Thursday, June 6, 2024

Life and Otter Miracles by Hazel Prior



Ebook:  400 pages

Genre: Contemporary Romantic Fiction 

Publisher: Penguin, September 2023

Source: My Kindle Library

First Sentences: Phoebe listened. It wasn't so much a song as a collection of voices weaving  around each other.

Setting: Devon, England

Review Quote: A joyous addition for bookshelves everywhere. Nature lovers and readers looking for a warm-hearted, touching read are sure to love it as much as I did. ― Phaedra Patrick, author of The Library of Lost and Found

My Opinion: 

I have read and enjoyed Hazel Priors three previous novels, just the sort of gentle books to loose yourself in as she has a charming style of writing about animals and humans.

Phoebe Featherstone and her father Al have recently moved to a small village in Devon, looking for a slower pace of life, a more suitable lifestyle for Phoebe's health struggles.  One day they come across an otter abandoned by its mother on the riverbank. Rescuing the otter and taking it to a local Otter Sanctuary opens up their life in Devon leading to friendships and unexpected discoveries.

A delightful read full of wildlife and entertaining characters. Although at times thought provoking this is an easy read and recommended if you are looking for something heart warming.

My Previous Reviews:   Call of the Penguins.   Away with the Penguins   Ellie and The Harpmaker

Précis Courtesy of Goodreads: 

Nineteen-year-old Phoebe and her widower father Al have recently moved to Devon, to a small cottage with a river at the end of the garden.

Struggling with her own closely guarded issues, Phoebe doesn't go out much. Instead, she spends her time at home, watching detective dramas and playing detective herself - trying to deduce from Al's deliveries as a courier what kind of lives her neighbours lead.

But when they find an abandoned baby otter on the riverbank, it's just the push Phoebe needs to finally step into her new community. Taking the little one to the local otter sanctuary and witnessing the uncomplicated joy of its fellow creatures, she feels a burgeoning sense of happiness that she has not experienced in a very long time.

However, Phoebe soon starts to suspect that something is amiss at the sanctuary - and she will need to put all her sleuthing skills to good use if she wants to save the otters . . .

Author Profile:         

                                                  Hazel Prior

                                                           Courtesy of Goodreads

Hazel Prior lives on Exmoor with her husband and a huge ginger cat. As well as writing, she works as a freelance harpist. Hazel is the author of four published novels. 

You can also read a lovely autobiography by Hazel Prior on her website

Photographs, Trailer and Biographical Information courtesy of the following sites:

Amazon - Hazel Prior Books.  Hazel Prior - Website.  Twitter Profile.  Instagram - Hazel Prior

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