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Love Potion Number 10 (Jana Bibi Adventures) Paperback – 13 Jun 2013

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Holt Paperbacks (13 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805093575
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805093575
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"Climb straight out of your world and take a stroll to Hamara Nagar, a not quite discovered Himalayan hamlet in India in 1961, where the clock is always a couple of minutes behind the times. Miss Marple meets Paul Scotts "Staying On "in this charming tale of adventure and intrigue."

--Nayana Currimbhoy, author of "Miss Timmins' School for Girls"

"Climb straight out of your world and take a stroll to Hamara Nagar, a not quite discovered Himalayan hamlet in India in 1961, where the clock is always a couple of minutes behind the times. Miss Marple meets Paul Scott's "Staying On" in this charming tale of adventure and intrigue."--Nayana Currimbhoy, author of "Miss Timmins' School for Girls"

"With its community of quirky characters who bond together for a common cause, this delightful novel brings to mind "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" (2005)." "-- Booklist"

"Climb straight out of your world and take a stroll to Hamara Nagar, a not quite discovered Himalayan hamlet in India in 1961, where the clock is always a couple of minutes behind the times. Miss Marple meets Paul Scott's "Staying On" in this charming tale of adventure and intrigue."--Nayana Currimbhoy, author of "Miss Timmins' School for Girls"

"Once again, Woodman's endearing characters and vivid picture of life in India in the early 1960s make this a book worth reading... Her second novel, like her first, reads like a cozy visit with people you feel you've known your entire life and quickly come to care about." -- "Lincoln Journal Star
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"With its community of quirky characters who bond together for a common cause, this delightful novel brings to mind "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" (2005)." "-- Booklist"
"Climb straight out of your world and take a stroll to Hamara Nagar, a not quite discovered Himalayan hamlet in India in 1961, where the clock is always a couple of minutes behind the times. Miss Marple meets Paul Scott's "Staying On" in this charming tale of adventure and intrigue."--Nayana Currimbhoy, author of "Miss Timmins' School for Girls"

Once again, Woodman's endearing characters and vivid picture of life in India in the early 1960s make this a book worth reading... Her second novel, like her first, reads like a cozy visit with people you feel you've known your entire life and quickly come to care about. "Lincoln Journal Star"

With its community of quirky characters who bond together for a common cause, this delightful novel brings to mind "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" (2005). "Booklist"

Climb straight out of your world and take a stroll to Hamara Nagar, a not quite discovered Himalayan hamlet in India in 1961, where the clock is always a couple of minutes behind the times. Miss Marple meets Paul Scott's "Staying On" in this charming tale of adventure and intrigue. "Nayana Currimbhoy, author of Miss Timmins' School for Girls"" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Betsy Woodman is also the author of "Jana Bibi's Excellent Fortunes," the first book in the Jana Bibi series. She spent ten childhood years in India; studied in France, Zambia, and the United States; and now lives in Andover, New Hampshire. She has contributed nonfiction pieces and several hundred book reviews to various publications, and was a writer and editor for the award-winning documentary series "Experiencing War," produced for the Library of Congress and aired on Public Radio International. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars 10 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Part 2 of 3, glad one more on the way. 5 Oct. 2013
By Hero Garwen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is the second book of the Jana Bibi trilogy. It follows the first smoothly with a plot that builds on the characters developed in the first book. As before, a loquacious parrot is central to the story. One could enjoy this book as a stand alone but pleasure will be greatest if the first book were read first. Jana Bibi and her friends in the town of Hamara Nagar seem like they could be just around the corner from home. The setting is in the recent past, a happier time, easier to put one in a frame of mind to dissolve into the atmosphere of a hill town in the foothills of the Himalaya. In addition to the drama and humor found in the first book, romance enters the fabric of the plot. It is a page turner that has me anticipating the third book most eagerly.
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful read 10 Sept. 2013
By Louise A. Russell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
A charming story in a terrific sries set in a hill station in India. Highly recommended. Hope there will be more Jana Bibi Adventures forthcoming.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Both charming and exotic 13 Aug. 2013
By Jaylia - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
As charming and as full of endearingly eccentric characters as its predecessor, Love Potion Number 10 could be enjoyed without reading the first book, but why would you want to? It's 1961, fourteen years after India's independence from Great Britain, and Jana Bibi, more formally known as Janet MacPherson Laird, is now 59. Though Scottish in heritage Jana has spent most of her life in India and considers it her home.

In the first book Jana Bibi fixed up and moved into the Jolly Grant House estate in a village in Uttar Pradesh where she bides her time supervising and worrying about her small mostly self-motivated staff and reading fortunes for tourists with her sociable parrot. This time around changes are coming to the town--which concerns some of the residents--a man longs to reconcile with his father, a young boy needs to find his way in the world, old friends drop by for a visit, love is in the air, and a reporter's probing questions leave Jana Bibi feeling uneasy. Fortunately her home is still enthusiastically guarded by a bagpipe playing war veteran.

Like the first book, this not a fast-paced story, but with its colorful setting and engaging characters I enjoyed it too much to want it to hurry along. I read an advanced review copy of this book provided by the publisher; the opinions are mine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Excellent Adventure!! 20 Aug. 2013
By Reading Mom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
* I received my copy through the Goodreads First Reads program*

Another excellent adventure! This is the eagerly anticipated follow-up to Jana Bibi's Excellent Fortunes. Jana Bibi (Mrs. Janet McPherson Laird) and her fellow inhabitants of the Indian mountain town of Hamara Nagar have set out on a new adventure that will captivate and pull their fans right into the action with them. There are elements galore: disappointed hearts, new beginnings, love potions, families re-united, attempted bird-napping (watch out Mr. Ganguly!), worry, joy, car chases down twisting mountain passages (watch out Mr. Kilometre!), and so much more. I read my copy at one sitting and when finished, closed the book with a deep sigh of satisfaction and a smile on my face. Mrs. Woodman is a fine story-teller with the ability to make the reader feel like part of her cast of characters--we cheer them on, or in the case of the bad guys, cheer when their plans are foiled again.
4.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Awesome! 4 Nov. 2013
By b00k r3vi3ws - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Though this is the second book in the Jana Bibi Series, this book can be treated as a stand-alone. A word of warning – after reading this book – you will want to go back and read the first book immediately.

Jana Bibi is of Scottish origin but has settled down in a part of Uttar Pradesh. She is the proud owner of The Jolly Grant House at Hamara Nagar & Jana Bibi’s Excellent Fortunes is all settled and is doing well in the 1960s’s India. On one hand there’s this love potion that is making the rounds in the town at the same time when Jana’s old flame arrives to rekindle their relationship. However, she cannot put heart completely into the matter as Mr.Ganguly, her trusted accomplice, is in danger of being kidnapped.

Jana Bibi is a vivacious character who immediately draws you in. Then there’s Mr.Ganguly – a class of his own I must say. Hold on, Mr.Ganguly is not a man though – he is a charming-talking Parrot. Yes that’s right; I did say a charming-talking parrot. You will fall for Mr. Ganguly too. Besides, there are a whole lot of characters – other staff on Jana Bibi’s payroll and the neighbours and clients. Not a single character will seem unnecessary though. They all round up and balance the story well. The plot at first seems simple enough but there are a quite a lot of twists and turns that you have to get through to get to the end. But the best part about the book is the author’s awesome style of narration that helps create a vivid image in your mind.

I absolutely adored this book and will be getting my hands on the first book soon enough… In the meantime you guys go and get both the books - it is totally worth it!
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