Thanks so much to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to be part of this blog tour and for the book in return for an honest (and very gushy) review
What they say:
Mary Brown receives an invitation to a funeral. But she has absolutely no idea who the deceased is. She’s told that he invited her on his deathbed, and he’s very keen for her to attend, so she heads off to a dilapidated old farm house in a remote part of Wales. When she gets there she discovers that only five other people have been invited to the funeral. None of them knows who he is either.
NO ONE GOING TO THIS FUNERAL HAS EVER HEARD OF THE DECEASED. WHAT IS GOING ON??
Then they are told that they have 20 hours to work out why they have been invited in order to inherit a million pounds.
Who is this guy and why are they there? And what of the ghostly goings on in the ancient old building?
Featuring Mary Brown, star of the Adorable Fat Girl series of books, in her greatest adventure yet.
This is BOOK NINE in the series, but can be enjoyed as a stand-alone book or as part of the series.
The Review: I’ll start with the end (of the blurb!) This book can be read as a standalone or as part of a series. I’ll tell you now I read as a standalone and with no issues at all, but straight away I made a note to make sure that in the new year I get to this absolute gem of a series, if this magnificent story is anything to go by. Oh yes, we are into gush city, fasten your seat belt!
So I read this in the best possible way-I had forgotten what the book was about, was too lazy to look at the blurb, and was thinking ‘I’m not really in the mood to read.’ And then I began.
So we are greeted with an invitation to a hotel from a solicitors. It’s to announce the death of a Reginald Charters and invite Mary to the funeral. Straight away I was hooked in by the humour as Mary, on telling her mother that a Reginald was dead, was informed that it was not the Reggie she had thought it was, and her mother had given the wife of said Reggie an awful shock before they deduced they were talking about a different person.
Suddenly we are thrown back to the war and are meeting the most lovely man, Marco and his story of how he got through some terrible times to move onto brighter days (though some not so much). I was so torn between past and present, knowing obviously I was going to find out who Reginald was, but also being hooked into the Agatha Christie/ It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad (too many mads?!) World scenario, where the group of strangers (and Mary) figure out what we are slowly learning. I adored this book, my only thing was I wished I was taking actual physical notes to join up all the clues. Then I think I’d have appreciated it even more. I laughed, smiled and bawled my eyes out, thinking of Reginald and all the people who meant so much to him, in particular those who never knew what mark they’d made on his life, or he on them. It is a story that tells you the importance of helping one another and how people and community and family are the most important thing in life. It also reminds you that when someone is gone they can’t tell you their story anymore. I thought of all the stories I missed from my grandparents, and all the days we just sat in silence after they’d asked me how MY life was going, with me smiling politely and not asking about THEIR life (I was very young at the time but still) and I cried at this loss and actually am crying now too (shakes head at idiocy!)
Anyhoo, so there you go. Totally my type of book and beyond beyond beyond recommended!
About the author
My name is Bernice Bloom and I write funny novels about a crazy lady called Mary Brown in my ‘Adorable Fat Girl’ series. Mary is funny, gorgeous and bonkers. She’s also about six stone overweight. When she realises she can’t cross her legs and has trouble bending over to tie her shoelaces without wheezing like an elderly chain-smoker it’s time to take action. But what action? She’s tried every diet under the sun. This series is the hysterical story of what happens when Mary joins ‘Fat Club’ where she meets a cast of funny characters and one particular man who catches her eye. The series follows Mary as she goes on safari, on a cruise, to a weekend yoga retreat and on an incredible adventure when she receives a mysterious invitation to a funeral. The stories are laugh-out-loud funny and will resonate with anyone who has dieted, tried to keep up with any sort of exercise programme or spent 10 minutes in a changing room trying to extricate herself from a way too-small garment that she ambitiously tried on and is now completely stuck in. xx
My website is: www.bernicebloom.com
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