April 08, 2007

Spring reading thing - book #4

Book review - Bed of roses by Daisy Waugh

Amazon synopsis
A fun, feelgood romp of country life from bestselling author Daisy Waugh.

When the restless, rootless Fanny Flynn lands the job as Head Teacher of Fiddleford Village Primary School it feels more like a last resort than another of her new beginnings. She's a great teacher and all the villagers claim to be behind her. But are they really? In no time she's locked in a feud with the gruesome Mrs Guppy, stalked by the pushy newcomers from the Old Rectory, plotted against by Kitty, the predatory children's author at Laurel Cottage, and demonised by her pathologically lazy Deputy Head! Yet Fanny has fallen in love with Fiddleford. Together with her troublesomely handsome best friend, Louis, and with a little help from the deliciously scented Solomon Creasey, Fanny vows to make this new beginning her last!

Marcia's review
I read the 5 reviews on Amazon and wondered if I read the same book.

This book irritated me quite a bit. Everything was too la la la, if you know what I mean, and not real enough.

I actually felt zilch for the main character and really only kept reading because I wanted to find out what happened to some of the minor characters who I liked.

And another thing I realised - I don't like books being written in the present tense. Ughh! It just doesn't feel right. Fanny tells herself, Fanny thinks, and so on. I'd be interested to know if anyone else agrees with me or if I'm the strange one.

I gave this one a 6.

And after this disappointment, I started my next one - the Amy Tan. So far, so good. As usual, she does not disappoint. The storytelling and language is SOOO beautiful!

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