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Review: Green Hills and Daffodils – Celyn Kendrick 

Green Hills and Daffodils - Celyn Kendrick

Genre: Fantasy, Low Fantasy, Contemporary, Humor

Reviewer: Sherry, Paranormal Romance Guild

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About The Book

“Will I always be so alone, living as a dragon among the sheep?”

Jane Dawson is an American on a journey of midlife makeover. Abandoning a tech career in Boston, she and her sheepdog, Moss, move to Wales in search of a simpler life, connection and community without the filter of the Internet. But who knew she would stumble over the red Welsh dragon, y Ddraig Goch?

Actually, she stumbles over her own suitcase and falls on her face in the middle of Main Street. But her plea for help (or maybe it was just swearing) is answered by the shy local dragon who doesn’t know he’s a dragon—Stewart Rygby.

But what rational, sane person believes in dragons and fairies? Why have such myths and legends persisted in the misty green hills of Wales over the aeons? And why does Moss need to mark everything in sight—including her new landlord?

Join us as our dragons awaken from their slumber in Green Hills and Daffodils—the exciting first book in the Green Hills Series by Celyn Kendrick!

The Review

“Jane Dawson bought the farm.”—Green Hills and Daffodils

There were a few very intriguing things about this book.

First, read the copyright. Really. You’ll thank me. Or if I’m writing as Kendrick, “Ewe’ll thank me.”

And second, the first line of the book was an instant hook, and a good laugh. Because Jane Dawson does, literally, buy the farm. However, it’s more of a long-term lease than a purchase.

The lease leads to a fish-out-of-water story about an American in Wales. Our main character, Jane, not only struggles to fit into the charming countryside town and the shared tenant farm where she’s moved to, but with learning the language as well. Of course, this makes for a story rife with cultural misunderstandings and remarkable, often hysterical miscommunications, beginning with the mispronunciation of Cwm Cudd (just trust me on that one).

Jane’s adventures in Wales include her faithful travelling companion, a goofy sheep dog called Moss; her helpful neighbor, Stewart; and the boor who lives next door in her shared tenancy, Rhys. But who cares if Rhys is a boor with a tragic past? He’s also hot.

Then there’s the village’s Catholic priest who’s dealing with some unusual Lenten messages, and possibly a dragon. Except the dragon might be a metaphor and not an actual dragon—decide for yourself.

And there might be a serial killer in town!

This is an intriguing story concept. It never quite goes where I hoped it would, and that was a little disappointing, and it wasn’t as explicit or kinky as it first hinted. Nonetheless, this is an engaging first book in the series, and I’m hoping they continue to get better from here.

A four-star tale about dragons, a possible serial killer, a strange new culture, and the American woman who finds herself stuck in the middle of it.

The Reviewer

Sherry Perkins has worked as a licensed practical nurse for more than thirty-five years and has experience in psychiatric/addictions nursing, nursing-care coordination, and risk management. She earned a BS in health sciences from Campbell University and has spoken at public health functions on topics such as addiction prevention and treatment, prevention of teenage opioid deaths, and connecting patients who are resistant to treatment with appropriate services.

A mother of four, Perkins lives with extended family on the Delmarva Peninsula, where she enjoys collecting shells and sea glass; reading and writing mysteries, science fiction, and fantasy; doing organic gardening; and following the Dave Matthews Band around the East Coast

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