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Dotty and the Calendar House Key: Volume 1 (The Dotty Series) Paperback – 10 Nov 2015
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'Dotty and the Calendar House Key has truly fired my daughter's imagination for the first time since Harry Potter. Beautifully written and exciting. The Secret Garden meets Diagon Alley. Fabulous!' --Alexandra Vere, Harrogate
'Enchanting and lovely' --Jonathan Sapier, Leeds
'Emma is a very talented and exciting author' --Celia Darby, Principal: Stagecoach
About the Author
Emma Warner-Reed is a qualified lawyer, academic and author of legal textbooks for both Routledge and Longman Pearson. Emma lives in the Yorkshire Dales with her husband and four young children, where she has recently gone off grid to home school and enjoy a bit of ‘the good life’. DOTTY and the Calendar House Key is the first novel in The DOTTY Series. The second book, DOTTY and the Chimney Thief, is due out in October 2016
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I love the fun times Dotty has on her rollerblades exploring the vast house with its hundreds of windows and rooms, and you cannot help but adore the matronly Mrs Gobbing's the cook/housekeeper with her round face and equally round body, clad in mop-cap and apron. Always it seems, is the woman covered in a dusting of flour. When cooking the images seem to raise from the page like the scents of the baking when the oven door is opened. Mm pies the story has me thinking of pies oh and gingerbread houses as the story is set close to Christmas.
The house has a mystery surrounding it and it is at times scary for Dotty to try and unravel it. I really do not want to say anything else because I hate to spoil any surprises but it was a very enjoyable read.
After finishing this story I was intrigued to find out how Dotty was getting on in her new home so I was delighted to see there was a second and third book continuing her adventures.
I voluntarily posted a review after reading an ARC of this book
Although a sad beginning for Dotty after losing her parents, the book quickly turns into a fun adventure. Mrs Gobbins (or Gobby) the cook is instantly loveable, as is Great Uncle Winchester.
Dotty is a great leading lady, and together with Pip, Sylv and Geoff the dog it's a story filled with memorable characters. I can't wait to start the next one!