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Life in the country was supposed to be relaxing...

Eric Sibley's new life in the sleepy riverside village of Burlam is going pretty well, except for the fact his new house is falling down around his ears, he has committed himself to preparing a lavish Christmas Day feast for the extended family, his wife is stressed out and overworked, his new allotment neighbor is crazy and, if that wasn’t enough, his mother-in-law has come to stay. Apart from that, it is all going brilliantly. 

Following on from Peas, Carrots and an Aston Martin, once again, Eric Sibley and his family navigate their way through the trials and tribulations of everyday life. With the edition of some wonderful new faces, get ready to be swept up in a whirlwind of uninspiring leeks, troublesome chickens, inappropriate plumbers, and various sinister interlopers, and they are all hell-bent on turning Eric’s life upside down.

©2019 Hannah Lynn (P)2019 Hannah Lynn

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peas, carrots and a red feather boa

I just love, love, love these books in the series
Great characters, extremely funny!
Love the narrator!

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Life in the country was supposed to be relaxing...

In the previous instalment, Eric gave up his job in London and decided to move to Burlam after purchasing Norman’s home. Unfortunately the house is in need of some serious renovating. With Suzy now the main breadwinner, it’s up to her to keep them afloat and while she throws herself into completing endless deadlines in her career as an author, Eric takes on the task of refurbishing the house and maintaining the allotment by himself.

For their first Christmas, Eric commits himself to preparing a lavish Christmas Day feast for Suzy’s sister Linda and her family. All goes as planned until Suzy’s mother, Yvette shows up unannounced having apparently left Suzy’s father and bringing with her more chaos in the mix. Coinciding with her arrival is a new neighbour on the allotment by the name of Fleur, who has taken over Norman and Cynthia’s plot. Despite his best intentions, Eric’s attempts to settle into rural life goes through many challenges, threatening all that he and Suzy have built...

The Sibley family saga continues in the second instalment of the Peas and Carrots series with another heartwarming addition that hits all the right notes. The novel introduces two new characters with some very entertaining results. Yvette, Fleur - and not forgetting Lulu, were welcome additions adding dynamite wit and loving substance to the plot.

The author has a wonderful knack of creating characters that seemingly come alive and I found myself completely immersed as a hapless Eric tries to work through family issues while juggling the allotment and home renovations.

Having become thoroughly invested in the characters from the get go, I enjoyed visiting Eric and his family again. This series is a truly wonderful read that hooks and reels you in. There are some darker undertones - the ending in particular catching me completely off guard and ensuring that I will be eagerly anticipating the follow up.

I received an advanced free audible copy of Peas, Carrots and a Red Feather Boa and I am voluntarily reviewing it. Rafe Beckley has once again done an admirable job of bringing the story and characters to life with his clear and concise narration. He has fast become one of my favourite narrators.

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Dirt, a dog and another disaster.

I received this book via a free promo code and this is my honest voluntary review.

Ah more time with Eric Sibley and family.. this time the family have now relocated to Burnley and the allotment he inherited has become the focus of Eric's life. Christmas brings the unexpected arrival of his wife Susans mother and it appears that she may be staying much longer than just the holidays. Trying desperately to make his marriage work he strikes up a friendship with his new allotment neighbour Fleur and her chickens and before he knows it... they are sharing custody of a puppy. When the father in law shows up again after 3 months trying to win back his wife, something doesnt feel right to Eric and tensions with his wife Suzie are getting worse as she seems to working almost all the time leaving him feeling increasingly isolated... when that loneliness leads to the last door step he should ever be on, his move to Burley ends in a disaster.

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Book 2 continues to entertain

Another great listen, the story continues, continues making me laugh, continues with the 'what the' moments almost holding your breath! great turns making sure there's no slip in interest. looking forward to the next one!

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A Thoroughly Exciting Adventure

Digging up more twists and turns in the allotment than you can shake a chicken at. The shed continues to cook up some inventive menu names. Will Abi be able to dance in front of the whole school, What will happen when Eric and Suzi have a new member of the family.
Time to read or listen to the next exciting instalment and wonder what else can happen to Eric along the way.
I really love the narration, Rafe Beckle brings the books to life with so many different characters his voice changes are exceptional, for me the grandmother’s voice did remind me of Benidorm TV Series. But I wouldn’t change it, makes me laugh all the time.
Thank you Hannah for another fun filled read.

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Brilliant characterisation

I'm a big fan of the Peas and Carrots series. Red Feather Boa had me laughing out loud in places, although the moments of drama and dispair throughout the storyline are equally evocative. I find the characters so well put together, lots of tiny details that bring them to life. The narrator's interpretation of the writer's carefully chosen words in this audio version is excellent, switching from one character to the next seamlessly, and no confusion over who's who. Very talented!
This is my honest and unbiased review after receiving a free audio code for this book.

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Less humour than book 1

This lacked the humour of book 1 but still a great story and I loved the narrator. I listen on 1.25x speed which is just perfect for me.

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Fantastic !

Great follow up story , more surprises and plenty laughs. Love how the book always ends leaving you desperate for the next instalment . A great author and a great narrator make this a must listen.
I was given this free audiobook code and I have left an honest unbiased review.

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  • Michelle
  • 18-06-20

The ending will get ya

I received a free audio version of this book in exchange for a honest review. I would have liked to start at the beginning of the series but beggars cannot be choosers and all. I liked the characters and the story but the ending had me hooked...I had to find out what happened....luckily I received a free audio version of book 3 so I am starting that straight away.

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  • Jess H.
  • 20-04-20

Great story

This is a great story and narration, 2nd one in series. It's helpful if you read in order. A story about a family and all that goes with it.

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  • Sara Landon
  • 22-03-20

English Comedy and Drama at its finest!

I was looking for something light-hearted and fun to lift my mood and quickly moved from book 1 to book 2. Again, we follow Eric, this time he navigates life in a small town with the added twist that his mother-in-law in in town for a visit. She is the quirkiest mother-in-law you can imagine and many shenanigans ensue. Eric tries his hardest to manage fixing up his house, tending the allotment (community garden) and family relationships. His wife Suzie is my favorite character as she seems to be a rock to the family.

The characters are fun, the plot moves along quickly, and there are so many great one-liners that keep me laughing. The narrator is the perfect fit for the story, bringing Eric and his family to life with perfection. I highly recommend this entire series!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Island Girl
  • 22-03-20

A quirky sequel

A quirky sequel to go along with the first title in the series. This is a fun quirky, interesting story.

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  • Deedra
  • 10-03-20

Peas,Carrots and a Red Feather Boa

Not quite as good as book 1,but still fun.Eric and Susie learn that country living isn't all it's cracked up to be. Rafe Beckley was an excellent narrator.I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.'

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  • Catrina P
  • 22-02-20

Peas, carrots... and the story continues

Ah, country life... but things are not as simple as expected. Eric and Suzy make the best of things as they deal with unexpected situations and new people.

I’m really enjoying this series written by Hannah Lynn and narrated by Rafe Beckley.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Melissa and Josh
  • 16-02-20

Great story!

Let me start by saying this story only got 4 stars because of the ending.

I listened to book 1 several months ago and loved it. At the time, I wasn’t sure how the author was going to make a book 2 with how the first one ended. Months later, the author was advertising books 2 and 3. “Yes, please!” Overall, I think the series has gotten better as it’s moved along. The characters are great, and Abbie has stuck out to me as a being one of my favorite characters. Eric is enjoyable as he's always trying to do his best for his family yet sometimes makes mistakes. Stories that have a lot of funnies, whether they’re meant to be comedic stories or not, are my favorites.

Like the books, I love the narrator as well. He does a great job and it’s always easy to tell who is talking. I do have to admit when Evette first showed up on their doorstep, when the narrator did her voice, I thought it was a drag queen. That was before it was revealed who the person was.

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I was wondering about Eric and all the cooking he did in this book. I don't remember him being into cooking in book 1 and am curious as to what changed. Yes, he has the allotment where he grows vegetables but still.

“At the minute…” I have never heard this phrase before. “At the moment” is the common version. It's strange considering at the moment means right now, as at the minute means… right now. Why change it?

I haven’t been a big fan of Suzy. Either she’s overreacting about something minor or she’s asking Eric what he did wrong. I think I said something in my book 1 review about how she seems like she's just waiting for him to mess up so she can leave him. I was under that impression with book 2 also. The fact that she was blaming Eric for Catrina’s brother coming to the house and destroying parts of it (not telling her about the random phone call he’d received) was too much.

I know a lot of people aren’t fans of cliffhangers because if you want to know what happens, you have to buy the next story. Most of the time, I don’t care. But the cliffhanger with book 2, I felt it was too big of a cliffhanger, if that makes sense. It’s like usually there’s a thread at the end that entices readers to move forward in the series, but it’s not a major necessity. With this ending… let me rephrase that, there isn’t a real ending. You HAVE to read book 3 if you care at all about any of the characters. Thankfully, I had book 3 to find out what happened to Susie.

I received a free audiobook code for this story in exchange for an honest review.

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  • leigh sharpe
  • 09-02-20

Beautiful and Broken

Ok...This series is great..and I mean really great. I find myself wanting to smack Eric for being such a dunderhead... He irritates me not opening his mouth when he should!! I love his wife Suzie..Lord what a beautiful patient woman. Suzie is interesting because she comes from a family of insanity..but she is so good and kind. Her Mom is s total whack job that eventually you really do like. The humor is gone though..it went from being a truly funny story to being a truly heart wrenching story. I still highly recommend. it!

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  • Laura
  • 04-02-20

Entertaining Story with Great Characters

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily posting this review and all opinions expressed herein are my own.

This is the second book in the Peas and Carrots series. It is not a standalone book and ends on a cliffhanger. This is not the book to start the series as it is important to understand the characters portrayed in this book and their relationships/development, which all starts in the first book, "Peas, Carrots, and an Aston Martin." I highly recommend you start with the first book.

The second book focuses on the Sibley family as they start to renovate their home and much to Eric's chagrin, his mother-in-law shows up and moves in. The story is filled with humorous real-life moments [such as Eric seeing his mother-in-law in a very private moment] and some very heartbreaking moments. The author really gets you to invest in these characters so their joys become your joys and their sadness becomes your sadness. Sometimes as Eric is trying to work through his family issues and trying to do the right thing, you want to cheer for him for everything to work out. But unfortunately, as in real life, not everything is "wine and roses" for the Sibley family, making them very human and very relatable. Highly recommend this series.

The narrator, Rafe Beckley, is the same throughout the series and I cannot imagine Eric Sibley being voiced by anyone else. His voice is smooth with a light British accent with just the right amount of cheekiness.

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  • Kandice C.
  • 03-02-20

Another great book

This is the second installment of the Peas and Carrots series and is just as fun and quirky as the first. This series has drawn me in and I am thoroughly enjoying it.
The narrator does a perfect job of reading this book.