THE AUSSIE NEXT DOOR by Stefanie London
Kirkus Star


A Head-Over-Heels Romantic Comedy
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In USA Today–bestselling author London’s (How To Lose a Fiancé, 2019, etc.) latest romantic comedy, a hidebound Australian cartoonist and his American tenant find love.

Australian Jace Walters is a creature of habit. He eats plain porridge for breakfast every day after surfing at the beach and has gained a following for his comic strip series about a hermit. His mother understands his autism spectrum diagnosis, but she also feels that he needs to leave his comfort zone; as a result, Jace finds himself saddled with temporary custody of a family friend’s two dogs. Meanwhile, American Angie Donovan learns that her Australian visa is expiring in just two months. She feels at home Down Under; she has money from a lawsuit settlement to live on and loves her volunteer position in a nursing home. One possible solution remains: She can get married to an Australian citizen. However, she had a lonely, traumatic childhood, so she doesn’t want a cold, paper marriage—she wants to fall in love, even if she only has two months to do so. Angie enlists Jace to help her find romantic prospects; soon, sparks fly between them and they begin a passionate sexual relationship, punctuated by picnics by the ocean and 1990s romantic-comedy movie marathons. After Jace proposes, however, their bond begins to crack: Can spontaneous Angie live with Jace’s dependence on routine, and can he learn to compromise for the woman he loves? Over the course of this book, London shows that she truly excels at character development; she makes sure that even relatively minor players, such as Angie’s yoga teacher, Chloe Lee, and Jace’s flirtatious brother, Trent, are fully fleshed out. The realistic yet witty dialogue jumps off the page, and the two dogs in Jace’s care are lovable and endearing even when they misbehave. Jace’s high-functioning autism is never treated in a stereotypical manner; instead, it’s portrayed as something that the character realistically struggles with. The main characters have sizzling chemistry together, and they face believable hurdles on the way to the inevitable happily-ever-after.

A sweet, sexy read featuring a couple that feels both true to life and aspirational.

Pub Date: Aug. 27th, 2019
ISBN: 978-1-64063-668-2
Page count: 350pp
Publisher: Entangled: Amara
Program: Kirkus Indie
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15th, 2019


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