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.
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.
The Accidental Life Of Greg Millar by Aimee Alexander
Published by Lake Union Publishing on April 26th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Emotions & Feelings, Realistic Fiction
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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.
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.
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.
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