Andy Peloquin is back with book 2 in Queen of the Thieves series scaring the bejeebers out of me. Yep, once again! Review: THIEF OF THE NIGHT GUILD, releases July 18, 2017

35281158Title: Thief of the Night Guild Queen of the Thieves, Book 2
Author: Andy Peloquin
Genre: Horror, Dark Fantasy
Pages: 413
Published by: Dragonblade Publishing, Inc.; 1 edition
Published Date: July 18, 2017
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
ASIN: B071J9HCHM

 

Queen of the Thieves Series e-copy purchase link:
Child of the Night
Thief of the Night Guild
Queen of the Night Guild
coming in January, 2018

 

Child of the Night Guild (Queen of Thieves #1)

Publisher’s Summary:
“I am Ilanna, Journeyman of House Hawk. I do the impossible.”

A cunning thief of unrivaled ingenuity, Ilanna is determined to secure her freedom. Nothing will prevent her escape from the Night Guild’s callous cruelty, not even the most powerful man in Praamis, Duke Phonnis.

Commanding a crew of pickpockets, bounty hunters, poisoners, and assassins, Ilanna schemes to disgrace the Duke. She must survive blackmail, a bloodthirsty rival syndicate, and enemies within her own House to claim her spoils: vengeance for the deaths of her friends and gold to buy independence.

But all Ilanna’s skill may not suffice to protect the one person who matters most: her son.
My Thoughts:  Author Andy Peloquin does an amazing job in just a couple of chapters, bringing his readers up-to-date if they haven’t read book one for a while.  With vivid, realistic scenes of human cruelty countered by the buoyant human spirit, the story unfolds and, as in book one scares the bejeebers out of me.

This book is much more than about the cruelty and greed of power.  It’s about children surviving abusive lives, left with nothing, and beaten out of them anything they previously were. They became one of the hundreds of children taught to be thieves using whatever potential they have.  They belong to the Night Guild. From this dark beginning the human spirit re-emerges. We are privy to its growth and its hope.

Ilanna is a complex, damaged girl, who has made the best of her circumstances.  Even with her ability to destroy people in her path to succeed in her thievery, I like her character.  She is not all hard, her heart isn’t completely dead.  There is something alluring about the person she is and who she is becoming.

Her fifteen years enslaved in the Night Guild have not all been entirely bad.  She has met kind, caring, intelligent people who have suffered much as she has. However, she values above all her freedom, and so has wrangled her price for freedom from Master Gold –one million imperials. A huge amount to obtain, but Ilanna is anything but resourceful, particularly in a tight spot.

She has revenge on her mind.  Her few Guild friends have been made examples of by the governing powers.  She comes up with a plan, one accepted by the Masters of all the Houses and the Gold Master himself.  She is planning on taking down their kingpin and gain her freedom.  She stages the biggest heist the Guild has ever tried.

Ilanna is brazen, bold, and determined with every fiber of her being to pull herself from the death trap she is now in.  Her quick mind and persistence to not give up, saves her time after time.  The overall arc of the story is superb.  I begin on edge, the reins would slacken and then the author was back tightening the rope, adding more pitfalls and escapes until I was a mess.  My gut coiled. My heart pumped.  It’s a thriller, readers.

Ilanna is so good at what she does, she is admired by those of her House, the Hawks.  They are the unfortunates who were trained to thieve by moving from rooftop to rooftop, fly with hanging invisible rope where needed.  Ilanna is very clever.  Cleverer than most.  She’s been pirating away small amounts of her thievery through the years she’s been in service/slavery.  If caught, it would be her death. This is a girl with grit!

She wants to have a life.  Her son, product of a rape, is the only person she loves and she doesn’t want him to have the ending she has—to be in servitude to the Guild. She trusts Ria, a woman she took away from a life battering experience.  She relies on her to care for Kodyn, but in so doing has helped Ria heal from her trauma. There is a budding friendship between the two, a special bond by those who have suffered greatly.

Kodyn had given her something to fight for, but Ria gave her something to hope for.

The story highlights the power of greed, the lure of gold, whether you hold a legitimate respected position within the government or provide some service to protect the hoard you now possess.  Who will hold the best hand and win this game of thrones?

Just when you think the plot is straight forward, you once again are confronted with more challenges, more decisions.  It is glorious!

When evil exists, is one evil less so than the other? Ratcheting up the alternatives only creates more drama and tension.  Will one part of the city ruled by Bloody Hand get their way with the Guild?  Does the means justify the ends?  How many people must one climb over to reach one’s goal?

Hope and a new life touches Ilanna.  We almost have our happily ever after.  This story ends on a cliffhanger of such huge proportions, I must continue the sequel!

I was provided an advanced review copy by the publisher in exchange for an honest and fair review.

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Just released: THE WICKED BARON by Mary Lancaster ~ be prepared to laugh your way through this one!

35669140Title: The Wicked Baron Blackhaven Brides, Book 1
Author: Mary Lancaster
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency
Pages: 208
Published by: Dragonbalde Publishing, Inc., 1 edition
Published Date: July 12, 2017
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
ASIN: B073X8RN48

 

 

Publisher’s Summary:

The Wicked Baron is the first in the Blackhaven Brides series, set in a newly fashionable spa town on the beautiful Cumbrian coast, where the great and the bad of visiting Regency society turn local life upside down.

Orphan Gillie Muir makes ends meet by holding genteel card parties for friends and visitors to the newly fashionable spa town of Blackhaven. But when Lord Wickenden, known as the Wicked Baron, makes her a shocking proposal, her world is turned upside down.

Jaded and bored, Lord Wickenden has his own reasons for joining the house party at Braithwaite Castle. One of them is to oblige an ex-mistress by detaching her son from the local gaming den hussy who has ensnared him. But, confronted by Gillie’s unexpected charm and innocence, Wickenden abandons his original plan of simply taking her for himself.

Instead, he becomes embroiled in her bizarre problems, which include saving her reputation and her life, keeping the Watch away from her card parties, and hiding an injured smuggler who was once kind to her.

The infuriating and devastating Wickenden soon has Gillie’s heart in a spin. But when she discovers he means to fight a duel over her – and everyone knows the wicked baron never misses – she’ll go to any length to save his life and his soul. Even elope with another man.

5-Star Review

My Thoughts: I hope you enjoy this light-hearted Regency as much as I did.  At times, the chaos around me felt so real and funnily ludicrous.  Author Mary Lancaster writes scenes with a deft hand and sense of humor, fast-pacing dialogue snapping off the page in scenes not contrived even with all its hilarious action. More than once I thought you have got to be kidding and found myself laughing!

As with most Regency house parties, this is the place so much can happen.  The house party at Braithwaite Castle is located in a relatively new spa town close to Scotland, the town of Blackhaven. Those who are looking for some quiet time from London would attend one of these parties.  In fact, the reason Lord Wickenden came he knew not.  He was already bored with his life in London.

He certainly wasn’t prepared to get involved with a young innocent who broke rules, simply because she didn’t know they were rules to be followed.

Gillie Muir, (her real name is Gillyflower Muir!) has her hands full with the comings and goings at her home. She tends a card party every Friday for the locals, mostly friends she’s known all her life and friends of her recently deceased father.  Her staff and old aunt thought it most improper to do this, but she and her brother have to live, so they could keep the house they live in.  Their father left them penniless. The attendees would donate something for the time spent at her parties.  Not only the camaraderie of those attendees lure the folk, but the best of brandy flows freely, grace to the local smugglers, conveniently brought into the house through a tunnel leading to their cellar.

One Friday night, a smuggler had been shot by the magistrate. The magistrate has tried to curtail smuggling for some time.  Not knowing what else to do with the man, the other smugglers haul him into her cellar, along with the brandy.  Stuck with a body, she knew not would live, she requested the good Doctor Morton, who happened to be at her card party, to attend to the man.

Lord Wickenden had decided to join his friend, Earl of Braithwaite, at the party.  Not knowing the sort of establishment it is, he assumes it is a place where the enjoyment of the fairer sex could be had.  When he spies Gillie, he is intrigued.  He notices all the fluttering around, in and out of the party room, so decides to follow Gillie and investigate–his curiosity peaked.

The manner in which he sets himself upon Gillie, excites her.  Does he actually think her alluring, a country girl?  A man of the London set? After thoroughly being kissed, shortly after meeting him at the card party, he breaks the spell.

Her mouth yielded helplessly, letting him explore and plunder. Her free hand clutched at his coat for support and, without really knowing how, she was returning his kiss…

“Take me to your chamber.”

Gillie blinked at him, uncertain that she’d heard him properly. “I beg your pardon?”

“Your bedchamber. I want you very badly.”

By then, they stood so close together that she finally understood the hardness pressing against her stomach. With a gasp of outrage, she tore herself free.

“How dare you? Do you take me for a—a…” She struggled to find the word. “…a camp follower?”

“Not exactly He sounded more amused than contrite. “I understood you were free, but if you’re not interested, just say so.”

For some reason, her eyes stung. I wasn’t so much the insult to her honor. It was…hurt, because she’d liked him. She’d actually believed he liked her. She’d naively, stupidly, mistaken his sordid interest for romance.

Gillie does what any good, decent girl would do, she kicks him out of the party.  When her brother finds out who she kicked out, he bemoans their plight.  He, as a titled gentleman, could ruin them.

As the baron learns the following day what he had done, he is embarrassed and wishes to ask for forgiveness.  Gillie, also feeling bad about her reaction, with her brother’s remarks ringing in her ears, she, too, wants to ask for forgiveness.  Unfortunately, Lord Wickenden, misconstrues why she is apologizing and once again they are at odds.

Gillie has other problems.  Someone is watching her. Is she safe from these men? Someone else is trying to take her house away from her.  No one would be bored around this gal.  The internal dialogue she has with herself speaks well the person she is.

Lancaster has created some interesting characters, one of them Aunt Margaret, hard of hearing, but a dear old thing. She answers a question posed by Gillie.

“Why are men such idiots?  Gillie demanded.

I suppose they are born that way, Aunt Margaret said comfortably.

Kit Grantham wishes to rescue Gillie from ruining her reputation by opening her home to men and still in mourning for her father, by offering for her. His mother has come to town and offers to pay her off!

As Lord Wickenden gets pulled further into Gillie’s world, he realizes something.

But God help him, it was more than lust. He wanted to protect her, laugh with her, walk with her…Sensing the ultimate danger in such thoughts, he veered away, mentally and physically.

But he can’t stay away!

I say musical chairs, my fair readers, come to mind in this deliciously comical story, the beginning of a series sure to tickle your funnybone.

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Spotlight continues on Jerri Hines. She also writes as Colleen Connally–historical mystery/thriller and romantic contemporary suspense genre. Partial interview follows…

Before we get into the meat of things, I want to let you know Jerri would love to give away one of her books to someone who wants to read her work. Seductive Lies, book three of her Secret Lives Series is free as an ecopy for the next few days.  Her giveaway is Broken Legacy.  So get the first free now and win the second of the series!  How?  Just comment below expressing your desire to win.

Secret Lives Series: can be purchased as a set here.
Seductive Secrets
Broken Legacy
Seductive Lies   this is free on Amazon.com July 12 & 13

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Let’s get back to the interview.

Jerri HinesAre you methodical in your writing, certain hours of the day, certain rituals you may perform before you sit down? Or are you one of those writers who binge write when the mood is upon you?

The best time for me to write is either early morning or late at night. I have to write when I can submerge myself into the story. I can’t have any distracts, except for my music. I like to have my dog at my feet and water to sip while I think.

I’m on a time schedule, I will be honest, I do get much more done in a shorter amount of time.

 

Are you comfortable weaving any of your personal experiences into a story? Is there one story you’ve written which is emotionally closer to your heart than others?

I believe a part of me is in each book. I think it’s natural to convey personal experiences in one way or another when you write. There is one book I wrote with a specific purpose, Southern Legacy. I’m Southern and grew up feeling defensive about the Civil War. I always said that the war was about State’s Rights. It was easier than admitting that it was about slavery. But there came a time for me, when my children were small, to admit there was another side to the war.

Southern Legacy is my attempt to show the different sides of the war: Southern, Northern, and slaves. The heroine has grown up with the Southern view (acceptance) of slavery. By the end, she comes to understand how wrong the practice was. The book shows the Underground Railroad and heroes of Underground Railroad that I had never studied about in school, such as William Still. Also, I focused on some of the Southerners that fought for the Union.

Southern Legacy is my most personal book, but each of my books holds a part of me. Winds of Betrayal is my Patriotic side.

I don’t always write the traditional romances, but I love writing romances because I believe in the power of love.

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Below is another side of this author if you enjoy suspense, you’ll sure to enjoy these.

Boston Crimes of Passion:  can be purchased as a set here.
Fragmented: A Serial Killer Thriller free at time of posting
Framed: A Psychological Thriller

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What is important to you when creating characters?  Is your story more plot driven or character driven?

It is important for me to make believable characters. In some of my historicals, like Set Fire to the Rain, a few of the secondary characters are based on real people. General Daniel Morgan and General Nathanael Greene are two real characters I wanted to highlight.

Plot, though, drives most of my stories. With Winds of Betrayal series, there was so much ground to cover to get to the ultimate climax, but I wanted to show the struggle for the colonists to win the war against the most powerful army in the world.

The last question for you, Jerri.  What are you currently work on?

I’m currently working on a contemporary suspense, Scream For the Camera, under my penname, Colleen Connally.

Thank you for joining us today.  Best of writing, always.

 

 

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Let’s talk JERRI HINES–historical romance author whose expertise centers around the conflicts which led to the declaration of independence and the civil war of the United States. Passionate writing and a must-read for American history buffs who like their history viewed three-dimensionally. Also included is part of an interview with Jerri.

I’d like to spend a couple of days talking about Jerri Hines, an author whose works have been entertaining as well as enlightening.  Take a look at the lovely covers for these series. I haven’t read all her books here, but what I’ve read are wonderful and I keep on coming back for more. It is my plan to spotlight this author over several posts.  Jerri Hines

 

She has written three different series penned as Jerri Hines. They all center around the birthpains of a new nation, these United States of America.

 

Southern Legacy Series  (link to ecopy set) is a serial setting during the U.S. Civil War.  It is a series you should begin by reading book one.  There are possible cliffhangers. The books are presently offered as a set.

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Winds of Betrayal Series (link to ecopy set) is a serial setting during the American Revolution. It can be purchased as a set, too.

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Winds of Change  (link to ecopy set)

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I leave you with a couple of questions I asked Jerri Hines which she graciously answered.

What is your preferred genre to write in?  What sparks that interest?

I have a deep love of history, which is the reason I write historicals. The past inspires me, especially the sacrifices of brave men and women to make the world a better world. I have a special place in my heart for the American Revolution. With Winds of Betrayal, the Culper Spy Ring sparked my interest and I have used them as my inspiration for this series. In the midst of the enemy, these people willingly risked their lives on a daily basis for their cause. They didn’t do it for accolades, but because they felt it was right.

 

Do you ever think of writing in another genre?

As a matter of fact with the end of Winds of Betrayal, my attention is turning back to my penname, Colleen Connally, and romantic contemporary suspense. I do have two contemporary books in my Boston’s Crimes of Passion series. Writing contemporary is different for me. You have to think to have a completely different mindset, but I’m enjoying the challenge.

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Until next time, fellow readers, continue discovering! I shall be posting more about Jerri Hines, aka Colleen Connally and Carrie James Haynes.

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Recently released: SET FIRE TO RAIN by Jerri Hines. Share the author’s probing into this difficult time in history as these United States transition from colonies to a country. Six long years of struggle…

Memorable quote Set Fire to Rain : Love is not bounded by the barrier death causes. A person’s life is not defined by wealth or power. Life is defined by those we touch.

35029404Title: Set Fire to Rain Winds of Betrayal, Book 4
Author: Jerri Hines
Genre: Historical Fiction, United States; mystery, thriller, suspense
Pages: 260
Published by: Jerri Hines
Published Date: April 4, 2017
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
ASIN: B01N31MEWD
 

 

 

A 5-Star Review

 

Winds of Betrayal ecopy purchase link with Amazon.com:
Winds of Betrayal
The Darkness of Deception
The Heavens Shall Fall
Set Fire to the Rain

All four books can be purchased in a set:
Winds of Betrayal

Publisher’s Summary: “I say set fire to the rain. Ignite the flames with what is true and just. Torch the blaze with our courage and resolve so when we are done, all men will be free!” ~ General Daniel Morgan, Set Fire to the Rain, Bk 4 Winds of Betrayal Six long years, the war has raged. Six long years, the Corbett siblings have clung to the belief in their cause. Moreover, the war is far from over! The Southern Army is in tatters with the devastating defeat at Camden. But all is not lost. General Washington sends his most trusted general, Nathanael Greene, to lead what is left of the army. In the darkest hour, Greene, in turn, draws upon the Old Wagoner, General Daniel Morgan. At his northern headquarters, Washington faces his toughest decisions. Once more, he turns to his most trusted spy ring. Once more, he seeks the information needed to turn the war. This time, though, he needs more. He needs to feed the British misleading intelligence. He needs the British to believe he is eyeing New York…at least, until it is too late for them to act. Spies and traitors! Love and Betrayal! Winds of Betrayal is coming to a dramatic conclusion! Follow Jonathan and Hannah Corbett on their final path of their fight for freedom!

My Thoughts: This book is so appropriate to read at this time, just now celebrating the United States Independence.  In fact, the whole series is.  These United States of America had a beginning, the pulling away from a mother who held onto its young.  With Jerri Hine’s saga in these four books, in Winds of Betrayal, the reader experiences the angst, fear, passionate patriotism, and love which does not discriminate between nations in time of war.  I loved the whole series and pray, dear reader, you will look at her work.  Her writing has left an impressionable stamp upon my heart.

Jerri Hine’s writing has always absorbed me. I’ve read many of her books with great satisfaction. Her writing exposes her great passion of American history and her detail in putting a story on paper following the chronological events of history.

She laces her stories with love of family, between husbands and wives, and their children.  We feel the anxiety of families fighting for what they deem precious – loyalty of nation and family. She balances well the opposing sides, providing stories which elicit the reader’s own anxiety and emotion for simply the human experience of family.

This is a story of love which does not take into account which side of the battle one is on.  It is about the wrenching of normal life as we see it, for those who are willing to reach beyond and wish a better life for those we love, for a person who is able to pursue life, liberty and happiness.  A wish we aspire to.

“It is moments like these that the character of man shines forth, Morgan stated firmly. “I say set fire to rain. Ignite the flames what is true and just. Torch the blaze with our courage and resolve so when we are done, all men will be free!”

Men who are good, innately so, find themselves doing what they wish not to.  Marcus, one of the characters in the story wonders how much of the good is left in the man he had become?  Fighting too long, a man will no longer remember the man he once had been.

In the upcoming days I will be spotlighting Hine’s work and interview her.  She’s written several saga close to this time period, tugging at the inner revolutionary of us all and desire to be free who decide how our lives should be ordered..

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Audiobook Review: ROXTON LETTERS, ETERNALLY YOURS by Lucinda Brant ~ absolutely brilliantly done!

Eternally Yours: Roxton Letters Volume One AudiobookTitle: Eternally Yours: Roxton Letters Volume One, A Companion to the Roxton Family Saga, Books 1-3A
Author: Lucinda Brant
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency
Pages: 170
Published by: Sprigleaf
Published Date: June 5, 2015
ASIN: B00W1SLHVK

 

Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
Length: 3 hours, 14 minutes
Release Date: October 30, 2015
Published by: Sprigleaf Pty Ltd

 

Publisher’s Summary:
These are letters from the private correspondence of the Roxton family, spanning 1743-1777, with extracts from the diaries of Antonia, fifth duchess of Roxton and seventh duchess of Kinross. They include Roxton’s last letter to Antonia. This volume complements the first three books of the award-winning Roxton Family Saga: Noble Satyr, Midnight Marriage, and Autumn Duchess, with a foreword by a late-Victorian descendant, Alice-Victoria, 10th duchess of Roxton.

©2015 Lucinda Brant (P)2015 Lucinda Brant

 

My Thoughts:  I’m so happy I listened to this companion of books one through three before continuing the Roxton Family saga in book four. Not only did it refresh my memory of the stories, but added an additional layer of understanding behind the events.  It also allowed me to remember with fondness their stories:

I didn’t think listening to narrated letters would elicit such emotion from me.  Many a time, while listening, the feelings of deep emotion would set the tears to falling, not small tears, mind you, but bit tears which certainly would have stopped me reading if I had been reading, not listening.  Narrator is superb in his craft, there is no doubt.

Then there were the times when Antoine as a young girl wrote to the Duke, hoping to have a letter in return.  These were quite silly and would have captured any hardened duke-ish heart, bringing smiles to my own. Narrator Alex Wyndham heightened the experience with narration par excellence, as he has done throughout the series.

These letters were so realistically, I had to pose a question to the author.  The book mentions the foreword written by a late-Victorian descendant, Alice-Victoria, 10th.   I then Googled this person and found none.  With this unanswered question, I asked author Lucinda Brant if the Roxton family is in any way tied to specific persons in history.

The many letters within this book of 170 pages were mentioned in the first three books of the saga.  As you know, during that time letters were very important to people.  Travelling was difficult, so they resorted to lots of letter writing. The author decided, and I must say it’s brilliant, to write these said letters, allowing the reader to gain better understanding of the deeper emotions and frame of mind of the characters.

The descendant, the 10th Duchess of the Roxton’s, also from the imagination of the author add even more to these letters.  Brant made her so realistic I had to find out if she were real.  Brant also states she may write a book set around the time of this Duchess, living during the 1890s.  Whatever time period this author writes in, her eloquent style, and descriptive scenes captivate and enthrall the reader or listener.

Once book six is written, she will write volume II of another set of letters.  I have just finished listening to Proud Mary, book four of the saga. I continue to be mesmerized with the saga.

 

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Review: PENELOPE THE LOST PELICAN, a children’s book by Penny Beevor

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Author: Penny Beevor
Genre: Children’s Books
Published by: Story Institute, LLC
Published Date: May 1, 2017
Book Dimensions: 8” x 0.1” x 10”
ISBN-10:
0979445167
ISBN-13: 978-0979445163

 

Publisher’s Summary:
Join Penelope and Dolly in their adventure to find Penelope’s parents before they migrate. Together, they search for clues across the Florida coast and meet some other fun animals along the way. Penelope the Lost Pelican is a tale of friendship, cooperation, and family enjoyed by parents and children across the world.

 

4-Pelican Review

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My Thoughts:  This is a story about a young Pelican named Penelope who has learned to fly, almost ready to migrate.  Thinking to impress her parents she flies ahead of them and misses their nest, along the shore.  She needs to double back to find them and can’t locate them.  Worried, she asks for help to find her parents from a dolphin named Dolly.

Personally, I like the illustrations where the ocean, and sand are real photography, while the animals in the story are caricatures.  By illustrating the book in this manner, it made me reach out to touch the pelicans and dolphin. They seemed to pop from the page!

I also like the size of the book and print allowing a child to see each illustration clearly investigating all the detail.

I enjoyed the relation between the dolphin and pelicans – respecting and helping others who are different from they are, yet share the same environment. I didn’t like the idea that the fishermen may harm the pelicans.  It wasn’t said in the story, but I felt that’s what Penelope thought.

There are several talking points to the story—being kind, being helpful, staying close to parents when learning something new, helping parents when needed, and thanking someone who has helped.

There appears some incongruities in the story. Or at the least non-continuity.  Penelope’s parents fly to the nest, without Penelope, who has flown ahead of her parents.  Then we find Penelope looking for her parents only to find them snagged in a fishing net.  We were told they flew to the nest, not out looking for food.

It’s noted there are many rhyming sentences in the story, some with a delightful proper rhythm.  Others are not as melodic.  The rhyming could be beneficial for beginning readers, however, so I don’t mind the beat so much. 

Words which may need explanation:
sun-kissed
migrate
pitter-patter
triple back twist jump
swirls
rapidly
squawking
wiggle and waggle

Since this book needs to excite the mind of the young, I put it to the test.  I had two parents and four children’s input to the review as well as my own.

One child reviewer said he liked the sounds of Penelope flying – SWOOSH!  The sound of Dolly the dolphin as it dives into the water – KERPLUNK!  The sounds of the pelicans eating—GOBBLE!

Another child reviewer liked the little pink ribbon on Penelope’s head.

One set of children who had the book read to them usually asks to have a book reread if they particularly like it.  They did not. It may have been the reader.  Narration of a story is an art in itself. Parents would help instill the excitement of the printed word by narrating with enthusiasm.

The other set discussed the animals and what they thought, of being kind and helping others, of staying close to parents and what to do when lost and lastly what animals do to live in their environment. These conversations were with a parent who teaches first and third grade.

My final remark: It would be lovely to add a list of talking points to help parents get the most out of this type of story.  There is so much to talk about.  Perhaps with each read they could touch upon a point.

Penny BeevorAbout the Author:
Penny Beevor is a Registered Early Childhood Educator, who lives in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

She has been an E.C.E. teacher for eighteen years. Penny teaches preschool at St. Ann Catholic School.

She has several story ideas. She enjoys writing stories that interest young children.

Penny loves creating her own characters. Penny’s second book in the Penelope series will be released in Spring of 2018. Penny enjoys hiking, swimming, reading and camping.

 

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