Annie’s big birthday is looming. Sixty! She feels half that age, even if the mirror tells her otherwise. Hubby Keith promises her a birthday to remember, and doesn’t let her down, but packing his suitcase to shack up with a forty-something isn’t quite the memory Annie wants to make. Suddenly she’s single and – as an empty nester – very, very alone. The Bucket List she and Keith had promised to work their way through is but a dream, until besties Bella and Caz rally around Annie and whisk her away for a trip that will be remembered for ever. Dubai. But it’s not all skyscrapers, bling, sand dunes and sheiks. As the sun sinks over the horizon of Jumeirah Beach… might there also be love?
Following the death of his beloved wife, Tom Nelson buried himself in work at his busy inner-London GP practice. When his teenage children find themselves in trouble at school, he realises he’s completely lost touch with them. Desperate to reconnect before it’s too late, he whisks his family away to the pretty seaside village of Mermaids Point determined to make a fresh start.
But all is not as idyllic as it seems. With his predecessor reluctant to let go of the reins and the children as distant as ever, the last thing Tom needs is an undeniable attraction to the woman he unexpectedly finds himself sharing a roof with…
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Prior to turning her attention to writing, Debbie Viggiano was, for more years than she cares to remember, a legal secretary. She lives with her Italian husband, a rescued pooch from Crete, and a very disgruntled cat. Occasionally her adult children return home bringing her much joy… apart from when they want to raid the fridge or eat her secret stash of chocolate.
In Annie’s Autumn Escape, a woman who is about to turn sixty is surprised by her husband of 35 years. Instead of being a trip or something from their bucket list for her birthday, she instead is informed that he is leaving her for another woman. This is my second novel by the author and I was excited to read it since I loved Daisy’s Dilemma. As I greatly enjoyed the other novel, my expectations for this one were high and I was thrilled when they were exceeded as this story was greatly enjoyable.
Annie Rosewood lives in the small village of Little Waterlow and is two weeks away from turning sixty. She is excited to see how her husband of 35-years, Keith, 62 years old, will make this a birthday to remember. Instead of a birthday surprise, Keith says that he no longer wants to be with Annie and instead is leaving her for a younger woman, Pippa Kipling, who works he met in a garden center. Instead of wallowing in self-pity, Annie decides to make this still a birthday to remember. Together with her best friends, Caz and Bella, the three of them decide to take a trip to Dubai, a destination from Annie’s bucket list.
Annie’s trip to Dubai is full of adventure including some fun banter with her airplane seatmate, “Gerard Butler” (his real name is not given until later in the story). After arriving at her destination, she keeps running into Mr. Butler and the two of them develop a fun competition between them every time they meet. Together with the entertaining adventures with Caz and Bella, the characters take the reader along on an amazing trip to Dubai. The descriptions are well done and made me want to book another trip to Dubai as it has been years since I was able to visit.
Overall, all the different storylines were tackled with care from getting older to having a parent with dementia. Keith and Annie’s 30 year old daughter Carly was also an interesting addition as she is expecting her first baby with her husband Ryan. The characters are all well-developed and relatable. Annie is going through a lot emotionally and I liked that she went through many ups and downs as it was relatable and realistic. I adored this novel and absolutely cannot wait to read more!
**I give a special thank you to Rachel @rararesources,, the publisher, and the author for the opportunity to participate with this enjoyable novel. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.**