Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Book Review - Deck The Halles by Stephanie Dagg

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Title:  Deck The Halles
Author: Stephanie Dagg
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Author supplied copy
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 
Rating: 4 Stars

It’s next Christmas at the little French llama farm.

Last Christmas infamous Australian author Nick bought the farm, that was meant to be furnished and without llamas. The reverse proved to be the case. Noelle had been sent to pet sit the llamas until his arrival. After a decidedly frosty start, Nick and Noelle’s relationship warmed up rapidly and they’re now happily living together, with an ever growing assortment of animals.

They’re looking forward to a quiet, romantic Christmas together but at the last moment Noelle is called on to find a venue for the annual national llama show. The local agricultural halles are free so she books them, thinking that’s all she’ll have to do to help. She couldn’t be more wrong! On top of that, various relatives start turning up on her doorstep unexpectedly, 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, organising Nick’s book launch and training a non-cooperative  llama for the agility class in the show, 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 pastures new?     

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.  

Did you know that llama shows exist, similar to dog shows? Different classes of llama, plus some fun categories.  Neither did I until I read this book, but seeing Noelle determined to enter her llamas into two categories of the upcoming show just before Christmas, 

And which categories is she trying to enter? Well those would be fancy dress and agility.  Yes I never knew llamas could do agility courses either, and all of Noelle's attempts to get any of her llamas ready and amenable to taking part are utterly hilarious. 

This book picks up a year later than Fa-La-Llama-La  and if you haven't read it then don't worry this can definitely be read as a standalone.  We get to see what Noelle and Nick are up to a year on.  I am delighted to say the house is far more of a home than it was, but life is anything but simple. 

Over the course of the book, all of Noelle and Nicks best laid plans for the Christmas season go completely awry, with a series of unexpected visitors and their accompanying issues.  

Deck the Halles has many characters but the focus at all times is with Noelle, so it doesn't get confusing with what could have easily been many perspectives.     

There is so much humour thrown into this quirky festive tale, I loved every moment of it.   If you are looking for a slightly different Christmas book, filled with all sorts of animals, charismatic characters and just  a lot of fun, then this is definitely a book to look out for. 

Thank you to the author for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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