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Adorable Fat Girl and the Mysterious Invitation by Bernice Bloom @Bernice1Bloom @rararesources #bookreview

Happy Sunday bibliophile’s! and Happy 21st Birthday to my daughter!

Super excited to share with you today my review for this adorable book from an equally adorable series it looks like! Many thanks to Rachel, who probably is basking in the sun on vacation, and to Bernice Bloom for her adorable story!💕❄️

Adorable Fat Girl and the Mysterious Invitation

CoverMary Brown receives an invitation to a funeral. But she has absolutely no idea who the deceased is. She’s told that he invited her on his deathbed, and he’s very keen for her to attend, so she heads off to a dilapidated old farm house in a remote part of Wales. When she gets there she discovers that only five other people have been invited to the funeral. None of them knows who he is either.

NO ONE GOING TO THIS FUNERAL HAS EVER HEARD OF THE DECEASED. WHAT IS GOING ON??

Then they are told that they have 20 hours to work out why they have been invited in order to inherit a million pounds.

Who is this guy and why are they there? And what of the ghostly goings on in the ancient old building?

Featuring Mary Brown, star of the Adorable Fat Girl series of books, in her greatest adventure yet.

This is BOOK NINE in the series, but can be enjoyed as a stand-alone book or as part of the series.

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07KFSL7VX

US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KFSL7VX

Author Bio –

My name is Bernice Bloom and I write funny novels about a crazy lady called Mary Brown in my ‘Adorable Fat Girl’ series. 

Mary is funny, gorgeous and bonkers. She’s also about six stone overweight. When she realises she can’t cross her legs and has trouble bending over to tie her shoelaces without wheezing like an elderly chain-smoker it’s time to take action. But what action? She’s tried every diet under the sun.

This series is the hysterical story of what happens when Mary joins ‘Fat Club’ where she meets a cast of funny characters and one particular man who catches her eye.
The series follows Mary as she goes on safari, on a cruise, to a weekend yoga retreat and on an incredible adventure when she receives a mysterious invitation to a funeral.

The stories are laugh-out-loud funny and will resonate with anyone who has dieted, tried to keep up with any sort of exercise programme or spent 10 minutes in a changing room trying to extricate herself from a way too-small garment that she ambitiously tried on and is now completely stuck in. xx

My Thoughts

A little sass and fun mixed with a little mystery and history!

This book was simply adorable! This was my first introduction to Mary Brown and the ninth book in the series and I was not lost at all! Can definitely be read as a standalone… however I’d venture to guess after reading this book you’ll want to go and pick them all up, I know I do….“The Adorable Fat Girl “series has a new fan!

Mary Brown receives an invitation to a funeral the problem is? She has no idea who the deceased is, and why he would want her at his funeral… when she arrives at the funeral in an isolated village in Wales she meets the other six people who were invited to the funeral… only six people and none of them know the deceased, Reginald Charters… The six of them soon find out that they will inherit 1,000,000 pounds, however there is a catch!

The story is told in duel timelines because we also get the story of Reginald Charters starting in the 1940s…. I found this story extremely interesting and very well researched! The historical part of the story had a much more somber tone than that of the present day story, but I thought it was a really nice balance…. it was like the historical part was in black-and-white and the present day was in color…

Mary was such a fun self deprecating character with a wonderful sense of humor… The rest of the cast of characters were quirky, intriguing, and well developed… and bonus at the end of the book we find out there will be another book including all these wonderful characters! I’m really looking forward to many more books in the series and getting to know Mary better…

Absolutely encourage you to add this to your TBR list! It is quite adorable!

*** many many thanks to the author and Rachel for my copy of this book ***
My website is: www.bernicebloom.com

Social Media Links –

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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah #KristinHannah #PollyStone #AudiobookReview #HistoricalFiction @StMartinsPress @audibleuk @audible_com

Ok, Ok I admit it, I’m late to the party to this one, I tried twice before and couldn’t get into it at all, but this time I was determined to stick with it, and I’m so glad I did, why did I doubt myself, of course this book was phenomenal!!

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Nightingale Stars

The Blurb

France, 1939
In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France…but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When France is overrun, Vianne is forced to take an enemy into her house, and suddenly her every move is watched; her life and her child’s life is at constant risk. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates around her, she must make one terrible choice after another.

Vianne’s sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets the compelling and mysterious Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can…completely. When he betrays her, Isabelle races headlong into danger and joins the Resistance, never looking back or giving a thought to the real–and deadly–consequences

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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Nightingale Stars

The Nightingale tells a story about World War II, and contrary to what I thought I was going to read about, this wasn’t about the fighting at all….well not in the way that you think, this is about the women who were left behind.

France 1939, Vianne says goodbye to her husband as he goes to the front to fight for the country, she doesn’t think for a minute that the Nazi’s will come to her town, let alone invade France, so she isn’t too worried about it.

However the realisation that this is exactly what is happening comes too quickly, and Vianne is eventually living in her house with a stranger, not just a stranger, but a Nazi officer!

She must teach her daughter to keep her head down, and her mouth shut, and take huge risks to protect and save lives of people that could get her not just into trouble, it could cost her life!

Isabelle is Vianne’s younger sister, she is always getting herself into trouble, and has always been a bit of a rebel.

She is opposite to her sister, in that she is totally ready for the Nazi’s, in fact she would be quite happy to head off to Paris to join the fight, and that is exactly what she does.

Against her sisters advice that she couldn’t do anything to help, Isabelle is determined that she can do something, so she packs a bag and sets off to Paris.

“Oh, for heaven’s sake, Isabelle. Paris is overrun. The Nazis control the city. What is an eighteen-year-old girl to do about all of that?”

But a difference she does make, to many lives, after joining the French Resistance with her new friend Gäetan, she was known to many as “The Nightingale” and risked her life helping others.

“On this cool October morning, her life would change. From the morning she boarded this train..

From now on, she was Juliette Gervaise, code name the Nightingale”

🎧🎧 – Narrated expertly by Polly Stone who did a wonderful job, her voice was just perfect for this book and I will definitely be looking out for other books that she has narrated.

A fantastic read that I would recommend to anyone.

Vicci

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I’m Glad I Found You This Christmas by CP Ward @ChrisWardWriter @rararesources #bookreview #giveaway

Happy Thursday bibliophiles!

Delighted to share with you today my review for this most charming Christmas story! A big thank you to Rachel for my invitation to the tour and to CP Ward ❄️

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ImGladIFoundYouThisChristmas_eBookI’m glad I found you this Christmas – an uplifting sweet romance set against the magical backdrop of Christmas.

Maggie Coates is frustrated. Her longterm boyfriend, Dirk, recently moved to London to take a job she fears puts him out of her league. Despite the assurances of her best friend Renee, Maggie is convinced Dirk is slowly drifting away. All Maggie wants is to get married and settle down, but maybe Dirk has other ideas.

Convinced by Renee to make one last throw of the dice, Maggie books a romantic holiday for two in the quaint Scottish village of Hollydell. But will Dirk show up?

And if he doesn’t, what if there is a perfect man waiting for her among the Christmas magic of Hollydell’s snow-laden streets? What if Henry, the humble reindeer farmer with the kind smile, turns out to be the man of Maggie’s dreams?

my Thoughts

this was a charming story that completely envelops you in the Christmas spirit🎄

Something about this story reminds me of my favorite Christmas movie “The Polar Express” it completely emerges you in Christmas… A quaint steam engine train ride that drops you off in a town full of Christmas cheer🚂

Maggie has planned a Christmas getaway for her and her boyfriend, a last ditch effort to rekindle their relationship…. but Dirk is a jerk and doesn’t show up to their romantic getaway in order to spend time with someone else…… Maggie finds herself stranded, however she is in the middle of Christmas central complete with a reindeer farm… of course henry the reindeer farmer is super sweet and isn’t too bad to look at, so will Maggie make the best out of a bad situation? Will she find herself under the mistletoe with Henry?

The story was just so sweet I really liked Maggie… although I think she should have kicked Dirk to the curb a long time ago! Renee her BFF was the best friend anyone could ask for, so supportive! And all the villagers were so charming and quirky and unique…. this is a village we would all love to visit this time of year❄️

A beautiful Christmas story that will make you feel merry and bright!🎅🏻

*** many thanks to the author and Rachel for my copy of this book ***
I’m glad I found you this Christmas is a glowing sweet romance which will leave you feeling warm inside and buzzing with Christmas spirit.

Purchase Links

US – https://www.amazon.com/glad-found-you-this-Christmas-ebook/dp/B07F5ZM8LN

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/glad-found-you-this-Christmas-ebook/dp/B07F5ZM8LN

I'm Glad me profile-001Author Bio – CP Ward is a writer from the UK who currently lives and works in Japan. This is his first Christmas book.

Website – www.amillionmilesfromanywhere.net

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My Virtual Life by Sharon Dempsey @svjdempz @bombshellpub #bookreview

Happy happy day book friends!

Excited to share with you today my review for this lovely little story! Many thanks to Emma for my invitation to the tour and Sharon Dempsey for her wonderful words!💚❄️Anita Waller - Malignant_cover_1-1

Glamorous lone parent, Stella wants nothing more than to impress her teenage daughter. She has spent her life shielding Tara from her religious upbringing and has never told Tara about her father. But when they move back to Belfast, hiding the past becomes tricky.

Stella lands her dream job as fashion editor at a teen magazine and Tara thinks she will die of shame. Later, Tara starts a blog to pour out her teenage angst and begins working at a home for rescued animals run by the reclusive, enigmatic Nora.

When Tara’s blog takes off, a rival magazine offers to publish it as a column, putting her in a difficult situation.

Will Tara risk hurting her mother in order to achieve her dream of being a writer? Can three generations of one family, who struggle to understand each other, ever develop real bonds?

My Thoughts

A uniquely told, on point story about the complexities of the mother daughter relationship👩‍👧

This was a charming and real look into the thoughts of a daughter and mother navigating their way through the teenage years… it was told in diary for so we really got an intimate look into both Stella and Tara’s inner thoughts and emotions…. this was a lovely coming of age story that I think leans a little more towards young adult then women’s fiction…

Tara is a 14-year-old who doesn’t quite fit in, she has a best friend Matt but he is her one and only true friend…. Stella is a single mother who wants nothing but the best for her daughter Tara, although her methods are sometimes a little questionable… Tara feels a disconnect from her mom who is gone half the week, she starts a blog to vent mostly about her mom… her mom is a fashion editor at a teen magazine so when Tara is approached by the rival magazine to publish her blog there is a conflict of interest… we also see Tara navigating her way through the teenage social scene and Stella navigate her way through the dating scene…. some secrets are revealed and the mother daughter bond is tested, but ultimately love prevails!

Tara was a darling character that you just wanted to reach through the pages and give a big hug to… Stella was a little hard to warm up to, at first she appeared very selfish, but as the book progresses you see her true heart… I really thought about what my daughter would say about me if she were venting on a blog when she was a teenager, yikes! The mother daughter relationship is complex and my daughter and I had our fair share of moments… this book was a lot of fun and it put a huge smile on my face…. The ending was perfect and I loved all the little twist and reveals along the way… Tara was a character who definitely deserved a happy ending!

Absolutely recommend if you enjoy a well told coming of age story about mothers and daughters that leans towards YA…

*** A big thank you too Bombshell Books for my copy of this book ***

IMG_3970About Sharon Dempsey:

My Virtual Life is Sharon Dempsey’s second contemporary women’s fiction novel. Sharon is a Belfast-based writer of three fiction titles with four non-fiction health books published. Her crime debut Little Bird was released in July 2017 with Bloodhound Books. A Posy of Promises is the first in a trilogy and published by Bombshell Books.

She facilitates therapeutic creative writing classes for people affected by cancer and other health challenges, and runs a creative writing group for young people, called Young Scribblers, at the Crescent Arts Centre. She is a creative writing tutor at Queen’s University and Stranmillis College. Sharon studied Politics and English at Queen’s University and undertook a newspaper journalism post grad at City University, London. She has written for a variety of publications and newspapers, including the Irish Times. She regularly reviews books for BBC Radio Ulster. Sharon is working on the follow up to Little Bird and a collection of dark short stories.

Sharon’s Social Media Links:
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Trust Me by Hank Phillippi @HankPRyan #bookbestietrustme #bookreview

Happy hump day book lovers!

Thrilled to share my review for this thriller with you today! This was a group read with my BOOK BESTIES and it definitely encourage a lively discussion!💕❄️💕

Trust Me by Hank Philippi Ryan

My Thoughts

This book was a little quart room drama, a little psychological thriller, a little mystery, and a lot intriguing!

This book will leave you bewildered and unsettled and not knowing which way is up! A book about motherhood, tragedy, justice, and hope…. Astoria filled with lies, deception, terrible truths, and redemption… A book that will anger you, frustrate you, and leave you reeling….

Ripped from the headlines, Ashlyn is accused of killing her three-year-old daughter Tasha Nicole… Mercer is a journalist who is grieving the death of her husband and young daughter Sophia…. Mercer takes a job to write a true crime story about Ashlyn and so the threads of these women’s lives begin to tangle… The blurb to the story is short and sweet, so I will stop here with the plot….

Mercer is a likable and sympathetic character whose grief is palpable…Ashlyn on the other hand is unlikable, unsympathetic, and cold as ice…. but as much as I disliked her she was extremely well drawn… The ultimate unreliable narrator, because I don’t think a true word ever came out of her mouth…. A liar like no other, and she was really good at it, half the time I was convinced of her stories…. and to be honest I’m still not sure what the truth is! The girl twisted everything and I mean everything, she turned Mercer and me upside down and inside out and every other direction…. what a brilliantly deceitful character that made this book so very compelling! A book that will hold your attention from first page to last and leave you satisfied…
Absolutely recommend to anyone who enjoys a thriller filled with complex characters and plenty of twists!

*** many thanks to the author for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

An accused killer insists she’s innocent of a heinous murder.

A grieving journalist surfaces from the wreckage of her shattered life.

Their unlikely alliance leads to a dangerous cat and mouse game that will leave you breathless.

Who can you trust when you can’t trust yourself?

Trust Me

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All Wrapped Up in You by Sun Chara @sunchara3 @rararesources #bookreview #giveaway

Happy Wednesday bibliophiles!

Delighted to share with you today my review for this sweet little romance! Huge thanks to Rachel for my invitation to the tour and his Sun Chara for her satisfying story!💚❤️💚

All Wrapped Up In You

All Wrapped Up In You Larger CoverTheir marriage hangs in the balance, but on this wind battered Christmas Eve, a miracle is born…

When Ellie hooked up with world renowned neurosurgeon, Peter Medeci, aka ‘Prince Charming’, she thought her dreams had come true. But the demands of being the model wife to his career triggers a mutiny within her and she decides to ditch the ‘royal’ life until he sees her as more than his bedroom playmate.

My Thoughts

A short but sweet story full of sentiment and sprinkled with Christmas cheer💚❤️💚

Peter and Ellie appear to have the perfect marriage, but things aren’t always as they seem… Peter is a bit of a workaholic and Ellie feels as though he treats her more like an object then a partner… convince this is not how she wants to live her life Elie leaves her comfortable life to live on her own terms…. this is the story about peter trying to win his wife back in the course of an evening, Christmas Eve….

This was a lovely romance, but typical to so many romances so many things could have been solved with some communication…. both these characters were quite frustrating, I wanted to reach through the pages and knock some sense into them at times! Fortunately they ultimately did get it together… and as in all good Christmas romances this story had a happy satisfying ending complete with some steam…

Recommend for a delightful afternoon or evening reading all wrapped up and cozy by the fire…

*** many thanks to Harper Impulse for my copy of this book ***

Purchase Link – http://hyperurl.co/bq8jzc

Sun photo-1Author Bio –  Sun Chara, an Amazon top 100 bestseller, writes sexy, hip ‘n fun contemporary romance, and romantic comedies w/a divine twist for HarperImpulse. She makes her home in southern California, and has appeared on stage/film to rave reviews in How the Other Half Loves, General Hospital, and McGee and Me. She has a Masters Degree in Education and membership in SAG/AFTRA and Romance Writers of America. Sipping Frappuccinos topped with whipped cream/sprinkles, and dancing on the beach make everyday a celebration!

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The Christmas Spirit by Susan Buchanan @Susan_Buchanan @rararesources #bookreview #giveaway 🎄❄️

Happy Monday bibliophiles!

Delighted to share with you today my review for another festive story full of Christmas spirit! Big thanks to Rachel for my invitation and to Susan Buchanan for her beautiful story🎄❄️

The Christmas Spirit

TCS_cover_finalChristmas is coming, but not everyone is looking forward to it.

Rebecca has just been dumped and the prospect of spending the holiday period with her parents is less than appealing.

Eighty- two year old Stanley lost his beloved wife, Edie, to cancer. How will he cope with his first Christmas without her?

Jacob’s university degree hasn’t helped him get a job, and it looks like he’ll still be signing on come New Year.

Workaholic Meredith would rather spend December 25th at home alone with a ready meal and a DVD box set. Can anything make her embrace the spirit of the season?

The enigmatic Natalie Hope takes over the reins at the Sugar and Spice bakery and café in an attempt to spread some festive cheer and restore Christmas spirit, but will she succeed?

My Thoughts

this book was filled with Sugar and Spice and everything nice!❄️

I have definitely read my fair share of Christmas books this season, and it is impressive how many ways you can write a story about this time of year…. I also get to celebrate Christmas all over the world yesterday I was celebrating Christmas in New York and today I am celebrating in Scotland…. what is so nice about that is I live in Southern California where it does not snow so I get to have a white Christmas and still wear leggings a tank top and no shoes on my feet….

This delightful story was about Natalie Hope, and what an appropriate name because she definitely brought hope to many…. Natalie heads to Scotland for Christmas to help run the Sugar and Spice Café in its owners absence… while there she meets four very lovely but lonely characters…. all of these characters are down on their luck, and Natalie definitely brings HOPE into their lives…. and cake lots and lots of yummy cake, I am so craving cake now!

This little Christmas story had so much packed into it… all the characters were so well developed and they all had tremendous growth within the story…. A feel-good festive story with a splash of romance!

Absolutely recommend as the perfect book to bring some Christmas spirit into your life!❤️💚❤️💚

*** many thanks to the author and Rachelle for my copy of this book ***

Purchase Links

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TCS - twitterpicAuthor Bio – Susan Buchanan lives in Scotland with her husband and their two children. She is the author of four novels: Return of the Christmas Spirit, The Christmas Spirit, The Dating Game, and Sign of the Times. She is currently working on books five and six: The Proposal and Just One Day.

Susan is also a proofreader, editor and translator, and when not working, writing, or caring for her two delightful cherubs, loves reading, the theatre, quiz shows and eating out – not necessarily in that order!

Social Media Links

Facebook – www.facebook.com/susan.buchanan.author

Twitter – susan_buchanan

Blog – Sooz’s journal – www.susancbuchanan.blogspot.co.uk

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Christmas Miracles at the Little Log Cabin by Helen J. Rolfe @HJRolfe @rararesources #bookreview

Happy Sunday bibliophiles! I am sitting here watching Lifetime Christmas movies in my festively decorated house, finally got all the Christmas Decour up!🎁

Thrilled to share with you today my review for this festive story full of warmth and charm! Many thanks to Rachel for my invitation to the tour and to Helen J. Rolfe for her festive words!🎄

Christmas Miracles at the Little Log Cabin

Do you believe in Christmas Miracles?

Holly is looking for a change and even though not everyone agrees with her career choices, she’s determined there’s more to this life than the long hours she works as an editor in New York City. What she doesn’t expect is to meet Mitch, a recluse who’s hiding more than she realises.

Mitch does all he can to avoid human contact, spending his days in the little log cabin out in the woods behind Inglenook Falls where he owns a Christmas tree farm, so when Holly falls into his life, he’s not sure how to react. All he knows is that something needs to change if he ever wants to get his life back on track.

Along with friends Cleo and Darcy, Holly is determined to bring joy back to Mitch’s life, but will he appreciate their interference? And when a business proposition throws everything up in the air, will it do more harm than good and ruin lives forever?

Both Holly and Mitch must learn that on the surface people aren’t always what they seem…but if you dig a little deeper, they can take you by surprise.

Curl up this Christmas for plenty of snowflakes, roaring log fires, a marriage proposal, unlikely friendships and second chances as we return to the much-loved characters in the New York Ever After series.

My Thoughts

this adorable book was a wHoHoHole lot of festive fun!❄️

This was such a delightful story that put a big smile on my face and a warm feeling in my heart… The perfect holiday Reid complete with a snowman, Christmas trees, a log cabin, and even the Grinch… this is the fourth book in this series, but it can absolutely be read as a standalone…. although I may go back and read the previous books I’d really like to get Cleo and Darcy’s full stories….

Holly quits her high power job as an editor to freelance as a writer/photographer… not everybody is completely on board with this decision including her boyfriend Pierre… Holly’s first assignment is to report on a luxury hotel opening in small town New York… while staying at the quaint inn of old family friends Holly runs across a very picturesque log cabin…. while taking a picture she gets spooked, hits her head and meats…. The Yeti… the Grinch… Mitch…. Mitch is a hairy recluse who has been living half a life after his wife ran off with his son… so can Holly help Mitch’s heart grow two sizes?

This was just the perfect feel good holiday story with just the right balance of romance and holiday cheer… Holly was a fun character, loved her enthusiasm and heart and the bond she shared with her friends…. Mitch was a bit rough at first, but he had such tremendous heart felt character growth, he went from grinch to Saint Nick all in the course of this book… so many layers to this little lovely story!

Absolutely recommend, perfect to curl up with for a wonderful heartwarming afternoon of holiday reading🎄❄️

*** Big thanks to the author and Rachelle for my copy of this book ***

Purchase Link

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-Miracles-Little-Cabin-After-ebook/dp/B07HJ78RWY

Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Miracles-Little-Cabin-After-ebook/dp/B07HJ78RWY

Author Bio – Helen J Rolfe writes contemporary women’s fiction and enjoys weaving stories about family, friendship, secrets, and community. Characters often face challenges and must fight to overcome them, but above all, Helen’s stories always have a happy ending.

Location is a big part of the adventure in Helen’s books and she enjoys setting stories in different cities and countries around the world. So far, locations have included Melbourne, Sydney, New York, Connecticut, Bath and the Cotswolds.

Social Media Links –

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The Kooky Kids’ Club by Robbie Yates @robbie_b_yates @Shalini_G26 #bookreview

Happy Saturday bibliophiles!

A little late to the party on this one, but I am super excited to share with you today my review for this kooky story! Many thanks to lovely Shalini for my invitation to the tour and to Robbie Yates for his wonderful words!🥳

About the Book

Maxine is smart, quirky, and a bit of a misfit. One day, she receives a mysterious invitation to a meeting of the “Kooky Kids’ Club.”

Things are looking bright. It’s nice to finally have a real group of friends. Then Maxine’s teacher disappears.

Maxine doesn’t know what happened to her beloved teacher, or how she can help. But if anybody has the smarts to help Miss Thompson, it’s Maxine and the Kooky Kids’ Club…

This quirky chapter book is for the best kind of kids—the ones who are a little bit kooky!

My Thoughts

A fun well told story perfect for anyone who has ever felt a little quirky, a little peculiar, a little kooky!

Do you ever wish you could go back and tell your 10-year-old self that someday you won’t care as much what everybody else thinks? Admittedly I’m almost 50 and I’m still working on this, but wow I’ve come along way since my tweens! I was so all consumed with what everyone else thought and trying to fit in, a book like this would have been helpful in my life…. my kids fortunately have already made it through these awkward years… otherwise I’d for sure advise them to read this delightful story that will make you feel as though it’s pretty darn cool to be kooky!

Maxine is smart but a little unsure of herself, so when she receives an invitation to the Kooky Kids’ club she is quite excited… finally friends other kids that are just a little bit kooky like her! Loved the club aspect of the story, when I was young I was forever trying to start clubs in elementary school…. when a beloved teacher goes missing, Maxine is convinced that she and the other members of the club are perfect candidates to solve the mystery…. so where is the teacher? And will the club save the day? Well you’re going to need to read this book to find that out!

Such a wonderful story Full of humor and a wonderful message… if there is a tween in your life I’d add this book to your Christmas shopping list!

*** many thanks to Robbie Yates and Shalini for my copy of this book ***

Author Bio

Robbie Yates is an author from Melbourne, Australia. He likes cocoa, cheeky poetry, and eating all of the red jellybeans before anybody else can get to them.

In his free time, Robbie likes to read ridiculous and wacky kids’ fiction. He also likes practical jokes and terrible puns.

Author Social Media Links

Amazon link:

Amazon Author Central page: https://www.amazon.com/Robbie-Yates/e/B07DZ8FKDM

Author’s Website: http://www.robbieyates.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Robbie-Yates-410844732660426/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/robbie_b_yates

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18157934.Robbie_Yates

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Have a kooks day! Berit☀️✨

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Deck The Halles by Stephanie Dagg @llamamum @rararesources #bookreview

TGIF book lovers!

Super excited that I am almost done with my Christmas shopping, And that I get to share with you today my review for this festive story full of llamas and fun! Many thanks to Rachel for my invitation to the tour and to Stephanie Dagg for her charming words🎄🦙

Deck The Halles

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It’s next Christmas at the little French llama farm.

Last Christmas infamous Australian author Nick bought the farm, that was meant to be furnished and without llamas. The reverse proved to be the case. Noelle had been sent to pet sit the llamas until his arrival. After a decidedly frosty start, Nick and Noelle’s relationship warmed up rapidly and they’re now happily living together, with an ever growing assortment of animals.

They’re looking forward to a quiet, romantic Christmas together but at the last moment Noelle is called on to find a venue for the annual national llama show. The local agricultural halles are free so she books them, thinking that’s all she’ll have to do to help. She couldn’t be more wrong! On top of that, various relatives start turning up on her doorstep unexpectedly, as the result of assorted crises. The farmhouse is about to burst at the seams. Add in a few other events, such as playing the part of a pixie at a Christmas fête, organising Nick’s book launch and training a non-cooperative  llama for the agility class in the show, and Noelle is pushed ever closer to the end of her tether. Can she hold it together and stay as calm as a llama? Or will she be the next member of her family to make a bolt for pastures new?

This festive, feel-good and fun novel is the sequel to ‘Fa-La-Llama-La: Christmas at the Little French Llama Farm’ but can be read as a standalone.  

My Thoughts

nothing puts you in the holiday mood quite like a fa la la la llama 🦙

What a fun feel good festive story full of holiday cheer and llamas! I had no idea llamas were such fascinating and lively animals…. and funny! I was laughing so hard at these crazy llamas trying to master these agility obstacles…. yes there are Lama shows with agility and fancy dress, just like a dog show, well at least they do in France…. so you might be thinking what do llamas have to do with Christmas? Well plenty especially with an owner named Noelle…

Noelle was a delightful character about to spend her very first Christmas with her amour Nick…. they are excited for quiet romantic nights by the fire, but faith has a different plan… before they know it they’re in charge of a llama show, with a house full of company with assorted issues and quirks… Noelle and Nick handled this like champs, they rose to the challenge and ended up having a very Merry Christmas indeed!

This was a unique and enchanting story that I would strongly encourage you to add to your holiday reading list!🎄🦙

*** Big thanks to the author and Rachelle for my copy of this book ***

Purchase Links

universal one: getbook.at/DTH

amazon.co.ukhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07KRKSQ9Q/

amazon.com.au: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07KRKSQ9Q

amazon.comhttps://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KRKSQ9Q

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I’m an English expat living in France, having moved here with my family in 2006 after fourteen years as an expat in Ireland. I now consider myself a European rather than ‘belonging’ to any particular country. The last ten years have been interesting, to put it mildly. Taking on seventy-five acres with three lakes, two hovels and one cathedral-sized barn, not to mention an ever increasing menagerie, makes for exciting times. The current array of animals includes alpacas, llamas, huarizos (alpaca-llama crossbreds, unintended in our case and all of them thanks to one very determined alpaca male), sheep, goats, pigs, ducks, geese, chickens and turkeys, not forgetting our pets of dogs, cats, zebra finches, budgies , canaries, lovebirds and Chinese quail. Before we came to France all we had was a dog and two chickens, so it’s been a steep learning curve. I recount these experiences in my book Heads Above Water: Staying Afloat in France and the sequel to that, Total Immersion: Ten Years in France. I also blog regularly at http://www.bloginfrance.com.

I’m married to Chris and we have three bilingual TCKs (third culture kids) who are resilient and resourceful and generally wonderful.     

I’m a traditionally-published author of many children’s books, and am now self-publishing too. I have worked part-time as a freelance editor for thirty years after starting out as a desk editor for Hodder & Stoughton. Find me at http://www.editing.zone. The rest of the time I’m running carp fishing lakes with Chris and inevitably cleaning up some or other animal’s poop.   

Social Media Links – @llamamum

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Have a lovely lovely weekend! Berit☀️✨