Book Review,  Children's Book

Simply West of Heaven

Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

Simply West of Heaven Blog Tour Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for Simply West of Heaven by Monique Bucheger, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Simply West of HeavenTitle: Simply West of Heaven Series: Ginnie West Adventure #3 Author: Monique Bucheger Publisher: True West Publishing Release Date: 2020 Genre: Middle-Grade Contemporary Fiction Twelve-year-old BFFs are matchmaking geniuses. Sweet! Not long after they schemed to get Ginnie’s widowed dad to fall in love with Tillie’s divorced mom, Ginnie stumbled upon her late mom’s journals, making life even more awesome sauce … until her dad confiscated the journals, determined to protect Ginnie from a danger he won’t name. Ginnie is counting on her future sister’s help to make Dad change his mind, but Tillie’s not so sure the ghost of Ginnie’s mom will make a good addition to their new family tree. The girls’ world gets flipped upside-down when a blast from the past shows up and makes Tillie go nutburgers. Ginnie is torn between helping her best friend and what could be the answer to her deepest wish. PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon


Monique Bucheger

When Monique Bucheger isn’t writing, you can find her playing taxi driver to one or more of her 12 children, plotting her next novel, scrapbooking, or being the “Mamarazzi” at any number of child-oriented events. Even though she realizes there will never be enough hours in any given day, Monique tries very hard to enjoy the journey that is her life. She shares it with a terrific husband, her dozen children, an adorable granddaughter, a son-in-law, three cats, and many real and imaginary friends. She is the author of several books and plans to write many more. You can find more about Monique and her works on her website. CONNECT WITH MONIQUE: Website Facebook | Instagram | Twitter


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Simply West of Heaven is part of an ongoing series of books called the Ginnie West Adventures. The key character is Ginnie West and she is a feisty young lady. Her life is filled with a lot of drama caused by her family and friends.

Ginnie is a twin and lost her mother at a young age. This young lady is very eager to learn more about her mother. Her father takes away a set of journals that the mother wrote, because there’s something he doesn’t want her to see.

Ginnie battles with her father over the journals. She is best-friends with Tillie, who is the daughter of her father’s girlfriend. Tillie and Ginnie are opposites, but want to be real sisters, anyway. They are continually begging their parents to hurry up and get married.

Meanwhile, the other family members have plenty of drama. You’ll love all the relationships and how the family works together.

There are many more family secrets. Many of the situations in the book are tough reading for the book’s intended audience of middle grade children. Although many children have soap-opera type families, this book seems to be written for an older audience.

The book is written from the voice of Ginnie. She goes into great detail of her emotions and the emotions of others who are suffering inner conflict. These emotions could be helpful to young readers, who may have similar feelings and families.

The author works hard to make the relationships complex. There are the typical sibling misunderstandings and reasons given for anger and mistrust. The book is a long one, at over 650 pages. After reading almost to the end, I longed for a happy ending and resolution to all the conflicts. But, it was a to-be-continued ending. There will be another book to answer all the questions.

@2020, copyright Lisa Ehrman


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