- File Size: 1428 KB
- Print Length: 152 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Brandylane Publishers, Inc. (May 13, 2019)
- Publication Date: May 13, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07PWNNJHW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #546,491 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Simone LaFray and the Chocolatiers' Ball Kindle Edition
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"S.P. O'Farrell takes readers on a memorable, sensory-rich journey through the first-person narration of his highly relatable and likable character, Simone LaFray. My eyes were glued to the words as I reveled in Simone's daily adventures around Paris, the tastes and smells of her family's patisserie, and the overarching mystery that cast a shadow over her sunniest days."
-- Elaine MacDougall, Director of the Writing Center and English Lecturer, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
"This heartwarming story brings the powerful spirit of Madeline and Nancy Drew into the new millennium with a series of twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the final page. Summers in Paris were perfect, or so it seemed. Richly written, paced, and bold, Simone LaFray is the new-age hero that we have all been waiting for. À lire absolument!"
-- Marie Deverneil, PhD
"This story is captivating from the first word to the last, with each chapter urging you on to find out what will happen next. As a young spy, Simone LaFray is as observant as she is clever. She needs to summon all of her wits and talents to unravel not just one, but two mysteries, both of which culminate in an exciting finale. This book was a delight to read and enjoy! I highly recommend it!"
-- Eric Michlowitz, author of The Mystics' Treachery--This text refers to the paperback edition.
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This is definitely the case with Simone LaFray. From the moment she introduces herself in the Overture, the reader is struck with the impression that you are dealing with a protagonist who is wise and mature far beyond her years. Her ability to guide the reader through her familial and “business” relationships reinforces the impression that one is dealing with a woman not to be underestimated. As O’Farrel unveils the plot of the book, the reader comes to recognize that one has no idea what is coming. Simone LaFray and the Chocolaiter’s Ball is truly one of those books that will keep you reading throughout the night because you can’t wait to see what will happen next.
O’Farrell has melded the talent that David Weber has for creating a “world” and Brandon Sanderson’s ability to mold characters to which the reader can relate. Simone, her sister, her father, and her friend, V, become “real” and their experiences become important to you. This book is one from which we can learn that a heroine does not need to be a Wonder Woman. She only needs to be a person who follows her heart and intellect in order to help others. Simone LaFray is the person we all want to be and that is what makes this book so wonderful.
I can’t wait for the sequel.
Reynard Baresi, aka the Red Fox, keeps Simone and her colleagues on their surveillance toes, always managing to evade their grasp. Will they ever be able to catch him? On the LaFray business front, someone is sabotaging the LaFray Patisserie confectioneries. With customer's disenchanted, the LaFray's only hope for regaining the public confidence is to win the the prized Chocolatiers' Ball award. Simone steps up to help her father with their 'choco-mental' task--will their good faith efforts be for naught?
Author O'Farrell has written a tale of intrigue featuring delightful characters that will keep this reader coming back for more! Simone LaFray is one to watch--this is a charming whodunit--I can't wait to see what she's up to next!
Simone is a soul of the shadows and finds comfort in the covert. She is a strong and whip-smart character with a brilliant mind and a great sense of humor, reminiscent of Hermione from the Harry Potter series or Matilda. Her performative sister, Mia, is her opposite and relishes attention. The dichotomy between them highlights Simone’s inability and disinterest to fit in like a “normal kid.” Her spy job raises her above and beyond the ordinary, and we see the world through the intriguing lens of her genius.
The delectable glamor and delicious ambiance of France permeate every page of this sensory escape. A virtual vacation awaits the reader with O’Farrell’s marvelous story. He enlightens Simone and her world with vivid prose, a quick-witted plot, and an atmospheric glow. With a Disney-esque magic and a Sherlock Holmes attention to minutiae, this is a book all ages can enjoy — I know we’ll see Simone’s story on the big screen someday very soon.
Cinq étoiles! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
There were times, though, that I had to remind myself that she is only 12 years old. There were also moments where the mystery jumped around a little, because there are actually many mysteries going on at the same time. Still, it was fun to watch Simone discover her own voice, in an effort to help her father, even as things seem to be falling apart around them both.
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It reminded me of Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell - she won plenty of awards and I can see this book following the same path.
Simone is everything you want a modern protagonist to be and she is a brilliant role model for children.
I’m looking forward to the next instalment and I can’t wait to read this story to my son... bye for now - I’m off to Paris 🇫🇷