Book Review & Giveaway: The Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland by Barbara Silkstone

The Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland, Age 42 and Three-Quarters by Barbara SilkstoneI won this book from Shelleyrae of Book’d Out in a giveaway for this book. Its full title is The Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland Age 42 and Three-Quarters.

Look further down for a giveaway of two e-books of this funny novel!

The Secret Diary: What It Is About

Alice Harte is a 42 year old (and three-quarters) grandmother who lives on her own. She has a daughter and grandchild living nearby. She works for a dodgy estate agent and one day is threatened by his rival Mr Hare to produce evidence against her boss, or else her head may come off (just like the rival, Mr Hare’s brother’s head came off, apparently by the hands of Alice’s boss, Leslie Archer).

She decides to escape to England for a while to and one evening on the internet while finding a place to stay in England she chances upon a lovely British man called Nigel. After a few email exchanges they decide to meet up and she flies to London to meet him. But he cannot spend more than one night in the same place and Alice finds it all a bit odd, although he is definitely the best thing that could have happened to her.

Back in the US her boss sues her when she tries to give notice on her job, while Mr Hare is still after her as well,  and things go from bad to worse. It seems there is no way out for Alice.

The Secret Diary: What I Thought

It was a fun book but it took me a while to get into the story. I thought it was all a bit too silly at first, but after I was able to shake off that thought, I started to enjoy the story a lot.

I loved it how Alice admired, loved and trusted Nigel from the start, while to me, as a reader, I wasn’t convinced that he was really all that she thought he was. I’m not sure there really are people who would meet someone via the internet, have a few telephone conversations, and then jump on the plane to meet up, so that was a bit unlikely.

A problem I had with the book was that I didn’t get all the references to the real Alice in Wonderland story. I saw the movie not too long ago but I didn’t recognise many of the quotes above each part of the diary, and also, I didn’t always see the connection to the story of Alice Harte. Maybe if I had been more into the Alice in Wonderland story, I would have been able to appreciate this better.

I loved it how Nigel, with his British accent, could talk everyone in the US into doing what he wanted.

Alice got a lot more sensible towards the end of the book and when things got really bad, she really stood up for herself and got things to go her way. This was a very good part of the story and I enjoyed that the most.

The book reminded me of a recent book I read, Seven Up by Janet Evanovich, not in terms of the story, but more because in both cases a female protagonist, who hasn’t got a clue what to do, has to solve a large problem. In both cases there are comical situations, crooks, and a love interest. I liked Seven Up a bit more, as the story seemed to flow better and also because I wasn’t too sure about the Alice references in The Secret Diary.

About the Author by the Author, Barbara Silkstone

When you’re a freelance writer with a quirky sense of humor, being in the right place at the right time helps a lot. If I just stand still for five minutes… wham! Something funny and worth writing about will happen to me. I’ve accidentally sky dived, been stalked by crazies, and ran off with a real life White Rabbit.

I’m the author of The Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland, Age 42 and Three Quarters, the first in a series of criminally funny fables. The second book in the series, Wendy & the Lost Boys, is scheduled for release this summer.

The Adventures of a Love Investigator, 527 Naked Men & One Woman is the non-fiction account of my one-on-one odyssey into the minds of over 500 men.

Barb’s Wire – eBooks & More

The Secret Diary: Giveaway

The author, Barbara Silkstone, has kindly offered two e-books (for Kindle, but do read on) of The Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland to my readers. I read my copy on my laptop using the Kindle for PC application (which is free and easy to download), so if you don’t have a Kindle, you can still enter.

  1. Anyone can enter. You do not need to have a blog and the giveaway is international.
  2. Leave a comment to say that you want to enter. Fill out your email address where it asks you to. This will not be shown in your published comment.
  3. You do not have to be a follower or become a follower, although if you like my blog I hope you will! You can follow by email or by RSS (see buttons in the side bar on the right).
  4. You can enter the giveaway until March 26th.
  5. I will notify the winners by email. The winners need to answer my email within 3 days, or I’ll announce a new winner.
  6. I will then send the email addresses of the winners to Barbara, so she can get the books for them.
  7. That’s it! Good luck and thanks for playing.

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15 Responses to Book Review & Giveaway: The Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland by Barbara Silkstone

  1. Uniflame says:

    I am quite into silly little stories so why not 😉 Thanks for hosting 🙂

  2. Cindy says:

    I want to enter 🙂

  3. Suzy says:

    I’d like to enter. The full name definitely caught my attention since i recently turned 43..just a little past 42 and 3/4. And if it reminded you of Janet Evanovich..I’m in. I love her!

  4. Young1 says:

    I’d like to enter please – i have the kindle app on my mac as i borrow my dads from time to time until i get my own! Looks like a fun read – fingers crossed 😀

  5. Vasilly says:

    This sounds like a really funny book! I haven’t heard of this before so I’m adding it to my TBR list. Great review.

  6. Nadine Nys says:

    I recently read Alice in Wonderland (for the second time), so I am really curious if I would detect the references in this book. Sounds like a fun read. Thanks for the giveaway, Judith!

  7. vvb says:

    i would love to read The Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland as it sounds hilarious!

  8. Novroz says:

    *Raising my hand for the giveaway*
    Your review makes even more curious then when I read the title

  9. Mystica says:

    Throw my name into the hat! pls.

  10. Sarah says:

    Oh yes please. Count me in 🙂

  11. Dianne says:

    Could use a funny book

  12. Rachel says:

    Count me in too! 🙂

  13. So many wonderful comments. Alice and the chubby bunny send their thanks. Good luck!

  14. Leeswammes says:

    Entries are now closed. The winners will be announced shortly.

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