Novella Review: The Snowflake Valley Advice Fairy by Holly Tierney-Bedord

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Length: 95 pages

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What they say: The author of Right Under Your Nose: A Christmas Story brings you another sweet, festive holiday novella.

At just twenty-five years old, Elinor has landed the job of her dreams: She’s going to be Merry the Advice Fairy for the Snowflake Valley Gazette. She’s ecstatic that she’s about to embark on a fun, cushy career while living in the cutest, quaintest town she’s ever known.

She’s barely settled into her desk at work when that famous Snowflake Valley shimmer starts to fizzle. The real Snowflake Valley bears little resemblance to the picture postcard tourist destination she and her family loved when she was a child. Her new co-workers are uninspiring, to say the least, and the problems that people are submitting to the Gazette are much weightier than what she was expecting.

Losing faith in herself, Elinor considers cutting her losses and moving on. However, the attention of hot young reporter Nile might be enough to get her past her chilly start in Snowflake Valley, and back to seeing its charm once again.

 
The Review: It’s funny that the last line of the blurb uses the word ‘charm,’ because no word is more apt for this gorgeous little novella. From the very beginning, where we meet Elinor as she introduced to her new surroundings at the Snowflake Valley Gazette, I could tell this was going to be special. Elinor has some very romanticized visions of Snowflake Valley brought about by her childhood memories of apple picking at Harvest Fest and caroling there at Christmas time, however she soon realizes that there’s a harsh reality out there, and her job is to deal with it, by turning agony aunt and answering the problems people send into the newspaper. I loved the letters, with problems that ranged from heartbreaking to properly hilarious, with one making me say ‘yes!’ as I laughed out loud.

The characters in this book were excellent, the romance lovely, the story brilliantly spun and actually, this is one that I’ll possibly read again. An extremely satisfying read and an author I will most definitely be back to for more and more (by the way I’ve reviewed Boots On The Ground by Ms. Tierney-Bedord here  , Weekend Immune System here and there’s an author interview here).

Thanks to the author for this book in return for an honest review .

Rating: 5/5

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Author Interview: Holly Tierney-Bedord, author of ‘Boots on The Ground’ and ‘Weekend Immune System’

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So today I’ve an interview with Holly Tierney-Bedord, author of, among many others (take a look at them here) ‘Boots on the Ground,’ a wrestling romance novella that is up for review tomorrow (very much recommended by the way!). I have to say that I had planned for this whole interview to revolve around the unusual premise of the book, but then I picked up ‘Weekend Immune System,’ a choose your own ending book that I reviewed here, and I was so intrigued that my questions changed! Anyhoo, here we go!

So Holly, first off let me just say it’s great to have you here! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I live in Madison, Wisconsin with my husband Bill and our little dog Tyler (who happens to be celebrating his birthday today). When I’m not writing, I work for a group of local restaurants, handling their social media and marketing.

I just finished Weekend Immune system, and I have to say I loved it! Can you give us a little bit of background on it and what inspired you to write it?

I loved Choose Your Own Adventure books when I was a kid, and thought it would be fun to read a book like that for adults. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find much out there that interested me, so I decided to try writing my own book in that style.

I’d say the planning on it was immense and you probably had each scenario imprinted in your mind, did you have a favourite direction to go?

Weekend Immune System was a bit of a logistical nightmare. Writing it, linking it, editing it… It was all a lot tougher than I expected. Some books I write pretty quickly, but that one was in the works for a couple years. There were times I set it aside, having had enough for a while. And when I was finally done and was proofing it for the zillionth time, I’d find myself rereading certain parts over and over again, and probably completely missing other parts, even with the help of notes and charts I’d created that were meant to ensure I covered all of it. I had a few beta readers helping me out with it also, but even after all that I still find errors in it. It’s one of the more difficult writing projects I’ve taken on.

Have people told you what guided their choices?

Good question! Not exactly. The feedback I’ve gotten has either been really positive, with people jumping in and going after every ending, or the exact opposite, where people are confused and frustrated by the book, try maybe one path, and then say, “Well… That was different.”

You have a great range of books in terms of diversity, where do you get your ideas from?

I’m influenced by situations around me, tv shows I like, people who amuse or inspire me… I guess I have a wide range of interests, and I want to write about all of them!

Lastly, it’s chick lit May so I can’t let you leave without asking who your favourite chick lit author is?

Sophie Kinsella is the queen of chick lit. I adore her writing style and her great sense of humor. Her books are funny and clever, and they can be read really quickly, because they’re so polished.

Well, Holly, it was so lovely to have you here, thanks so much!

Thank you so much for having me, Bernadette! It’s been an honor!

Not at all, and of course we’ll be seeing more of Holly tomorrow with my review of ‘Boots On The Ground,’ a wrestling novella that is chock full of romance and comedy!

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Weekend Immune System (a choose your own ending book) by Holly Tierney Bedord

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First off, welcome to chick lit May, the month where I will do my very best to convert those of you who don’t do chick lit by showing that chick lit comes in many shapes and forms, and that there’s something for everyone!  And what better way to do it than with a ‘choose your own ending’ chick lit book from the ingenious Holly Tierney-Bedord?

What they say: Remember those awesome Choose Your Own Ending books from childhood? Weekend Immune System is like that, but for adults. It’s the story of Juniper, a woman in her early twenties. Over the course of a three day weekend, You’ll make decisions to steer her life in dozens of different paths. Some paths are happy. Some are devastating. Choose wisely. Juniper’s life depends on it!

The Review: I defy anyone to not be interested by the premise of this book. I myself well remember ‘choose your own ending’ books from my childhood and when I saw this I was uber-intrigued! So as said above, we meet Juniper(first off don’t you just love the name?), a twenty something who’s in the process of moving with the help of her stoner boyfriend(how I saw him anyway!), Ozzy. I have to admit I didn’t warm to Ozzy one bit. The other person who was very difficult to like was her sister, Maura, who had a plan in mind for the way Juniper’s life should go.

It says above that some paths are happy, and that’s the way I went. I psychoanalyzed all of my choices, coming to the conclusion that I was taking the exact path I myself would take, as opposed to the way I thought Juniper should go (I don’t know if this is a good or a bad thing!) and was nicely satisfied with the ending. My only issue at all with this book could present a catch 22 for the author, should she decide to go on and produce more of these books (which I hope she will!). It is this: For adults who read a lot and come across a book such as Weekend Immune System, they will find both the path to the finish and the ending itself clipped, which of course it has to be or else it would be a monster of a book. I found it hard to go with the sudden jump of occurrences which were inevitable but saying that I still loved both the premise and the story. A very kooky, alternative book for people who like their chick lit, their characters and/or their stories with a bit of an edge and one that will send me over to Holly’s considerable back catalogue of novellas and books (I am now firmly a fan!).

Make sure you join me tomorrow (Tuesday)  for an interview with Ms. Tierney Bedord herself and on Wednesday for some more chick lit with a difference, a novella about wrestling (Boots On The Ground) from said author too!:)

Rating: 4.5/5

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Connect with Holly Tierney-Bedord! The Links:

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