Colleen’s 2019 #Book #Reviews – “The Winner’s Circle (Faith! Family! Frenzy!)” by Author, P. J. Colando

IN THE AUTHOR’S WORDS:

FAITH… FAMILY… FRENZY!

Life in rural small town can dull the senses. A trio of gal pals–mired in middle age, Middle America, and other people’s problems–long to escape.

When Bonnie wins the Boffo Lotto, her circle of friends urge her to lawyer up, invest, and sequester herself. 

But secrets are inconceivable in small towns, so Bonnie and Carl invite close friends to witness their Vegas wedding and honeymoon in Hawaii with endless vagabond beyond. The sky’s the limit!

The allure of travel is fun for a while–hilarious, in fact. But when the husbands are jailed, wanderlust is no longer a romp and things get complicated when you’re halfway around the world, untethered from all you know and love. 

Life has its consequences… and there’s no place like home.

With your circle of friends.

Title: The Winner’s Circle – Family, Faith, Frenzy! (Book 3)

Amazon Author Page: P. J. Colando

Publication Date: January 15, 2019

Formats: Paperback 

Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Rural Life, Love, Sex, & Marriage, Satire, Boomer Chick-Lit

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MY RECOMMENDATION:

I’ve enjoyed every book in this series and “The Winners Circle,” wraps up this trio in the best way possible with plenty of humor and pathos to keep you reading to the end. You know, I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book… Where could P. J. Colando go next?

Steve and Jacquie are the perfect Midwest farm couple. You sense their love for one another with each turn of the page. In Book One, called “Stashes,” (Read my review HERE) Jackie and Steve Breeden, your average hard-working, dairy farming, salt of the earth kind of folks live on a rural farm in Michigan. Their son Brandon and his wife, Amy hatch a scheme to expand the Breeden’s micro dairy business by growing and selling marijuana edibles with hilarious results.

Book Two is called, “Hashes & Bashes.” (Read my review HERE). When Carl, who is Steve’s brother from his mother’s WWII love tryst who had been given up for adoption, suddenly arrives on the scene, the Breeden family welcomes him into their nest. New characters are introduced in this book, and like any small town, the inhabitants are eccentric enough to leave you laughing and crying at the same time.

So, now what? How about throwing some lotto winnings into the mix? Brilliant!

Jacquie’s friend, Bonnie has fallen in love with Steve’s brother, Carl. When Bonnie hits it big with a lotto win, their relationship is changed in ways they never imagined. And, that’s just the beginning! The four friends embark on a journey of discovery which leads them to some startling revelations about each other and how they view themselves.

You know the old saying about how money can change people? Suddenly, the friends discover the life of the rich and famous has consequences. Will their friendship survive? And, what about their friends back home?

What sets P J Colando apart from other writers is her ability to draw the reader into the life of her characters. She delves into a deep point of view revealing each personality and bringing the reader into the storytelling. By the time you’ve finished reading the book, you’ll swear you’ve met these people somewhere. I thought their crazy/zany personalities took on a life of their own in the “Winner’s Circle.”

I’ve loved this series and am sad to say goodbye to the characters. I did receive this book as a gift from the author and chose to leave a review. ❤

MY RATING:

Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 
5
Reader Engagement: 
5
Reader Enrichment: 
5
Reader Enjoyment: 
5
Overall Rate: 
5 out of 5 Fairies

5 fairies

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Author, P. J. Colando

About the Author:

PJ Colando was born and raised in the Midwest, yet unabashedly aspired for adventure elsewhere, following her parents’ model. She lives in southern California with her family, hobbies, and pets. 

PJ is the author of three novels in the acclaimed ‘FAITH, FAMILY, FRENZY!’ series and two books of memoir. Her short stories, personal essays, and articles are published in journals, magazines, and anthologies. She’s earned an Erma Bombeck humor award, Reader’s Favorite silver award, and Southern California Writers Conference fiction award.

PJ writes contemporary women’s fiction and has drawn praise for her singular voice, humor and satire on contentious current affairs, and insights into human life. It’s Boomer Chick Lit, babe – PJ writes funny! 

Join her on her Boomer humor blog on her author site: http://www.pjcolando.com. 

PJ is having a blast and she hopes you will, too.

How to Connect with the Author:

Blog: https://www.pjcolando.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PJ-Colando-224896484261076/

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Colleen’s 2018 #Book #Reviews – “Ninja School Mum,” by Author, Lizzie Chantree

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Title: Ninja School Mum

Amazon Author Page: Lizzie Chantree

Publication Date: January 30, 2018

Formats: Paperback & Kindle

Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Rural Life, Green Business, British, Humor & Satire

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IN THE AUTHOR’S WORDS:

Obsessive-compulsive school mum, Skye, is a lonely elite spy, who is running from her past whilst trying to protect the future of her child. She tries hard to fit in with the other parents at her son’s new school, but the only person who accepts her unconventional way of life is new mother, Thea.

Thea is feeling harassed by her sister and bored with her life, but she suspects that there is something strange about the new school mum, Skye. Thea has secrets of her own and, although the two become unlikely friends, she hesitates to tell Skye about the father of her own child.

Zack’s new business is growing faster than he could have dreamed but, suddenly, he finds himself the owner of a crumbling estate on the edge of a pretty village, and a single parent to a very demanding child. Could he make a go of things and give his daughter the life she deserved?

When three lives collide, it appears that only one of them is who they seem to be, and you never know who the person next to you in the school playground really is.

 

 

MY RECOMMENDATION:

“Ninja School Mum,” is not my usual genre, but I stepped out of my safe zone and gave this book a read. I am so glad that I did. The story brought me back to the years I lived in the U.K. with stunning clarity. I loved the British slang and the colloquialisms which gave this story so much of its charm.

Both of the female characters drew me into the novel. Skye and Thea are captivating women at different stages in their lives who reveal to the reader their strengths and weaknesses. I couldn’t help liking these women. For me, Skye was the most remarkable. She is portrayed with just the right blend of toughness mixed with compassion.

Skye is a widow who moves to town with her son, looking for a fresh beginning. There she meets, Thea, another single mom with a baby. The women hit it off, immediately recognizing trouble with the “mum scrum,” a group of snotty mums whom I swear must exist at every school in the world. You know what I mean, we’ve all met them.

Skye’s son Leo, starts school and immediately becomes a target of the class bully, named Miles. Skye takes matters into her own hands and decides to teach Leo how to defend himself. Before she knows it, Leo’s class shows up looking for the same training to dodge Miles and his cruel ways, including the impressive owner of the estate where Skye’s cottage is located.

The plot deepens and of course, a budding romance takes shape. Yet, there is so much more going on as Skye and Thea are forced to reveal their pasts. Not everything is as it appears which results in a host of delightful twists and turns.

Lizzie Chantree, as a new author for me, delivered a fun and entertaining read that kept me reading long into the night. ❤

MY RATING:

Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 Fairies

5 fairies

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About the Author:

Award-winning inventor and author, Lizzie Chantree, started her own business at the age of 18 and became one of Fair Play London and The Patent Office’s British Female Inventors of the Year in 2000.

She discovered her love of writing fiction when her children were little and now runs networking hours on social media, where creative businesses, writers, photographers, and designers can offer advice and support to each other. She lives with her family on the coast in Essex.

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How to Connect with the Author:

Blog: LizzieChantree.com

Facebook Author Page: @lizziechantree

Twitter: @Lizzie_Chantree

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