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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Holt Paperbacks (2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805093575
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805093575
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,937,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Betsy Woodman is the author of Jana Bibi's Excellent Fortunes, Love Potion Number 10, and Emeralds Included, published in the U.S. by Henry Holt & Company and in India by Random House India.

Betsy spent ten childhood years in India, studied in France, Zambia, and the United States, and now lives in her native New Hampshire. She was a writer and editor for the award-winning documentary series, Experiencing War, produced for the Library of Congress and aired on Public Radio International.

For more on Betsy, background on the books, and lots of photos, please visit http://www.betsywoodman.com

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They all round up and balance the story well.
b00k r3vi3ws
I read an advanced review copy of this book provided by the publisher; the opinions are mine.
Jaylia3
This is the second book of the Jana Bibi trilogy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jaylia3 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover
As charming and as full of endearingly eccentric characters as its predecessor, Love Potion Number 10 could be enjoyed without reading the first book, but why would you want to? It's 1961, fourteen years after India's independence from Great Britain, and Jana Bibi, more formally known as Janet MacPherson Laird, is now 59. Though Scottish in heritage Jana has spent most of her life in India and considers it her home.

In the first book Jana Bibi fixed up and moved into the Jolly Grant House estate in a village in Uttar Pradesh where she bides her time supervising and worrying about her small mostly self-motivated staff and reading fortunes for tourists with her sociable parrot. This time around changes are coming to the town--which concerns some of the residents--a man longs to reconcile with his father, a young boy needs to find his way in the world, old friends drop by for a visit, love is in the air, and a reporter's probing questions leave Jana Bibi feeling uneasy. Fortunately her home is still enthusiastically guarded by a bagpipe playing war veteran.

Like the first book, this not a fast-paced story, but with its colorful setting and engaging characters I enjoyed it too much to want it to hurry along. I read an advanced review copy of this book provided by the publisher; the opinions are mine.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Reading Mom on August 20, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
* I received my copy through the Goodreads First Reads program*

Another excellent adventure! This is the eagerly anticipated follow-up to Jana Bibi's Excellent Fortunes. Jana Bibi (Mrs. Janet McPherson Laird) and her fellow inhabitants of the Indian mountain town of Hamara Nagar have set out on a new adventure that will captivate and pull their fans right into the action with them. There are elements galore: disappointed hearts, new beginnings, love potions, families re-united, attempted bird-napping (watch out Mr. Ganguly!), worry, joy, car chases down twisting mountain passages (watch out Mr. Kilometre!), and so much more. I read my copy at one sitting and when finished, closed the book with a deep sigh of satisfaction and a smile on my face. Mrs. Woodman is a fine story-teller with the ability to make the reader feel like part of her cast of characters--we cheer them on, or in the case of the bad guys, cheer when their plans are foiled again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan on September 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover
As a parrot "owner" (and an Indian Ringneck at that), I have to say that Mr. Ganguly is an absolutely believable and most endearing character, and just as I love the first book, "Jana Bibi's Excellent Fortunes," I also love this one. It's well written, engaging, and definitely draws the reader into the lives of Jana Laird, her lovely household, and her beloved Indian town. But for me, Mr. Ganguly is definitely the star of the show, and there are so few novels that feature parrots that I can't wait to read the next one, which I hope will be written and published soon. Kudos to Betsy Woodman!
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By b00k r3vi3ws on November 4, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Though this is the second book in the Jana Bibi Series, this book can be treated as a stand-alone. A word of warning – after reading this book – you will want to go back and read the first book immediately.

Jana Bibi is of Scottish origin but has settled down in a part of Uttar Pradesh. She is the proud owner of The Jolly Grant House at Hamara Nagar & Jana Bibi’s Excellent Fortunes is all settled and is doing well in the 1960s’s India. On one hand there’s this love potion that is making the rounds in the town at the same time when Jana’s old flame arrives to rekindle their relationship. However, she cannot put heart completely into the matter as Mr.Ganguly, her trusted accomplice, is in danger of being kidnapped.

Jana Bibi is a vivacious character who immediately draws you in. Then there’s Mr.Ganguly – a class of his own I must say. Hold on, Mr.Ganguly is not a man though – he is a charming-talking Parrot. Yes that’s right; I did say a charming-talking parrot. You will fall for Mr. Ganguly too. Besides, there are a whole lot of characters – other staff on Jana Bibi’s payroll and the neighbours and clients. Not a single character will seem unnecessary though. They all round up and balance the story well. The plot at first seems simple enough but there are a quite a lot of twists and turns that you have to get through to get to the end. But the best part about the book is the author’s awesome style of narration that helps create a vivid image in your mind.

I absolutely adored this book and will be getting my hands on the first book soon enough… In the meantime you guys go and get both the books - it is totally worth it!
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Format: Kindle Edition
I wanted a quick and fun read and from the cover and title, I thought this book might be the one; I was right. This book is actually the second of a proposed trilogy. The first book was:Jana Bibi's Excellent Fortunes. I enjoyed this one, but really do want to go back and read the first book as well.

This story takes place in Hamara Nagar, a fictional town somewhere in the Indian Himalayas where fifty-nine year old Janet Laird (Jana) makes a living as a fortune teller, reading the cards of mostly tourists who visit the area. She has help though, in the form of a loose-jawed parrot named Mr. Ganguly. In this installment Mr. Ganguly's popularity draws attention to himself by some birdnappers.

Yes, Mr. Ganguly makes the story very fun, but I now want to learn more about Jana, Jolly Grant House and the other characters as well. Jana is a very sweet lady, (she is Scottish, but a citizen of India). This one was just so much fun, but there are some endearing moments as well. It was just such a refreshing change from a few sad stories I've read lately. Try it if you need a nice change of pace!
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