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Peas, Carrots and an Aston Martin

Peas and Carrots Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Rafe Beckley
Series: Peas and Carrots Series, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
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Summary

He’s inherited every English boy’s dream car. But to hold on to it, he’ll have to get his hands dirty.

Eric Sibley loves his upscale job and the good life it provides. So when the corporate climber inherits his father’s Aston Martin DB4, he’s excited to drive his wife and daughter around in style. But he’s shocked to discover he can only have the flashy auto if he agrees to get a little mud on his polished shoes.

Confined to the will’s strict guidelines, he has no choice but to venture far from his London office and keep his father’s community veggie patch growing. But his hare-brained shortcuts to worm his way out of the obligation only dig him deeper into trouble with his worried wife and the meddling rural greenthumbs.

Has Eric spoiled his stake in the allotment and ruined everything, or will his failed schemes reveal the very thing that matters most?

Peas, Carrots and an Aston Martin is a heart-warming novel from the Peas and Carrots humorous fiction series. If you like crazy capers, quirky characters, and brilliant second chances, then you’ll love Kindle Storyteller Award winner Hannah Lynn’s madcap tale.

©2018 Hannah Lynn (P)2019 Hannah Lynn

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I bought this audiobook on a whim; I hadn’t heard of the author, and wasn’t sure of the genre. This impulse buy definitely paid off. The story is well-written and fun, the characters are well-rounded, and the narration is excellent. I’m choosing to ignore the massive cliche of a character who has no time for anything then miraculously manages to find the time. Isn’t it amazing that work suddenly stops taking over.....lol

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Light-hearted

This was a light hearted book telling the story of Eric whose father has died leaving him an Aston Martin, which would be good if there weren't conditions attached. The story is of Eric's struggles to balance life whilst meeting the conditions. Along the way he meets and intersting, quirky set of characters who help him understand what is important. An amusing book, well narrated that I really enjoyed. Am looking forward to reading more in the series.

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Lovely Read

I really enjoyed this book. It was a heartwarming easy read, and excellently narrated. Would recommend.

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Fabulous story and narrator

Loved it! Couldn’t resist the title, and very glad about it. I’ve read another book by the author but this was the first audio. Great narrator.

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Maybe money isn’t everything

MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS I loved this audiobook it really touched my heart. When Eric discovers his father has only left him his car in his will he is very unhappy. Then Eric discovers that there are guidelines to keeping the car as well which including ensuring that his father allotment is properly tended and cared for every week. At every corner Eric seems to be wondering is it worth all of this effort just to keep this car but along the way it was beautiful to see his eye open up to the actual lesson he was being taught and becoming a better man because of it.

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Who knew gardening could be so fun?

“You may not see it now, but what I have left you is worth more than money, more than the house.” Eric Sibley has it all; a great job, a big house and a beautiful wife and daughter. When his estranged father passes away, Eric is aghast to learn that instead of the house, paintings and his mother’s jewellery, his father has bequeathed him an overgrown allotment and his prized 1962 limited edition Aston Martin, affectionately known as Sally, on the condition that Eric maintains the allotment on a weekly basis for the next two years or risk the ownership of his car being rescinded. Now Eric must somehow juggle a hectic career and family life in the city, with regular visits to the small riverside town of Burlam. Life for Eric quickly turns into a chaotic kaleidoscope of grumpy pensioners, muddy Wellington boots, gardening mishaps, drug raids and missed deadlines, which leave his marriage, job and sanity hanging in the balance. Will Eric come to understand his father’s message from beyond the grave before he risks losing all three? Peas, Carrots and an Aston Martin is the first quintessential British novel in what looks to be a promising series. It was also my first introduction to the author. Told with wit and charm, the story centres around a man’s journey of self reflection and realisation following the death of his father after he’s bequeathed an inheritance with an unusual stipulation. While attempting to fulfill the requirements of the will, he comes to appreciate the important things in life. Eric’s journey and awakening as well as the relationships he forges throughout the book are a revelation. When we first meet Eric, it quickly becomes apparent after he scoffs at his father’s last letter to him before he died, that Eric needs to re-evaluate his priorities. As time goes on however, he changes and although we don’t see him acknowledge this, we as readers know that his father could not have left him a greater gift. The secondary characters were quirky, charming and endearing. One of my favourites was the irascible, cantankerous Norman, an old friend of his father’s, who initially gives Eric a hard time when he first arrives at the allotment. The two eventually reach an understanding which makes the ending all the more poignant and bittersweet. The interactions between Eric and and the young man who works at the DIY store were particularly hilarious as Eric’s attempts to take shortcuts end in one disaster after another, causing him to lose the deposits on the heavy gardening equipment he hires. All in all this was a lighthearted, charming read that will leave readers chuckling and crying tears of joy as well as sorrow. Warm witty dialogue and colourful distinctive characters will stay with you long after the last page. I can’t wait to see what the author has in store for Eric and his family in the sequel. I received an advanced free audible copy of Peas, Carrots and an Aston Martin and I am voluntarily reviewing it. Rafe Beckley’s narration was warm, clear and concise with excellent pacing. I felt that his voice was perfect for the tone of the novel.

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so funny!!

I have loved listening to this audiobook and giggled most of the way through. I was only going to have 10 minutes to see what it was like and ended up listening to most of it in one session!!! iIt is set around an allotment after the father of the main character died and left him an allotment and a car but he could only keep the car if he tended to the allotment on a weekly bases. The narrator made the book come alive and he read it well "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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This is ridiculously funny!

I have received this audiobook via a free promo code and this is my voluntary review. Eric Sibley inherits his fathers prized Aston Martin... on the condition that he tend to his fathers gardening patch "the allotment" in Burling for two years or he loses the car. What ensues next is the workaholic city slicker using his smarts trying to get out of the arrangement as quickly as possible, leading to a rivalry with the allotment committee, arguments with the wife and feuding with his allotment neighbour. Norman. What felt like a curse, begins to feel more and more like his father had a deeper purpose as Eric begins to realise how much of life with his wife, and daughter Abi he's been missing out on as he conquered the business worlds of London. Definitely worth a read.

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Peas,carrots and an Aston Martin

This was a really good start to this series! Eric is left his fathers Aston Martin,with the stipulation that he til the allotment that his father grew veggies on for 2 years.He is left nothing else.Despite living far from the place,he tries to get it into shape and keep his job,What a farce! Rafe Beckley was a terrific narrator. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.'

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How to grow a car?

I throughly enjoyed ever part of this book, I didn’t have to imagine to much because you could see it all happening in your minds eye. A terrific story, full of wondering what else could happen, Hannah Lynn really Bring! Eric and his family to life. Sally the Aston Martin sure makes Eric work hard to keep her. The characters are perfect for the plot, Norman the grumpy allotment keeper makes a good mix to the story. The narrator also makes and enjoyable listed. I received this book free for an honest opinion. On to Book 2 now 😀👍🏻

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  • Lindsey Soliday
  • 20-01-20

A Pleasant Surprise

I don't know what I was expecting, but this exceeded my expectations and I was pleasantly surprised. Lots of fun, quirky, unique, a breath of fresh air (no pun intended). Definitely give it a shot!

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  • J Pearson
  • 09-11-19

Quirky story of personal growth and understanding

I adored this story. The main character, Eric, is self-obsessed with career and while he loves his family, they sometimes take the back seat to his drive to succeed, provide, and make money in the busy world. This all comes crashing down around him when he receives an inheritance after the death of his father. The inheritance is a classic Aston Martin with the stipulation he must spend time each week at the garden allotment in a community garden or he loses the car. This brings up a lot of feelings in Eric with regards to the relationship between he and his father and the impact on "his" life. The story explores his feelings and his relationships (old and new) as he tries to meet the demands of the inheritance. The narrator did a wonderful job with distinguishing character voices and their personalities and the pacing was good. While the book can be read as a stand-a-lone, there is lead-in for next book in the series, I look forward to reading or listening to other books in the series as the characters grew on me and I am curious to where things go next. I received a free copy of this audiobook at my own request and have left this review voluntarily.

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  • Laura
  • 03-11-19

Heartfelt

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily posting this review and all opinions expressed herein are my own. This is the first book in the series Peas and Carrots. It is a standalone book without a cliffhanger ending - although there is a short set up for the next book in the series. In this day, many of us spend a lot of time trying to get ahead, which means time spent away from family, friends and pursuits which bring us joy. That is exactly the case for Eric. He has a lovely wife, who absolutely understands when Eric is always working late and will order late night takeout for him when he finally gets home. A daughter he barely sees. A house which is grand but one he barely has time to enjoy. When his estranged father dies, Eric and his family have plans for all the money they will inherit - afterall, that's what's important. But, much to Eric's chagrin, his father has one more lesson to teach him. I loved this tale. It is not action-packed, rather it is a stroll through Eric's life as he changes his lifestyle, his attitudes, and his relationships all because of his father's bequest. It has a lot of good humor - Eric's renting of tools is particularly funny - and some quirky characters. I found Eric to be very relatable - in terms of how he originally lived his life and then later how taking care of a garden plot changed him and caused him to change those around him. Overall, I found this to be a very heartfelt story full of lessons I'm sure many of us need to learn but told in a lighthearted manner. The narrator, Rafe Beckley, was incredible. His voice is so pleasant on the ears which easily puts you into the right frame of mind for this book. He does different voices for the various characters, has great pacing and delivers the humor perfectly. His narration was a compliment to the written word.

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  • J&M Demildt
  • 21-04-20

Not my cup of tea

I gave it the good college try but this book wasn’t for me. The narration was ok- but the story didn’t really grip me- and it was really slow. I tried about 3 times to get into the story- but it just didn’t keep my interest- I wasn’t a big fan of the main character and the garden aspect was just a bit odd. I’ll admit this was a did not finish for me.

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  • Island Girl
  • 22-03-20

Interesting story

I agree with some prior reviews. I wasn't sure what to expect from the story. The title itself is much like the rest of the story, quirky, interesting story.

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  • Sara Landon
  • 22-03-20

Humorous, dramatic and sweet series!

I was looking for something light-hearted and funny to lift my mood and this was just the series. Eric's father died and left him his Aston Martin, but Dad also wanted to teach Eric that there is more to life than "having it all". In order to keep the Aston Martin, Eric must tend his father's allotment (or community garden plot) on a weekly basis. Eric did everything he could to get out of his responsibility at the allotment. He quickly learned he couldn't shirk this duty and he learned so much more through the process. I enjoyed seeing Eric change and grow through the story. The story was entertaining, had lots of funny one-liners and great characters. Mr. Beckley was the absolute best narrator for the story and truly brought the voice of Eric to life.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-03-20

Did not finish

I figured it was only fair to state that I did not finish this up front. I am sure the story was wonderful, all of the other reviews say it is. I listened for a little over two hours and just could not get into it. I had no sympathy for the mail character and didn't care what he did or what happened to him. Maybe I should have stuck it out, but I didn't. There are way too many other books in the sea! I enjoyed the narrator though! I would listen to this narrator again.

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  • Catrina P
  • 22-02-20

Pea, Carrots and an Aston Martin

Eric is quirky and somewhat stubborn. He definitely grew on me as he looked for anyway to skirt the terms of his father’s will. I loved the character growth. A great first installment in this series by Hannah Lynn that can definitely be enjoyed as a stand alone. Rage Beckley’s performance was well done. I enjoyed the portrayal of the different characters. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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  • leigh sharpe
  • 09-02-20

So much to learn!

I really loved this story! I love how Eric tries every way possible to avoid actually DOING the work. He learns though...and he learns not just about peas and carrots and plants..but about himself...about priorities. It's really good! Let me say..the narration was ok..not great..not bad..just ok. He doesn't seem to "GET" the humor in this story.

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  • Nicole Ortiz
  • 05-02-20

Fun and Quirky

This was a fun, quirky book. A great story with wonderful characters. Loved the narrator, his voice was smooth and calming and perfect for the story.