The latest adventure of Harriet Glover...,
This review is from: Amber (Paperback)
"Amber" is the fourth novel from Margaret Henderson Smith featuring the often-misunderstood fireball of a character, Harriet Glover.
But don't worry about that, "Amber" stands alone as a separate story, but if you prefer to go back and look at the earlier ones then the series starts with "A Question of Answers".
To assist newcomers there is at the beginning of "Amber" a refresher to remind readers of the range of characters that inhabit Harriet's world, and useful that is too.
And many of them feature on the charabanc trip from hell, a school trip, (Harriet is a teacher,) as they set off from the Wirral peninsula bound for the Jurassic coast of west Dorset.
Of course the headmaster, the gorgeous gorgeous Joris Sanderson is on the bus too, the object of Harriet's fantasies, and more besides, the striking man with the Robbie Savage head of blonde hair, and a penchant for quoting Latin at anyone he comes across. Others might think that Joris can be a bit of a bore, but not Harriet, for what is it they say? Love, or desire, is truly blind.
Eventually they all arrive at the campsite, where a kind of Carry on Camping on Speed ensues, where anything that can go wrong, does, and as they peer over the impressive cliffs one just knows that someone, or something, will end up going down there.
If you like a lot of dialogue in your novels, and many people do, then you will adore this.
Meanwhile Harriet's dilemma is an old one where she cannot quite decide between the oh so steady, but comparatively dull, Mark, her long term partner and father of her children, or the super glamorous and exciting Joris, who gets her in a tizzy by simply walking in the room and glancing at her.
But ultimately is it green for go, or are the lights still stuck on amber for Harriet? I couldn't possible say, but Harriet Glover is a character who has a wicked habit of getting under your skin, making you want to find out more.
"Amber" is out now, published by Arima Publishing, and soon to be released on Kindle too.