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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Book Reviews & Giveaway - Tiger Days and the Secret Cat & Tiger Days and the Midnight Foxes by Sarah Lean

Reviews by Suze

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Tiger Days is incredibly fond of her grandmother. Grandma, May Days, has bought a new home, Willowgate House and Tiger is staying with her for a while. Willowgate House brings a lot of new adventures. There's a lovely white cat, a warthog to take care of and Tiger meets Tom, whose grandfather lives next door to her grandmother. Tiger's days are never boring, what will she discover during her first visit at Willowgate House?

Tiger is a curious girl. She loves to explore, she is fond of animals and she easily makes new friends. She has a wonderful bond with her grandmother and every day there's something else she should investigate. Sarah Lean combines charming and amusing writing with a warm and welcoming story. Tiger is a fun main character and I loved reading about her stay with her grandmother.

Tiger Days and the Secret Cat is filled with beautiful drawings, which enhance the magic of the story. I love how sweet it is and think every animal loving girl would like this story very much. I really enjoyed reading this first Tiger Days story and think Sarah Lean's series has a delightful strong beginning.
Tiger is back at Willowgate House, which means she can spend time with her grandma and her friend Tom again. May Days always has the most amazing plans to entertain her granddaughter and when she doesn't spend time with her grandmother Tiger is trying to unravel a mystery together with Tom. Things keep disappearing and they need their detective skills to find out what's behind all the mysteries at Willowgate House.
Tiger Days and the Midnight Foxes is another heartwarming Tiger Days story. Tiger and Tom are getting along well. They both love using their detective skills and there's a big mystery for them to unravel. It's a fun idea for a story and reading about their investigation put a big smile on my face. Tiger is a wonderful friend for Tom and she loves her grandmother very much, which makes the story fun and endearing.
Tiger is a brave girl and I admire her inventiveness. Sarah Lean writes about her in a great loving way, which makes the story extra special. Tiger Days and the Midnight Foxes is another terrific book about Tiger and the animals she meets at Willowgate House. The drawings are gorgeous and Sarah Lean's vivid descriptions make the story come to life really well. I loved this second Tiger Days book and can't wait to read more about Tiger and her friends.
If you love children's books about animals, friendship and warm family connections you will definitely like the Tiger Days stories. They can be read as standalones, but to have Tiger's full story it's best to start with the first one.
About Sarah Lean

Sarah Lean grew up in Wells, Somerset but now lives in Dorset with her husband, son and dog. She has worked as a page-planner for a newspaper, a stencil-maker and a gardener, amongst various other things. She gained a first class English degree and became a primary school teacher before returning to complete an MA in Creative and Critical Writing at the University of Winchester. A Dog Called Homeless was her first novel.
One very lucky With Love for Books reader will receive paperback copies of Tiger Days and the Secret Cat and Tiger Days and the Midnight Foxes. Good luck!
The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. Please add to your list of approved email addresses. All of our giveaways are international.


  1. They sound like lovely books, thanks for sharing.

  2. would love to read, look interesting and absorbing!

  3. Looks like a really good feel good factorstory.

  4. Love animals, love books and these sound like lovely books, would love to win them :)

  5. I adore children's books. This series sounds delightful and would be perfect for my Kid's Korner feature!

  6. I wasn't aware of these books, my students favour books about animals so I will cross my fingers.

  7. The book reviews sound intriguing. Thanks for sharing. Love the covers too.

  8. Love the idea of reading how to care for a warthog. They are ugly little things, but I bet they have a character of their own. That's something a bit different.

  9. I love mysteries :) I grew up on Nancy Drew and I have all those books, so I think I'd like to read about Tiger Days :)

  10. These look fab!

  11. Good luck with the series!


  12. What wonderful books! Lovely covers too. Thanks for sharing.

  13. the covers of your books are really poetic and give a magical feeling

  14. Thanks for the giveaway.


  15. I'm so happy for Suze and Anniek posting this so I could meet you. I have to look you up, your stories sound so magical to me. Btw, I'm loving the dog.

  16. These sound brilliant :) just the sort of books I enjoyed reading as a child, and I confess I've never grown up and still really enjoy them! (As an example...I'm currently reading The Palomino Pony series lol)

  17. Thanks for the great prize and competition!