Book tour stop! Today I’m delighted to be the host for Annie’s Autumn Escape, a romantic comedy written by Debbie Viggiano.
First thing first, let me thank Rachel and the author for providing me with an e-copy of this book. Much obliged *hat tip*
MEET THE BOOK
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?
Publication date: 01/10/21
READ MY REVIEW
Cover: So cute!
My Good Book Radar must be on point these days, because whoa – I’ve been picking fantastic books left and right, and Annie’s Autumn Escape is one of them.
I dived in with optimism, but expecting a single-layer story, maybe. Something enjoyable and simple at the same time. Boy, was I wrong. Annie’s Autumn Escape is not only captivating to the max, but it has also a complex undertone lying under the surface.
The protagonist, Annie, ends up celebrating her sixtieth birthday in Dubai rather than at home; her husband seems to prefer the company of another woman, so her friends organize a semi-luxury trip to cheer her up. A lot of misunderstandings happen next, helping Annie understand that being dropped like a hot potato is not always a bad thing.
The cast of characters is interesting, and they read in a distinctive, clear voice. That’s a feat, because it’s easy to slip and write people like Bella and Caz as too similar. Gerard Butler—it makes sense in the story, I promise—feels realistic and caring, while Keith… well, he’s Keith.
Viggiano’s writing style is hilarious. It has me chuckling here and there, but it also punches me in the face with feelings; whenever mother Evans shows up, both things tend to happen at the same time.
A satisfying ending is the cherry on top. I was afraid that something could ruin things, but nope 😀 yay!
Those 5 stars on GR are well-deserved.
MEET THE AUTHOR
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.
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