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.
Croissants, Caramel Clusters & Catastrophes by Vanessa Newman is a humor fiction that follows a thirty-five-years old Tatiana, a former Cardio Queen, as she hopes to reinvent herself as a pet-sitter. When Frances offered her a job, Tatiana didn’t even know what kind of job she had in mind. However, one minute into the interview call revealed that Frances and her friend, Gerty, were leaving for Mexico, and she wanted Tatiana to pet-sit four of their cats. As the initial shock subsided, she decided to take up the job offer. Ever since her days of fame ended prematurely, she had been struggling with her finances. So, she had no other choice than to give it a shot. Although her boyfriend, Blake, had enough money, she wasn’t even sure where their relationship was headed. So, taking his help was out of the question anyway. Little did she know her new job prospect was a backdoor to a phone sex operation. By the time she found out the truth, the hell had broken loose.
The nincompoops are back in the fourth book of the Curmudgeon Avenue series, The Ghosts of Curmudgeon Avenue by Samantha Henthorn. In a wild twist, the side characters of the previous books are in the limelight. However, this does not mean that Edna, Edith, and Harold have disappeared. On the contrary, they are everywhere now. Well, at least Edith is! Edna is despondent at the absence of Genevieve from her afterlife. Harold has declared that he and Edith are “technically” no longer married. Nevertheless, Edith is too busy getting Ricky and Wantha back together to bother about his declaration. Speaking of being bothered, Harold has his own share of paranormal interventions to worry about. Someone, he cannot see, is pushing him to reveal the truth about the elephant accident.
In his twenties, John Hunter was just like any other normal guy. In order to get some extra cash, he took up a part-time job as a waiter in a posh hotel. Clueless of the hotel’s well-concealed side business, he thought of his sexual encounter with a stunning woman with a “grey rat under her thong” a stroke of luck. However, the next day, when he woke up to find that the woman had left him money, he realized that she mistook him for a gigolo. To add to his confusion, Phil, the man who trained him in the hotel, and Kirsty, the hotel manager, knew all about his supposed chance encounter.
Samantha Henthorn has covered a lot of ground in the third book of Curmudgeon Avenue series, Edna and Genevieve Escape From Curmudgeon Avenue. Edna, who did not appear a lot in the second book, has made an impressive comeback in the third part of the series. In the company of her beloved, Genevieve Dubois, Edna is smiling more and, funnily enough, farting even more. Her dream of settling in France has finally come true. However, she cannot ignore Genevieve’s reluctance to explore the country. Unbeknownst to Edna, Genevieve cannot risk being recognized due to a dark secret of her own.
The house with all its “nincompoops” is back with a whole new dose of stupidity in The second book in the Curmudgeon Avenue series, The Harold and Edith Adventures by Samantha Henthorn. With Edna presumably gone to France with the love of her life, Genevieve, Harold had become a permanent lodger in Number One Curmudgeon Avenue. Despite his unbearable smell, he had found a way to sweep Edith off her feet. Additionally, he discovered a passion for “blaming, claiming and complaining” to the benefits agency. Meanwhile, Edith started staring at her ring-less finger more than ever. On top of everything else, Harold had to look out for “the tall, handsome and well-dressed man,” who, in his viewpoint, was “either a fraud investigator or an elephant detective.”
Curmudgeon Avenue – The Terraced House Diaries by Samantha Henthorn is a hilarious take on the preposterous lives of Edna and Edith. After an elephant crushed Mr. and Mrs. Payne to death, Edna and Edith moved back to their parents’ house. The lives of these sixty-something years old sisters hadn’t quite turned out as well as they had expected. As a result, re-locating to Number One Curmudgeon Avenue was in the best interest of both of them. With their limited resources, they needed money to fix the roof of the house.
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