- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 641 KB
- Print Length: 240 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Rosalind Winter; 3 edition (18 Feb. 2011)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004OL24XW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 78 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,351 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ready, Steady, Dig! (The Rooks Ridge Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The faithful Lares kept their promises and despite the destruction of the villa and the passing of time, the treasure is still where it was left, waiting for a member of the Corvo family to come to claim it back. That is until the archaeologists from the TV show "Ready, Steady, Dig!" arrive on the site to film an episode of the show.
The premise of this story totally captured my imagination and for the most part was absolutely enchanting. I really liked the way the Lares were brought to life, each with their own individual character, and I absolutely loved the nymph, Stillaria who lives in the nearby woods. I also enjoyed the many variations of names and places based upon crow, rook, raven and other variations on the theme in English and Latin.
Personally I still found a few problems with the book though. In particular, for me, the deliberate use of misspellings to accentuate the speech of some of the characters just didn't work and the same use of misspelling in a note written by Vera really didn't fit in with the rest of her character. Saying that though, I still really rather enjoyed this full length (4200 Kindle locations) story for advanced readers aged around 12 years and up.
Kindle presentation was fine even including a nice little map of the villa at the beginning.
Overall: 4 stars - I was debating to myself as to whether to give this story three or four stars, but then realised that despite its minor faults I spent most of the time reading this book with a smile on my face. Any story that can do that deserves at least four stars no matter what other faults it has.
I've immediately bought the follow up 'Gnome or Mr Nice Guy' but am saving that for a few weeks.
I liked Gnome or Mr Nice Guy (The Rooks Ridge Series) as well, but this one is my favourite that I will read again sometime.
The story is simple, but very well written. The landscape of Rooks Ridge is beautifully described, and the characters are memorable. Great fun.
And I was not disappointed in the least.
It is written with warmth,humour and understated academic insight,and I was soon lost in the tale.
I devoured it in two sittings and will certainly be catching up on their next adventure.
I ended up completely believing in the little stone heroes and heroines and the rest of the characters, human and otherwise.
Thank you Rosalind Winter.
I read the Kindle edition and if I have any criticism it is that it doesn't have a contents page. At one point I had thought I had accidentally missed a chapter [in a paper book this would be obvious] and it took me a few minutes to check that I hadn't. It would have been easier if there had been a contents page.
I don't know whether it is historically accurate but I rather think it might be given the author's background.
Have bought next book in series.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A gentle lovely read which had me chuckling out loud on occasion. I will definitely be buying the next onePublished 28 days ago by Mrs Paula Morris
Very pleasant,challenging ,stress release of a book. Interesting observations made about TV programmes (time team! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Alisonmi
The premise of the story attracted my attention and it proved to be an enjoyable read. Although the plot was a little predictable, I could see this making a funny family orientated... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Val Rainbow
Anyone who has ever cringed while the 'Time Team' JCB scooped up the top two or three feet of a trench will love this book. Read morePublished 5 months ago by J. Crowe
Utterly charming, magical, and quirky. Highly recommended.Published 6 months ago by Mr. Andy Dwelly
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