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Sunday, June 13, 2021

STORYBOOK SUNDAY: How to Spot a Best Friend by Bea Birdsong - REVIEW!

HI guys and gals!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

We're celebrating another day of bookish fun with Storybook Sunday! For those not up to speed on the post, I read a lot of great storybooks and thought, why not give them their own day in the sun. Hence, Storybook Sunday! Feel free to join the fun and create a post on your own site with the same name. I'd love to see any linked up in the comments! Anywho...back to the matter at hand.

Today, we're taking a spin between the pages of a NEW title available via Rodale Kids.  It celebrated its BOOK BIRTHDAY earlier this month and is filled to the brim with beauty, charm, and smiles.  It's aimed at the kiddos audience but a beautiful reminder to all ages of the REAL meaning of friendship.  But I digress, let's get the introductions done first as today's title in the spotlight and book of choice takes center stage...

Bea Birdsong
Illustrated by
Lucy Fleming
Rodale Kids

About the book...
“Today, I will find a best friend!” announces a little girl to her mother as they walk to school. Her mother reminds her that it’s only the first day of school and finding a best friend might take some time. But the girl isn’t worried, because she knows exactly how to spot a best friend. “A friend lends you a crayon. A best friend lends you a brand-new, extra-sharp green crayon,” she explains. And so begins a whimsical exploration of what it means to be a best friend. Full of imagination and charm, this is the perfect picture book for little ones hoping to find—and be—a best friend at school.


This is a beautiful book with a message that's perfect for any age group.  Our darling little narrator takes us step by step through the process of spotting a best friend...with the most important one saved for last.  She's right though...on every level.  It takes one to know one and it's not simply about showing up, but actually BEING there.  It's about the little things and the big things, caring and sharing, ups and downs, smiles and frowns.  It's not just agreeing that something is wrong, but helping to do something about it.  It's not about congratulating them in times of joy, but celebrating with them so they know they're a star.  The same goes in the other direction though and while it may be difficult to find at times, when found it is most definitely easy to spot.

A great read to ease the apprehension of the first day of school, or even heading back out into the crowded world after this pandemic, and a wonderful way to remember that kindness starts with us.  It is the responsibility of each of us to put our best foot forward, offer a helping hand, or share a smile to brighten a day...and when we find those the reciprocate, it can be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.


Special thanks to Joey at Random House Children's Books for the copy for review. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, author, illustrator, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is AVAILABLE NOW via Rodale Kids, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, so click on over to your favorite online retailer or visit your local brick and mortar to snag your copy today!

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!

Friday, June 11, 2021

RRR presents... THE HOUSE IN THE CLOUDS by Victoria Connelly - REVIEW!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're pleased to welcome back Rachel's Random Resources and author Victoria Connelly as we shine a great big spotlight on her latest release! It reads as a standalone, but from the ending...there appears to be a book two still to come (*fingers crossed*), so yeah; more reading to look forward too! But enough of the future, let's talk about the present, and today's "gift" is front and center as we focus in on our ebook of choice...

The House in the Clouds
Victoria Connelly

About the book...
Artist Abigail Carey has always dreamed of a life in the country and, when Winfield Hall comes up at auction, she’s desperate to make the place her home. The only trouble is that businessman, Edward Townsend, has exactly the same idea.

With its position high on the Sussex Downs, Winfield is a stunning house, but it hasn’t been a home for a long time and there’s a lot of work to do to restore it to its former glory. It’s going to take a lot of time and money, so Edward and Abi decide to take a risk and share the house, each living in their own wing.

But can these two strangers agree on a vision that suits them both? And will free-spirited Abi ever get the rather reserved Edward to reveal the secret he’s been hiding for so long?

The House in the Clouds is the first novel in a brand new trilogy from the bestselling author of The Rose Girls and The Book Lovers series.



I've read a few of the author's other works, and she has such a wonderful writing style.  She builds the worlds of the characters around YOU, making you feel like an integral part of the story.  You can see the gorgeous downs, feel the wind ruffle your hair as it blows through the trees, and dances around the unkept garden.  The magic and majesty of the Winfield house itself is certainly not lost either, despite it needing a bit more than TLC in order to get her ready as a living space once again.  You can feel the life the house has left in it to share, the desire it has to be a place of rest, repair, and dreams.  That's what it brings to the initial homebuyer, and eventually his estate partner.

Edward and Abigail were both drawn to the house for their own reasons, but it worked it's magic on them equally...and continues to do so well after the papers are signed.  She is settling into a new life and he is trying to find his footing once again, but in the end, they both make headway towards a future that while not laid out plain as day, is certainly coming more into focus...and that whisper of a promise at a better tomorrow is more than enough for them both.  

All in all, it was a beautiful story that introduced us to two souls in search of something even they don't understand, but they know that Winfield is the place to be to achieve that internal peace they crave, while uncovering more about themselves than they ever realized possible.  The only downside was the ending...but that was BEFORE I realized it was the FIRST IN A NEW TRILOGY!  Now, I'm more than settled with where things were left because there's MORE TO COME!  (*fist pump*)


About the author...

Victoria Connelly lives in a 500-year old thatched cottage in rural Suffolk with her artist husband, a springer spaniel and a flock of ex-battery hens. She is the million-selling author of two bestselling series, The Austen Addicts and The Book Lovers, as well as many other novels and novellas. Her first published novel, Flights of Angels, was made into a film in Germany. Victoria loves books, films, walking, historic buildings and animals. If she isn’t at her keyboard writing, she can usually be found in her garden either with a trowel in her hand or a hen on her lap.


Special thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for the chance to bring this tour to you as well as the ecopy for review. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, this promotion, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now, so click on over to your favorite online retailer to snag your copy today and be sure to check out the rest of the tour for more bookish fun!

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!

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