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In book four of THE RACHAEL O'BRIEN CHRONICLES, a novella, Rachael is bound for England. Accompanied by her grandmother, an old family friend, and a guy pal from college, she thinks that distancing herself from the southern men she's developed an appetite for as well as the secret she left in the swamp, will give her the emotional breather she needs. But for Rachael, nothiIn book four of THE RACHAEL O'BRIEN CHRONICLES, a novella, Rachael is bound for England. Accompanied by her grandmother, an old family friend, and a guy pal from college, she thinks that distancing herself from the southern men she's developed an appetite for as well as the secret she left in the swamp, will give her the emotional breather she needs. But for Rachael, nothing is ever simple and an oyster brooch with a murky past leads her into trouble.Being followed by a mysterious agent and having her hotel room ransacked, Rachael seeks refuge aboard a narrowboat. As her expedition crashes along the banks of Britain's canals she journey's to unearth the stunning secrets embedded within the golden brooch in Paisley Ray's TOAD IN THE HOLE....

Title : toad in the hole
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ISBN : 20262055
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 205 Pages
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toad in the hole Reviews

  • Carlin
    2019-05-16 01:15

    I have become a Rachel O'Brien groupie! Another reviewer,in her mid 30s, was concerned she could not relate to a college aged heroine. Well, I got my B.S. in 1969, and, although I too wasn't sure I would enjoy it, I am loving this series!This installment took place during the summer between Rachel's sophomore and junior years in a small college in North Carolina. Her grandmother, born in England, asked Rachel to go with her for 6 weeks to visit her home in Yorkshire. Also invited were Rachel's friend Travis and Edmond, Rachel's father's assistant in his art restoration business. Rachel takes the oyster/amethyst brooch with her,and, as in the last book,this gift from her grandmother becomes the centerpiece of an adventure involving an abdicated King, a trip down the Thames in a canal boat, a Civil War reenactment, the Turk Ahmed who wants the brooch, and a lot of fun. I really do laugh out loud reading these stories and can't wait for the next adventure.Note to self: I think one of the attractions in this series is the setting in the 1980s so there are no cell phones or other such instant connections between people or instant access to information as we have today.

  • Suzi
    2019-04-25 02:10

    I loved the other books. This one was too disjointed and lacked the humor found in the other books. I missed her dorm mates.

  • Kirsten
    2019-05-13 22:16

    This is the fourth of the Rachael O'Brien books that I've read and I await the beginning of her Junior year with bated breath. Will she get the broach back? Will she find her who defended her against Billy Ray? Who will she ultimately end up having a friendship with? And will she and her friends actually rent from Sheila? I liked this book as much as the others. So many reminders of my days from college kept coming back as I read the series so far, and knowing that the technology was the same in her books as in my college years, makes it much more relatable.

  • Lana
    2019-05-16 02:17

    It wasn'ta great read but it was entertaining. It wasn't up to my usual expectations for a mystery book and I was sorely disappointed with the ending. Much of it was well written but at the end the author sort of dropped you head long without much of a satisfying ending. It was like "Okay, mystery solved and I am tired of writing". I don't know if I was supposed give it my own ending or if it was simply done.It's not a bad read and I wouldn't not recommend it for those who like mystery but for the older crowd it's up to you.

  • Christi
    2019-05-14 22:58

    BuggerI love keeping up with Rachel O'Brien and her crazy band of misfit friends and family in these books! This one was a little different - a little harder to get into the story. I missed her girlfriends and college shenanigans - some of the loops in England were just too hard to follow! I'll still get to the next edition eventually. I just need a little break from the English country!

  • Tomi
    2019-04-29 02:01

    Still enjoying the series, but parts of this book seemed forced, like the author was trying to hard to keep it light. Story line was interesting, if a tad unbelievable. I wouldn't travel with that grandmother ever again. And why would her dad let her go to England with that nonchalant but job?

  • Melody K
    2019-05-01 23:13

    Loved itGreat series so far. Can't wait to read more. I love the characters and their interaction with one another. Funny

  • Jenny
    2019-05-13 21:55

    Didn't like this one. boring and not funny.

  • Marylou Winaught
    2019-05-13 03:18

    A good readAn enjoyable book. As with her other books in this series, this book is entertaining. I enjoyed the history lessons and descriptions of the landscape.

  • Leslie
    2019-05-07 23:59

    Pet Peeve: Characters or people who refuse to ask questionsRachel O'Brien ends up in London with her granny, an employee of her dad's company and her friend she wants to have benefits with but whom is assumed (presumed, actually?? ) gay.She is a college sophomore who won't smoke in front of granny, who owns a mysterious brooch but is afraid to speak to granny about it. Who is miffed that granny doesn't want to sight see with her and who keeps walking into trouble. Further she is frightened that her father will find out there is trouble and fly over to get her. This mystery involves Edward VIII and the crown jewels and the Duchess of Windsor and a lovely travelogue of the London area. One thing I did appreciate was that the author acknowledged her anachronisms in the back of the book.It was okay.

  • Merewyn
    2019-05-06 02:06

    It would seem I am destined to like the books when Rachel is in school and dislike the ones that take place during summer break. While this one had a bit of action that was from time to time entertaining there were 3 aspects that I just couldn't get behind: 1) what kind of grandmother would get her granddaughter mixed up in stuff like this? 2) enough with mooning over Travis already. He's gay!!!!! 3) I also didn't like how they made Ahmed out to be all evil. Ok he didn't go about it the right way but Britain has a long history of stealing treasures from other countries and contrary to what the characters in the book felt, they SHOULD be returning them.

  • Dianna
    2019-05-06 21:21

    This is the fourth book of Paisley Ray that I've read (or should say now reading). When you want a light fun read, you should reach for one of her books. This is a series and the fourth. I bought them for my Kindle. This coming year I hope to read at least 150 books. This year I think I'll make 170 books but next summer I want to do more crafts so I might not get quite as many books read. Another favorite of mine is Diana Galbadon's Scottish series.

  • Heather
    2019-04-25 04:57

    Toad in the Hole is the fourth of the Rachael O’Brien Chronicles. As with all the previous books, Rachael’s antics and experiences are hilarious and fun to read. I highly recommend this book to all Rachael O’Brien fans and anyone who wants a relaxing read. All of the Rachael O’Brien Chronicles can be read as standalone books (but it’s totally worth reading them all).

  • Jenna
    2019-04-29 02:55

    A delightful story about a young woman who goes to visit her Grandmother in England, then on an adventure throughout the countryside and London. She not only loses sight of her Grandma, but is chased by a crazy Turk who steals something precious from her. If you want to read something exciting, this is the book I suggest... but Rachel's adventure is far from over!

  • Joan
    2019-05-13 05:02

    From the blurb, I was expecting to be able to read this as a 'one-off' but it was pretty clear after a few pages that I really needed to have read the earlier books to make much sense of the characters and events. There were also unnecessary 'research-info-dumps' which grated.Not rating.

  • Charlotte Hunter
    2019-05-20 00:23

    Another great bookI had been looking forward to reading the next adventure for Rachel O'Brien and I wasn't disappointed. I enjoyed the change of scenery with her UK vacation. I loved getting to know Travis and GG better. Great job. Can't wait for the next.

  • Pernette
    2019-05-16 00:16

    I like the Rachael O'Brien series and enjoyed this one as well. Hard to believe that trouble seems to follow Rachael everywhere she goes but somehow some way it stays with her like her shadow does. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

  • Carolyn Rose
    2019-04-23 02:00

    I enjoyed the descriptions of the countryside and the canals, but I fear I'm too old to connect with the main character as I might have when I was closer to her age.

  • Pam
    2019-04-22 02:54

    Rachel is back at it but this time in England. Creative story line and more unique characters. I am waiting to see what her Junior year has in store.

  • Julie Flaherty
    2019-05-01 00:11

    This was my least favorite of the series as it narrows the characters down to just 4 people. It moves the story along though.

  • Win Day
    2019-05-21 00:04

    Another good book in the Rachael O'Brien series. Really enjoy the writer's voice!

  • Olga
    2019-05-06 23:18

    Not my favorite of the Rachel O'Brian Chronicles but it was still enjoyable and had me staying up past my bed time.

  • Leslie
    2019-04-28 02:20

    A convoluted tale of intrigue...that centers around a gift from a king to a divorced American, his lover. Interesting insights into life in Britain.