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Jonty’s Halloween by Barbara Elsborg : Unfinished Business #7 : Release Review

Book Info

Author:
Series:

Unfinished Business by Barbara Elsborg

Series Type:
Same group of characters and story world
Number In Series:
7
Publisher:
Barbara Elsborg
Published:
20 September 2021
Book Type
Pages:
222
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Heat Level

Synopsis

Jonty and Devan’s Big Adventure travelling around the world is cut short when Devan’s mother falls ill, and they have to fly home. Leaving Jonty to his own devices is never a good idea and before Devan can say no, Jonty has talked his way into hosting a Halloween extravaganza at The Dunes hotel.

Family and friends are roped in to help and perform on the evening, but someone has it in for Jonty who gets a fright he hadn’t expected.

Join Jonty and his friends and family in a Halloween extravaganza with a surprise ending!

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Review

Reviewed By: Josh Dale

5/5

So, we start with Jonty successfully persuading the boss of the hotel chain to allow Jonty to organise a scare party for Halloween.  With Devon at his mother’s bedside after she had a stroke.  Jonty is left to his own devices, what could possibly happen???   Oh, and did I mention he has also been given a company credit card, so he can order items needed for the event, again What could possibly happen?

If you have followed Jonty through his books and the appearances of him in the other Unfinished series books.  You will get my opening paragraph.

This is a treat of a mostly fun and happy Halloween story.  Full of humour surprises, mishaps, a tv crew and even the real police, and a naughty Santa (yes only Barbara Elsborg could include a naughty Santa in a Halloween story.)   Now that is all I am giving away.  I just can not say anything else about the storyline that would not spoil the surprises and fun.

What I do want to talk about though is Barbara’s unique ability to weave all the different emotions together and yet come up with a fun and positive story.

We have been following Jonty for a year or two now, on and off.  It is easy to forget how rough Jonty’s life was before he met his grumpy hotel guest.  He grew up with his father in a unloving and uncared-for home.  He never had parties of any kind.  So, you can imagine his excitement about organising a Halloween party.

But when the reality of what he must achieve hits him, his insecurities from his past, threaten to cause a meltdown. And Barbara reminds us that behind Jonty’s larger than life and humour, there is still a healing boy.   I think this is a well thought out reminder to us of how strong and brave Jonty Bloom really is.

As with all of Barbara’s books Jonty’s Halloween is a mix of happy and sad emotions woven seamlessly together, Characters that are so lifelike they almost walk off the page.  A plot that takes you on a emotional rollercoaster ride.

I was just thinking the other day, after reading the book.  Jonty should have his story told on tv or a movie.  It would be a true positive message about gay love, and the story and characters are certainly strong enough for this to happen.

 

Barbara Elsborg

Biography

Barbara Elsborg lives in Kent in the South of England. She always wanted to be a spy, but having confessed to everyone without them even resorting to torture, she decided it was not for her. Volcanology scorched her feet. A morbid fear of sharks put paid to marine biology. So instead, she spent several years successfully selling cyanide.

After dragging up two rotten, ungrateful children and frustrating her sexy, devoted, wonderful husband (who can now stop twisting her arm) she finally has time to conduct an affair with an electrifying plugged-in male, her laptop.

Her books feature quirky heroines and bad boys, and she hopes they are as much fun to read as they were to write.

Thirteen facts about me

1. I’m blonde, but after having spotted one grey hair - I now dye my locks with mixed results. I know I should read the packet but hey, what can go wrong? My nicknames – badger, skunk (purely the look!!), snowball and pinkie. Yes, that time it really did go wrong.

2. I hate milk. Can’t drink it, smell it or even look at it.

3. Writing. I really do love that. I started by making up episodes of TV series with me as the heroine. You name it, I’ve been in it. My range is from paranormal to suspense to contemporary to erotica but everything I write has a touch of romance and humor. Well, I think I’m funny. My family laugh at me all the time.

4. Former life – a sad cautionary tale. Started off as a government inspector – spying on people trying to cheat on their taxes. A short period as a media planner in an advertising agency. I fled that at dead of night. Several years selling cyanide – mainly to Sweden for the largest chemical company in the UK. Grand title of export manager. There was just me in the department. Had kids. Ughghghg. Then went to work as Government Inspector, spying on teachers. I was so popular, you can’t believe. Thank goodness I married well. (Married for money anyway)

5. No I didn’t, dear. Husband is financial whiz. Met at university when he was bringing a sack of potatoes to my flat mate. Romance is his middle name. Gifts to me include – supermarket vouchers, hedge trimmer and a hammer drill and reduced flowers past their wilt-by date. He spent most of his life in the aerospace industry making missiles. He’s atoning for his sins by doing my shopping.

6. Two children. Daughter a lawyer. Son has escaped to live in Texas. Enough said.

7. Books – I ADORE. I read at least one a day. I have thousands as I can’t stand to part with them. I read at lightning speed. 70-80 pages in 20 minutes. That’s fast? Right?

8. What do I do all day? Write. All day if I can. It’s my world and I love it. Start at 8.00 and finish late. Interspersed with journeys on the internet and satisfying needs of husband. No, not those sorts of needs. Really!! I was thinking of making coffee.

9. Worried about – possible visit from FBI. Research for one of my thrillers did involve some investigation into how a fetus would decay under a boat shed. Research into plastic handcuffs brought a deluge of porn. Well, that was my excuse and I’m sticking to it. I find I need to keep checking dubious sites. I might be addicted.

10. I’m very tall. 5’10 and a bit. I used to be very self-conscious about my height. Now I don’t care. I’m far more worried about other bits of me.

11. I won the prize at school for ‘Good Conduct and Example’ It was the worst day of my life. Well, one of them. I so want to be bad. Sigh.

12. I am incapable of telling right from left at crucial moments. Won’t be flying jets anytime soon.

I’m struggling now. I’m really not interesting.

13. Ohh, I was once kicked by a giraffe.

Phew, made it.

 

 

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