The author has developed this series beautifully. I found this book an equally emotional read. She has discussed a lot of sensitive topics which many adults fail to handle properly.
The journals of her mom Queenie were a really big deal for Ginnie but the author managed to turn them into a support and help for the family. The father Todd also finds that the journals brought a lot of emotion and drama for his family but in the end it all works out.
I found the novel very fast paced and it kept my attention glued. I can just imagine how interested the children will be in the adventures of Ginnie, Tillie and Toran. The adventures and the uncertainty of whether their parents will get together and the amazing proposal along with the big surprise at the end all add up to a wonderful read.
Monique has the amazing knack of writing about the most difficult situations and making it a breeze; maybe it is her experience with her children! She simplifies the situation and defuses the anger and tension making no one regrets their words and actions.
She has tackled a good issue of step-children and step-parents; how it is not easy for any party even when they are willing to get together. This is a good series for both children and parent to find out about life and learning to handle the challenges life throws at them!
Emotional and fun; I am already excited to read the 4th Book “Being West Is Best!!” and what the finale’ is all about!!
Book 3: Simply West of Heaven
Title: Simply West of Heaven (Ginnie West Adventures, Book 3) |Author: Monique Bucheger | Illustrator: Mikey Brooks | Publication Date: January 1, 2013 | Publisher: True West Publishing | Pages: 288 | Recommended Ages: 8 to 13
Book Summary: Twelve-year-old BFFs are matchmaking geniuses. They schemed to get Ginnie’s widowed dad to fall in love with Tillie’s divorced mom. Then Ginnie stumbled upon her late mom’s journals, making life totally awesome sauce … until her dad confiscated the journals.
Ginnie is counting on Tillie’s help to make Dad change his mind, but Tillie’s not sure the ghost of Ginnie’s mom will make a good addition to their new family tree. When a blast from the past shows up and makes Tillie go nutburgers, Ginnie is torn between helping her BFF and having her questions answered.
About the Author: Monique Bucheger
When Monique Bucheger isn’t writing, you can find her playing taxi driver to one or more of her 12 children, plotting her next novel, scrapbooking, or being the “Mamarazzi” at any number of child-oriented events. Even though she realizes there will never be enough hours in any given day, Monique tries very hard to enjoy the journey that is her life. She shares it with a terrific husband, her dozen children, sons-in-law, and adorable grandchildren, cats, and many real and imaginary friends. She is the author of the Ginnie West Adventures series, picture book, Popcorn, and plans to write plenty more.
About the Illustrator: Mikey Brooks
Mikey Brooks is an author/illustrator that specializes in children’s art. His picture books include the best-selling ABC Adventures: Magical Creatures, Trouble with Bernie and Bean’s Dragons. He is the illustrator of several picture books such as Popcorn by Monique Bucheger, Bongo Flo by Carolyn Quist, andLucius and the Christmas Star by Jim Long. He is the author of The Gates of Atlantis: Battle for Acropolis, The Stone of Valhalla the best-selling middle-grade series The Dream Keeper Chronicles. You can find more about him and his books at: www.insidemikeysworld.com