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The Unorthodox Arrival of Pumpkin Allan [Kindle Edition]

Suzie Twine
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Length: 254 pages
  • Word Wise: Enabled
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Book Description

An uplifting and moving story of an urbanite couple’s move to an unexpectedly quirky country hamlet.
Tom falls off his mountain bike three days before buying their cottage, leaving a pregnant Lois and her close friend to collect the keys. The horrors that greet them have Lois sick with worry that she should never have persuaded Tom to leave London. But as they settle into their new community, Lois uncovers a wonderfully eclectic mix of friends, enemies, crooks and eccentrics whose strength of character astound her.
Lois and Tom’s rapid series of major life events culminates in high drama, with their wedding and the birth of the baby in very quick succession and a melodramatic twist, as uninvited guests arrive at the home delivery.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2869 KB
  • Print Length: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Magic Feather Publishing; 2 edition (15 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J1MW06U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,484 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Born in Scotland, the youngest of four, Suzie spent the majority of her childhood living in Buckinghamshire. Following secondary education at Slough High School, she trained as a nurse in Oxford, later specialising in the care of older people. Having always thrived on meeting interesting and unusual individuals, Suzie has gained a wealthy mental portfolio of remarkable characters, particularly as a community nurse, who have helped to underpin her imaginative writing.
She now lives in The Chilterns with her husband, three fast maturing children, two dogs, a cat, a horse and occasionally eight or so black Labrador puppies.
The Unorthodox Arrival of Pumpkin Allan is Suzie's first novel, with a sequel on the way. Her enjoyment of the countryside, interest in human idiosyncrasies and love of humour has enabled her to paint a colourful picture of life in a rather special, rural English hamlet.

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4.8 out of 5 stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great characters and storyline 18 Mar. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
A really great book - believable but full of eccentric, charming characters. Touching storylines mixed with some ridiculously humorous moments. An easy-to-read, heart warming book that made me laugh out loud in places. Looking forward to the next one.
Helen L
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5.0 out of 5 stars The front cover says it all 13 May 2014
Format:Paperback
I loved reading this book. What you see is what you get and I found it to be a delightful mix of the trials of anticipated parenthood while moving house with all the learning curves that go with that. Easy to read the characters are believable and likeable and the pen picture of the area has such clarity you can smell the flowers. If I were dropped unexpectedly into that road I would know instantly where I was. Suzie Twine is a skilful writer and storyteller. I look forward to her next creation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fun read - recommended 17 Jan. 2015
By Fiona P
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I can recommend this as a great lighthearted read, there are lots of comic moments and at least one very sad moment. The characters are eccentric but mainly lovable, with one or two notable exceptions and I will look forward to a seeing how they develop in a sequel.
At the beginning of the book Tom comes over as being a bit overbearing with Lois (she seemed so nervous of mucking something up and getting into trouble) but as he recovers from his accident and we see the interaction between the couple, they are very sweet together.
They aren't exactly the typical 'struggling to get their foot on the property ladder' young couple with both sets of parents chucking money at them (must be nice!).
The descriptions of the wildlife around are good, the glis glis were new to me - although Lois takes their destruction very calmly for a vegetarian!
A great debut novel and hopefully the sequel won't be too long in coming.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a heartwarming house-moving tale 1 July 2014
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A heartwarming tale of house-moving from city to country with some fine observations throughout. The characters come alive. A first book by a new author who, hopefully, will produce more!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Delightful Book! 30 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Couldn't put it down. I really felt I was at home in Harwood Park with all its quirky characters and if left me wanting to learn more too! Next?
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5.0 out of 5 stars indulge in the eccentricities of country life! 23 April 2014
By esther
Format:Kindle Edition
Moving to a quiet life in the country? No way! Bursting with witty observation, what a treat it is to slip into the hilarious lives of the various characters in Harewood Park. All the funny twists and turns of the plot will have you laughing out loud and falling in love with this colourful country life. Hilarity aside, the caring that goes on within this small but supportive community is touching. I found myself eagerly finding corners of time during the day to delve back into life in Harewood Park . As the book comes to an end you will come out of it speculating on subsequent events! Bring on Pumpkin II.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 22 April 2014
By Sue C
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I read it on holiday and found it a real page turner which was both entertaining and humorous. A well written and great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Light hearted and a relaxing read!! 1 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
What a fun, lighthearted book, with some great characters!! It seemed like a wonderful place to live.......I really enjoyed reading it very much
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Loved this book so funny in parts but serious in others can't wait for the next one by this author
Published 6 hours ago by diane renelt
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking forward to the next one.
Lovely book, couldn't put it down.hope there is a sequel to it later worth the five stars I gave it
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A book to relax to,numerous interesting characters and storylines to match.ideal for reading by the fire,on holiday,or bus or train
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