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Summary

A Frogmorton Farm short story from the best-selling author of the Chronicles of St Mary's. Perfect for fans of Sarah Addison Allen, Kristen Ashley and Genevieve Cogman.

It's Christmas time again, and all is not well at Frogmorton Farm.

Jenny and Russell's daughter, Joy, is growing up. Not quickly enough as far as she's concerned but far too quickly according to Russell.

Father and daughter are at odds, and suddenly the outlook is very dark indeed. That is until Thomas comes to the rescue.

©2020 Jodi Taylor (P)2020 Headline Publish Group Ltd

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Charming

Just right for the festive season.
It’s easy to forget what it feels like to be a teenager.

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A lovely Christmas story

A welcome addition to the Frogmorton series. Russell, Jenny and Co are entertaining characters in a lovely Christmas short story.

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Sometimes we all need a little taste of warm ginger biscuits, bless us all x

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Heartwarming

Loved this short story. The reminder of the smell of warm ginger bread. Wish I had a guardian like.

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Fantastic story

Great story line enjoyed every bit of the book shame it was so short. Brilliant

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Beautiful ...

A welcome return to Frogmorton farm.
Far too short but I’m grateful for anything .
Lucy Price-Lewis is a very good narrator and easy to listen to.
Jodi Taylor brilliant as ever !

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A short and not so sweet but educational

I have always loved Jodi's books and this one shares an important message. It is important to read this book.

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Frogmorton Farm 4

A beautiful story. Once again Thomas the golden horse who smells of warm ginger biscuits returns help a troubled teenager at a difficult time in her life. Another generation benefits from his wisdom and counsel. well worth a read another beautiful story from the pen of Ms Jodi Taylor.

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Better than excellent

Take a story by a phenomenal writer and add a narrator who clearly empathises with the characters she's portraying and you have Joy To The World in a nutshell. I'm the father of daughters so I know how I would react under these circumstances and Jodi + Lucy paint a perfect picture. I love all of the Frogmorton Farm series and this is another jewel in the canon. Well done both.

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  • 09-01-21

Wonderful

Such a great story and peaceful in these times. To close your eyes and smell the ginger biscuits. I cried.

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  • 12-11-20

Beautiful

I loved this story. The ups and downs and fear all turned into love. Who could ask for more?

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  • bluzkat
  • 12-05-21

Enchanting!

I’ve enjoyed many of Jodi Taylor’s books. This short piece exceeded them all. Absolutely enchanting. It leaves me wanting to know more.

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  • Stein
  • 05-03-21

Not Your Usual Xmas Tale - But Usual Excellence

It took a while to realize this was not a flashback, but told from the point of the teenage daughter. I have followed the entire Frogmorton Farm series, which like Ms. Taylor's St. Mary's books, provides wonderful, real characters and occasional tension. Thanks to excellent timing and plot development, I did not see the danger coming until it occurred, though I did immediately recognize it for what it was. Ms. Taylor obviously has strong recollections of her own childhood, for she develops teenage angst and attitudes with remarkable accuracy. Ms. Price-Lewis does just as admirable a job bringing the story to life, creating the multiple characters (male, female, and equine) with distinct and recognizable voices and personalities. The entire Frogmorton Farm and St. Mary's series are highly recommended!

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  • Sandra L. Agus
  • 23-11-20

Joy’s Holiday!!

I loved visiting Jenny and Russell!!!
Joy Checkland is having the normal teenage angst. She is totally misunderstood. Her dad has grounded her when she is caught holding a cigarette at school. But decides to go out, with a ciber friend, to a concert and gets into a bad situation. She gets help from an unexpected new friend of her mums.
I hope we here more from the Frogmorton Farm. Loved this novella!!

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  • Cjharris211
  • 20-11-20

a lovely short holiday story

I thoroughly enjoy Jodi Taylor's writing style. This was simply a delight to listen to.

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  • Richard S. Swol
  • 14-11-20

A very sweet story with old friends and new

A short return to Frogmorton Farm where time has passed since our last visit and baby Joy is now a young teen. Typical of teens at that age, her world is beyond horrible as she deals with the totally unreasonable parents she has.

Then a decision to rebel, quietly while no one can notice, leads to danger. From that danger she discovers more about herself, her parents (who apparently are not quite so lame as she previously believed), her town, and a giant golden horse named Thomas.

This really is a heartwarming story about love and family. Highly recommended for all.

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  • roseanna banana
  • 28-09-21

very nice Christmas gift.

I enjoyed this book very much. Jodi Taylor has such a wonderful imagination. I envy her talents. I am very thankful she has shared her talents with all her readers. Lucy Price-Lewis did a great job of performing this book. Thank you both very much.

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  • Anita Kristensen
  • 05-02-21

Lovely

I love these books, hope there will be more of them :). Narrator is really brilliant!

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  • bookwormgrrrl
  • 06-01-21

Back to Frogmorton! At last!

I was so excited to go back to Frogmorton Farm as the series are my absolute favorite Jodi Taylor books. I wish we didn’t have to skip so many years in the saga, but beggars can’t be choosers. I was delighted to hear the wonderful Lucy Price Lewis go back to the voices of the first book, The Nothing Girl. I’m hoping that references to someone paying for the skulduggery and mention of someone being a “nothing” means there will be a full length follow-up. Thank you, Jodi and Lucy!