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From the best-selling author of The Chronicles of St Mary's. The Nothing Girl has grown up....

It's life as usual at Frogmorton Farm - which is to say that events have passed the merely eccentric and are now galloping headlong towards the completely bizarre.

Once again Jenny struggles to stay afloat in the stormy seas of matrimony with her husband, Russell Checkland, together with an unlikely mix of Patagonian Attack Chickens, Jack the Sad Donkey and Mrs Crisp's mysterious boyfriend. The old favourites are still around, of course. There's Marilyn the Omnivorous Donkey, Russell's ex-girlfriend Don't Call Me Franny and the neurotic Boxer, currently failing to deal with butterfly trauma.

So nothing much is new...except for the mysterious figure dogging Jenny's steps and who, if she didn't know better, she would swear was her sinister cousin Christopher, last seen being hurled from the house by her wayward husband. He couldn't possibly be stupid enough to come back and try again.... Could he?

©2017 Jodi Taylor (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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  • 09-08-17

Loved book one; this one was good but...

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I was so excited to see a sequel to The Nothing Girl. I loved that book so much and I wanted more of Frogmorton and Russell and Jenny. I even pre-ordered this listen so I wouldn't miss a thing.<br/><br/>The narration was some of the best I've ever listened to. Lucy Price-Lewis was exceptional. She gave us the kinetic nature of Russell, delivered Jenny's stutter without making her seem like a caricature, and still made us believe in talking golden donkeys.<br/><br/>I love that the story picked up after Russell and Jenny were married. The usual suspects were there and there were warm fuzzys all around. <br/><br/>Where I take exception with this listen was in the (SPOILERS) kidnap and subsequent escape. It was so extreme it bordered on slapstick. The conversation between Jenny and Thomas was just too ridiculous (yes, I know she was talking to a golden donkey, but still.) I rolled my eyes so many times during that sequence that I almost hurt myself. And that hospital scene. Why wouldn't they tell the cops the whole story????!!!!!<br/><br/>I have listened to quite a few Jodi Taylor books and I am a definite fan. I liked this book but it was the narration that saved this listen for me.

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it finished too soon.

Jodi Taylor does it again. I love her writing' I wish it were longer. hopefully there are more books on the way

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Less charming, more silly

The Nothing Girl was charming in the quirky appeal that Frogmorton had on the reader, but this version has too much silliness for me to enjoy. Russel’s witty conversation in the original sounds much more condescending and their daughter’s presence is very fleeting. Are they the worst parents ever??? Joy seems to have a pretty free range childhood experience, in my opinion.

The ending was almost too silly for me to handle. I actually rolled my eyes a number of times. Performance was strong like the first but the story was rubbish.

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Painfully uninteresting

I liked the first book in the series particularly because of how good the narrow is, but this book was just a poor repetition of everything that happened in the nothing girl. there was nothing fresh about it and the heroine's self pity and insecurities became unbearable after a point. The only redeeming quality was the flawless narration by Lucy Price-Lewis.

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NOT as good as the first one Really quite terrible

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Oh, where to start! The first book in this series, the Nothing Girl, is just beautiful. A magical story full of wonderful characters. This second book in the series is almost crap. I can't even believe Jodi Taylor wrote this herself. And I will never believe she edited it in any way. I'm not sure if it would be such a wrenching betrayal if book numberr one hadn't been so great, but it was, so... <br/><br/>Only the laziest of authors relies on the trope of having your main character not want to tell information, maybe it's not important, maybe the first time I was imagining it, well I guess I'll tell someone, but later, well not quite yet, how about tomorrow I promise, blah, blah, blah. It's only Massively Important, and there is absolutely no reason Whatsoever that it shouldn't be told, but then you couldn't drag one simple thing out for almost an entire book. <br/><br/>Even the Big Thing that happens in the book, never could have happened if a person used any common sense whatsoever, as in, not putting themselves in harms way, when they know someone wants to harm them. <br/><br/>A scene at the end is supposed to be Thomas' big magical moment of good hearted wonderfullness or whatever, yet the wonderfullness was telegraphed in full Many chapters earlier, could have and should have just been resolved right then, and not used as a suppossed beautiful moment that was Not Earned<br/><br/>The continuity errors and lack of editing are horrifying. It's so difficult to review a book without spoilers, so I know this review is scorching without really saying why, but I'm trying not to give specifics. But some examples are, in one chapter, we are told a past incident was told to the police, and a certain person may even be on a small town most wanted list. In another chapter said incident is referred to as something that was hushed up / not reported. In one scene Thomas says "I think they're trying to x y z", then something occurs, then Jenny says "What's happening? Do you think they're trying to x y z?" In another scene Jenny tells us how she and Daniel love it when Russell and Francesca argue, then about two seconds later, Jenny tells us that she and Daniel love it when Russell and Francesca argue. Wtf? I don't take hallucinogens then listen to books, but maybe Jodi Taylor does. At this point anything is possible. <br/><br/>But the worst part is that the beautiful world full of real people and magical animals, all with a tiny bit of quirk but lots of heart, was turned into a slapstick type nothing, played for laughs, with all the feeling sucked right out of it. The Frogmorton Farm characters were a bit not even eccentric but maybe unconventional. Now they form into huge groups of nonsensical type people acting in ways people would never act, there are situations that have no lead in, and Thomas, magical, unique, beautiful Thomas is also played for laughs, and actually kind of annoying, almost a hindrance, and it all comes from this bizarre need to make everyone and everything in the book a farce. She ruined Thomas! <br/><br/>I've never had such an experience where an author created such a lovely place, then totally ruined it in the next book. I'm flabbergasted, and also angry. Like I literally want her to take this book out of print, rewrite it completely, then publish it again. Cannot believe this came out of such an accomplished author. <br/><br/>Ps - poor Tanya only gets two speaking lines, and the narrator flubs them both. The first is read in Russel's voice, and the second is read in a sort of 90% British, 10% German accent, that is nothing like Tanya. <br/>Really just a shoddy enterprise from first draft to recording. I wish we knew why Jodi Taylor seemingly hates us so much to have created such a travesty.

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Loved it!

I loved his book. It was a great story with eccentric characters human and animal. It moved along at a good pace. Very funny, sweet, and bittersweet. It actually made me think about remembering to love the people around me day in and day out. The narrator was also quite good.

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Like wrapping yourself up in a warm blanket

I have loved everything written by Jodi Taylor (with only 1 outlier exception, which I really should revisit). I put this off because someone wrote about the main part of the plot was agonising over whether to say something important and then not wanting to say it etc etc. I HATE those kind of books, which feel like a super lazy attempt at tension that makes me wish they would just kill themselves to get it over with.

This book didn't do the lazy plot technique at all. Yes, there was withholding of important stuff, but there is SO MUCH action, character building (of the chickens - because why not!) that it's not a drag of inner monologue and angst. Oh wait, there is a bit of that, but it's not painful, just heart achingly lovely.

The great dialogue, and beautiful people made me feel so welcome and at home, how you could not want to stay.

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spellbinding

Jodi knocks it out of the park again with another fantastic story about Jenny and the gang.

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Frogmorton Farm re-told

Yes there are some drawbacks to this book (it's a rehashing of the old one), but there are a lot of fun moments and I loved to re-visit Frogmorton Farm.

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Great book. Fun, fast and very entertaining.

Love the story, the characters, the twists and turns. Nothing and no one gets left behind. Just a great story to hear and spend time with.

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  • M. Burchell
  • 11-24-17

Great follow through from The Nothing Girl

Excellent! This is a great story (again). I love the characters especially the various animals. A good mix of drama and humour. Next?

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  • MarcF
  • 11-14-17

Another cracking listen from Jodi Taylor.

This is one of those books that I just couldn't put down. There were times - many times - when my laughter was so loud and sudden that I'm sure my neighbours must question my sanity. Big thumbs up!

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  • Melissa
  • 11-07-17

Brilliant!!

Amazing as always!!.... Loved it so much!! I can't wait to read more from jodi

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-07-17

loved it!

i love the story of such normal life but such humour.
the german lady lost her accent but appart from that the narration was brilliant.

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  • Lesley
  • 11-05-17

From beginning to end, a brilliant audio book.

Good people, bad peoples, warmth, villainy, love, laughter and tears (happy ones!). Once again Jodi Taylor has produced an amazing story that I found hard not listen to constantly. The narration was the icing on the cake. I absolutely loved it. Will there be an “Everything Girl”? I hope so.

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  • Buysalot
  • 10-28-17

Once Again I Thought "Not For Me"

Wrong, quite wrong. Whimsical but not soppy. Very funny. Some fantasy but not as we know it. A couple of days feeling rather unwell but listening to this, made being bed ridden very worth it!

The narrator is just perfect.

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  • KipSoton
  • 10-24-17

I’ve no hesitation in giving 5*****s

Some follow up books don’t do justice to the original. That isn’t the case with any of Jodi Taylor’s books.

A heart warming story with a reminder about what really matters in life.

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  • Bim
  • 10-17-17

It's a miracle. Does Jodi Taylor never stop?

Again, we're amused, thrilled and made to feel embarrassingly slushy in this gripping second book in the Frogmorton Farm series.

Could it get better than this? Not for me. Like an Elizabethan alchemist ... not Boots, the *first* Queen Elizabeth's equivalent, Jodi Taylor has used a cunning blend of humour, suspense, love and villainy to stir up a totally immersive reading experience.

Extraordinary talent and imagination binds everything she crafts. Which is an incredible body of work, about 4 books every year since the first full length St Mary's Chronicle was published.

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  • 10-01-17

wonderful

a lovely heart warming story. The book draws you in to Jenny and Thomas world.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-25-17

Wonderful sequel

Wonderful sequel to the first book, intriguing, very funny, a little sad in places and so vivid. Typically Jodi Taylor. Beautifully read.