When her deposed predecessor returns to visit Barbara Simmonds-Hunter finds her world turned upside down. Not only does she face horrendous business challenges; she finds her personal, domestic and social life affected in a way she could not foresee.
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About the Author
Michael Morpurgo, the Children’s Laureate of Britain from 2003 to 2005, has written more than one hundred books and received numerous prestigious awards. He and his wife, Clare, founded the organization Farms for City Children. They live in Devon, England.
Peter Bailey has been illustrating books for more than thirty-five years and has worked with such authors as Philip Pullman, Dick King-Smith, and Allan Ahlberg. He lives in Liverpool, England.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Peter Bailey writes a novel about Lady Barbara Simmonds-Hunter who lives in complete luxury and lavish lifestyle. This is her comfort zone, and anything outside of that is foreign to her. She's happy and content with her successful husband, her stepson, and the two children of her own. Her work place is a relaxed and calming place, and her manor is what every woman dreams of. What more could she ask for? Everything she owns has been earned with hard work. Suddenly her life is turned into extreme turmoil. Not only does her stepson want her children dead, a Mr. Mortis Dickey comes back into her life. He left her an awful lot of problems to sort out when he handed over the chairmanship of Fidelity Mutual Assurance Group. Now, he comes back begging to be let in. Mr. Dickey is set on ruining her perfect life, all for revenge. He left her an awful lot of problem comes back begging to be let in. Difficult times come to Barbara and she handles one by one, with grace but also pain. By page one your thrown into the midst of the dispute between Barbara and Mortis and even between Mortis and Rachel, Barbara's personal secretary. Each character has such different personalities that they each stand out on their own. I really feel all the emotions Barbara is thrown into. On a different perspective I also felt the anger and distaste that Mortis portrays. Barbara sure has a dramatic life with a luxurious lifestyle to back it up. Things don't seem as bad as they really are when you have money on your side. Or maybe that's the cause of it all in the first place, money, and lots of it. I definitely think more woman would enjoy this book, compared to men. It goes through so many emotions, only a female would be able to keep up. There's something inside for everyone though, crime, betrayal, lust, drama and just overall pure excitement. I would rate this book a 5/5.
Over the Donkey's Back by Peter G Bailey is a novel about Lady Barbara Simmonds-Hunter, a very well to do woman who lives in the lap of luxury. She is stuck in a very comfortable lifestyle, with a husband and children, one stepson who doesn't seem to have very nice intentions. Enter Mr. Moris Dickey, starting from the first chapter, and Barbara's whole suddenly turn to chaos. Even from the beginning we see Mr. Dickey's actions towards Rachel as something that tells us what kind of character he is, as Rachel mentions him having "dubious propositions" in the past. In the beginning chapter the reader will also see mentioned a few characters, and as of then we really don't know which one of them will end up being an integral part of the story. We also see the tension pretty much right away as soon as Lady Barbara and Moris begin to talk. In the succeeding chapters we are introduced to Lady Barbara's young children, Ashley and Deborah. They are made out to be polite, well-mannered children, behaving just as children with titles should. We see more of the lap of luxury that the family get to enjoy, from Rolls-Royce cars to the gigantic Durmoor Manor where they live. The reader will also get to know a bit of Fabian, Barbara's husband; her best friend Linda; and also her step-son Tommy. I am not used to seeing the writer's style when it comes to the titles of the chapters, with them being in a sentence formation, complete with punctuation and all. I find the book overall well-written, with a very solid plot as well as interesting characters. i will definitely read from the same author again!