MrsK's Seasoned Reader Picks

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Kissed By a Cowboy by Debra Clopton

Kissed by a Cowboy
ISBN: 9781401690533
Publisher's Synopsis:
Having lived through her parents’ endless string of “matrimonial bliss gone wrong,” Cassidy Starr knows when the odds are not in her favor. Divorced and humiliated, her faith on rocky ground, Cassidy is through with love. She’s been bucked off that horse far too many times. Instead, she returns to Wishing Springs, Texas, and the rundown farm she’s inherited from her great aunt Roxie. She’ll reopen the strawberry farm and a bed & breakfast and follow in her aunt’s footsteps, remaining forever-independent, happy . . . and single.

Rancher Jarrod Monahan’s hands are full running the ranch, looking after his ailing grandfather, and chasing down a group of rustlers on the loose. He’s pushed his longing for a family to the bottom of his list of priorities. Besides, he was in love once but ran scared and lost his shot at happiness. But suddenly, the biggest regret of his life has moved in next door with a wounded heart, determined to become a spinster . . . and that’s a challenge that Jarrod can’t pass up.

"She was done with tears.
Seriously done.
So over them."
MrsK's Review:
As Cassidy Starr heads home to Strawberry Hill, she is ready to begin a new life. Coming home to her Aunt Roxie's house is just what she needs. Even though she had inherited the house six years ago, Cassidy is determined that Strawberry Hill would make a perfect Bed and Breakfast thus proving to be her renewing foundation. Given her failed marriage to an unfaithful husband, she is committed to a "no reliance" on any man. No matter how infuriating Jarrod's helpfulness becomes, she will not open her heart again.

"Cassidy Starr, I have seen you in some predicaments,
but this one wins hands down.
What in the name of thunder are you doing?"
Jarrod Monahan is a cattle rancher who is way to busy for any chaos that Cassidy's return will most definitely bring into his life and possibly his heart. He thought he had burned that bridge years ago. Besides, with so many cattle missing he had plenty to do locating the rustlers. 

With a town celebration, humorous and endearing characters, unshakable faith, a dash of stubbornness, and reunited love... this is purely a light-hearted romance.

Worthy of your moments... endless smiles will bring a lightness to your day,

Just for fun, just for enjoyment, just because every reader needs to smile!
Meet the Author:
Debra Clopton Award-winning, Bestselling author Debra Clopton has sold over 2.5 million books and her holiday story, OPERATION: MARRIED BY CHRISTMAS has been optioned for an ABC Family Movie. Debra is known for her snappy dialogue, cowboy heroes and spunky heroines set in Texas. Her awards include: The Book Sellers Best, Romantic Times Magazine's Book of the Year. She's also a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Finalist, and a triple finalist in the American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award. A sixth generation Texan, Debra lives on a ranch in central Texas with her husband Chuck. She loves to travel and spend time with her family. She is the author of the much loved Mule Hollow Matchmakers series where you never know what the Matchmaking "Posse" is going to do next! She's written for Harlequin Love Inspired and Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins Christian and DCP Publishing. She is currently working on her 38th novel surrounded by cows, dogs and even renegade donkey herds that keep her writing authentic and often find their way into her stories. She loves helping people smile with her fun, fast paced stories.

"I received this book for free from the Fiction Guild for this review."
Thomas Nelson

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Dawn at Emberwilde by Sarah E Ladd

Dawn at Emberwilde (Treasures of Surrey, #2)
ISBN: 9780718011819
Publisher's Synopsis:
For as long as she can remember, beautiful and free-spirited Isabel has strained against the rules and rigidity of the Fellsworth School in the rolling English countryside. No longer a student, Isabel set her sights on a steady yet unexciting role as a teacher at the school, a safe yet stifling establishment that would provide her a steady environment to care for her younger sister Lizzie, who was left in her care after her father’s death.

The unexpected arrival of a striking stranger with news of unknown relatives turns Isabel’s small, predictable world upside down, sweeping her and her young charge into a labyrinth of intrigue and hidden motives.

At her new family’s invitation, Isabel and Lizzie relocate to Emberwilde, a sprawling estate adjacent to a vast, mysterious wood rife with mysterious rumors and ominous folklore—along with whispers of something far more sinister. And perhaps even more startling, two handsome men begin pursuing Isabel, forcing her to learn the delicate dance between attraction, the intricate rules of courtship, and the hopes of her heart.

At Emberwilde, Isabel will discover that the key to unlocking the mystery of her past may also open the door to her future and security. But first she must find it—in the depths of Emberwilde Forest.

MrsK's Review:
In 1817, Isabel Creston had come to a place of peace with her living at Fellsworth. She was in line for a permanent teaching position or at the least a governess position. With both of her parents dead, Isabel and her sister, Lizzie, had no living relatives. She hoped to continue her training at Fellsworth, at least until her sister was of age.

Summoned to the Superintendent's office, she was determined to meet the news with calmness. What she wasn't expecting was the news that her mother's sister had sent a Mr. Bradford as a messenger to escort her and her sister home to Emberwilde Hall. She was not pleased that a letter, a summons, would decide her future, yet she wasn't of the mind to let them know her feelings.

"In a matter of minutes she would come face-to-face with the pieces of her life that had for so long been a mystery.
Whatever her father's reasoning for keeping her aunt a secret,
it could not matter now."

Mr. Bradford is the superintendent of the foundling home in Northrop. The home is located on Emberwilde property and is the project of Mrs. Ellison's focus, of which she is quite proud. The school was "a school that would not turn anyone away." A school that would touch Isabel's heart in more ways than the mere needs of the foundling charges. 

Colin Galloway is over seeing the riddance of trespassers for Mr. Ellison, the master of Emberwilde Hall. If they were smugglers, he would need to uphold the lawfulness in which he was responsible as the magistrate of the Northrup area. With the help of his aunt Lydia, not just the lands are under his supervision. Even the youngest are tended to. Once the newest charge is delivered to the Foundling home, Colin realizes that this little one has found a place in his heart.

Miss Constance Ellison is a cousin, musically inclined, and a romantic. Will she remain a loyal confidant to Isabel? Will she be happy with her mother's arranged marriage? Why would Isabel feel trepidation about either Constance's fiance or Mr. Bradford?

"Beautiful places can be deceptive."

Mrs. Margaret Ellison is a "strong and persuasive woman," one who is use to giving orders. A person who over-sees everyone's life and future. Yet, for Isabel, there are many reasons why her niece is in need of her attention. Will her choice of a husband for Isabel bring a unification that will prove prosperous? Will Heddeston Park have a new owner?

"Let's just say, I will not be underestimating you again..."

Within and around the Victorian settings, you will find yourself entwined with Isabel's journey. Her journey is one of courage, betrayal, and hope of a family. Has Isabel really "come home?"
Enjoy a story that will be one you can't wait to share with others,

Perfectly enjoyable... 
A great read it forward... deserving of a warm cup of tea, a quilt, and a fire!

Meet the Author:
Sarah E. Ladd  "Every word has a melody. Every sentence has a rhythm."This truth has intrigued me since my early years. Even before I fully understood the meaning behind many of the words, I devoured literature and consumed poetry.
Austen, Alcott, Wordsworth: I left no piece of literature untouched, left no author unexamined. I continue to see magic in how a word is transformed by the word next to it and how written thoughts can incite emotion and evoke change.
In addition to a lifetime of writing and exploring fiction, I have more than ten years of strategic marketing and brand management experience, including five years of marketing non-fiction books and three years of marketing the musical arts.

"I received this book for free from the Fiction Guild for this review."
Thomas Nelson

Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini

Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker
ISBN: 9780142180358
Publisher's Synopsis:
In a life that spanned nearly a century and witnessed some of the most momentous events in American history, Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley was born a slave. A gifted seamstress, she earned her freedom by the skill of her needle, and won the friendship of First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln by her devotion. A sweeping historical novel, Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker illuminates the extraordinary relationship the two women shared, beginning in the hallowed halls of the White House during the trials of the Civil War and enduring almost, but not quite, to the end of Mrs. Lincoln’s days.

"On the day of the presidential election of 1860
she was eager to be safely indoors well before curfew."
MrsK's Review:
Elizabeth is a dressmaker for the District of Columbia's socially and politically elite. After years of saving, she has purchased freedom for her and her son George. She has become an independent business woman with an admirable reputation. She hopes that the new first lady will have a "taste for finery," in which she will be called upon to create her fashions.

Over the years, Elizabeth becomes not only a dressmaker for Mrs. Lincoln. She will be the one to tend to Mrs. Lincoln's outings and she will be the one that helps Mrs. Lincoln in those transitional days after the assassination. She will be instrumental in helping Mrs. Lincoln "transform the White House into a showplace worthy of our nation." This story is about Elizabeth and her grit, compassion, and determination to walk through those white house days as a support person for the first lady. 

Beyond her talent and attention to detail, Elizabeth will prove her loyalty with gracious dignity. She becomes a coveted mantua in which the Washington elite will "rush to place their orders." 

 "She had never known another man with such nobility of soul and greatness of heart..."

Elizabeth's story is expertly crafted. Historical fiction must accurately portray facts, yet there must be a voice that enables the reader the possibility to walk with the historical characters. Our book club did just that. We had discussions beyond Elizabeth and Mrs. Lincoln. We were left hungry for additional works by Jennifer. We checked into other primary sources about this time period. We shared Elizabeth's writings (Behind the Scenes). We are inspired to know more...
"Her greatest legacy could not be measured in garments or in words,
but in the wisdom she had imparted,
in the lives made better because she had touched them."
A remarkable read for any book club...Booked to Dine book choice.        
Added to my shelf!

For more information about Elizabeth, click here.
Meet the Author:
Jennifer Chiaverini  Jennifer Chiaverini is the New York Times bestselling author of several acclaimed historical novels and the beloved Elm Creek Quilts series, as well as six collections of quilt patterns inspired by her books. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago, she lives with her husband and two sons in Madison, Wisconsin. About her historical fiction, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes, "In addition to simply being fascinating stories, these novels go a long way in capturing the texture of life for women, rich and poor, black and white, in those perilous years."

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Above by Roland Smith

Roland Smith
ISBN: 9780545564892
Available September 27th!
Publisher's Synopsis:
Pat O'Toole and his brother, Coop, are on the run from an enemy that specializes in hiding in plain sight. Along with their new companion, Kate, they've narrowly escaped a cultlike community situated beneath the streets of New York City. Kate has lived underground since birth, and the world above thrills her, but it's treacherous as well. With the cult's leader — Kate’s grandfather — on their trail, will they spend the rest of their days as fugitives? Who can they trust but each other?
The adventure that started Beneath concludes Above in this action-packed middle-grade thriller by Roland Smith!
MrsK's Review:
It isn't just Pat, Coop, and Kate that have survived the beneath explosion. Survivors of the radical Weather Underground Organization are above and they are on a mission to locate Kate while they continue their efforts to destroy the government.

Anxiously waiting the arrival of Kate and Coop, Pat is apprehensive about being spotted at Union Station in Portland, Oregon. Given the need to blend in above, the three decided to travel incognito to the west coast. With only a small backpack, an emergency iPhone, a laptop, and his notebook Pat is once again on the run. Worried about how Kate is surviving above ground, anxious to reconnect with his brother Coop and completely paranoid about the news that the originals have survived Pat isn't in a state of calmness. Who would be? Being on the run and alone isn't like a walk in the park!

"We don't know what they have, where they are, or what they're planning.
All we know is that they are planning something..."
People of the Deep (POD) are exceptional shadows, expert trackers, scavengers, and following a leader that always has a plan. In no way does it help that Kate just happens to be the grand-daughter of Dane, the leader and designer of all things concerning the POD. Dane is not someone you cross. You do not create any disturbance. You do not question his plans. And blood doesn't give you any special outs. It is a safe assumption that if Dane survived the explosion, he will find Kate, Coop, and Pat.
As a hand reaches out to grab Pat's iPhone, this word will begin a trek to the Oregon coast and won't end until the everyone, yes everyone is in... 
Ok, you know I won't be a spoiler... All I will say is this book is so fast paced you will feel adrenaline long after you've turned the last page!

I will leave you with some of my thoughts:
  • Would you trust anyone if you knew you were being hunted?
  • Once abducted, will Kate be safe? After all, she is a resourceful shadow.
  • Can Coop continue getting them what ever they will need to find Kate?
  • Is Dane's brother just as twisted as Kate's grandfather? 
  • Who are the players in this deadly game of cat and mouse?
Excitement for the continuing adventure above ground kept me up late, completely charged, and filled with apprehension!
A must read!
Add it to every home, classroom, and library shelf!

Title: Beneath, Author: Roland Smith
Meet the Author:
Roland Smith's biography  I've wanted to be a writer virtually my entire life. When I was five, my parents got me an old manual typewriter for Christmas and it was my favorite possession. I spent hours in my room clacking away. Even before I knew how to read, I always loved books. I used to go down to my parents' library, pull books off the shelf and sniff them. I just loved the smell of books for some reason, and this hasn't diminished.

Writing is like any skill in life — the more you practice, the luckier you get. If you want to become a writer, you need to write every day, even if it's in a journal or diary, and you need to read everything you can get your hands on all the time. I know hundreds of authors and all of them are fanatic readers. You learn to write by reading other people's words.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sister Dear by Laura McNeill

Sister Dear
ISBN: 9780718030926
Publisher's Synopsis:
Convicted of a crime she didn’t commit, Allie watched a decade of her life vanish. Now, out on parole, Allie is determined to clear her name and reconnect with the daughter she barely knows. But Allie’s return to Brunswick, Georgia, sends earthquakes through the small, coastal community. Even her daughter Caroline, now a teenager, challenges Allie’s claims of innocence. Refusing defeat, a stronger, smarter Allie launches a campaign for the truth, digging deep into the past. Her investigation threatens her parole status, her own safety, and the already-fragile bond with her family. What Allie uncovers is far worse than she imagined. Her own sister has been hiding a dark secret—one that holds the key to Allie’s freedom.

MrsK's Review:
"At first, the concept of liberty seemed impossible--
a hand trying to catch and hold vapor."
After a decade in the Arrendale State Prison, Allie will begin the long journey back into society. Instead of a "continuous loop" of a life in prison trying to envision all the firsts of her daughter's life, Allie will be reconstructing a relationship with her daughter. Being convicted of a manslaughter that she did not commit was life-shattering. Now that she has the chance to live free, she must bring an end to the shadowing of her conviction. Images of her daughter "choking back a sob," tears welling up in her little eyes and the forever promise that they would find the killer was firing through Allie's mind when she heard the words, "You're free to go." Once on a path to med school and becoming a surgeon, Allie will once again enter her father's veterinarian business only this time it will be a new doctor who believes in second chances. Her next step of freedom will be asking Ben to help re-open her case. 

"The catcalls and gossip floated in streams above her head.
Words bounced off lockers, twisting in midair...
Words could kill."
Caroline was the daughter of a convict. Given her love for her Aunt Emma, Caroline's only friendship came from Maddie. With the news of her mother's release, her world felt as if everything was exploding. Nothing could be worse than having your mom released from prison, other than the news that she was returning to Brunswick. With odd situations happening at school, even Maddie was keeping her distance. Can she trust her mom to prove her innocence? What is wrong with the old lady at the nursing home? Why is she always confusing her with her Aunt? What will she do now that Maddie is no longer in school?

"She couldn't lose Caroline. She wouldn't let it happen."
As dawn was breaking, Emma silently watched Caroline as she slept. What would happen now that Allie was coming home? Her dreams of an athletic scholarship had disappeared due to the "party" life style while at college. With Allie in jail, Emma had a chance at living a dream. Caroline was her life, she was all that mattered. Some how Emma must wipe out all connections to Allie!

"Allison Marshall was out. It was one heck of a way to start his week."
When a shoulder injury ended his quarterback dreams at Georgia State, Sheriff Gaines studied criminal justice and entered the Glynn County Sheriff's Department. For now, his life was about discipline and his wife June. A decade ago, the new coach had just come to town. When the coach was found dead, everything changed. Allie's return would not be good for him, the town, nor the secret.

"You don't have to worry... I will spend every day... making you happy.
I don't care about the past, I love you, and that's for always."
Ben has been in love with Allie forever. He was the boy next door. All those years ago, when she turned him down. When Allie returns and asks him to help her investigate what Coach had been giving his team, Ben wasn't sure he was willing to re-open the wounds. Yet, as a journalist he could pressure for the case to be re-opened.

As this mystery gains depth, secrets begin falling into place like a puzzle of deceit. Not everyone will be as "bad" as they seem. Not everyone is hiding the truth. Unfortunately, red-herrings will keep you guessing until the end.

Be willing to spend a day of non-stop reading,

An uniquely "twisted" mystery!
Meet the Author:
Laura McNeill  After six years behind the anchor desk at two CBS affiliates, Laura moved to the Alabama Gulf Coast to raise her family. Her accolades in broadcasting include awards from the Associated Press, including Best News Anchor and Best Specialized Reporter.
Laura’s writing awards include those from William Faulkner-Wisdom Writing Competition, Writer’s Digest, RWA, and the Eric Hoffer award. Center of Gravity was published in July 2015. Sister Dear will be released April 19, 2016 by HarperCollins. She currently resides in Birmingham, Alabama.
"I received this book for free from the Fiction Guild for this review."
Thomas Nelson

A Dream of Miracles by Ruth Reid

A Dream of Miracles (The Amish Wonders #3)
ISBN: 9781401688318
Publisher's Synopsis:
When Mattie and Bo cross paths, all signs point to disaster. Yet as they face a crucible of trials and tragedies together, longings begin to stir that seem destined only to end in more heartbreak.
And will Mattie find the courage to face her uncertain future . . . or will she simply run away?

MrsK's Review:
"Be not far from me, for trouble is near, for there is none to help."
PS 22:11
What began with a doctor's visit for Mattie's son Nathan, unravels into a horrifying experience that will threaten Mattie's motherhood, friendships, livelihood, and heart. Mattie is a widow who is trying to keep all the threads of life weaving forward along this journey as a single mother. She is strong in faith. She might not know the ways of the world, but she knows what she must do when the authorities are threatening to take her children away. No matter what people think, Mattie is a wonderful mother. She has done no wrong, and her strength will be found in trusting God, her faith in His word, and maybe... just maybe the compassion and guidance from Bo.
"God, I feel like the psalmist.
I have no one to help.
If trouble is near, please don't be far from me. Please."

Doctor Wellington is filling in for Doctor Roswell. Not only will Doctor Wellington misdiagnose Nathan's symptoms, but she will open the door for an investigation into Mattie's ability to care for her children.
"I strongly advise you not to refuse medical care for your child."

Bo Lambright is the CPS investigator called to Community Memorial. He is a man whose observations are accurate and who has compassion for all of those involved in his cases. He understands and knows the ways of the Amish and isn't convinced that Mattie has done anything to endanger her children. This investigation will lead Bo beyond his typical involvement and he will need to call in some assistance from Judge Nettleton. Will his "bending of the rules" cost him his career? Will his determination to help Mattie lead to a trial?
"Lord, is it too much to ask for an easy, open-and-shut case?" 

Erica Davis is on her first field assignment and thinks she is as qualified as Bo. She is determined to climb the ladder and unfortunately has a wealth of high profile connections. What she doesn't have is the background information about the Amish, nor the experience as a skilled observer. Her involvement will place Mattie in the mode to flee with her children.

Judge Nettleton is Bo's mother. Even with a political career in the making, she will be led to make a decision to trust Bo's observations. When evidence is given that a financial contribution was given to her platform, the Judge will need to decide what is important in life.

The anxiety in which Mattie must remain strong is at times unbearable, of course that is what makes a perfect read! This Amish story will twist and turn, there are many threads expertly woven. Before the reader realizes the direction in which Mattie's life is unfolding, the characters will experience changes that can only be made while walking in faith.

Experience Mattie's faith journey,

A Miracle of Hope (The Amis...  
Book 1     Book 2

Frustrating with disturbing choices, strengthened with inspiring faith, and expertly woven!

Meet the Author:
Ruth  Reid  The simplicity of the Amish lifestyle has intrigued me for years. While attending college at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan, I lived with retired dairy farmers and had the opportunity to meet many of the Amish in the area. I’ll never forget skipping classes one day to watch a barn raising. I was amazed at the craftsmanship without use of power tools. I’m still intrigued today. I love learning about their firm devotion to God and to each other. I’m blessed for the friendships formed in the process of writing my books.

"I received this book for free from the Fiction Guild for this review."
Thomas Nelson

The Drawing Lesson by Mark Crilley

ISBN: 9780385346337
Publisher's Synopsis:
For the first time ever, drawing instructor and graphic novelist Mark Crilley brings his easy-to-follow artistic instruction to aspiring artists in the form of a comic book, providing you with a one-of-a-kind how-to experience. In The Drawing Lesson, you’ll meet David—a young boy who wants nothing more than to learn how to draw. Luckily for David, he’s just met Becky—his helpful drawing mentor. Page by page, Becky teaches David (and you!) about the essential fundamentals that artists need in order to master drawing, all in a unique visual format. In panel after panel, Crilley provides lessons on shading, negative space, creating compositions, and more, with accompanying exercises that you can try for yourself. Are you ready to start your drawing lesson today?

MrsK's Review:
Every reader gets drawn into a story when the characters have facets that are true to their experiences. The crafting of a storyline in which the reader never looses the threads of a plot is essential. As a reader interacts, a movie begins playing within our minds, evoking feelings and tantalizing our senses. When stories have images, we as readers are provided background details in which our interaction is played, sometimes pushed... sometimes pulled... always deepened.

There is just something that calls us to put images on paper, to capture what our senses are creating. Every one is inspired to be an artist, some succeed... some need a few hints... some quit in frustration. This book is so "user friendly." As a reader, you are invited on a journey with David as he learns how to "see" the images he wants to portray on paper.

I adored that David's journey begins with purchasing a used book that would give him details about drawing sports cars (every librarian knows that these "how-to" drawing books are always checked out). My favorite tip was in the initial sketching, keeping my lines "light." Every artist must "tweak" their drawing as they are creating, it isn't in the "mistakes" that ruins a drawing... it's in the darkness of the sketch (of course shading and coloring can cover many changes). Just keep detailing!

The graphic portrayal is an outstanding aspect for teaching those artists that don't get the details from large portions of text. The examples of David's trials/errors are timed in a way that gives the reader an interactive chance to recreate the drawing lessons that David is learning.

Every classroom, library shelf, and artist in the making needs this resource,
"Learning a trade very often involves seeking a mentor,
and when it comes to learning how to draw,
having a good mentor can make all the difference."
A must read for every artist... get it in their hands!
Meet the Author:
Photo of Mark Crilley  I had to draw pictures for a living or I’d go crazy . . .I wasn’t entirely sure I wanted to be an author or illustrator until I was 28 years old! I taught English in Taiwan and Japan for five years—and seriously considered spending the rest of my life overseas—before finally realizing I had to draw pictures for a living or I’d go crazy. At first I was writing mainly just to give myself something to illustrate. Only recently have I come to see myself as a ‘real’ author.

Ever since I discovered that there were people out there willing to pay me to make up stories and draw strange creatures all day, I knew there was no turning back. “This,” I thought, “is the job for me.” And I still think that, every day.

"I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."
Penguin Random House

Pumpkin Patch Blessings by Kim Washburn

Kim Washburn
Publisher's Synopsis:
Celebrate fall with Pumpkin Patch Blessings by Kim Washburn and Jacqueline East. The sweet rhyming text by Kim Washburn and whimsical illustrations by Jacqueline East bring autumn alive for readers young and old as they take in the fun of the fall season and remember how much they have to be grateful for.

MrsK's Review:
Filled with delightful Autumn creatures, this journey for children will bring a sense of joy, exploration, and loving awareness for the amazing designs from our creator. The children within the story are playfully spirited while each page portrays the beauty of the season. Our youngest gets so excited with the surprises from each page. We are joyfully anticipating his fall experiences outside, as well as on our laps as we revisit this delightful story.

A must add to every little one's story time,

Beyond enjoyable, interactive, and simply delightful.
Meet the Author:
Kim Washburn began her career in Christian publishing with Focus on the Family. While she worked on their Clubhouse Jr. magazine, two of her original stories were recognized by the Evangelical Press Association, including first place in the fiction category in 2006. Currently Kim stays home - and stays on her toes - with her eleven-year-old daughter and nine-year-old twin sons.

Meet the Illustrator:
Jacqueline East has been illustrating children's books for many years. She has worked above a chocolate factory, from a caravan by the sea, and now works from home near a city farm with her faithful dog curled up near her feet. She has illustrated books that have been published across the globe, and when asked what her inspiration is, she says, "everything!"


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