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Happily Ever Ninja (Knitting in the City #5) by Penny Reid REVIEW

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Happily Ever Ninja (Knitting in the City #5) by Penny Reid REVIEW

There are three things you need to know about Fiona Archer… I would tell you what they are, but then I’d have to kill you. But I can tell you that Fiona’s husband—the always irrepressible and often cantankerous Greg Archer—is desperately in love with his wife. He aches for her when they are apart, and is insatiable when they are together. Yet as the years pass, Greg has begun to suspect that Fiona is a ninja. A ninja mom. A ninja wife. A ninja friend. After fourteen years of marriage, Greg is trying not to panic. Because Fiona’s talent for blending in is starting to resemble fading away. However, when unexpected events mean Fiona must take center stage to keep her family safe, her response stuns everyone—Greg most of all. It seems like Greg’s wish has come true. Except… not. When all is said and done, can Greg handle this new version of his wife? Will his irrepressible cantankerousness push her away? Or can the couple find a way forward without either being forced to step back into the shadows? This is a full length, 100k word novel, and is the 5th book in the Knitting in the City Series. All books in the series can be read as a standalone except book #1.5

Review

★★★ 3 Stars ★★★

Having read the prequel Ninja at First Sight (which is included in this book), I was so excited to read more about these two characters, who if you are up to date with this series, know that they are happily married with two children.

Fiona is a multitasking, intelligent and very independent woman who bears the bulk of the household responsibilities, due to the fact that her husband Greg, works most of the year abroad.

The first half of the book was a sure winner, I don’t normally like to read about couples that are already together but if anyone was going to nail it then I had complete trust in Penny Reid to make me fall in love with the mundane every day dealings of normal life, and the ups and downs of marriage. I have to say, I was not disappointed in the least, I loved reading about their struggles to keep their marriage alive despite their time apart and I really felt their longing for each other.

The second half of the book however, took a slightly unexpected turn and I felt it was a little over the top in terms of action packed forays into the deepest darkest parts of Africa. It just didn’t work for me and felt a little unnecessary.

Whilst my least favourite book in the series, I still adore all of the characters and highly recommend anyone to pick it up and experience the wonderfully funny lives of the women in the knitting group.

Happily Ever Ninja is a standalone romance, but part of an overall series of interconnecting characters. Told in Fiona’s POV.

ARC gratefully received from the author in exchange for an honest review

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About the Author

Penny Reid

Penny Reid has difficulty writing about herself in the third person. She finds it strange and unsettling. Therefore, Penny will now switch to the first person.

I’m originally from California but now live in the Southeast US with my family after going to college in the area. I work full time at a large University in the field of biomedical research (e.g. clinical research studies conducted under the auspices of the FDA). I work a lot. I also love to knit and crochet; sew bags, blankets, and clothes; carve lino blocks for fabric printing; make homemade soap, jam, marmalade; and- most recently- I’m learning to garden.

I don’t like to sit still unless I’m writing, reading, or knitting and I usually only knit in my knitting group… or at red lights while stuck in traffic. I only read on planes (where I’m trapped). Luckily, I travel a lot for work.

The voices in my head (characters) became so loud over the summer of 2012- specifically, Janie Morris- that I was forced to write Neanderthal Seeks Human, my first attempt at a full length novel. It took me 7 months while working full time, crafting, and raising my people-children.

If I could have any job in the world it would be my job because I feel like what I do makes a tangible difference in the lives of every living person. If I could have any life in the world it would be my life. Happiness is the seed of good fortune and success. Do what it takes to be happy and be a source of happiness for others.

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