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23 April 2016

Review: 'An Autumn Affair' by Alice Ross (2016)


Bored housewife and mother of twins JULIA is contemplating an affair with ex-boyfriend Max after a chance meeting in the supermarket. The cereal aisle no less.

Trophy wife MIRANDA has got it all – expensive clothes, a huge house, and her wealthy husband Doug. So why does she feel like something is missing?

Teenager FAYE hates being treated like a child. She wants glamour and excitement – anything to get away from her mundane family life.

THREE women, each with TWO options, needing to make ONE choice.

Over the past few months or so I've had the pleasure of reading and reviewing several thoroughly enjoyable novels released by publisher Carina UK. I managed to get review copies via NetGalley and I have to admit I can't get enough of their stories, so whenever I spot a new book that will be released by them on the NetGalley website these days, I just can't stop myself from requesting a review copy! Today, I've got a review of Alice Ross' 'An Autumn Affair' to share with all of you, which is the first part of her 'Countryside Dreams' series. I read somewhere that this is actually a previously released book that has now been separated into four different e-books, and I immediately really liked the sound of 'An Autumn Affair', so looked forward to giving it a chance!

'An Autumn Affair' focuses on three different women living in the same town, all dealing with their own issues. Julia has been married to Paul for years and they have two children together. But when she bumps into her ex-boyfriend Max during her Friday afternoon shopping trip, she can't think about anything else but Max anymore. Julia's teenage daughter Faye wants nothing more than to be treated as the adult she feels she is, and the chance to walk away from her boring small town life. Miranda is married to a wealthy man, lives in a wonderful home and has a great daughter, but what appears quite perfect from the outside, is actually quite broken from the inside, and Miranda is struggling to find a solution that will make her problems go away...

'An Autumn Affair' is the first instalment of the new four-part series 'Countryside Dreams' by author Alice Ross, and a very promising start indeed! I straight away really liked the pretty cover of the book and am glad to say the story inside definitely matched it. The novella focuses on three female characters, Miranda, Julia and Faye, who are all dealing with their own issues. Numerous topics are explored within the pages of the book, including friendship, lost love, family, and betrayal. Because of the three storylines and the various topics tackled in the different stories, I wanted to keep on reading and didn't get bored at any time by the characters and/or the storylines.

Alice Ross' writing really fits the chick lit genre; a great mix of both description and dialogue, and with convincing, relatable and likeable characters at its core. I am already curious to see what the second part of the series, 'A Summer of Secrets', has in store for us and I have high hopes I will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed this first instalment. Overall, I thought 'An Autumn Affair' was another great read by publisher Carina UK and a, for me personally, wonderful introduction to Alice Ross' writing; an entertaining and easy-to-read novella which I am positive many women's fiction/chick lit fans will enjoy as much as I did!
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Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

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