When I was given the chance to receive and review Tidings of Great Boys by Shelley Adina prior to its publication (September 8, Faith Words/Hachette Book Group), I couldn't resist. Isn't that a great title?
Lady Lindsay MacPhail (Mac) is going home to Scotland for the holidays and bringing her friends from Spencer Academy--Carly, Lissa, Gillian, and Shani--with her.
As if the holidays weren't stressful enough, Mac has to:
- Convince her childhood friends that she's still the same old Mac and that going to school in California has not turned her into a Hollywood type consumed with image.
- Organize a traditional New Year's Eve dance/party (Hogmany).
- Find a way to spend more time with the guy she's crushing on, who may or may not return her feelings.
- Get her parents back together
- Help Shani get out of a sticky situation with Prince Rashid's family (it turns out that angry royal family members are very persistent and beyond intimidating).
Even worse? She finds out her mom's been keeping a secret--her parents are in financial trouble and may lose their castle.
Will a little faith and great friends help Mac save the day?
Tidings of Great Boys is the fifth book in the All About Us series. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to read the first four books--none of the libraries in my area had them. There were times I felt a little confused, but Shelley Adina did a good job filling in the blanks for new readers.
I enjoyed reading dialogue written in authentic Scottish dialect and learning about Scottish holiday customs.
All in all, a fun read. I'm looking forward to reading more about Mac and her friends.