Monday, 19 November 2018

Book Review - Fa-La-Llama-La by Stephanie Dagg

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Title: Fa-La-Llama-La
Author: Stephanie Dagg
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Author supplied copy
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 15th October 2016
Rating: 5 Stars

It’s very nearly Christmas and, temporarily jobless and homeless, Noelle is back at home with her parents. However, a phone call from her cousin Joe, who runs a house-and-pet-sitting service, saves her from a festive season of Whist, boredom and overindulging. 

So Noelle is off to France to mind a dozen South American mammals. She arrives amidst a blizzard and quickly discovers that something is definitely wrong at the farm. The animals are there all right, but pretty much nothing else – no power, no furniture and, disastrously, no fee. Add to that a short-tempered intruder in the middle of the night, a premature delivery, long-lost relatives and participation in a living crèche, and this is shaping up to be a noel that Noelle will never forget.

Fa-La-Llama-La is a feel-good, festive and fun romcom with a resourceful heroine, a hero who's a bit of a handful and some right woolly charmers.

The second I heard this book existed, I had a feeling I may need to read it - I mean France, Llamas, Christmas - what better combination, or at least when else will you have ever read a book featuring all three of these. 

This is not the France you know, this is off the beaten track, in the middle of nowhere, with large amounts of snow, and not much in the surrounding area.  And Noelle who is sent to pet sit over Christmas, was not expecting the house to be unfurnished. 

She also wasn't expecting Nick, who apparently is the new owner of the house, but he was expecting furniture and power, and no llamas.  Well the llamas were still there and so Noelle decides to stay to try to look after them.  

I learnt a large amount about these wonderful creatures and its clear from the writing that the author not only knows her llamas but also loves them too.  They are responsible for all the best moments in the book, I I am utterly besotted by with Holly and Gabrielle. 

This book is a lot of fun, it is not your typical Christmas, although there is a nativity to remember, and a big meal, and perhaps just a bit of magic of the season in some of the happenings.  This is the first book I've read by Stephanie Dagg but I will definitely be reading more from her. 

She has a way of describing everything really clearly but without it being too wordy.  You get a real picture for what is going on, and I just thoroughly enjoyed the story. Taking place over only a few days, the pacing is good, and you get a good grip on the characters,    Easy to read, this will transport you to a location like no other for a Christmas book.  I can't wait to return in Deck the Halles. 

Thank you to Stephanie Dagg for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 


  1. Thank you for the thoughtful review. I'm so glad you enjoyed the story and are now a total llama fan :-)


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