It’s nearly Christmas at the little French llama farm.
Nick and Noelle are looking forward to a quiet, romantic Christmas together, but at the last moment Noelle is asked to book her local agricultural halles for the imminent national llama show. The original venue went up in smoke. Noelle does as asked, thinking that’s all she’ll have to do. She couldn’t be more wrong! On top of all the extra work this good deed makes for her, various friends and relatives start turning up on the doorstep as the result of assorted crises. The farmhouse is about to burst at the seams!
Add in a few other events, such as playing the part of a pixie at a Christmas fête, Nick’s book launch, training a non-cooperative llama for the agility class in the show and catering for more and more mouths, and Noelle is pushed ever closer to the end of her tether.
Can she hold it together and stay as calm as a llama? Or will she be the next member of her family to make a bolt for it?
This festive, feel-good and fun novel is the sequel to ‘Fa-La-Llama-La: Christmas at the Little French Llama Farm’ but can be read as a standalone.
Deck The Halles is available in ebook now for the bargain price of £2.99. You can purchase your copy here.
Deck The Halles is a fantastic, quirky and hilarious book that was an absolute pleasure to read. If you’re looking for an unusual Christmas read then you’ll love this book!
Noelle is a fantastic main character who you can’t help but warm to straight away. I loved her energy and her determination to succeed despite things seeming impossible. Some of the ideas she has regarding the llama’s were utterly hilarious and had me crying with laughter, particularly her attempts to train them for a competition. Llama’s aside I really liked how normal she was and how she never let mistakes get her down. I really enjoyed reading about her life.
The information regarding the keeping and caring for the llama’s was very interesting. I’ve never given much thought into what that would involve but it’s evidently a lot more complicated than I expected. It was fascinating to learn more about their temperant and what special things were needed to care for them.
This book grabbed my attention from the start with the authors easy, chatty style and the usual subject matter of the llama’s. I soon found myself completely immersed in the story and the hilarious situations Noelle finds herself in. I wanted to keep reading to find out what on earth would happen next!
This is the second book in the series but the first I’ve read and I think it would work fine as a standalone as anything you need to know is explained. I would definitely like to go back and read the first book. I hope there will be more books to come in the series as I would love to revisit the characters.
Huge thanks to Rachel from Rachel’s Random resources for my copy of this book and for inviting me onto the blog tour.
About The Author:
I’m an English expat living in France, having moved here with my family in 2006 after fourteen years as an expat in Ireland. I now consider myself a European rather than ‘belonging’ to any particular country. The last ten years have been interesting, to put it mildly. Taking on seventy-five acres with three lakes, two hovels and one cathedral-sized barn, not to mention an ever increasing menagerie, makes for exciting times. The current array of animals includes alpacas, llamas, huarizos (alpaca-llama crossbreds, unintended in our case and all of them thanks to one very determined alpaca male), sheep, goats, pigs, ducks, geese, chickens and turkeys, not forgetting our pets of dogs, cats, zebra finches, budgies , canaries, lovebirds and Chinese quail. Before we came to France all we had was a dog and two chickens, so it’s been a steep learning curve. I recount these experiences in my book Heads Above Water: Staying Afloat in France and the sequel to that, Total Immersion: Ten Years in France. I also blog regularly at http://www.bloginfrance.com.
I’m married to Chris and we have three bilingual TCKs (third culture kids) who are resilient and resourceful and generally wonderful.
I’m a traditionally-published author of many children’s books, and am now self-publishing too. I have worked part-time as a freelance editor for thirty years after starting out as a desk editor for Hodder & Stoughton. Find me at http://www.editing.zone. The rest of the time I’m running carp fishing lakes with Chris and inevitably cleaning up some or other animal’s poop.
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