Saturday 17 October 2020

The Wolf, the Lamb, and the Air Balloon - Corinna Turner - Mandy Lamb Book 2

The Wolf, the Lamb, and the Air Balloon
Mandy Lamb Book 2
Corinna Turner
Unseen Books
Zephyr Publishing
ISBN 9781910806654
eISBN 9781910806692

I have greatly enjoyed all the books by Corinna Turner that I have read. And this was the 27th volume from her pen I have read. Not counting some short stories in the Catholic Teen Books Anthologies or released through her newsletters. I think she is a brilliant writer. I owned the first volume in this series and never got around to reading it until it went through a cover change. This one I picked up and read the day it released, a second book from her released that same day, The Boy Who Knew (Carlo Acutis) the first in the Friends in High Places series. I read both books back to back. This story was a very fun read, but way too short! 

The first story in this series took me completely by surprise. A novel about a half human half sheep, a werewolf, and a vampire. It sounds like it should be the beginning of a joke but is in fact a wonderful story. And this second one is just as good. The description of this volume is:

“Against his better judgement, James agrees to attend the school fête disguised as Mandy's friend's dog. But problems soon arise from a very different quarter that has nothing to do with the full moon. Will Mandy and James survive their day out?

This quick-read is a sequel to the novel Mandy Lamb and the Full Moon, a page-turning rural fantasy about friendship, trust, and courage—and not letting what you are define what you do. Those looking for a unique, challenging read will love these “animal yarns with a Christian twist.”

You will find yourself rooting for Mandy and James again in this volume. Though the danger is very different there is just as much at risk. What could go wrong when James is in his wolf form and Mandy takes him to the fair, the Spring Fête. They enter the doc competition. And the main event is their turn to go up in a Hot Air Balloon. But a young girl crying because her mother did not know tickets needed to be purchased in advance throws a wrench in their plans. ‘Wolfie’ indicates to Mandy that they should give them up. But soon thing take an unexpected twist. But to find out what you will need to read this wonderful little novella.

This story is a great addition to the story of Mandy Lamb. And I can be honest and state that I really look forward to more adventures with Mandy and James. A great read.  

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2020 Catholic Reading Plan!

Books by Corinna Turner:
I Am Margaret Series:
0.0 The Underappreciated Virtues of Rusty Old Bicycles (A prequel)

0.5 Brothers (Prequel)
1.0 I Am Margaret
1.5 How Snakey Got His Name (Short Story)
2.0 The Three Most Wanted
3.0 Liberation
4.0 Bane's Eyes

5.0 Margo's (Attempted) Diary & Notebook
5.5 An Unexpected Guest
6.0 The Siege of Reginald Hill
6.5 Buttons (Short Story)
7.0 A Saint in the Family
I Am Margaret The Play - Fiorella de Maria

Yesterday and Tomorrow Series:

Tomorrow's Dead

unSPARKed Series:

Mandy Lamb Series:
Mandy Lamb and the Full Moon

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