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Saturday, December 12, 2020

Book Review and Giveaway - Simply West of Heaven Author: Monique Bucheger On Tour with Celebrate Lit

 


About the Book

Book: Simply West of Heaven

Author: Monique Bucheger

Genre: Mid-grade, blended family, horses

Release Date: January 1, 2013


Twelve-year-old BFFs Ginnie and Tillie are matchmaking geniuses. Sweet! Not long after they schemed to get Ginnie’s widowed dad to fall in love with Tillie’s divorced mom, Ginnie stumbled upon her late mom’s journals, making life even more awesome sauce … until her dad confiscated the journals, determined to protect Ginnie from a danger he won’t name.

Ginnie is counting on her future sister’s help to make Dad change his mind, but Tillie’s not so sure the ghost of Ginnie’s mom will make a good addition to their new family tree. The girls’ world gets flipped upside-down when a blast from the past shows up and makes Tillie go nutburgers. Ginnie is torn between helping her best friend and what could be the answer to her deepest wish.

 

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About the Author


When Monique 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, twelve grand-darlings, too many cats, and many real and imaginary friends. She is the author of several books in three series and hopes to write many more.

 

More from Monique

Hello Everybody,

 

Welcome to the kickoff tour of my third book: SIMPLY WEST OF HEAVEN: A Ginnie West Adventure. This book is the hardest one for me to blurb because it contains my four best twists and I don’t want to give away any of the surprises (and some readers have said they were downright shocked—in a good way—by some of them.) 

 

This book stretched my writing ability and deepened my emotional investment in the West family greatly.  This book continues to explore the relationship of best friends, Ginnie West and Tillie Taylor. It has been described as “a soap opera for children” because of all the plot twists and reveals.

 

It explores Ginnie and Tillie’s deeper, hidden feelings in a way that may bring you tears as well as greater understanding. Several reviewers commented on how authentic and “real” the West family is to them. I love knowing that people are willing to go on a journey with Ginnie and Tillie and the rest of the West family. That they are willing to laugh and cry with them. I promise—this book will give you opportunities for both. 

 

Simply West of Heaven has recently been made into an audiobook and that was a fun endeavor as I listened to the voices in my head come to life. My narrator, the very talented, Hillary Straga, said all of the twists kept her on her toes, but that she loved voicing this book because she never knew what to expect.

 

I hope that the people who choose to read this book will have the same experience. That they will be eager to jump in, put aside pre-conceived notions, and become part of the West family saga: that they will cheer for them, cry with them, and celebrate with them. One of my favorite reviews of this book states that: “I tried to skip ahead and every time I did—I had to go back to where I was because I missed something important in the story.”

 

Thank you to those of you who are willing to continue to read the Ginnie West Adventures and “Welcome!”  to those who have decided to start with this book.

 

Laugh lots, Love much, Write on!

Monique Bucheger

My Thoughts

Simply West of Heaven is book three in the Ginnie West Adventures. I have been reading them out of order, and strongly recommend that you read them in order. While I did not have a problem following along, it will make more sense as the knowledge of each character will build up with each book. In this story, it focuses a lot on Ginnie. Ginnie's dad has taken away the journals that Ginnie's mom has written before her death. Ginnie enlists the help of Tillie to help her get them back. Tillie is not 100% sold on the idea. Ginnie knows that the West family has been harboring some secrets and she was hoping that the journals will uncover them.
This book will take you on an emotional journey as Ginnie and family have to deal with some of the pain from the past. You will not want to put this book down once you start it. The book ends in a cliff hanger - and you will want to seek out Book 4 (and the finale in the series) right away.
I received a copy of this book through the author and publisher - all thoughts are my own.

Blog Stops

Through the Fire Blogs, December 2

21st Century Keeper at Home, December 2

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, December 3

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, December 4

Texas Book-aholic, December 5

Inklings and notions, December 6

For Him and My Family, December 7

deb’s Book Review, December 8

Locks, Hooks and Books, December 9

Mary Hake, December 9

Artistic Nobody, December 10 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Ashley’s Bookshelf, December 11

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, December 12

Sara Jane Jacobs, December 13

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, December 14

Blogging With Carol, December 15

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Monique is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Google Play, or Kobo gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/10495/simply-west-of-heaven-celebration-tour-giveaway


4 comments:

  1. This sounds like a really great book.

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  2. Wonderful review, Connie. Sounds like a great series. Thank you for sharing.

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  3. Good to know that it ends on a cliff hanger. I hate having to wait for the next book!

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  4. Thank you for hosting Simply West of Heaven on your blog. I'm so glad you are enjoying the series. Just a quick update--while Book 4 is the last published book available at this time--Book 5 will hopefully be available by Spring 2021 with Book 6 to follow closely at the end of 2021. Book 3 ends less in a cliff hanger and more in a newly opened can of worms. :) But Connie is right-you will want to read Book 4 (Being West is Best) right away. :)

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