Book Review : The Accidental Life of Greg Millar by Aimee Alexander

August 10, 2016 Book review, Green Giants 12 ★★★★

Green Giants is my feature where I share some of my favourite books by Irish Authors.   I’m passionate about Irish Authors, as they supply us with an entertaining and exciting mix of books, so hopefully you will find something new to try.  Today I’m featuring The Accidental Life of Greg Millar by Aimee Alexander which was so engaging that I read it in a single day.

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I met the lovely Denise Deegan (aka Aimee Alexander) at a book event in Dublin lately. And her enthusiasm for her ‘Greg Millar’ book made me rush out and buy it!  I previously enjoyed her YA books that she wrote as Denise Deegan so I was looking forward to seeing how she tackled an adult contemporary novel.

 

Book Review : The Accidental Life of Greg Millar by Aimee AlexanderThe Accidental Life Of Greg Millar by Aimee Alexander
Published by Lake Union Publishing on April 26th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Emotions & Feelings, Realistic Fiction
Pages: 390
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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four-stars

Lucy Arigho’s first encounter with Greg Millar is far from promising, but she soon realises he possesses a charm that is impossible to resist. Just eight whirlwind weeks after their first meeting, level-headed career girl Lucy is seriously considering his pleas to marry him and asking herself if she could really be stepmother material.

But before Lucy can make a final decision about becoming part of Greg’s world, events plunge her right into it. On holiday in the South of France, things start to unravel. Her future stepchildren won’t accept her, the interfering nanny resents her, and they’re stuck in a heat wave that won’t let up. And then there’s Greg. His behaviour becomes increasingly bizarre and Lucy begins to wonder whether his larger-than-life personality hides something darker—and whether she knows him at all.

BOOKLOVE Page-Turner Refreshing Well Written

 

First Line of The Accidental Life of Greg Millar by Aimee Alexander:

 

“A bird has just flown into my car – a moving car, a moving bird, heading in different directions yet somehow magically intersecting.”

 

My Thoughts on The Accidental Life of Greg Millar by Aimee Alexander:

I didn’t know a lot about this book before I read it, as I just glanced at the synopsis.  And the theme of the book is a hard-hitting issue that directly or indirectly affects many people.  But I can’t reveal what it is because it would be a huge spoiler.  Trust me when I say it’s a relevant and interesting plot, as it delves into a difficult topic with compassion and sensitivity.

No Insta-Love:

Now you all know, I’m detest insta-love.  So when the couple in this book get engaged after just eight weeks, I was wary.  But this is no insta-love.  It’s an insta-attraction that just goes deeper and deeper as we progress through the book.  Lucy and Greg had lots of challenges but their love for each other is not one I ever questioned.

No Fairy Tale:

It’s no fairy tale romance but it is one that is inspiring and hopeful.  At first it all looks perfect.  Greg and Lucy are madly in love, money isn’t an issue and they are going to start their life with a few weeks in the South of France.  All Lucy has to do is get Greg’s children on board.  Which isn’t smooth sailing.  Greg’s children are strong characters and have strong feelings about their stepmother to be.  Both kids are very authentic; from their actions to their dialogue, they just rang true to life.

Inspirational and moving:

The characters in this book work very hard to gel their family together and to create a future.  They are hit by unexpected problems but they stand together and push forward.  That made it a very emotional and encouraging read for me.  Even though my eyes filled up at times, I ultimately loved the message of this book.  There is also lots of dry humour which lighted the tone.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  Aimee Alexander knows how to write character driven books with intriguing plots and I need to read more of her back catalogue.

 

Rating Report
Characters
four-half-stars
Setting
four-stars
Pace
four-stars
Did I feel it?
four-stars
Overall: four-stars

 

Who should read The Accidental Life of Greg Millar by Aimee Alexander?

I’d recommend this to you if you like contemporary romances that deal with realistic issues.  Fans of authors such as Sheila O’Flanagan and Maeve Binchy should also enjoy.

 

four-stars

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12 Responses to “Book Review : The Accidental Life of Greg Millar by Aimee Alexander”

  1. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I don’t know if it’s because I’m actually a stepmother (we’re full on blended (his, hers, and ours) but I’m always hesitant to read books with stepmothers in them – especially when the children are still technically children. This does sound good though and I’m curious about just what is going on with Greg.
    Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library recently posted…Whispers in the Mist – Review

    • trish

      It never felt like the roles were stereotyped Katherine and I loved reading about how the family slotted in together.

  2. Lola

    Oh such a pretty cover! It caught my attention when I was scrolling past your recent posts. And with how vague you and the blurb are about the issue it really makes me wonder where it’s about and what’s up with Greg. Good to hear there’s no insta love. I don’t mind it when there is insta attraction or when things happen fast as long as it still feels like there is enough build-up and I as the reader can feel their connection. It sounds very interesting with how it starts almost as a fairytale and then things start to get difficult. And I like the sound of the kids that feel authentic. Great review!
    Lola recently posted…Lola’s Ramblings: Ten Games that Make me Feel Nostalgic

    • trish

      It does feel a little like a fairytale Lola but then real life enters with a bang! I really enjoyed it and flew though it as I couldn’t stop reading once I started.

    • trish

      Thanks Lauren, I love throwing the spotlight on Irish authors whose books I love. And yes, it’s great when an author can make different genres work.

  3. Rita @ View From My Books

    I love the cover and blurb, and trust your take on it, so this would be something I would like to pick up.

    My husband is a stepfather to my eldest– only technically; he’s really always been her dad since the “first” one isn’t in the picture. It was a struggle at first for all of us, especially after we had two more kids together, and my eldest became jealous, but we turned into a great blended family in the end!

    I’m not much for YA romantic stories, but you said she’s branched out with a new name into adult contemporaries, so yes, sounds good for me 🙂

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