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This story felt like sitting with a much loved friend listening to everything that was happening to them, cringing at some events and laughing out loud with them at others. I learned so much about llamas as I read this story – I never knew there were llama shows with different types of llama, fancy dress competitions and even agility trials until I read this book! The story relates the family dramas, unexpected visitors and tasks to be undertaken as Christmas rapidly approaches in such a fun, friendly way it is an enchanting read. I definitely won’t be trying to hug a llama any time soon but even some of them are characters in their own right as part of this story.
It all apparently started in ‘Fa-La-Llama-La: Christmas at the Little French Llama Farm’ but I admit to not having read that and still thoroughly enjoying this one.This is told from the point of view of Noelle and continues the story of her and Nick, an Australian author, as they approach their first proper Christmas together as a couple. They’d anticipated it being a quiet, romantic time with just them and their menagerie of animals – but friends, family and fate have different ideas in store for them. They also end up having to organise the French annual National Llama Show after its original venue was burnt down. Can they help sort everyone and everything out? Can they keep calm in the face of all the calamities? I have no hesitation in highly recommending this to anyone looking for a unique story set around Christmas that is a quirky, original, fun, festive and heartwarming read that’ll definitely have you laughing out loud.
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book without obligation. I chose to read it and this is my honest review after doing so.
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.
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I’m an English expat living in France, having moved here with my family in 2006 after fourteen years as an expat in Ireland. I now consider myself a European rather than ‘belonging’ to any particular country. The last ten years have been interesting, to put it mildly. Taking on seventy-five acres with three lakes, two hovels and one cathedral-sized barn, not to mention an ever increasing menagerie, makes for exciting times. The current array of animals includes alpacas, llamas, huarizos (alpaca-llama crossbreds, unintended in our case and all of them thanks to one very determined alpaca male), sheep, goats, pigs, ducks, geese, chickens and turkeys, not forgetting our pets of dogs, cats, zebra finches, budgies , canaries, lovebirds and Chinese quail. Before we came to France all we had was a dog and two chickens, so it’s been a steep learning curve. I recount these experiences in my book Heads Above Water: Staying Afloat in France and the sequel to that, Total Immersion: Ten Years in France. I also blog regularly at http://www.bloginfrance.com.
I’m married to Chris and we have three bilingual TCKs (third culture kids) who are resilient and resourceful and generally wonderful.
I’m a traditionally-published author of many children’s books, and am now self-publishing too. I have worked part-time as a freelance editor for thirty years after starting out as a desk editor for Hodder & Stoughton. Find me at http://www.editing.zone. The rest of the time I’m running carp fishing lakes with Chris and inevitably cleaning up some or other animal’s poop.
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Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for providing materials for this post and organising the tour. The review is my own, honest opinion after choosing to read this book.