Bert felt jealous, cheated on, and blue. Then he discovered he could morph into a giant nightmarish slug...
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Life in the Clouds #6: Take a Slug ® James Field.
“Oh, it won’t be necessary, I guess,” said Mr Styles, irritably waving off the keys Penelope offered.
“But I just want to help somehow! What can I do?”
“Tell you what you do: Go see Inspector Dobbs, in his cottage, called Rose Cottage, and tell him all you know.”
“I shall. I take my sister’s crime on my shoulders. Otherwise, I’d be committing the sin of Cain. Thank you for giving me a chance to make amends for our joint transgression. As Vicar Bitter often says: it is a blessing to pay penalty for sin, no matter how painful the physical punishment. As I may have told you, I am an accepted member of the All Saints Brethren, and though we are free from false piety and dogma, it is our firm belief—”
Then, for ten dreary minutes, Penelope preached. She quoted passages from forgotten books and quaint, ungenerous elders. She twisted bitter pride and clumsy mysticism into a fanatical spider web of jargon.
Mr Styles was a churchgoer and an ardent supporter of missionary funds, but Penelope’s self-righteousness alternately bored him to a chill shiver and provoked him to wrath. He raised both hands, palms facing Penelope as if to fend off a pale and scaly leper. “You’ll have to excuse me, but I’m pretty busy. Please close the door behind you on your way out.”
To be continued…
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Wisteria Island by Rachel Hanna
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I started reading this book because I thought it was a comedy. And it is, but it is also a romance, which is probably my least favourite genre. However, I won't penalise it because of that. I read along, often rolling my eyes and clucking my tongue at the clichés, but also chuckling here and there.
It's well written, flows easily, tickles the giggle buds, and is a certain winner for those who enjoy sickly sweet romance.
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