This is the third book in the ongoing series written by Margaret Henderson Smith featuring the irrepressible Harriet Glover and her friends and family. Just as before she is involved in all kinds of scrapes and embarrassing situations.
Harriet Glover has two best friends in the whole wide world, Pepper the cat, who sits and listens intently to everything Harriet says, and never answers back, and scatty Tricia, who has an annoying, yet oddly endearing habit, of dropping the consonant at the beginning of many of her spoken words.
Could it be that Harriet has fallen pregnant to her long time fantasy man, the headmaster, Joris Sanderson, after the briefest of affairs? There is certainly talk of marriage in the air, a date has been set, but has it really? Things are about to go terribly wrong as they so often do in Harriet's world where typical human-being misunderstandings are never far away.
On the spur of the moment Harriet and Tricia leave the country, a relaxing and exciting holiday in Venice is planned, but if you already know Harriet Glover, you will know it could be exciting, but unlikely to be that relaxing. Venice simply isn't ready for Harriet and her mixed band of chums, for they have already teamed up with two guys from the plane, not to mention two British heavies they recognise from back in England, who begin following them round the town. What on earth is going on?
Well, mayhem, conspiracy and fun would just about describe it, but that dear reader is for you to discover, and I will say no more about that.
If you don't already know, this is the third book following the adventures of Harriet Glover. The previous two, "A Question of Answers" and "Ne Obliviscaris" are in the shops now and you may wish to begin with those, though San Marco, The End of the Road, certainly stands up by itself.
There are some really funny one liners in this book, one in particular made me laugh out loud, and kept me laughing on and off for most of the day.
San Marco, the End of the Road, is out now, published by Arima Publishing, and we suspect this is anything but the end of the road for the irrepressible Harriet Glover who is a character we have grown to cringe with, laugh with, sup with, cry with, and sympathise with too.
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