Blurb; Welcome to Freya’s French Farmhouse, the second book in a brand new series from the author of the Hummingbird Hotel series and the Cornish Confetti Agency series.
Escape to the French Riviera!
After losing her aromatherapy studio in the Blossomwood Bay fire, Freya Farnham finds herself at a loose end, especially when her trusty Renault decides that it’s time to head to the scrapyard in the sky. Now she has no excuse not to agree to her parents’ request to head to the pretty village of Saint-Julien to find out why her late Uncle Toby’s gorgeous French farmhouse isn’t selling, even when the real estate agent, Xavier Deschamps, advertises himself as “the best in the whole of Provence”.
As soon as she arrives, Freya realises what the problem is, and so, with the help of handsome local car mechanic Jacques Jordan, she invests her last euro in a kaleidoscope of cleaning products and sets about transforming the drab and dusty dwelling into a chic and shiny château. Little did she know that in the process she would discover more about her family’s history than she bargained for.
Can she come to terms with her past? Or will the demons that have been snapping at her heels since childhood prevent her from seizing the chance to achieve a much-longed-for sense of belonging in the friendly community where she’s treated as one of their own?
Why not join Freya as she explores the lavender-infused Provençal countryside, and enjoy a trip filled with fun, fragrance, and delicious foodie treats with a dash of heart-warming romance thrown in for good measure!
My Review; Having read book one and enjoying it, I was already familiar with a lot of these characters in this story. We dive into what happened to Freya after the incident in book one. These are best read in order. What follows is Freya decides to find her new beginning elsewhere, that being France. She soon settles in, finds her friends, and there may even be a little romance blossoming. But she has a family estate to sort out first and might have met her first enemy. A brilliant read. Uplifting, hopeful, and a new beginning. A well-deserved four stars from me.
Blurb; A bumper-length seasonal special set at the Ice Palace Animal Sanctuary! Join the Sea Keepers as they celebrate Christmas in the Arctic with adorable seal pups.
The Sea Keepers return to the North Pole, where the Arctic mermaids have organised a Christmas party for the seal pups at the Ice Palace Animal Sanctuary. But when Effluvia turns up to spoil the fun, it’s up to the Sea Keepers to stop her! Can Emily, Grace and Layla find a magic pearl in time to save the celebration?
My Review; This is book ten in a series, but all can be read as standalones. In this story, it’s Christmas Eve, and the girls are called to help under the sea. It’s a Christmas story. A save the day. After the star gets broken, the girls need to find three things to build a new star to save the Arctic. With the help of many animals along the way, they can surely save the day before Christmas, can’t they? Time is tight. They even get a visit from Santa themselves. A brilliant Christmas adventure, many young readers will enjoy with illustrations throughout. A well-deserved four stars from me.
Blurb; A magical fairy school series about helping animals and looking after nature, from the publisher of the best-selling series, Rainbow Magic!
Poppy Merrymoss is going on a school trip to the Magic Mountains with her best friends Ninad Cleardrop and Rose Seedpip. But evil Lady Nightshade (disguised as her teacher Ms Webcap) is coming too, and when the Snow Fairies magical Snowflake Charm is stolen, Poppy knows just who’s taken it. Without the charm, the snowflake fairies can’t use their magic to help the local Artic Foxes and the school trip is ruined!
Can Poppy, Ninad and Rose find the Snowflake Charm and reveal Ms Webcap’s evil identity before it’s too late?
Have you read Poppy Merrymoss’s previous adventures, Fairy Forest The Raindrop Spell and Fairy Forest Baby Bunny Magic?
My Review; An adorable read for any young girls. Fairies. Magic. Fairy school. In this story, the school goes on a trip, and the girls soon have to save the day and find the Snowflake Charm, which Lady Nightshade has stolen and hidden. Surely if they all work together they can save the day? Beautifully illustrated throughout. A great story. A well-deserved four stars from me.
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