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The Aussie Next Door

(Patterson's Bluff #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  348 ratings  ·  220 reviews
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 Australia. With her visa clock ticking, surely she can fall in love with an Australian—and get hitched—in two months. Especially if he’s as hot ...more
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Published August 27th 2019 by Entangled: Amara
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Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: australia, romance
A cute story of Angie Donovan who wanted to escape her notoriety in America and found a lovely home in a little town in Australia, where everyone is friendly and welcoming, and Jace Walters, her landlord, who is on the autism spectrum, and who he never thought marriage was on the cards for him. He doesn't believe anybody but his family would put up with his quirks, his difficulty in reading social clues, his need for routine and calm life. Angie, on the other hand, is full of life and energy an ...more
Madison Warner Fairbanks
The Aussie Next Door by Stefanie London

An adorable contemporary romance set in Australia. First of the Patterson’s Bluff series.
An American trying to stay beyond her visa limit falls for her landlord. Can she find someone to love her with only a couple months to spare when her crush makes all other men in town boring?

Jase is set in his habits. He surfs in the morning, has plain porridge for breakfast then works at home drawing his famous comic strip. He’s been diagnosed as highly functioning on
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
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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!

The Aussie Next Door is a heartwarming, humorous story that introduces us to Angie, a single, American, young woman who needs to get married but wants to fall in love; and Jace, a reclusive, handsome, cartoonist who prefers routines, order, and living alone.

The writing is light and authentic. The characters are genuine, intriguing, and supportive. And the plot is an appealing mix of friendship, family, compromise, independence, witty dialogue, awkward moments, tricky
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 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Aussie Next Door is the first book in the Patterson’s Bluff series by Australian-born Canadian author, Stefanie London. Jace Walters has been conned! His mother knows how much he needs his routine, but she insists on pushing him out of his comfort zone and into more social interaction, and now she’s volunteered him to dog-sit for two months. Jace has been diagnosed as high-functioning on the autism spectrum and is a gifted comic artist, but it requires a regular discipline, and caring f
Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019


“Thank you.”
“For what?”
“For being you.”

Stefanie London is a new to us author and her latest book, The Aussie Next Door served as the perfect introduction to her writing. Based in Patterson’s Bluff, a small town in Melbourne Australia, this emotional rom-com was packed with humour, heart, and heat, not to mention a hero who soon had us falling head over heels!

‘The possibility of getting two dreams for the price of one swirled in her mind. A family to love and the chance to stay. Forever.’

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
Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it

“Thank you.”
“For what?”
“For being you.”

Stefanie London is a new to us author and her latest book, The Aussie Next Door served as the perfect introduction to her writing. Based in Patterson’s Bluff, a small town in Melbourne Australia, this emotional rom-com was packed with humour, heart, and heat, not to mention a hero who soon had us falling head over heels!

‘The possibility of getting two dreams for the price of one swirled in her mind. A family to love and the chance to stay. Forever.’

Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jace Walters grew up in a family of seven, so it comes as no surprise that he wants peace and quiet now. He's a creature of habits and doesn't derogate from his routine. So why the hell did he accepted to take care of his mother's friend's dogs for two months, he doesn't know. There's also his American tenant who confuse him. He find her sexy but he prefer to keep his distance. Too bad for him that Angie Donovan is a friendly and vivacious neighbor who multiply the reasons to knock on his door a ...more
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*Actual rating: 4.5 stars

The moment I read the synopsis, I knew I needed this book in my life. It sounded like the absolute cutest romance and I’m always a sucker for the marriage of convenience trope. Especially when it’s clear that the two characters are perfect for each other.

Angie Donovan had a terrible upbringing. She bounced from foster home to foster home and became a househole name in America for a traumatizing experience during her childhood. Finally having of enough of not being able t
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
MS London has done it again, written a story that is filled with so many emotions, fun and laughter, heartfelt warmth, wonderful family life and a sensual pull that will warm anyone up, this is a true romance that is sure to leave any reader feeling so good, lots of happy sighs in this one, I didn’t want to put it down. I loved my visit to Patterson’s Bluff.

Angie Donovan has escaped to Australia to get away from a childhood and past that left her wanting love and happiness and by moving to Austr
Isha Coleman
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
For every heartache that darkens our day, a rainbow is waiting to chase the storm away. The Aussie Next Door takes a childhood wish and turns it into an adult love story. All Angie ever wanted was someone to love. After a childhood of disappointment as an adult she decides to make a change. A fresh start is just what she needs to leave her troubles behind. Her new beginning turns into an adventure of the heart. Jace is the culmination of a dream she never thought would come true. Has love finall ...more
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.75/5 stars

This is the first book that I have read from this author and I am glad that I took the chance. This was a wonderful and fun read that will have you feeling all the emotions with each page flip. The characters of Jace and Angie were so realistic. The chemistry between the characters was great. They each had their own issues and struggles to work through but they were able to so they can get the HEA that they deserved.

I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and I am voluntarily
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.
Carly Wilson
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
‘The Aussie Next Door’ is the first book I have read by Stefanie London, and i was given a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

The book focuses on Angie Donovan, an American who is in Australia on a visa. Unfortunately her visa is approaching expiration, and she is forced to comprehend that she has to now leave a country that is the first place to feel like home to her. She has had a turbulent upbringing of being in the foster system, and you learn that she very much wants to stay
Aug 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, arc
When Jace Walters is forced into dog sitting a family friend’s two adorable dogs, his life is turned upside down. Ms. London's start to The Aussie Next Door is adorable and engaging. I loved the small town setting and the strong sense of family and community. The slower pace seemed to fit the story, and there is just enough humor to add a sense of charm and appeal to the characters and plot.

The author treated Jace, an on-the-spectrum character, respectfully; she clearly made an effort to present
DNF at 42%.

Angie Donovan left a life of unwanted notoriety in the US for a life of anonymity in small town Australia, but then she finds out she has to leave Australia unless she can fall in love and marry within a few short months.

Angie's next door neighbour is hunky cartoonist Jace. Unbeknownst to Angie, Jace has high functioning autism which means he struggles to understand other people's feelings or how to act in certain situations. He likes that Angie doesn't know about his autism, that she
Jacqueline Francis
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you so much to @entangled_publishing for sending me the lovely new release by @stefanielondon.

Full disclaimer, I have been a huge fan of Stefanie’s since reading Bad Bachelor. She is a talented writer and a lovely human. You should definitely follow her on Insta. She also knows everything there is to know about lipstick and sparkly eyeshadow! 💋💋💋 The Aussie Next Door was a sweet romance with some seriously great laugh out loud moments. Our heroine is running to escape her past and enjoys
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing! This book was an absolutely amazing romance. The story is fun and lighter, the entire cast of characters lovable and the emotions are deep and sweet. This book simply melted my heart! I felt that Jace was a unique, timely and relevent character. I appreciate when authors strive for inclusion and diversity in their work. Angi's painful past was just heartbreaking. I enjoyed every single minute that it took for these two to find the love and happiness they deserved. This is my sincere rev ...more
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
DNF @51%

I tried to like this book. I honestly did. I started it on vacation, grew bored, and moved on to something I knew I'd enjoy because let's face it, who wants to read a boring book on vacation?

Today I picked it back up and tried to power through it but started skimming, which is just a waste of time. Thus the DNF.

First off, the pacing is so slow. While I might have liked Jace, I did not like Angie. I did not like her motivation. By now, I've read a lot of books with characters who've been
Rhonda Ziglar
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 1/2 STARS FOR AUSSIE NEXT DOOR!! What a sweet romance story. I loved Angie and Jace, their story kept me turning pages. The story hit just the right emotion buttons. Stefanie London is amazing at storytelling and keeps us readers engaged.
Amanda D.
Reasonably cute with a hero who is on the Autism spectrum.

At times, I felt the miscommunication was cyclical and there were elements of Angie's past that still seem to remain a mystery. The secondary characters really shined, though, and while I'm not much of a small town romance fan, I was charmed by the seaside Patterson's Bluff.

Very curious about the next pairing in the series.
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 2019
4 Aussie stars!

 *ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.* 

I must admit that this is my first book to Stefanie London and I so much enjoyed the story. The fact that there was a marriage of convenience made the book so appealing.

The Aussie Next Door was a cute heartwarming story with a very pleasant sense of humour.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves an enjoyable journey between two different couples.
Aug 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc

** ARC kindly provided by the author for an honest review. **

It was a sweet a cute story with a strong hint of slow burn romance. Even if I appreciated a hero a bit different and the sassy heroine, I felt like the very slow pace and taking some time to feel the characters’ connection was a bit dragged out and it was just a long first part, when you had the characters’ thoughts but not really feeling that little something yet. 

I haven’t been convinced by the story firsthand, in spite of the
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
Up All Night With Books
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 Stars
Review by Elizabeth
Late Night Reviewer
Up All Night w/ Books Blog

I have not had the pleasure of reading a book by Stefanie London before now and I have to say I am disappointed in myself. Stefanie is a talented author that drew me in with her words in The Aussie Next Door. I cannot wait to dig into another book by her.

In The Aussie Next Door, we meet Jace who is at the high end of the autism spectrum. That does not stop him from living his life. Well mostly. Jace is a very kind person th
Sissy's Romance Book Review
The Aussie Next Door by Stefanie London is book One in the Patterson's Bluff Series. This is the story of Jace Walters and Angie Donovan.
Angie grew up in one foster home after another foster home. So she learned quickly to not get attached to anything or anyone pretty fast. Then she traveled to Patterson's Bluff a small community in Australia that she fell in love with and had the first feeling of having a home. But her Visa is denied for extension in Australia so she thinks maybe a marriage of
What cute second chance romance. Angie is an American living in Australia feeling like she is at her best, but then she finds out that her Visa isn’t working. Jace is and throughout the book mentions his “high functioning Autism”- for one AMAZING job to the author for incorporating this “personality” in a book.
Jace likes everything in order and consistency and as you see Angie truly appreciates this. Angie is struggling to get her VISA figured out, one option is to find a suitable marriage, but
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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