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The Little Vintage Carousel by the Sea

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  309 ratings  ·  98 reviews
Ness has almost resigned herself to being single forever, when she catches sight of the most gorgeous man she’s ever seen on the train to work.

But just as she plucks up the courage to speak to him – he steps off the train and disappears into the crowds, without realising he’s accidentally dropped his phone!

It’s her ‘glass slipper’ moment, she’s sure of it, she just needs t
Kindle Edition, 295 pages
Published April 3rd 2019 by HQ Digital
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Finitha Jose
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Finally! Another remarkable novel from the author of 'It's a Wonderful Night' and just like the other one, this story is also steeped in movie references. This all really makes me want to cultivate a taste for old movies and maybe one day I will. Rest assured, you don't have to be familiar with the 'Carousel' movie to enjoy this beautiful romance because by the end of the book you are going to be really familiar with its story.
Vanessa Berton (Ness for her friends) works as a fact checker for on
Tracie Banister
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a treat this book was! This beautiful story about two lonely people connecting over a lost cellphone, then falling in love while restoring an old carousel was nothing short of magical. I loved how the author unraveled the history of the carousel while the couple was working on it, and I wish Pearlholme was a real place so that I could spend a summer there! I am such a fan of Jaimie's work and can't wait to see what she writes next. ...more
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a beautiful love story! But also what a complicated love story! What a mess Ness is in thanks to her job and her boss! I loved this story from first to last line! It's the first time I see a story talking about Carousel restoration and this makes this book very unique. I loved everything from the "love at first sight, but I don't know yet I am in love" thing to the lovely atmosphere that is around the lovely village Ness arrives in while looking for the lovely guy she has seen in the train ...more
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Little Vintage Carousel by the Sea is the perfect summer read! I smiled all the way through reading it. It was joyful, funny, sweet and absolutely infectious in its happiness!
Seriously... It's pure joy distilled into a couple hundred pages.

Ness is a fact-checker working for a London based magazine. She lives in a horrible flat, hates her commute, dislikes her boss and dreams of something different while being stuck in the mundane day-to-day of her life. She has a smile-thing/major crush goin
Rachel McMillan
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read my first Jaimie Admans book, It's a Wonderful Night, last year and immediately fell in love with the balance of love and heartbreak, a bittersweet look at a nostalgic holiday and her warm, welcoming characters. As a fan of Annie Darling and Jenny Colgan, Admans fits well in with my reading tastes and always makes me want to seep into and live in the worlds she creates. Yet, even her whimsy and sense of wonder, the colour of Ness's world and the way that Nate approaches life, there is an u ...more
Karen Whittard
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jaimie Admen you did it again. This book is absolutely fabulous. I adored it. It had me smiling and laughing out loud many, many times. With all the hilarious innuendos. The whole ice cream scene had me in hysterics.

In this book we meet Ness. Our lovely independent woman, who is funny and clumsy (and I saw myself in Ness in more than one circumstance). She works for a woman’s magazine, lives in a flat in London, loves pizza and binge watching Netflix.

Ness dreams of becoming a successful journa
Lisa M
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nathan is a stranger to Ness but they have been sharing coy looks at one another on the train for a while, with neither summoning up courage to speak to the other.

The story follows that Ness is sent to seaside town Pearlholme by her boss to find Nathan and return his phone to him after he drops it on the train. What he doesn't know is that she has been tasked with writing a series of articles about their encounter and how she is trying to track down the 'handsome, mysterious train man'.

I’ve read and loved all of Jaimie Admans’ books, and while it seems impossible to choose a favourite, The Little Vintage Carousel by the Sea might just be it.

I love how relatable Ms Admans’ characters always are. I really felt for Ness and her desire for something more. She settled for a ho-hum relationship and after breaking free from that, she then settled for a ho-hum job. The job was something to pay the bills and maybe even a stepping stone to something better, plus it meant getting to wor
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Having read previous books by this author, I was very much looking forward to reading this one, her latest release.  Also I absolutely adore/love the cover.

Well this was a truly delightful and enjoyable read. I loved it from start to finish, there were moments that just melted my heart and then there were moments that totally made me giggle. 

I really liked the character of Ness as I felt like I could totally relate to her, and our personalities are so very similar, not to mention that we share
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a lovely feel good book. A mysterious stranger on a train. A spark of attraction. Finally brought together in an idyllic location. Throw I an emotional backstory, an intriguing mystery and a cast of hilarious characters. I loved everything about this book and really hope there might be a sequel. I do love this author's style of writing. Cover is gorgeous too. Thank you to author and to TBC for the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review. ...more
Rachel Gilbey
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A joyous read, this is absolutely wonderful. Its enchanting, and funny and just a fabulous story.

The amount of times during this story that I was laughing along with Ness and Train Man's dialogue, was ridiculous. Just every interaction they had as sort of awkward, but sort of perfect at the same time. Train Man really is gorgeous but also a bit dorky, and Ness isn't the most graceful of women, so the pair just works.

All the dialogue generally in the book was just en-point and engaging.

Mar 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Enjoyable, cute story, though I can’t say I loved it. I felt despite the ages of the main characters they were somewhat immature - lots of giggling, red faces and almost kissing. I was at times internally screaming “just get on with it!”

Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for the arc copy and the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my unbiased review.
Zoe Hartgen
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As far as I’m concerned, this wonderful author cannot write a poor book. The Little Wedding Island? Amazing!! It’s A Wonderful Night? Incredible!! The Chateau of Happily-Ever-Afters? Brilliant!! The Little Vintage Carousel?? Beats all of them, four times over!!

Ness and Nathan are definitely my favourite characters of the month. Hell, make that that my year so far. Their sense of humour had me laughing out loud and smiling throughout the whole book. Their chemistry is instant from the first few p
Erin Lewis
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 Star review The Little Vintage Carousel by the Sea by Jaimie Admans

Jaime Admans is a new author to me. This was a good little gem which had me laughing and smiling often whilst I read.
A chance glance between strangers morphs in to so much more for Ness after the man she makes eye contact with on the train accidentally leaves his phone behind. It’s not the first time she has seen him but she has no idea who he is and she decides to track him down to return his phone.

Ness wants to be a journali
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
If I loved this...*hums music* but I only just really liked it due to some problems.

I’m a big fan of Jaimie Admans writing and I found this book very enjoyable. The plot was cute and the characters seemed to compliment each other well. I do have a few complaints and one is that it didn’t seem like Ness to keep that “secret” from Nath for so long. I think the story could have been improved if the secret had been revealed sooner paving way for a more fluid ending. To be honest the concept of “tra
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Little Vintage Carousel By The Sea by Jaimie Admans is the most delightful feel-good contemporary romance. It warmed my heart, soothed my soul and left me smiling and feeling good.
The characters are a wonderful mix and all well drawn. I loved the older couple who have no filter on their mouth so we hear all about their bladder problems! The leading lady’s Mum is not afraid to meddle and says what she thinks. The two lead characters and both vulnerable but begin to trust again. Their dialogue
Kathleen Gray
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
How many times have you exchanged glances with the same person on a train (or bus, for that matter)? Well, Ness has been doing it with a mystery man and then one day he drops his phone and she picks it up. Turns out Nathan is, really is, a good guy. He's restoring a carousel (how cool is that). When Ness heads out to Yorkshire to see him, she doesn't tell him that she's planning to write a story about their meeting and relationship. Or will she? This is a sweet romance with nice details and good ...more
Angie (Literary Labors)
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
Stories like this make me want to tell book snobs to shove their literary fiction into the deepest, darkest orifice. I’ll stick with feel-good romance, thank you very much.

I didn’t think Jaimie Admans could write anything else that would top my love for The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters. I was so, so, so, so wrong and now I’d like to give The Little Vintage Carousel by the Sea six stars.
Louise Sowter
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved the romance of this book. I felt that I was right there with the characters and quite frankly didn’t want it to end. An easy to pick up book perfect for brightening a rainy day. Definitely will look out for more books from this author.
Alison Winter
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, everything about it was just amazing. I loved reading about Ness and Nathan, the beautiful village of Pearholme and its residents and the carousel. Hope there is a sequel.
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another super cute one! Loved Nathan and Ness.
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
The Little Vintage Carousel by the Sea is a romcom-style fluffy romance that hits all the expected beats. It's also super bantery and goofy. There's a bit of clunkiness to some of the writing that kept it at three stars, but it was definitely an enjoyable read.

Ness lives in London and works as a fact checker at a magazine, just waiting for a chance to make her break as an article writer. But she's happy enough because at least she works with her bestie...and gets to make eyes at a hot guy most m
Rachel Kennedy
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book. An entertaining read that takes place over a few weeks.

When Nath (train man) drops his phone on the train, Ness rescues it and sets out to reunite it with it's owner. Encourage by her friend at work she follows him to the small coastal town where he is working in Yorkshire. Even though they both want to stay single, the more time they spend together the harder it is to ignore what is happening between them. But once the real reason she follows him is revealed he won't like it.
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved The Chateau of Happily-Ever-Afters so could not wait to read The Little Vintage Carousel by the Sea! Jaimie Admans is an incredible author.

Firstly, absolutely gorgeous cover! So vibrant, colourful and inviting – definitely stands out on bookshelves! I absolutely loved loved loved this magical book! The story is set in the wonderful seaside village of Pearlholme where we meet the very quirky and wonderfully funny residents who will make you smile and laugh all the way through. The two mai
Seema Rao
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charming ~ Enchanting ~ Quick

Tl;dr: The fact is there might be someone for everyone.

Alright, this has to be the perfect holiday read. I wished I wasn't sitting in a wintery wonderland while writing this, though the book had a pretty solid transformational quality. This book is a nice, well-written cozy romance, with solid environmental details and appealing heroine. It is a pretty perfect quick, heart-warming romance for a holiday beach.

Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, contemporary
The meet cute totally convinced me to read further in this one. :) And the rest of the story was pretty adorable! Not perfect, but adorable nonetheless. Ness is a fairly relatable character and I was rooting for her and Nathan to hold on to each other, once they finally got introduced. These two characters are pretty much made for each other and everyone around them knows it. It simply takes them a bit longer to figure things out. But that's the fun part, so I'm not complaining. The awkwardness ...more
Vanessa (Ness) has a poky London flat, a job as a fact-checker for a leading woman’s magazine and a seemingly endless series of days that are all the same. From the sardine-like commute on the Tube, to mind-numbingly pedantic fact checking through her friend and mother’s constant ‘meddling’ to find her a boyfriend, she’s stuck in a rut. And what a rut it is. The bloom is off the rose where London is concerned, and she’s found it increasingly difficult to meet new people, or even find a reason to ...more
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I have been waiting so long for this moment when I can finally say that I've found a new 5-stars read!

Imagine going on the train during the morning rush. It's all crowded, and everyone's sweaty from the hot weather outside. You're feeling all miserable, having to go through the crush every morning to get to a job you don't particularly like. But then you see someone. There's a man. He looks up from his phone, makes eye contact with you, and smiles, with dimples and all, and you find your mood ta
Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and the author for the opportunity to read this book in return for a review based on my honest opinion.

I cannot tell you how much I loved this book! I laughed, I cried, I laughed again. This is a wonderful romantic comedy with a little mystery along with a possible ghost thrown in. I ended up having to tell my hubby the story because I kept laughing out loud while reading, he thought it sounded like a great idea for a rom-com movie.

I really enjoyed it, our
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ness works as a fact checker for a magazine. Her daily commute through London means she see’s various people, no one that memorable, well there is one exception. There is a handsome stranger, they see each other, they never talk, or really acknowledge one another. One day he drops his phone, its a good job Ness is the one that see’s it fall, but she is not quick enough to hand it to him. Ness is then cajoled into writing a story about “Train Man” and from there she goes in search of her mystery, ...more
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Jaimie is a 32-year-old English-sounding Welsh girl with an awkward-to-spell name. She lives in South Wales and enjoys writing, gardening, watching horror movies, and drinking tea, although she’s seriously considering marrying her coffee machine. She loves autumn and winter, and singing songs from musicals despite the fact she’s got the voice of a dying hyena. She hates spiders, hot weather, and c ...more

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