Book Review: The Week at Mon Repose

Margaret Pearce

The Week At Mon Repose by Margaret Pearce is a short story that left me with mixed feelings. First of all I really didn’t care for any of the main characters. To me they came off whiny and annoying especially at the beginning of the story. I will say that the author doesn’t really explain why they feel the way they feel, but that unfortunately comes with a short story. Unfortunately though the only thing that I took away from the story was that they cared only for themselves and money.

Overall the story itself was good. It was original but for me it did move a little slow. One part near the beginning of the story, involving a creepy old man and chanting by a river, had me concerned that I was unknowingly reading some kinds of horror story but then a genie appeared and I had no further problems with the story line. It was just a weird scene that I think could have been done differently. I would also like to point out that I am jaded and maybe I’m just reading to much into it.

I’m going to be honest I don’t like writing bad reviews but this book just was not for me.


2 stars out of 5

About the Book

Allie and her cousin Jennie are shocked at having to spend their holidays at the boarding house Mon Repose. Especially when they discover it is the most boring old place in the middle of nowhere. Then they meet Marilyn who has lots of lively ideas to cope with boredom. They discover an Ouija board and decide to have a seance and try to figure out how to make Mon Repose a more interesting place.

Suddenly life becomes exciting. There is a teenage genie who can’t grant wishes but brings his horses with him for them to ride. It’s unfortunate that the horses are confiscated by the rangers for riding in the National forest, and their trying to figure out why their genie nearly vanishes on them. The three girls are now much too busy solving problems to even have time to be bored.

But by the time their holiday is over, will they realize their most secret wishes have been granted?

  • PDF: 106 pages
  • Publisher: Astraea Press

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I was provided a copy of this book free of charge for review, but the opinions expressed are 100% my own. This post contains our Amazon affiliate link.

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  1. This would be perfect summer reading for my niece!

  2. maryanne @ mama smiles says

    I always appreciate honest reviews!

  3. Hmm, I think I’ll avoid this book.

  4. So what is the point about the scene with the creepy old man then?

  5. Hi Maegan. It’s a bummer that you didn’t like the characters that much. And yes, sometimes, short stories really do come out, well, short. As in no time to get to know the characters more, their history, etc. But you know, some short stories are rather successful in that area. I guess, it depends on what the story is. Anyhow, thanks for the honest review. ;) We, your readers, appreciate it a lot! :D

  6. Thank you for the honest review!

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