This is the final book of the series and boy! Does it have a lot to say! Even though it has fewer chapters than the previous book. This is a fast read! The novel is so engrossing and has so many twists and turns that you can barely take a breadth and I enjoyed it as I read it.
Monique had managed to tie in all the loose ends and make everyone happy too. I only missed not being able to know more about Queenie’s father, it would have been fun. But perhaps Todd had a lot on his plate.
The incidents and setting for the novel add to the depth of this tale that teaches us about second chances and that everyone must keep their hearts open and minds unbiased. A great read.
Ginnie is the show stealer here too! She manages to be calm, understanding and a good friend and child. Even Tilly gets inspired from her, and manages to stand up for herself. Calliope and Ginnie have fun here too!
The abused kid Pierce and his family are also given a second chance as does Jasper. All the characters come together seamlessly and the end is befitting the series.
Do grab your copy and read the whole series, you and your kids will love it.
Book 4: Being West is Best
Title: Being West is Best (Ginnie West Adventures, Book 4) Author: Monique Bucheger | Illustrator: Mikey Brooks |Publication Date: April 19, 2014 | Publisher: True West Publishing | Pages: 350 | Recommended Ages: 8 to 13
Book Summary: Twelve-year-old BFFs, Ginnie West and Tillie Taylor, are matchmaking geniuses. Together, they manoeuvred Ginnie’s widower-dad into proposing to Tillie’s divorcee-mom. Sweet! Certain they are well on their way to sisterhood, each girl is floored when Tillie’s lousy-excuse-for-a-birth-father puts in an appearance after a six year absence. Too bad “lousy dad repellent” doesn’t come in a can.
Even though Tillie’s dad has sobered up and is determined to make amends, Tillie would rather he just disappear again. If he stays, “Operation: Secret Sisters” may need to be renamed “Operation: Not Gonna Happen.”
If that’s not bad enough, the biggest bully in seventh grade comes over often and wishes he could call the West’s farmhouse “home.” When the bully’s abusive dad shows up as well, Ginnie thinks it’s time to change her family’s motto from “When you’re here, you’re family” to “There’s no more room at the West’s.”