The World Does Not Revolve Around Curmudgeon Avenue

I have reviewed The World Does Not Revolve Around Curmudgeon Avenue – Curmudgeon Avenue #5 by Samantha Henthorn for Reader’s Favorite.

The World Does Not Revolve Around Curmudgeon Avenue replaces the stars of its previous novels with the Rose sisters (Toonan and Wantha), Georgina Foote, Zandra, and many other side characters (some fresh faces and some old ones). Wantha Rose stumbled upon Georgina Foote at Manchester Town Hall, where Wantha was scheduled to marry Ricky Ricketts. When Ricky Ricketts did not show up, the red-faced Wantha made Georgina swear that she would not talk about this day to another soul. However, Georgina Foote broke that promise over Facebook; thus, insulting Wantha at her own territory, aka the internet. Georgina Foote, the rent-thief, continued her distasteful deeds, paving her way out of everybody’s hearts — not that she ever was in anybody’s heart — and into their blacklists. On the paranormal side of the plot, with the ghostly help of Edith Toonan created her tarot-card reading business. Since Edith was busy reconnecting with the ghost of her first husband behind Harold’s back, her inconsistent availability proved to be the biggest problem for Toonan’s business. The juicy gossips were just the right backdrop for the rib-tickling events.

Wantha Rose cupped her hands around her face and peered in through Gil Von Black and her mother’s front window. Take your sunglasses off and knock at the door like a normal person, Wantha! Too late, her catwalk clothes and massive yellow afro had made neighbouring curtains twitch (Even though the houses are enormous and the windows are actually quite far away).

– The World Does Not Revolve Around Curmudgeon Avenue – Curmudgeon Avenue #5 by Samantha Henthorn

Curmudgeon Avenue is a series that puts a never-fading smile on the lips of its readers as the nosey, loud, insensitive, and inappropriate nincompoops go about their ridiculous lives. The result is a hilarious novel that leaves its fans waiting for the next gossip of Curmudgeon Avenue. Although the star cast of the previous novels — Edna, Edith, and Harold — were mostly missing in this novel, “longer than reasonably necessary” and illogical conversations matched the expectations of Curmudgeon Avenue series’ readers. Samantha Henthorn excels in introducing side characters in one novel and then putting these characters into the spotlight in the next book of the series. Her strategic act of passing the proverbial baton works flawlessly in just a matter of a couple of chapters. Wantha’s almost-wedding day, dishonorable actions of Georgina Foote, Zandra’s embarrassment toward their unmentionable housewarming party were the building blocks of a novel that brimmed with excitement.

Georgina Foote peacocked around the office. She smoothes down her inappropriately short skirt and arranged a long fancy scarf around her neck. She was now ready to visit and patronise (oops, I mean treat) her patients. But not before noticing the most favourite and fit doctor of the multidisciplinary team.

– The World Does Not Revolve Around Curmudgeon Avenue – Curmudgeon Avenue #5 by Samantha Henthorn

Samantha Henthorn has proved to be one of those authors who have a firm grasp of the expectation of her readers. Each novel of the Curmudgeon Avenue series is a testament to her awareness, and The World Does Not Revolve Around Curmudgeon Avenue is no exception to this fact. The humor lovers would laugh at the illogical train of thoughts of the characters and gladly join in the gossips of the Curmudgeon Avenue. I recommend not only The World Does Not Revolve Around Curmudgeon Avenue but each novel of The Curmudgeon Avenue series to the readers who enjoy light comedy to help rid the many pains of a hectic lifestyle.

‘What? If you know next week’s lottery numbers, then you can’t tell anyone?’

‘I can’t get involved in gambling, can I?’ Toonan said ‘That would be against the code.’

‘What code?’ Edith said.

Toonan thought about this and offered her considered answer ‘The girl code.’

– The World Does Not Revolve Around Curmudgeon Avenue – Curmudgeon Avenue #5 by Samantha Henthorn

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  2. vishalbheeroo says:

    A great review Ankita in tapping all the layers in the book and hooking readers to unravel this delightful tale. I love the book cover.

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