The Aussie Next Door

The Aussie Next Door

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...

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Title:The Aussie Next Door
Author:Stefanie London
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The Aussie Next Door Reviews

  • Teresa

    **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

    **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 sassy group of senior citizens the Poker Ladies, and of course Tilly and Truffle a pair of dogs that are mismatched, a Chihuahua and a German Shepard, but will keep you in giggles until the early hours of the morning.

    Angie Donovan grew up in the foster care system in the US and a when one of her parents abused left her with scars both inside and outside. But she's come to Patterson's Bluff, Australia where she not hounded by the press but is just Angie it helps her landlord Jace Walters but wonderful people who don't care who she is or or why she's there. But after only two days she's fell in love with the town and it's people oh and Jace. But can she win over the board of the local care center as well as Jace who's orderly world has been turned upside down and now includes dog sitting for his mother's friend.

    Jace Walters has always been different than the rest of his brothers and sister he loves routine and order calmed his "high functioning" autism. When he gets talked into watching Tilly and Truffle for 2 months will throw his schedule off, now if he can just get beyond his writer's block for his comic. When he finds out Angie may have to leave because her visa extension is denied and if she wants to stay she'll need to get married. Will he watch while she researches the towns bachelors or will he offer himself because she's become very important to his life?

  • Lauren

    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

    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, shies away from a crowd and believes he has everything he needs in life. His attraction to his beautiful tenant is a mere inconvenience. After being dumped by his ex-fiance, Jace knows no woman will ever accept his eccentricities. Instead, he’s going to focus on his career as a comic strip artist... and looking after the two troublesome dogs he’s been tricked into caring for (I couldn’t get enough of these adorable and cheeky canines).

    After a life of rejection and disappointment, Angie has escaped her childhood infamy in the US and finally found her home in a small Aussie town… too bad her visa is about to expire and she’ll soon be deported. Desperate to stay, Angie convinces herself she can meet a man, fall in love and get married within two months. The only solution to her problems.

    When Angie turns to her landlord and sort-of friend, Jace to help her search for Mr. Right, the two fight their mutual attraction which makes for plenty of sizzle and tension.

    Stefanie London perfectly balances serious themes with humour, heart and the sizzling chemistry I’ve grown to expect in all her stories. I can’t wait to visit Patterson’s Bluff again.

  • 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

    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 past rejections get in the way of their future together.

    There were things, which motivated me to read this book.

    1. I adored London's Bad Bachelor series, and was eager to read more of her books.

    2. I am trash for the marriage of convenience trope.

    3. I am always looking for books set outside the US to feed my wanderlust.

    I must say, I made a great choice, because I had a fantastic time reading

    First and foremost, this book was a lot of fun. From the antics with the dogs to the family cookout to the card games at the retirement home, London made sure I had a good time and laughed a lot. I always appreciate a good injection of humor and merriment in my stories, but I also found this to be quite an emotional read.

    Both Angie and Jace had been hurt in the past. Angie had been abandoned by her parents and spent the rest of her life trying to navigate the foster system. Let's just say it wasn't all ice cream and rainbows for her, and it left her yearning to find a place where she belonged and people, who would love her.

    Though Jace came from a rather tight knit, loving, and supportive family (who I LOVED), he always felt a little on the outside of things due to being on the spectrum, and when his romantic relationship fell apart, he abandoned all hope, that he could find that "someone", who would be able to love him "as is".

    Seeing these two find a "home" with each other simply filled me with joy. I think everyone can appreciate finding their "people", those who accept them, scars and all, and who don't try to change them.

    Overall: This was a lovely story about finding the people, who will love you "as is", and finding the people, who are your home. It was fun, sexy, sweet, and heartwarming, and I am looking forward to returning to Patterson's Bluff.

    *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Amanda Yates

    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.

  • ☽ TheBibliotheque

    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

    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 start in life and is trying to keep what she finally considers her home, and a man diagnosed with autism trying to protect himself from the world. Despite them having completely different perceptions of the world and being incompatible in paper even when yielding an attraction that they believe could never make them any good, they become friends. And slowly that turns into something else, all those pieces in the puzzle they never imagined could fit together, falling finally into place and becoming everything they didn't know they needed in the world to be complete. To feel alive. This book was simple, sweet and cute.

    *I received an earc via edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

  • Zoe

    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

    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 situations, swoon-worthy romance, and the intricacies of high-functioning autism.

    Overall, The Aussie Next Door is a timely, fresh, uplifting tale by London that is a wonderful start to the Patterson’s Bluff series and an enticing introduction to the Walters family.

    Thank you to Stefanie London and Entangled Publishing for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • Taylor Metcalfe

    Light, sweet, read filled with quirks and humor.

    This felt like the perfect read to wind down summer with. I enjoyed the Walters family and since this looks to be the first in a series I'm hoping we get more of them in the next book!

    Angie's time is ticking to fall in love and get married to ensure her stay in Australia. Jace just wants solitude and routine but when his mother volunteers him to dog sit and Angie confesses her plan to find a husband his routine is thrown out the window.

    I enjoyed

    Light, sweet, read filled with quirks and humor.

    This felt like the perfect read to wind down summer with. I enjoyed the Walters family and since this looks to be the first in a series I'm hoping we get more of them in the next book!

    Angie's time is ticking to fall in love and get married to ensure her stay in Australia. Jace just wants solitude and routine but when his mother volunteers him to dog sit and Angie confesses her plan to find a husband his routine is thrown out the window.

    I enjoyed the friendship between Angie and Jace. The lust was pretty immediate but the romance was a sweet build up. I definitely plan to read more by Stefanie London

  • Mindy Lou's Book Review

    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

    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 one and only relationship fails, he doesn't believe he will find someone who will adjust to his quirks.

    Angie grew up in foster care, moving from family to family and sorely mistreated. She still struggles with a need to please people due to her abandonment issues. When lawyers exposed her troubles in the states in the foster care system, she moves to Australia to get away from her problems.

    I felt for both Jase and Angie's characters. I liked both of them and wished their insecurities didn't stand so much in the way of finding love. I was a bit surprised to find that this was a heavier story than I was expecting, but it was also very heartwarming. These two were very easy to root for love to conquer all.

    The small towns setting and the side characters brought a lot to the story. I could see hints of possible couples for future books in this series. I even loved the two dogs!

  • 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

    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 this one a 3.7 out of 5.

  • Jules

    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

    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 his struggles without making the character pitiful. The character’s self doubts (especially relative to his siblings) and his avoidance of social gatherings and people is clearly evident.

    I liked Angie’s bubbly personality and involvement in her adopted country. Her past is tragic because readers are told it is. Her backstory was not explored enough to make her a sympathetic character to me. In fact both main characters’ issues are developed just enough for them to be relationship hurdles and to depict two awkward adults whose insecurities and social struggles limit their ability to fit in. Exploring Angie and Jace’s backstory further would have given The Aussie Next Door more depth.

    I loved the Walters clan. They’re a big, warm family. I felt drawn to each of these secondary characters.

    When Jace's ex comes back in town, I anticipated some juicy conflict and plot tension. However, their eventual meet up provides the epiphany that allows Jace to pursue Angie and help her stay in the country. While my anticipated drama would have been meatier, the reappearance of the ex-fiance did provide a nice catalyst for change.

    Angie’s pursuit of immigration fraud put me off from the start. It is not a premise that I find acceptable, and that definitely colored my perception of the story and characters. I picked up the book because I’ve read and enjoyed some of Ms. London’s previous books, and if I had paid more attention to the description, I would have passed on this story.  The book and writing are not without merit, the characters and setting are interesting and the denouement is authentic.

    I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. For more reading recommendations, visit Book Junkie Reviews at

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