Smorgasbord Children’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Reviews – #YAAdventure Darlene Foster, #Children’s #Kindness Dawn Doig – #Horses Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Welcome to the Children’s Cafe and Bookstore with recent reviews for the books on the shelves.

The first author today is Darlene Foster with a review for Amanda in Spain : The Girl in the Painting

About the book

Amanda Jane Ross is certainly becoming a world traveller; she’s now in sunny Spain on vacation with her friend Leah. While there, she encounters a mysterious young girl who looks eerily like the girl in a famous painting she saw in a Madrid museum. Even weirder, the girl keeps showing up wherever Amanda finds herself – Madrid, the remote mountains of rural Spain, the beaches on the Mediterranean Sea, a lively fiesta and the busy streets of Barcelona. Amanda wants to help this sweet, young girl and her beloved pony escape the clutches of a mean horse-dealer. Come with Amanda on her next adventure as she attempts to unravel the mystery behind the Girl in the Painting while she treks across Spain – always one step ahead of danger!

The recent review for the book

Balroop Singh 5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, adventure and values for children  Reviewed in the United States on July 2, 2020

Amanda in Spain by Darlene Foster recounts the charming adventures of a twelve-year old girl who goes to Spain to meet her friend, Leah. I enjoyed this book with my seven-year-old grand daughter who could read most of the story herself, as it is written in simple language to engage young children. Besides focusing on fun, this book highlights the spirit of curiosity, kindness and determination to succeed and fosters love for travel. The mystery girl Dona meets Amanda again and again and why does she get pulled toward her – a tale well told to keep children hooked till the truth tumbles out!

All the characters are realistic – a wonderful friend who stands by you, parents of Leah who encourage independence and a kind stranger who offers to help. While the wickedness of the world is revealed, it is kept within bounds so that it may not trouble tender minds. There is enough within the story to know Spain and its traditions. I’ve recommended the series to my grandchildren and they would be reading more of Amanda’s adventures.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK

A selection of books by Darlene Foster


Darlene Foster, Buy: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Website/Blog: Darlene Foster WordPress – Goodreads: Goodreads – Twitter: @supermegawoman

The next author is Dawn Doig, for Hair Peace illustrated by Savannah Horton

About the book

Johanita wants to have beautiful hair like the other girls at school. Johanita’s hair is very short. When her mother takes her to the hair salon, Johanita tries a series of wigs out each day at school, but she can’t decide which one makes her look beautiful.

After a new girl starts at school, Johanita discovers that beauty comes in many forms and it isn’t your hair that makes you beautiful.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Amazon Customer 4.0 out of 5 stars Useful as an educational tool  Reviewed in the United States on July 26, 2020

“Hair Peace” is a nice quick read with great illustrations. The text is a bit wordy, so this isn’t a good choice for early readers – it’s better for parents to read with kids or for older children who enjoy tackling big blocks of text on their own. Children who have friends or relatives experiencing alopecia may learn a bit about how best to encourage and relate to their friends.

Read the other reviews and buy the book: Amazon US- And: Amazon UK

A selection of books by Dawn Doig

Dawn Doig, Buy Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Follow Dawn: Goodreads –  WebsiteDawn Doig – Twitter: @Shoebears

The final author today is Deanie Humphrys-Dunne with a review for her autobiographical My Life at Sweetbriar: A Life Changed by Horses

About the book

What if you grew up on a horse farm and your single passion was to become a champion horseback rider? The problem is, you were born with a disability. Doctors tell your parents you’ll never walk, let alone ride. What will happen next? What does her dad do that changes her life? Will a failed racehorse and a handicapped girl become a winning team? This is the author’s true story of her journey. Even if Deanie prevails, will she find exactly the right horse to help her win?

One of the recent reviews for the book

JillLori 5.0 out of 5 stars Life is about creating yourself and having hope  Reviewed in the United States on July 30, 2020

Being born with a disability did not hold Deannie back from accomplishing her dreams. With love and guidance from her emotionally supportive family she became who she wanted to be, an independent, talented and competitive horse rider. She had a dream and continued to follow her passion.

This true story is an excellent example of what a positive attitude and persistence can accomplish. Deannie created herself by design and reading this story sends a positive message for all to do the same.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK

A selection of other books by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne


Deanie Humphrys-Dunne, Buy: Amazon US – And : Amazon UK – Follow Deanie Humphrys- Dunne : Goodreads – website: Children’s books with Life Lessons – Twitter: @DeanieHDunne

Thank you for dropping in today and if you head over to The Children’s Cafe and Bookstore you will find many more books for ages to 12 years old.. and if you are an children’s author you are very welcome to join the cafe. Thanks Sally

31 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Children’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Reviews – #YAAdventure Darlene Foster, #Children’s #Kindness Dawn Doig – #Horses Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

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  2. Fab books for children, congrats to all. I am going to be getting all the Amanda series for my great niece’s birthday this fall. She loves reading, thank goodness. I think she’s ripe age for the books now ❤

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