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Catch up With This Week’s Book Reviews.

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Monday – Chris reviewed romantic suspense Chasing Symmetry by Tempeste Blake


Tuesday – I reviewed romantic comedy Ruby Slips And Poker Chips by Heather Kindt


Wednesday – Chris reviewed children’s fiction Muffy & Valor by Karl Beckstrand


Thursday – I reviewed romantic comedy The Little Cafe In Copenhagen by Julie Caplin


Friday – Karen B reviewed thriller Hiding by Jenny Potts

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Saturday – I reviewed humour novella Husband Training by Ruth Harris

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My #BookReview of #RomCom Ruby Slips And Poker Chips by Heather Kindt #TuesdayBookBlog

Ruby Slips and Poker ChipsRuby Slips and Poker Chips by Heather Kindt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ruby Slips And Poker Chips is a romantic comedy and a modern-day tale of Dorothy Gale.

Fans of The Wizard Of Oz might well sit up and take note, as this book is filled with plenty of teasers to delight the reader. Dottie Gale is a teacher in Quandary Elementary, Kansas. When a tornado blew through town, she swore it dropped off Maxine Westward, the new Headmistress.

Dottie and Maxine are instant enemies, especially when Maxine installs new, unpopular, rules. Dottie is restless in boring Quandary, so when she’s picked to attend a teacher’s conference in Las Vegas, she jumps at the chance to attend.

If I tell you that Dottie is forced to drive to Las Vegas, that she pops in a tape of her favourite band, Toto, and she is asked to pick up Mr Fields and Mr Lyons who are also attending the conference, you’ll get a good feel for the storyline.

Will Dottie find the answers she wants? Does ‘there’s no place like home’, ring true for our modern girl?

I had so much fun reading this and spotting all the clever twists, it was very entertaining. In fact I’m tempted to re-read it, to find more of the subtle hints. I’ve also been to a few of the places mentioned in the book which meant an extra thumbs up for me. I would definitely recommend to readers who enjoy a modern take on a good original oldie.

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Book description

Second-grade teacher Dottie Gale lives in the tiny town of Quandary, Kansas, which is pretty much smack dab in the middle of nowhere. No mountains. No ocean. No life. Her ex-boyfriend and current school board member, Corbin Lane, cheated on her, making school functions more than a little awkward. But worst of all, a tornado named Maxine Westward rips through Dottie’s school as the new principal and has made her life at work a living hell.
When Dottie is chosen to go to a teacher’s conference in Las Vegas, she knows her life is going to change. Driving from Quandary to Vegas, three strangers enter her life. Through a string of situations involving poppies, flying monkeys, and a life-size sculpture of an iconic rock star the four soon become inseparable. So, when Westward arrives on her broom in Vegas, Dottie is ready for battle. Her boss black mails her with stories of incarceration, thievery, and a steamy relationship with her travel companion, but Dottie knows that those who hurl insults shouldn’t hold secrets of their own.

About the author

Heather Kindt grew up in Derry, New Hampshire, but now resides in the mountains of Colorado with her husband and two children. She loves writing YA fantasy and humorous fiction. Her debut novel, Ruby Slips and Poker Chips, won the Dan Alatorre Word Weaver Writing Contest.

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Sunday Connection – What Has Been Happening This week? #Blogging #SundayBlogShare

Here’s a chance to catch up with books we’ve been reviewing this week.


Monday: I reviewed cold war drama The Leipzig affair by Fiona Rintoul


Tuesday: Noelle reviewed historical mystery A Tincture Of Secrets And Lies by William Savage


Wednesday: Judith reviewed thriller novella My sweet Friend by H.A Leuschel


Thursday: I reviewed romance Resolutions by Carol Warham


Friday: Teri reviewed horror Ghosts Of Manor House by Matt Powers


Saturday: Brittany reviewed children’s fiction Muffy & Valor by Karl Beckstrand

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Lucy has tips on how you can support book bloggers

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Do you want more visibility for your blog? Susie has some great tips.

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#BookTwins If You Liked The Wizard Of Oz, You Might Like Ruby Slips And Poker Chips By Heather Kindt

“If you read … you’ll like …”

When you’ve read a book, do you sometimes find yourself thinking “oh, that really reminds me of *insert name of another book*”?

Welcome to a new feature, in which my team and I make reading suggestions based on your favourites, be they classics, or newer best sellers.  Our recommendations consider not just genre, but writing style, plot—and that ‘feel’ you can’t quite put your finger on.

If You Liked ….The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz by L Frank Baum,  You Might Like…. Ruby Slips And Poker Chips by Heather Kindt

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a classic children’s book, film and musical. Most readers will know something about the tale and the characters.

Heather Kindt has put together a romantic comedy and modern-day version of the story. The main character is still called Dorothy Gale, but is now often known as Dottie. The delight, for me, when reading this book, was spotting all the obvious, and sometimes almost hidden, parallel teasers.

Our modern Dottie is a teacher in a small town in Kansas, she might not own a dog, but her favourite band it Toto! While driving to a teacher’s conference, Dottie is asked to pick up a couple of other teachers; Mr Fields and Mr Lyons but what about a Tin Man?

If you want a little fun in your reading then check out Dottie and see just what happened when a tornado blew through the small town of Quandary, Kansas

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