Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Review: Flora in Love [The Diaries of Bluebell Gadsby #2] by Natasha Farrant

Title: Flora in Love
Author: Natasha Farrant
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Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Series: The Diaries of Bluebell Gadsby #2
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication Date: 3rd September 2015
Rating: 4 stars

Tell Me About It
Just when Bluebell thought her crazy family were behaving normally, her parents make an announcement that could turn everything upside down.

If only Zoran, their au pair, would come back to live with them. Unfortunately he's too busy teaching guitar to his new protege, Zachary Smith.

Blue is jealous at first, until Zach starts helping her little sister with a secret project and becomes a regular visitor at the Gadsby house.

Then Zach goes missing. Blue needs her family to pull together if they're going to find him...
My Thoughts
Flora in Love is a book I had sitting waiting to be read for a while and never got around to reading, but with the series being redesigned, I got the chance to review the updated version which matches the rest of the books in the series, and we all know how important a matching series of books is.
The Gadsby Family is a year older, and Flora in Love lets us see how different they are, and how the children are growing and finding their place, thier own personality.

No longer 'the Babes' Twig has discovered girls and has a crush. His attention is now focused on his hair, football, and his crush. He is learning as much as he can about trains to impress her, and this comes in very handy later on in the book. Jasmine is becoming quite a little star in her own right. No longer so stubborn and defiant, she has found her own niche and sees herself as a poet. Flora has her eyes set on a new boy in town, over her previous crush, Zach now holds all of Floras interest. The more she gets to know him, and the more the Gadsby children know him, the more they have to help. Bluebell, ever present but always in the background, is continuing with her multimedia diary, but also has her own boy troubles, torn between what she feels and what she thinks she should feel.
To add to this crazy, yet endearing family, there is a new addition on the way, and before the secret is shared you can see the clues in the parents behavior.

I really enjoyed the (mis)adventures that the children get up to, what makes some of them funnier is that most of it is accidental, beginning something with one intention only to have to morph into something else, leading them here, there, and everywhere.

Flora in Love was a book that had me engrossed from the moment I began reading. I thoroughly enjoyed revisiting this family again, I had so much fun joining them. The rats, which played a role in the previous book, have been accidentally set free, and in thier place are two kittens, which added thier own mischief to the mix, as kittens do. Flora in Love was everything I expected from the Gadsby family, and from the author, Natasha Farrant. I laughed and cried throughout the pages, and felt like I was a small part of this family.

Final Verdict
Flora in Love is the second book in this series that I have really enjoyed. I can't wait to jump into the next book and take another adventure with this crazy, hectic family.

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