Being West is Best Book Review

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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.”

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About the Author: Monique Bucheger

Author picture MoniqueWhen 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.

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About the Illustrator: Mikey Brooks

Mikey BrooksMikey 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 AcropolisThe Stone of Valhalla the best-selling middle-grade series The Dream Keeper Chronicles. You can find more about him and his books at:

I received a copy of this book from Mother Daughter Book Reviews and the review is my unbiased opinion. 
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