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Amber and the Magic Whipped-Cream Dress Paperback – Large Print, November 25, 2014
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About the Author
Fran Orenstein, Ed.D., award-winning author and poet, wrote her first poem at age eight and submitted a short story to a magazine at age twelve. Her published credits include: Gaia’s Gift, a contemporary woman’s novel (World Castle Publishing/WCP); three ‘tween novels (Sleepytown Press/SP); a young adult fantasy adventure (WCP); a chapter book for younger kids (WCP); and, Reflections, a book of poetry for adults (SP). Her prize-winning short stories and poetry have appeared in various anthologies. She presents writing and publishing workshops at various venues in the Southwest Florida area. Fran’s books are available in ebook and paperback format.
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If you'v read One Amber Too Many, this is a great follow-up book or it can stand alone.
Highly recommended by
Lila L. Pinord
Author of Skye Dancer and three other suspense novels.
Cinderella, Snow White and Hansel and Gretel all have someone or something in common. Yes, you heard me they certainly do: THE DREADED STEPMOTHER! Defined as the woman who marries your father after the relationship to you mother ends, the poor children often suffer, feel left out or in the case of Cinderella, Snow White and Hansel and Gretel are more than just tossed aside but used to clean, cook, sew, hidden away in a tower or even baked in an oven, so that they no longer exist in the father’s life. So, how does this come into play in our story? Gillian Sandler is about to embark on a campaign to get rid of Amber her soon to be father’s new wife. Forced, told she has no choice but to be in the wedding party, even against her better judgment, poor Gilly, needs to find a way to let her voice be heard. Receiving a special envelope with information about the wedding a picture that will set off a chain of events that will make even adult readers smile, laugh and root for Gilly. Fashion is her thing and wearing a dress at the age of nine with frilly bows, ribbons and told she would look adorable, (not a good word), infuriated her. Imagine wearing a dress that would look great on someone about 4 or 5. Imagine wearing one in nauseous yellow or mustard yellow or any yellow. UGH!
As Gilly stares at the picture she begins to scream, yellow and shout: I am not wearing ruffles or bows! I am not wearing yellow! Never never never ! I have to agree I would not wear anything that looked like what you smear on a sandwich of hot dog either! When young children learn about their parent’s breaking up it often leaves them with many different emotions. Some might feel alone, abandoned and others angry. Gilly really has one goal in mind and that is to rid the world of Amber. As she and her brother Marcus team up at times the dialogue is hilarious, their relationship special and Marcus often sounds like the voice of reason. But, Gilly is angry and hates the dress Amber wants her to wear but her mother will not allow her to shirk her responsibilities or even get her out of this. Calling Amber and telling her the truth is her only hope and out. So, she does.
So, what about Amber? Why doesn’t she blow up and just not care? Why does she try so hard to please Gilly by offering to take her shopping to pick out her own dress? Why work so hard to become her friend you might say? The day arrives for shopping with as she puts it with the putrid or petrified Amber. But, not before screaming, yelling and thinking of ways to get sick, get out of it and not before her mother makes her feel better with a huge plate of snacks. Thinking things over she realizes and expresses that the dress reminds her of diarrhea it is petrified and putrid and awful to look at and that’s just its good points. Poor Gilly! So, what’s the solution? Call Amber. Tell her the truth and maybe just maybe she will look through the magazines and come up with something different.
No matter how hard she tries poor Gillian has to bear with Amber and go shopping. But, Amber has a childish tendency and when Gillian gets into her new hot red convertible, tells her about car safety and that she is not supposed to sit in the front what happens will definitely not endear you to Amber or want to drive anywhere with her. Speeding out of the driveway and pretending to be a racecar driver scared not only Gillian but her mother who witnessed it too. Shopping and lunch done. Amber’s dress revealed and all Gillian can say is why would she want to wear a dress that looks like whipped cream? The bridesmaid’s dresses were worse and she finally settles on something that sounds really pretty. But, when Gillian arrives home and her mother sees Amber words fly, anger rages and tears flow.
As we get to know more about Gillian and her relationship with her mother we understand why she is so upset and let’s not forget how her mother feels knowing that her former husband is about to remarry. The wedding day approaches and preparations are made for both Gillian and Marcus to attend and get ready but not before Marcus goes on a camping trip with a friend, his father and his own dad that turns out comical in some ways and sad in others. Gillian and Marcus argue like any brother and sister but basically are there for each other and when their Aunt Sarah shows up to help her get ready and then take her mother away on a day of pampering, we begin to realize just what this day means and how hard it is for not only Gillian and her brother but her mother too. But, added in once again author Fran Orenstein brings in the amazing Amber Club. Friends that understand, listen, support and are there for each other helping Gillian through the rough patches ahead and in the past. I hope that the author will bring these girls back in the series once more as friendships matter, understanding is vital and Gillian will now have to deal with Amber more often if and when the wedding takes place. Readers will learn just what the Magic of the Whipped Cream Dress means only if you read the book and attend the wedding will the truth be revealed.
An ending that lets you know that Amber and Gillian have a long road ahead and more to come. Will Amber remain nice, sweet and kind and want to get to know both Marcus and Gillian? Will her true colors as a stepparent come out? What about Gillian’s relationship with her father? Will that grow? Diminish or change? What’s next for Gillian? From the author of One Too Many Ambers comes this hilarious new book that reminds everyone that nine year olds do have a mind of their own, fashion sense and definitely do not want to be treated as babies. Will Gillian ever like Amber? Who knows? Only the author does and she we are all waiting for her to pen the next novel. Real life issues with a humorous twist. A nine-year-old girl that you have to love and a mother whose feelings of isolation comes through. What happens when parents divorce not only affects the children remember it affects the parents too.