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The Frightened Little Flower Bud
The Frightened Little Flower Bud - Renée Paule,G R Hewitt

There's a Goodreads giveaway just started for The Frightened Little Flower Bud (Ends Oct 15th) This giveaway is not open to people in the US or Canada as it's a British spelling version.

 

There will be another giveaway shortly for an American version The Fearful Little Flower Bud (begins 16th October - ends 15th November 2017. This giveaway will be open to everyone.

 

Unfortunately, Goodreads will not allow the two giveaways to run concurrently.

 

This book is for ages 4 to 99+

 

The story begins with a seed landing in a pretty garden where it begins to grow and eventually forms a little flower bud. But, the little flower bud becomes frightened of things she ‘hears on the wind’; such as the sun that might scorch her petals, the rain that might spoil them, the wind that might blow them away - so the flower doesn’t want to bloom. However, all flowers must bloom, and as the little flower bud opens her petals she overcomes her fears one by one.

 

The more we think about our fears, the more they overwhelm us. This book teaches children (of all ages) that fear is just a feeling that holds them back from living their lives to the full.

 

To add to the fun and develop observational skills there’s a ‘Did You See?’ activity page at the back with objects from the book that children may not have noticed whilst reading it. There are also some simple questions that can be asked of children, encouraging them to think about what they’ve read. The skill level required is ‘easy’.

 

Best of luck to you all <3

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review 2017-09-14 15:07
Assaulted Caramel
Assaulted Caramel (An Amish Candy Shop Mystery) - Amanda Flower

Author: Amanda Flower

Series:  An Amish Candy Shop Mystery #1

Rating: A solid 4 stars

 

Book Blurb: Bailey King is living the sweet life as assistant chocolatier at world-famous JP Chocolates in New York City. But just when Bailey’s up for a life-changing promotion, her grandmother calls with news that her grandfather’s heart condition has worsened. Bailey rushes to Harvest, Ohio, where her grandparents still run Swissmen Sweets, the Amish candy shop where she was first introduced to delicious fudge, truffles, and other assorted delights.

She finds her grandfather is doing better than she feared. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for a local Englisch developer, whom Bailey finds dead in the candy shop kitchen—with Jebediah King’s chocolate knife buried in his chest. Now the police are sweet on her grandfather as the prime suspect. Despite the sincere efforts of a yummy deputy with chocolate-brown eyes, Bailey takes it on herself to clear Jebediah. But as a cunning killer tries to fudge the truth, Bailey may be headed straight into a whole batch of trouble . . .

 

This was a great read.  Bailey is a likable MC who has come to a crossroads in her life. What I liked about this start to a cozy series is usually the series start with the death of a family member or a divorce in the MC's recent past and our journey begins as she tries to pick up the pieces. Here, Flower decided to start her story as the catalyst for change is happening. Unusual, at least in the cozies I have read. It paid off. You know what's coming, but it was a welcome switch to be on the emotional ride that caused the MC to seek drastic change. 

 

Of course, the risk is that you then become attached to people that the MC has to inevitably say goodbye to. Rarely do cozies get me  as emotional as this one did. But it also meant I was invested, so when Bailey decides hey - I'm gonna upend my life to change, you get it.

 

The mystery in this book was great. Yes I suspected the murderer at some point, but there was enough red herrings to keep me guessing at least. There was a point towards then end I was thinking WHAT IS GOING ON? which is a good sign when I'm reading a mystery. Also the twists lead to other questions you know will be explored in future books, not all loose ends are tied up.

 

The minor characters, which are key for me to continue on with series like these, were likable. Aside from Nutmeg the cat, my favorite is questionable as to if they will be a part of future books - we were left on a cliffhanger as to their status. Won't elaborate cuz spoilers. Which guarantees I will be reading the next book when it comes out in February.

 

Would I recommend it? Without hesitation if you are a fan of cozy mysteries.

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text 2017-09-13 22:07
Reading progress update: I've read 46%.
Assaulted Caramel (An Amish Candy Shop Mystery) - Amanda Flower

The cat's name in this book is Nutmeg.

 

I LOVE THAT NAME.

 

You see him on the cover? Isn't he cute? I want a cat named Nutmeg!

 

About halfway through and this is a solid first-in-a-series so far. No awkward world building slowness. Held my attention from page one. I'm reading it for a Goodreads  challenge and had meh feelings about reading it, but I am pleasantly surprised. 

 

 

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