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review 2017-11-09 19:58
Miss Kopp's Midnight Confessions - Amy Stewart

I love these books about the Kopp sisters by Amy Stewart. The three sisters are such a trip to read about. Constance, being the first female deputy, Norma, always incorrigible, and Fleurette, the youngest with stars in her eyes.

This book deals with families, mothers, fathers, husbands, whoever, having girls put in jail because they are "out of control". One mother had her daughter arrested who was over 18, had a job and a place to live, because she needed her back at the house. There was just too much work for her to do by herself. SMH

While there are some serious issues going on and being dealt with in this book, I had a lot of laughs as well. Constance is forever getting marriage proposals when the papers write about this "new woman deputy". Some of the letters are downright hilarious.

A fun, interesting and highly entertaining read for me.

Thanks to Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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review 2017-11-04 21:56
Book Review of Ahoy, Mummy Mia! (Ahoy, Mischaps!) (Volume 3) by Miss Mae
Ahoy, Mummy Mia! (Ahoy, Mischaps!) (Volume 3) - Miss Mae,Miss Mae

The Mischaps ride again! Actually, they sail again. Into a dimension far, far, far away where you can’t find it. Why can’t you find it? Because the dimension is lost. Yes, the Mischaps sail into The Land of Lost Directions. But guess what they find there? A prophecy! Yes, a prophecy about them! What does the prophecy say? What does it mean? Can the Mischaps discover the secret of fulfilling the prophecy…and destroy its evil, dangerous, stinking curse?


Review 5*


This is the third book in the Ahoy, Mischaps! series. I absolutely loved it!


I usually do character breakdowns in my reviews, but I have a little trouble doing this for the main character, who narrates this story in the style of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, as she actually doesn't have a name and is only known as The Narrator. However, we join Sir O Yuri Wiseguy-eh and well known Pukelitzer prize winning journalist, I.B. Nosy on another zany adventure, this time in the Land of Lost Directions.


This story has a fantastical plot, which kept me hooked from beginning to end. There are several references and play on words that would go over a child's head, but adults would pick them up with ease. The Mischaps gang find themselves lost in the Land of Lost Directions, where a greedy and ambitious cat called Mia has placed a curse on Gum Drop chocolate, turning it into mud. Or has she? In order to break the curse, the Mischaps have to fulfil a prophecy. Let the adventure begin!


This is a story full of adventure that is so nonsensical and humourous, I found myself highly entertained.
There are some old faces from previous books that appear in this tale. There's Moose, the chocolate loving plantation worker; Heathcliff, a possum who happens to be a fantastic detective (a secret is revealed about this character in this tale); Speck and Spang, two eagle-eyed vultures, and Spit, a small purple snake with the largest set of eyelashes known to adorn a snake. The reader is also introduced to some brand new characters, ranging from a crocodile called A. Buncha Crock to a swamp rat called Louie, who wants to be a pirate, and a chef called Chef Mac A. Roni. We also get to meet a Mummy named Ralph, and Dr. Ag. O. Nee and his Igor assistant Mandibles tumble into the adventure too.


I found myself turning the pages in an effort to find out what happens in every chapter, which is introduced by the narrator and is told in such a witty and engaging way that I found myself smiling even through the dangerous parts. I could picture the scenes in my mind's eye with ease. I didn't see the scenes as live action but as an animation though. I think this would make a fantastic children's animated movie, along with the other two books. I reached the end of the book with a bittersweet feeling; I didn't want it to end. However, I think there's another adventure on the way as the story ends in such a way that, although not a cliffhanger, it infers that it will continue. I can't wait!


I am not sure what age range this book is aimed at, but I sat with a smile on my face for most of the story. This story, however, would be ideal for children to listen to at bedtime.


Miss Mae has written a wonderfully imaginative story that will enchant adults and children alike. I love her writing style, which is fast paced enough to keep even the most fidgety youngster enthralled, and the flow was wonderful. I am a huge fan of Miss Mae and I will be keeping an eye out for more of her books in the future.


I highly recommend this book to children aged 5 upwards and to adults looking for a quick, light read. - Lynn Worton

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review 2017-11-03 20:25
Awesome Historical Romance
The Surrender of Miss Fairbourne - Madeline Hunter


The Surrender of Miss Fairbourne by Madeline Hunter is a fantastic historical romance.  Ms Hunter has given us a well-written book.  Her characters are outstanding.  Emma is trying to run her father’s auction house after his death while being forced to work with smugglers to ransom her brother’s freedom.  Darius is half owner of the auction house and gets in Emma’s way at every turn.  This book is loaded with suspense, humor, drama and sizzle and will keep readers glued to this book.  I loved reading The Surrender Of Miss Fairbourne and look forward to my next book by Madeline Hunter.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.


I read a print copy of this book.

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review 2017-10-26 22:27
Can't Miss Christmas (Mirror Lake) by Miranda Liasson
CAN'T MISS CHRISTMAS: A NOVELLA (Mirror Lake) - Miranda Liasson


For such a short story, Can't Miss Christmas leaves a lasting impression. Mirror Lake is the place where hearts go to heal and miracles happen. It is a place where hope thrives and faith has no boundaries.  A place where love is the cornerstone of the community and it's every changing residents.  It is also the setting of a new beginning for two former spouses. Young love brought them together, tragedy ripped them apart.  It will take a sprig of mistletoe, a snow storm and a chance encounter to reunite what grief splintered in two.  Ms. Liasson is masterful in appealing to the inner workings of the heart.  She captivates the soul with her emotional stories and her fascinating characters.

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review 2017-10-26 17:57
Miss Fix It by Emma Hart
Miss Fix-It - Emma Hart


Emma Hart gives sexism the finger as she sets about breaking down stereotypes and inspiring women.  Miss Fix It proves you don't have be male to wear the pants.  Kali is a woman after my own heart.  She speaks her mind, does what she wants and is not afraid to knock down any obstacle that stands in the way of her dreams. Her career is an important part of who she is and she is good at what she does.  Brantley is blunt to a fault and alpha to a T, but he loves hard and doesn't shy away from difficult.  The fact that he is a single dad adds to his appeal.  Ms. Hart is quickly making her presence known as a force to be reckoned with.  She's not afraid to tackle hot button topics with humor, heart and confidence.  

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