I’ve been an avid fan of Heather Vogel Frederick’s books for years. 🙂 I read her blog often to see the latest news about her books and the like. I even won a giveaway for an ARC of her final Mother-Daughter Book Club book a year ago!
So you can imagine my excitement when I finally read the second installment in the Pumpkin Falls series, Yours Truly.
It didn’t disappoint. In hopes that I can persuade some of you to read it if you haven’t already, today I’ll be reviewing Yours Truly. Let’s get started! 😀
Title: Yours Truly Author: Heather Vogel Frederick Page Count: 323
*Just as a warning, this is a sequel, the first book in the series being Absolutely Truly. I’ll try to make sure my review doesn’t give any too many spoilers from the first book, though. 🙂
Yours Truly pretty much picks up where the first book left off, what with Truly Lovejoy living in tiny Pumpkin Falls, Massachusetts, with her circus of a family. Her cousin back in Texas is coming to visit, and the town is having its annual “Maple Madness.” In addition to all that, Truly discovers a diary hidden in her room written by her namesake.
There are a lot of mysteries swirling around such a small town, but luckily the Pumpkin Falls Private Eyes, the organization created in the first book, is there to solve them.
Speaking of the Private Eyes, I love all the characters in this series. They’re very real and relatable. I did miss seeing Cha Cha and Jasmine, Truly’s friends who were on vacation for most of the book, but Truly’s cousin Mackenzie made up for their absence. Her character had only been met through videochat in the first book, and it was nice to have her there in the flesh. (Or, you know, the pages.)
*Slight spoiler to Absolutely Truly ahead…* At the end of the first book, Truly makes amends (kind of) with Scooter and Calhoun, two annoying boys, and though that’s good and all, it was kind of weird to not have an enemy figure in the book.
(Spoiler over.) However, when sabotage breaks out in the midst of Maple Madness, there definitely is rivalry between the town. That was a good way of bringing fighting into the story, if any.
Of course, since Truly is thirteen, she has to have boy troubles in this book. I’ll leave it to you to discover what those troubles are. 😉
I will say that I figured out both mysteries before the Pumpkin Falls Private Eyes did. I guess it’s true that I had the advantage because I could reread parts and flip back and forth and say, “Oh! That adds up!” Also, I did get a nice thrill when they solved the mysteries and I learned I had been correct.
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed Yours Truly. I give it 5 stars, and recommend it as well as Absolutely Truly and any other book by Heather Vogel Frederick.
Have you read Yours Truly? If so, what did you think of it? If you haven’t, are you considering it now? See you in the comments. 🙂