- Book: Simply West of Heaven
- Series: Ginnie West Adventures Book #3
- Author: Monique Bucheger
- Genre: Middle Grade Fiction
- Release Date: January 1, 2013
When her dad confiscates her deceased mom’s journals, 12-year-old Ginnie West counts on her BFF, Tillie, to help her get them back. But Tillie’s not so sure the ghost of Ginnie’s mom will make a good addition to their new family tree.
Then the girls’ world gets flipped upside-down when a blast from the past shows up and makes Tillie go nutburgers. Life gets complicated when Ginnie is forced to choose between helping her best friend and getting the answers she’s always dreamed of.
I was excited to read another Monique Bucheger book after reviewing the first book in the series, The Secret Sisters Club. This new novel was equally good.
I loved that it was fun to read about how family can support and forgive each other even in unexpectedly trying situations. My daughter of the same age as Ginnie and Tillie read this book too! She said, “It was better than the first!”
She and I both loved that Ginnie threw less fits about not having her mom’s journals but she did complain more. I’m guessing it was because she doesn’t know much about her mom since she died when Ginnie was just three and misses her a lot.
I loved the sweet chapter near the ending with the very exciting events. It was a surprise to both my daughter and I, then, how the book took a sudden turn in the last chapter which segues into the next book! We are both intensely interested in seeing how that book resolves this plot line!
This book is a must for discussing with young teens! There will be things that you want to know first before buying. If you don’t mind learning a surprise, keep reading. Otherwise, you can click here to skip down to the book links and to read more about the author, Monique Bucheger!
I’m going to share with you a bit more about this book than I usually do in my reviews since it is for youth and, I’m assuming, you are looking at this review for your daughter or son not for unique plot surprises for you to enjoy. This novel does seem like a soap opera in some ways. I am thinking you will want to know that Jake had a child born out of wedlock. He didn’t know this was possible since he only had one time of breaking the commandment to not fornicate. But it appears there was a pregnancy and his ex-girlfriend didn’t tell him thinking this was easier for him to deal with other stuff going on at the time! The daughter is very cute and adds fun to the story. It helps facilitate discussions with young teens about the problems of having sex outside of marriage if you realize this is in the book. I love how the family supports Jake in fixing the situation as much as possible.
Other important themes I loved in Simply West of Heaven are that it is important to forgive family members and support them as they work through difficult situations, that family relationships can be mended even after many years of distance and harsh words, and that you can work through insecurities to see that you really, in most cases, are loved.
Want to read Simply West of Heaven?! Check out the links below!
I bought a copy of this kindle ebook four years ago which I didn’t read until this book review. The Amazon copy is incorrect and shows the second book (Trouble Blows West) inside the ebook instead of Simply West of Heaven. The author reassures me it has been updated but my kindle copy still has this error. I received a free copy (the second copy I now own which is what I finished reading to complete this review) from JustRead Tours and the author. All opinions are completely my own.
About the Author
When Monique isn’t writing, you can find her playing taxi driver to one or more of her 12 children, plotting her next novel, scrapbooking, or being the “Mamarazzi” at any number of child-oriented events.
Even though she realizes there will never be enough hours in any given day, Monique tries very hard to enjoy the journey that is her life. She shares it with a terrific husband, her dozen children and 3 in-law kids, eleven granddarlings, 5 cats, and many real and imaginary friends.
She is the author of five published books (and several unpublished ones) and is in two anthologies. You can find more about Monique and her works at: www.moniquebucheger.blogspot.com