keep me interested without feeling like it was too drawn out or rushed.
Overall, I would say this was a fun, well balanced book and perfect for anyone looking for an addictive read over a holiday or long trip (because trust me when I say you need the time, it was hard to put down!). I am so happy to learn this is the first book in a series and can’t wait to read the next installment!
You can find the book here if you’re interested in checking it out!
About the Author:
Hannah Lynn was born in 1984 and grew up in the Cotswolds, UK. After graduating from
university, she spent ten years as a teacher of physics, first in the UK and then around Asia. It was during this time, inspired by the imaginations of the young people she
taught, she began writing short stories for children, and later adult fiction. Her first novel, Amendments, was published in 2015, her latest novel, The Afterlife of Walter Augustus, is out July 2018. Now as a teacher, writer, wife and mother, she is currently living in the Austrian Alps.
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