Thanks so much to Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for allowing me to be part of this blog tour- which is for three brilliantly kooky romantic comedy short stories!
Let’s Dance (Scott Family Short Stories Book 1- 48 Pages)
She’s helping out a friend. His dad’s hip’s gone. Could a farcical mix-up lead to love?
Ballroom dancing is the last thing Laura wants to try. But her best friend is desperate to meet a hip-swinging Adonis, so before she knows it, Laura is cha cha cha-ing in the back of the Dog and Duck with nerdy Ben. At least no one else need ever find out. No such luck. Her mother is armed with a social media page and dangerous. The shenanigans begin. What a pity Ben’s now looking rather dapper. Will he scarper? Or is Ben made of sterner stuff?
If you like innocent, laugh-out-loud family mayhem, you’ll love Let’s Dance, the first Scott Family Short Story, by Amanda Paull.
The Review: From the start of the book where Shona and Laura turned up to a dance class that’s being held in the back room of a pub I have to admit I was in. I could almost see The Dogs and Duck and giggled at the odd turn out as the girls worried about the very straight backed eastern european teacher Portia, who pairs them with people they may to have gone with otherwise. I will admit it’s called a Scott Family book, so while I enjoyed all oft his I would have preferred to meet the family earlier, because I enjoyed Shona and Laura’s escapades and then got dragged away if you know what I mean (even though the classes continued through the story). I think this is probably just a length thing though! The narrative reminded me of Robert Bryndza (Coco Pinchard), as did the comedy, and I smiled along all the way to the end after a family birthday meet up didn’t go to plan. This is exactly the kind of stuff you need for a chill out evening and I beyond enjoyed. Thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the book in return for an honest review.
A Christmas Day Kerfuffle (Scott Family Short Stories Book 2 – 26 pages)
What they say: A blooming romance. A trapped poodle. Can their relationship survive the madness?
After a shaky start, Laura and Ben are now getting along great. So much so that Laura dares to invite him for a Christmas Day brunch with her family. As the good tidings commence, a horrifying discovery is made. Freddie, the family poodle, is trapped. Will the ensuing biblical scale mayhem sound the death knell for Laura and Ben’s budding romance? Or is he just a glutton for punishment?
If you enjoyed Let’s Dance, you’ll love A Christmas Day Kerfuffle, the second Scott Family Short Story, by Amanda Paull. Download it today to discover whether love prevails, and Freddie cooks.
The Review: Again, another very much up my street short story that I enjoyed one morning before the kiddies were up. Although I read this after Christmas, I empathised straight away with Laura’s nerves as Ben came to tea. By the way Ben changes a little in this book, as Laura falls for him even more and I loved that I was on the exact page, seeing him morph into someone who is attractive both inside and out. With a range of characters, lost keys, tangled earrings, a trapped dog and general crazy and zaniness, i really really enjoyed this and cannot wait for the next one!
Fenella’s Fabulous Fountain Fondue (Scott Family Short Stories Book 3 – 48 pages)
It’s the day of the party. Laura and Ben are in love. But could a posh marshmallow put the kibosh on their relationship?
They’ve survived Scott Family mayhem twice so far, and now Laura and Ben’s relationship is rock solid. They are having a wonderful time at the Grand Hotel, relaxing in the spa and putting the final touches to Ben’s mother’s 85th birthday party preparations. It’s all going to plan.
Fenella loves her party. The two families get along fabulously. It’s a marvellous do. What could possibly go wrong?
Download the third Scott Family Short Story today to discover whether the Scotts have a cheeky little surprise of their own for long-suffering Ben and Laura.
The Review: Okay, so we should probably have been able to tell from number one and two that maybe there was going to be a bit of a divide between Ben and Laura’s families, but funnily enough, if we’re going to psychoanalyse (and I am!), I thought that it would be more of a result of Laura’s embarrassment of her family than what they actually did (in all fairness I totally stand by Laura’s dad and what he did that all around deemed so awful but I just thought ‘it wasn’t THAT bad an idea;)) Saying that, um, things didn’t exactly go to plan, in the most explosive way possible! While I loved this, I have to admit it was too short for me, I hear book bloggers talking all the time about shorts and novellas and not getting the full sense of people and I have to admit that totally happened here, resolutions came a bit too quickly and I wanted to get to know Ben and Laura more. Saying that, I look forward to more from Amanda Paull and am all in-her writing and humour is totally up my street!
About the author
Amanda Paull is a writer of humorous romantic fiction. She lives in the North East of England with her husband and works in the public sector.
The inspiration for her stories comes from real life, which she tries to show the funnier side of by embellishing to the hilt.
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