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The Aussie Next Door

(Patterson's Bluff #1)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  104 ratings  ·  84 reviews
“Stefanie London portrays a hero on the spectrum with grace, humor, and a huge amount of heart.” -Miranda Liasson, author of THEN THERE WAS YOU

American Angie Donovan has never wanted much. When you grow up getting bounced from foster home to foster home, you learn not to become attached to anything, anyone, or any place. But it only took her two days to fall in love with A
Paperback, 350 pages
Expected publication: August 27th 2019 by Entangled: Amara
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☽ TheBibliotheque
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was surprisingly sweet! I have to admit, the combination of the word Aussie in the title and the fact that there is a marriage of convenience of sorts mentioned in the synopsis was what sparked my interest. But I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the story went beyond those two simple things.

This story goes beyond being about a woman that needs a visa to stay in Australia and her and annoyed and sexy Australian neighbour. This is actually the story of a woman that had a hard st
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Charming, Sweet, and Hopeful!

Full review to follow closer to publication.
Samantha (WLABB)
After fleeing her messy life back in the states, Angie thought she found her "home" in the charming seaside town of Patterson's Bluff, but when her visa extension was denied, there was only one thing she could do - find a husband. Angie needed a marriage of convenience, but she wanted it based upon a real relationship. Her landlord and neighbor, Jace, offered to help her in her quest, but along the way, both realized they had found something worth exploring in each other, however, will their pas ...more
Amanda Yates
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a cute story. Definitely a must read. It catches you from the start and keeps you till the end. Add it to your list.
Susan's Reviews
My thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Well written, sweet romance: Jace is set in his ways, having been diagnosed on the high functioning end of the Autism spectrum. Angie is on a mission to find love in coastal Australia. When Jace is roped in to boarding a family friend's two adorable dogs, noise, doggie mischief and mayhem combine to bring Angie and Jace together. An entertaining read, with plenty of steamy scenes. I rate
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adored this book which delivers everything I love about a small-town romance—and more!

At its heart, The Aussie Next Door centres on our need for connection and belonging. My heart is full after experiencing the journeys of handsome, yet somewhat reclusive Jace who is looking for solitude, and passionate, but deceptively upbeat Angie who wants to help everyone she meets.

Jace grew up in a large, loving family, but his autism always made him feel like he didn’t quite belong. He’s set in his ways
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
**I received a copy of The Aussie Next door from Net Galley and Entangled Publishing in exchange for a voluntary and honest review. My opinions were not solicited in any way.**

The Aussie Next Door by Stefanie London is I hope a new series featuring the town of Patterson Bluff and the Walters family. I loved this book and even though I've only read one other book by Ms. London (Beauty and the Greek Billionaire) her books are just fantastic. This is Jace, a comic artist and Angie's story with a sa
Linda Dossett
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun, entertaining read. Two emotionally challenged persons, find their way through past heartbreaks, deceit, transgressions, a quagmire of trust issues. Sweet couple with puppy sidekicks and lots of family fun, along with a head of steam Don’t miss this one.
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read an ARC of this book. Wow, so many emotions. So many feelings. This was light and funny in some spots, and deep0ly emotional in others. I loved how the characters took their time to come together and learn about the best parts of one another. Sweet and romantic.
Linda Dunn
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Diamond in the Rough.....

This story plucked my heart strings something fierce. Jace and Angie's story took me by surprise, in a really good way. Jace Walters lived his life by a regimented timetable that always suited him and served his purpose in his life. He craved being by himself and in his own world. Coming from a family of seven, he yearned for alone time. As soon as he was able, he moved out of his family home to seek quiet solitude, and to live the hermit lifestyle. No fuss, no muss.

Linda Quick
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book! Angie is the American that needs to marry and Australian to stay in the country. Jace is her landlord and reluctant friend to Angie. They seemed to come to life on the pages. I found myself totally invested in their story and wanting them to get their HEA ending.

This is a wonderful story that made me fall in love with the characters and Australia. The author created characters that are fully developed and with backstories that added depth to their story. She treated their probl
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This story was not what I expected.
But that isn't a bad thing.
When I first saw this, I knew I wanted to read it simply because of the word Aussie in the title. Being an Aussie, and it being a book about Australia, it was a given I wanted to read it and I was not disappointed. It was quite a sweet story. Not exactly my g0-to read but and surely enough I thoroughly enjoy it.

It checked a lot of boxes for me
Small town romance, a marriage of convenience and a whole lot of sweetness, but like I sai
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-kindle
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Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love that Stefanie takes us back to her native Australia for this angsty gem, it is such a delicious read that kept me turning those pages wondering how things were going to work out. Stefanie left me hanging until the very end. Thanks Stefanie!
Angie flees the States and heads to Australia to get away from her past. Tired of the press and the honestly horrible past which unfolds slowly throughout the book, she finds a wonderful home in a small town in Australia. For the first time she's just
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Small town romances are always bound to be super sweet and a great read. Stefanie London did not disappoint with this book. The Aussie Next Door was a great book about a girl finding her new start in a new country, determined not to go back to her home country, but when her visa runs out too soon, she is faced with trying to figure out how to stay in the one place that makes her feel safe, loved, and at home. She sets out to not just find a man who will marry her in a short amount of time, but s ...more
Caffeinated Fae
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 3 1/2 Caffeinated Stars
Trigger Warning: Childhood Abuse

The Aussie Next Door by Stefanie London was a sweet romance that kept me entertained while reading. One thing that I loved about this book is how Stefanie London was able to throw in some Aussie slang in a way that didn't force me to google the term. I loved that Angie was experiencing Australia through a tourist's eyes, and I loved seeing her using all of the slang terms throughout the book.

Though I liked the characters, I never re
Mindy Lou's Book Review
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
3.5 Stars!

The Aussie Next Door is about two people who struggle to fit in with the outside world find comfort in each other. For the first time they find someone who can accept them for who they are if they don't let their own securities get in the way.

Jace has high functioning Autism. He functions better with a routine and occasionally needs alone time to recharge. He's from a big, loving family that can be too loud at times and he feels like he is constantly compared to his brothers. When his
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've got to admit it was the title and the cute cover that drew me in, and I'm so glad it did! This new-to-me author has invaded my mind for days now. I was so annoyed that life kept pulling me away from this book! I didn't want to put it down. What started as a slow burn between two mismatched characters became so much more. This book gave me all the feels!

Jace and Angie have both been hurt in the past and are understandably cautious about opening up and letting someone in, but they learn to re
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book completely surprised me - in a good way! I was expecting some cutesy dialogue and flirtation. What I got was a realistic look at some one who is a highly-functioning "on the spectrum" individual in Australia who leases out a guest house on his property to a survivor of the American foster care system that failed her and left her with trust issues. They are highly attracted to one another but their issues have made it difficult to communicate with or get to know one another.

Things chang
Gail Chianese
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This story will make you laugh, maybe cry a little, but in the end will leave you feeling like love won and wanting more from Stefanie London.

What a perfect blend of emotion and sweet, funny moments that just reached out and wrapped themselves around my heart and held on tight. These two characters were made for each other even though they seemed too opposite and it appeared the deck was stacked in all the wrong directions. I loved watching them bond over the dogs, and try to be the perfect pers
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a tremendous book. I wish the book had been longer to delve a little more into the secondary characters. Perhaps Stefanie will write more books and make this a start of a series. Would love to see Jace's brothers and sister get their own books. That said, their are so many things to love about this story. The main thing to me (as always) is the characters. I have to be able to feel the characters and to connect in some way. Stefanie never lets me down. Every character in the book was wr ...more
Millennial Life Crisis Bookshelf - Samantha
Different spin on this storyline with a 90-Day Fiancé-type twist! Angie had an extremely difficult childhood, and because of those experiences, had a tough time in adulthood trying to establish some anonymity and decides to move to Australia. While there she stumbles upon a small town and falls in love with the country and the people. But when her visa is up and is denied an extension, she desperately does anything she can in order to stay and not go back to the memories of her past. Jace had th ...more
Carol Dass
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-read, arcs
Angie’s childhood in America was anything but good. She was in many foster homes and then exploited by her solicitor for his own gain of publicity. She was found in an horrific physical state at her last foster home and Child Protection was sued. She became the poster girl for how bad condtions can be for children. Everywhere she went she was recognised and questioned. She found this so hard to handle she fled to Australia. She fell in love with Australia but in two months her visa will expire a ...more
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This novel explores the relationship between a high-functioning Autistic hero and a heroine with trust issues derived from a harsh foster care system upbringing. It's set in a small coastal town in Australia; the hero is Aussie and the heroine is American, from California.

The story was sweet and slow burning, including a humorous sub-plot with dogs and meddling family members (his). I enjoyed the slow build up of the relationship.
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review:

The Aussie Next Door is a sweet contemporary romance that is focused on Jace, a man with high functioning autism, and Angie, a girl with a troublesome past.

The story is pleasant, slow-paced with a good plot and great characters. It has a humorous side, with the misbehaved dogs and the meddling family members. The romantic part had a slow build-up, they went from neighbors to friends and then they fell in
Diane McConnell
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-arc
Really good book!

Cartoonist Jace Walters likes his routine and when a friend of his mother asked him to watch her two dogs; so he knew things were going to change. Jace had been diagnosed on the autism spectrum when he was in kindergarten so he needed his routine to keep life in balance.

Angie Donovan wanted a permanent home where nobody knew her and she felt that Paterson’s Bluff was it until her request for an extension to her visa was denied. Angie decided that she would date and hopefully fa
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Sue's Romance Reviews
3.5 Stars

I’m on the fence with how to feel about this book. The slow pace as well as the tentative and lukewarm connection between the main characters in the beginning made the story lag, for me. However, the second part of this book brought about the angst and a crazy amount of feels. It definitely tugged hard at my heartstrings.

Both characters have been hurt in the past. This makes Angie yearn to please everyone in the hopes that she will find a permanent home where she will be loved. Whereas
Cas H.
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. An American, Angie, ends up in Australia. She wants to avoid her past and start anew. Unfortunately, her paperwork is not signed in time and she is about to lose her visa to stay in the country.
Jace is her landlord and wants nothing to do with anyone. He is an autistic writer that keeps to himself.
When Jace and Angie are thrown together by a dog, they finally start talking. Angie is determined to find herself a husband and Jace is determined to have peace and quiet.
As they gr
Heather Nobbs
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a great romance about two people trying to find where they belong. Angie is an American who relocated to Australia to start over, she had a horribly traumatic childhood and wanted to be somewhere that her past was all people saw about her. Jace is the middle sibling trying to find his place when he feels he is so different from his siblings and so set in his ways that he thinks no one will love him as he is. These two find each other when Angie rents a house from Jace on his property, she b ...more
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Stefanie London is the multi award-winning, USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romances and romantic comedies.

Stefanie’s books have been called “genuinely entertaining and memorable” by Booklist, and “Elegant, descriptive and delectable” by RT magazine. Her stories have been nominated for mu