Peas, Carrots and a Red Feather Boa

The Peas and Carrots Series, Book 2
Narrated by: Rafe Beckley
Series: Peas and Carrots Series, Book 2
Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
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Life in the country was supposed to be relaxing...

Eric Sibley's new life in the sleepy riverside village of Burlam is going pretty well, except for the fact his new house is falling down around his ears, he has committed himself to preparing a lavish Christmas Day feast for the extended family, his wife is stressed out and overworked, his new allotment neighbor is crazy and, if that wasn’t enough, his mother-in-law has come to stay. Apart from that, it is all going brilliantly. 

Following on from Peas, Carrots and an Aston Martin, once again, Eric Sibley and his family navigate their way through the trials and tribulations of everyday life. With the edition of some wonderful new faces, get ready to be swept up in a whirlwind of uninspiring leeks, troublesome chickens, inappropriate plumbers, and various sinister interlopers, and they are all hell-bent on turning Eric’s life upside down.

©2019 Hannah Lynn (P)2019 Hannah Lynn

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Great story!

Let me start by saying this story only got 4 stars because of the ending.

I listened to book 1 several months ago and loved it. At the time, I wasn’t sure how the author was going to make a book 2 with how the first one ended. Months later, the author was advertising books 2 and 3. “Yes, please!” Overall, I think the series has gotten better as it’s moved along. The characters are great, and Abbie has stuck out to me as a being one of my favorite characters. Eric is enjoyable as he's always trying to do his best for his family yet sometimes makes mistakes. Stories that have a lot of funnies, whether they’re meant to be comedic stories or not, are my favorites.

Like the books, I love the narrator as well. He does a great job and it’s always easy to tell who is talking. I do have to admit when Evette first showed up on their doorstep, when the narrator did her voice, I thought it was a drag queen. That was before it was revealed who the person was.

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I was wondering about Eric and all the cooking he did in this book. I don't remember him being into cooking in book 1 and am curious as to what changed. Yes, he has the allotment where he grows vegetables but still.

“At the minute…” I have never heard this phrase before. “At the moment” is the common version. It's strange considering at the moment means right now, as at the minute means… right now. Why change it?

I haven’t been a big fan of Suzy. Either she’s overreacting about something minor or she’s asking Eric what he did wrong. I think I said something in my book 1 review about how she seems like she's just waiting for him to mess up so she can leave him. I was under that impression with book 2 also. The fact that she was blaming Eric for Catrina’s brother coming to the house and destroying parts of it (not telling her about the random phone call he’d received) was too much.

I know a lot of people aren’t fans of cliffhangers because if you want to know what happens, you have to buy the next story. Most of the time, I don’t care. But the cliffhanger with book 2, I felt it was too big of a cliffhanger, if that makes sense. It’s like usually there’s a thread at the end that entices readers to move forward in the series, but it’s not a major necessity. With this ending… let me rephrase that, there isn’t a real ending. You HAVE to read book 3 if you care at all about any of the characters. Thankfully, I had book 3 to find out what happened to Susie.

I received a free audiobook code for this story in exchange for an honest review.

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Beautiful and Broken

Ok...This series is great..and I mean really great. I find myself wanting to smack Eric for being such a dunderhead... He irritates me not opening his mouth when he should!! I love his wife Suzie..Lord what a beautiful patient woman. Suzie is interesting because she comes from a family of insanity..but she is so good and kind. Her Mom is s total whack job that eventually you really do like. The humor is gone though..it went from being a truly funny story to being a truly heart wrenching story. I still highly recommend. it!

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Entertaining Story with Great Characters

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily posting this review and all opinions expressed herein are my own.

This is the second book in the Peas and Carrots series. It is not a standalone book and ends on a cliffhanger. This is not the book to start the series as it is important to understand the characters portrayed in this book and their relationships/development, which all starts in the first book, "Peas, Carrots, and an Aston Martin." I highly recommend you start with the first book.

The second book focuses on the Sibley family as they start to renovate their home and much to Eric's chagrin, his mother-in-law shows up and moves in. The story is filled with humorous real-life moments [such as Eric seeing his mother-in-law in a very private moment] and some very heartbreaking moments. The author really gets you to invest in these characters so their joys become your joys and their sadness becomes your sadness. Sometimes as Eric is trying to work through his family issues and trying to do the right thing, you want to cheer for him for everything to work out. But unfortunately, as in real life, not everything is "wine and roses" for the Sibley family, making them very human and very relatable. Highly recommend this series.

The narrator, Rafe Beckley, is the same throughout the series and I cannot imagine Eric Sibley being voiced by anyone else. His voice is smooth with a light British accent with just the right amount of cheekiness.

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Another great book

This is the second installment of the Peas and Carrots series and is just as fun and quirky as the first. This series has drawn me in and I am thoroughly enjoying it.
The narrator does a perfect job of reading this book.

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Lies, misunderstandings and in-laws problems

This book is not as hysterical as book one it deals with serious family issues. I love most of the characters but there are a few I did not like for specific reasons. The storyline is very believable and well written. I love the different banter that goes on between characters. I received this book at my request and I am voluntarily leaving my honest review of my own volition.

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A fun sequel

Eric is back again. This time he is trying to prepare his house for Christmas. I cannot even believe he wanted to cook dinner. I would give anything for my husband to cook dinner. Eric is a mess though, as he takes on too much. His mother in law comes for a visit, which throws a wrench in everything, I enjoyed visiting Eric and family again. The British humor continues in the sequel. The twist will certainly keep you coming back for more.

Rafe Beckley narrates this book as well as the first one. I enjoyed the consistency of one narrator. Mr. Beckley has a genuine accent that brings life to all the British humor and characters. I truly feel as if I have been transported to England through his narration. Once again, this is a great performance.

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Eric is fun

I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed the first book in the series a little bit more than this 1. There is a smile to this book and I do love the character Eric he is a good guy and I look forward to reading the next one in this series. Hannah has a great writing style. Make sure you check out her other books!

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Another humorous installment in the series

This is book 2 of the series and while it could be read as a stand-a-lone, I recommend reading the first one to give insight into the characters. This story starts out at Christmas time a few months after Eric moves his family to a new town and involves issues with in-laws, Christmas, and much more including continuing upkeep of his garden allotment which he inherited. i enjoyed this book and the narration was great as in the first book. I look forward to continuing this series.

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The saga continues, and boy is it a doozy !

Really enjoyed the second installment of this delightful series. Writing is superb, you easily feel enmeshed in the lives of the Sibleys, laughing along with the mishaps and feeling their angst, cheering Eric and Susie on to make it all work out in the end. I won't provide spoilers but be aware this is a SERIES of books so things are not neatly tied up at the end. Looking forward to the next installment. And I must add, the narration is excellent, too often a narrator is not skilled in switching between characters and setting the tone of the writing but this narration was done in a very engaging and professional style.

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A fun story.

A well-performed voice actor gives a great way to follow the adventures of Eric, Suzy, and Abbey. When Eric decides to invite his in-laws for the holidays and events take some unexpected turns. Their new home is dilapidated, he has left his job to get the house, Suzy is now working doubly hard, and the normal strains on relationships are developing Little Abby is becoming more of a developed character, the neighbors are driving them crazy, and the in-laws are nuts with the mother-in-law being into chrystals. A fun story.

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  • Lo
  • 02-12-20

Less humour than book 1

This lacked the humour of book 1 but still a great story and I loved the narrator. I listen on 1.25x speed which is just perfect for me.

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  • Tracey Allan
  • 02-12-20

Fantastic !

Great follow up story , more surprises and plenty laughs. Love how the book always ends leaving you desperate for the next instalment . A great author and a great narrator make this a must listen.
I was given this free audiobook code and I have left an honest unbiased review.