Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Book Review: Tidings of Great Boys by Shelley Adina
"Some people are born with the gift of friendship. Some achieve it. And then you have people like me, who have friendship thrust upon them."
This is my first experience with the All About Us series and it was thoroughly enjoyable! You meet a close knit group of teenage girls from the exclusive Spencer Academy at the end of their fall term. Tidings of Great Boys is the fifth book in the series and focuses on Lady Lindsay Margaret Eithne MacPhail, a.k.a. "Mac", the daughter of a Scottish earl and an heiress, with 500 year old family castle. Mac invites her closest friends to spend Christmas in Scotland. They all come. Her best friend Carly Aragon, with an eye for fashion and the captain of the crew team as her boyfriend, turns down an invite to her mother's second wedding to be there. New York loudmouth Gillian Chang is fashion plate with a photographic memory, a stellar academic record and a natural musical ability. Lissa Mansfield, daughter of world renowned film producer, is a laid back Santa Barbara girl, except when she's ferociously protective of her friends. Shani is longtime family friend and former betrothed of Prince Rashid al Amir, Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Yasir. Mac's excited about this chance to show her friends the Scotland she loves - and she has a secret plan to bring her parents back together.
Tidings of Great Boys is a fun read! Not only are each of the young characters well fleshed out but you can clearly feel the warmth and affection that they have for each other. The book isn't limited to banter, there is plenty of action and humor woven in. Each chapter brings you closer and closer to the crazy ending. You'll finish the book both satisfied and looking forward to the next in the series.
Publisher: FaithWords (September 8, 2009), 256 pages.
Courtesy to the publisher.
Thanks so much to Miriam and Hatchette Book Group for this opportunity!