A Thousand Steps

A Thousand Steps
A Thousand Steps by T. Jefferson Parker

Thursday, February 27, 2020

New Year, New Guy- by Angela Britnell- Feature and Review


Out with the old life, in with the new
When Laura’s bride-to-be sister, Polly, organises a surprise reunion for her fiancé and his long lost American friend, Laura grudgingly agrees to help keep the secret. And when the plain-spoken, larger-than-life Hunter McQueen steps off the bus in her rainy Devon town and only just squeezes into her tiny car, it confirms that Laura has made a big mistake in going along with her sister's crazy plan. 
But could the tall, handsome man with the Nashville drawl be just what reserved Laura Williams needs to shake up her life and start something new?



New Year, New GuyNew Year, New Guy by Angela Britnell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

New Year, New Guy by Angela Britnell is a 2020 Choc Lit publication.


Laura gets roped into helping her sister, Polly, stage a surprise reunion between her fiancé, Johnny, and an old friend of his from America, named Hunter McQueen. Laura’s job is to pick Hunter up from the bus and give him a place to stay while he’s visiting.

The pair get off to a bumpy, and comical start when Laura picks Hunter up in the pouring rain and is dismayed that because he is such a large man, he can barely squeeze into her car. The two continue to experience a great deal of awkwardness when they are around each other. Laura and Hunter suffer from the classic ‘opposites attract’ syndrome, especially as Laura is more of an introvert, and is still nursing deep wounds from her disastrous marriage. She doesn’t go out of her way to hide her dismay at having Hunter as a guest.

Hunter, on the other hand, has a secret from his past that Polly is not aware of. As a result, her fiancé may not be as thrilled to see Hunter as she had thought.

Will Polly and Laura send Hunter packing once his past is revealed? Can Laura find the emotional strength to try love again?

This is a lovely story, light and funny, but also addresses a few important issues. The characters are well defined. I think readers will really like Hunter, and will find his backstory to be very interesting.

I nearly read this book in one sitting. I was highly invested in this couple and the challenges they faced, and the way they each faced adversity, bravely taking charge to right wrongs and make healthy changes in their lives. I love stories that show personal growth, and also love seeing a couple work together to overcome the obstacles that stand in the way of their happiness.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable story of redemption, forgiveness and fresh beginnings!





Angela grew up in Cornwall and returns frequently from her new home in Nashville, Tennessee to visit family and friends, drink tea and eat far too many Cornish pasties!

A lifelong love of reading turned into a passion for writing contemporary romance and her novels are usually set in the many places she's visited or lived on her extensive travels. Thanks to over three decades of marriage to her wonderful American husband she's a huge fan of transatlantic romance and always makes sure her characters get their own happy-ever-after.

She is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association, the Romance Writers of America and the Music City Romance Writers.

If you'd like to find out more of what Angela gets up to (warning this may include references to wine, chocolate and the hunky Aidan Turner) check out www.angelabritnellromance.com or follow her on www.facebook.com/angelabritnell and www.twitter.com/angelabritnell

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