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  • Love, Life & Laughter!

    This book has been shining out of my tbr list like a Belisha beacon, and I've grinned like an idiot as I got closer and closer - all with good reason! With the death of one of their own, the women of Westenbury are all agog to wonder who'll fill the vacancy she's left behind. Life is busy, and more so for Grace Stevens as, with her marriage totally broken down, she returns to full time teaching whilst parenting her two young children on her own. As if that wasn't enough to deal with, she has disharmony in the classroom, an upset parent to deal with, a drug ring to sort out as well as maintaining friendships and mourning her lack of a sex life! Never a dull moment in this one; between personal and professional problems, the angst and joys of parenting and the absolute sheer fun packed into the pages I have relished each and every word. On the serious side, I now understand what the county lines drug trade is all about (first clear and concise explanation I've come across) as well as appreciating all the extra work our teachers face, while on the fun side I have never stopped smiling, snorting and giggling as my bemused husband can confirm. This is the most wonderful series of stand-alone tales and I recommend them to anyone who likes their women's fiction to be made up of love, life and laughs. Beautifully written and terrifically entertaining, this one easily earns all five shiny, sparkling stars.

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  • Charming Respite

    I love Julie Houston’s books and her newest is a hoot. Filled with warmth and humor, A VILLAGE VACANCY finds Grace Stevens sans husband and looking to start life afresh. But life is life, filled with crises topped with a dollop of hope. Will she end up with the village’s most eligible widower? Can she help bring down a drug ring? Can she wrangle her classroom of disorderly pre-pubescents? Yikes! A charming respite from today’s wrenching pandemic. 4 of 5 Stars Pub Date 22 Oct 2020 Thanks to the author, Aria & Aries, and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are mine. #AVillageVacancy #NetGalley

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  • Mysterious death or is it?

    Characters the galore, but once you figure out who is who the book is fresh,spirited, and funny. I was totally confused as to who was sleeping with who and whose kid belonged to what man, but what I did was go read her first couple books, which are considered stand alones as well, but I think the development of the characters became clearer and I appreciated the book flow a lot more! However, after the first six or so chapters you will start to figure out the dynamics of the village! This book is so well written and put together once you get who the characters are that I was rooting for Grace! Poor Grace seemed to come out on the bottom each and every time that I kept wondering is she ever going to have her day in the ☀️! If you want to find out who did it in the end this book will totally get you or it might surprise you what the author has in store for this quirky lady! Thanks to all the wonderful authors and publishers who work diligently for us the readers! I received an advanced copy from NetGalley and these are my willingly given thoughts and opinions.

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  • Enjoyable but confusing

    Although I enjoyed this book I did think there were too many characters in it and as a result too many story lines. Had a job remembering all the characters at times and their relationship to each other.

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  • Struggled

    It would have made a good story but far too many characters made the story a struggle to keep up with. Too much tooling and growing and the ending was a disappointment.it would have been better if the relationship developed with David instead of abruptly ending.

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