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Pedalo Pandemonium by Amanda Paull

My Review

This is a laugh out loud novella which starts with Laura and Ben journeying on holiday to a quiet Spanish fishing village on the island of Mallorca, leaving behind them their families and problems… or are they? Nothing seems to go right for them from the very start but their love and sense of humour make it such a funny misadventure it will leave you smiling. What with an oversize bicycle box, pedalo mishaps and family surprises, the author packs a lot into this short, humorous story that had me giggling along with all their escapades.

Pedalo Pandemonium is the fourth short story in the Scott Family series but can easily be read and enjoyed as a standalone, which is what I did! The author gives enough hints and references to past events to bring the reader up to date so I knew about important previous events as I read and didn’t feel like I was missing any key information. The characters are well developed and portrayed with all their faults which add humour to their interactions and attitudes. This is a fun, quick read – just right for when you need something to make you smile!

I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this is my honest review after choosing to read it.

Synopsis:

Laura and Ben are still together, against all the odds. Laura’s Family the Scotts are adorable – but they wreak havoc wherever they go. The couple have survived first date silicon dog poo, Christmas mayhem and even dodgy marshmallows.

Their future together may have looked doomed on more than one occasion, but here they are at the airport – eating bacon sandwiches and watching planes take off, as they wait to board their flight to Mallorca.

A whole week in an idyllic Spanish fishing village. Just the two of them. Away from their families and the usual chaos. Wonderful.

What could possibly go wrong…?

Purchase Links

https://books2read.com/u/mqDVjO

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07V2T6N6Y

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07V2T6N6Y

Author Bio –

My name is Amanda Paull. Well, that’s my pen name, not my real one, which helps to keep my writing separate from my day job.

I grew up in the North East of England and couldn’t wait to move away. However, after studying and then living both in England and abroad, I returned to the North East and wouldn’t dream of living anywhere else now.

Going to Grammar school in the days when teachers wore black caps and gowns, and walloped at will, wasn’t much fun for a shy, quiet child like myself. So, I just kept my head down, did my homework and tried to stay invisible.

I used to love daydreaming and making up stories in my head, but I never thought about writing them down. In those days, writing wasn’t an enjoyable pursuit, it was more of a time to tow the line and avoid being hit by a flying blackboard rubber. I was the type of pupil who would have been mortified to have ‘made’ a teacher launch one at me, so I would have shown respect by not ducking.

A short career in teaching was a revelation, to put it mildly. After going back to University, I settled into my current post in the public sector, where I am very happy.

It was Jim, a work colleague, who suggested around 12 years ago that I write a book. Apparently, my contribution to coffee break conversations always seemed to be either tragic or hilarious. But to me it was just normal stuff. No-one would want to read about that.

Then, a couple of years later, while sunbathing in Mallorca with my boyfriend, who is now my husband, and a glass of Cava, the idea of writing a humorous fiction novel came to me. I didn’t need to make it all up though as I had a plentiful supply of funny real life snippets.

To get started, I studied creative writing through the Open University, which fitted nicely around my job and, to my delight, was absolutely nothing like school. The Scott Family Short Stories started out as an assignment for this course. A Christmas Day Kerfuffle was the result of the fictional account of the first Christmas brunch my husband spent with my family. Of all the short stories, this one has more true snippets in it than the others. The taxi driver and bike box scene in Pedalo Pandemonium was pretty true to life, too. The driver looked different, but the airport to hotel transfer only required slight embellishment.

I also write Women’s Fiction. Pictures in the Sky was my debut novel, and I am currently writing my second, Painting Bananas.

Social Media Links –

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Apaullfiction

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Apaullfiction

Website:  https://www.amandapaull.co.uk/

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Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for providing materials for this post and organising the tour it is part of. The review is my honest opinion after choosing to read this book and laughing all the way through it!

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