The Summer of Shambles

The Summer of Shambles

Book rating: 04 Paperback Ondine

By (author) Ebony McKenna

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  • Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 20mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 5 April 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1405249617
  • ISBN 13: 9781405249614
  • Sales rank: 93,386

Product description

One boy, one girl, one spell to be broken. A fairytale romance for girls with a very unlikely Prince Charming. Ondine de Groot is a normal fifteen-year-old who lives with her family in the European country of Brugel. She has a pet ferret called Shambles. But Shambles is no ordinary ferret ...He's Hamish McPhee, a boy cursed by a witch. A witch who happens to be related to Ondine. When Shambles turns back into Hamish temporarily, Ondine knows that she has to help him break the spell. He is the most gorgeous boy she has ever met and her one true love! He just can't remain a ferret forever. Can he? Praise for Ondine: 'Ondine is hard to resist ...oozes romantic longing' Bookseller & Publisher, Australia; 'brilliantly witty fairy tale', 'quirkly and wittily fantastic ...laugh out loud tale', 'I had a hard time putting it down' goodreads.com; 'Ebony is an absolute marvel when it comes to humour' Bookwitch.com; 'original and quirky - wonderful use of witty footnotes throughout' Scott Pack, Me and My Big Mouth blog. Ebony McKenna's second book Ondine: The Autumn Palace continues the most unlikely of fairytales.

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The decision to leave a career in journalism was a logical choice for Ebony. There wasn't enough time in the day to write the fictional stories she wanted to tell, against the factual that she had to tell. She followed her heart towards writing science fiction, romance and young adult adventures. Ebony now writes full time and lives in Melbourne, Australia, with her husband and young son.

Customer reviews

By Heather McCorkle 12 Jun 2011 5

I haven't had this much fun reading a book in a long time. If you enjoyed The Princess Bride or Ella Enchanted then this book is one you must read. Dare I say, in many ways I think it even out-shined those. This novel has the perfect mixture of magic, fun, and romance. I'm looking forward to reading more by this talented author.

By Larissa McGrath 08 Oct 2010 3

In the small country of Brugel a girl is spending her summer holidays at Psychic Summercamp, a very real summer school that is not at all as fun as you might believe. Ondine having slept through an exam has had enough and has decided to run away to home, but she doesn't leave alone. A ferret, Shambles, has decided to leave with her.

On the journey home Ondine is shocked to discover that Shambles, the ferret, can talk. More then that he was in the past a real boy. By the time she arrives home she has learnt the how and why this is possible, however there is little time to ponder this now as things at home are hectic.

As the youngest of three daughters, Ondine along with her sisters face their greatest challenge in their overprotective father. This is despite the murderous plots, crippling gossip and thieves in the night. But there are some good things to look forward to too; a recovered treasure, a handsome duke and a new romance.

Ondine is a very simple but charming story of magic, mystery and love. As the first in a series this book offers a little of everything, including some very quirky little footnotes. Although not the story of water nymphs I had imagined it to be, those of you who know the mythology behind the name Ondine will know what I'm talking about, it is non the less an ideal read for any young girl looking for a pinch of mystery, a dash of enchantment, and a stirring of romance.

By Kerryn Boyko 10 May 2010 5

This witty tale begins with Ondine escaping from Psychic Summercamp with her newly acquired ferret Shambles. She runs 'away to home', to her parents tavern 'The Station' where she works long hours helping serve pub meals and washing dishes. This story has all the ingredients necessary for a satisfying read - some hidden treasure, a gorgeous guy bewitched into animal form, an evil villain masquerading as a charming bachelor and three sisters in love. The direct addresses from the author to the reader are interesting, very humorous and even enlightening and with such a friendly, intimate narrative style, you cannot help but feel that McKenna is indeed speaking directly to you as you read. Just past the halfway mark, I could not put 'Ondine' down, I'm a sucker for a good love story. Ondine is a wonderful read; I can't wait for the sequel!