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Book Review | Flappy Entertains by Santa Montefiore

I’m delighted to be sharing my thoughts about Flappy Entertains by Santa Montefiore.

book cover for Flappy Entertains by Santa Montefiore.  Countryside scene with yellow flowers, grass and sky with a silhouette in the middle facing away raising a glass to her lips
  • Publisher : Simon & Schuster UK (4 Mar. 2021)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 256 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 139850033X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1398500334

Underneath her graceful exterior lies a passion nobody knew about, least of all Flappy herself…
 
Flappy Scott-Booth is the self-appointed queen bee of Badley Compton, a picturesque Devon village. While her husband Kenneth spends his days on the golf course, she is busy overseeing her beautiful house and gardens, and organising unforgettable events, surrounded by friends who hang on to her every word.
 
Her life is a reflection of herself – impossibly perfect.
 
Until the day that Hedda Harvey-Smith and her husband Charles move into the village. Into an even grander home than hers. Taking the front seat on the social scene, quite literally.
 
That simply will not do.
 
Flappy is determined to show Hedda how things are done here in Badley Compton. But then she looks into Charles’s beautiful green eyes. And suddenly, her focus is elsewhere. She is only human, after all…

From the beloved bestselling author Santa Montefiore comes a new novel, Flappy Entertains, filled with humour and heart. For fans of The Temptation of Gracie, Flappy now takes centre stage, more charismatic and competitive than ever.

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Book Review

I loved Flappy Entertains! Such a boost.

I’m so glad Santa Montefiore has given Flappy a story all to herself.  In the Temptation of Gracie she added light relief to the story and I couldn’t wait to see what she would get up to!

It’s been a total pleasure watching Flappy unravel 🙂

Despite the things she gets up to it’s so hard to dislike her – you know in many ways she should be making you bristle but she just doesn’t!  I loved her reasoning and logic, even though it’s skewed …

What we might think of as undesirable traits, Flappy manages to turn around into totally acceptable behaviour.  Hypocrisy could be her middle name. 

I thought it was good we get to see her vulnerability too, it’s not all about upholding standards and putting on a front.

Husband Kenneth and friends Mabel, Sally, Madge and Esther all notice a change in Flappy and I had to chuckle at the enlightenment.  I did think everything was going to get blown into the open but the scene just reinforces their beliefs.  Very cleverly done.

I enjoyed Santa Montefiore’s writing style.  A couple of figurative sentences that stayed with me:

“<snip> as morning began to emerge shyly from beneath night’s velvety quilt.”

The night does blanket the earth…

“<snip> nature’s inward breath before the hectic activity of day commences.”

This is exactly what it feels like when you’re the only one awake and the household will be waking soon isn’t it. 

I’ve loved being back in Badley Compton, such a treat and exactly what I needed.  Flappy’s dancing has inspired me and reminded me of the huge benefits of letting it all go. I think we’re all trying so hard to keep it all together that we forget what true abandonment feels like right now.

Flappy Entertains is a romantic read that is fun. I’ve no doubt it will uplift you as much as it did for me. 

Now I can’t wait to see what happens when Hedda and Flappy join forces …

Pages in the mindfulness activities printable workbook

Born in England in 1970 Santa Montefiore grew up on a farm in Hampshire and was educated at Sherborne School for Girls. She read Spanish and Italian at Exeter University and spent much of the 90s in Buenos Aires, where her mother grew up. She converted to Judaism in 1998 and married historian Simon Sebag Montefiore in the Liberal Jewish Synagogue in London. They live with their two children, Lily and Sasha in London.  Twitter @SantaMontefiore

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