Book Review

Miss Percy’s Pocket Guide to the Care and Feeding of British Dragons – Quenby Olson

Book Title: Miss Percy’s Pocket Guide to the Care and Feeding of British Dragons

Series: A Miss Percy Guide #1

Author:  Quenby Olson

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55040182-miss-percy-s-pocket-guide-to-the-care-and-feeding-of-british-dragons

Release Date:  2021

Star Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Disclaimer: I received this book free from the author.

What a DELIGHT this book was!

Miss Mildred Percy inherits a dragon.

Ah, but we’ve already got ahead of ourselves…

Miss Mildred Percy is a spinster. She does not dance, she has long stopped dreaming, and she certainly does not have adventures. That is, until her great uncle has the audacity to leave her an inheritance, one that includes a dragon’s egg.

The egg – as eggs are wont to do – decides to hatch, and Miss Mildred Percy is suddenly thrust out of the role of “spinster and general wallflower” and into the unprecedented position of “spinster and keeper of dragons.”

But England has not seen a dragon since… well, ever. And now Mildred must contend with raising a dragon (that should not exist), kindling a romance (with a humble vicar), and embarking on an adventure she never thought could be hers for the taking. – Goodreads

Fair warning, this book will make you hungry. The descriptions of baked treats are too much to resist! After reading this book I felt irresistibly compelled to make the following: blueberry scones, garlic parmesan focaccia, and lemon bars. That was just the first weekend. A few days later I made blueberry cheesecake, and apple pie. The compulsion has not abated but I am getting a little tired, so it will be strawberry shortcake with pre-made pound cake this weekend. My family wants to thank Ms. Olson for the inspiration and so do I. Thanks, not just for the treats but for the feel good vibes that led to the making of treats.

This is a perfect cozy fantasy book. It is a true fantasy book featuring the most adorable kitten-ish baby dragon, and some real adventurous moments, while also leaning heavily on character and emotional interaction. I loved it.

Being a woman of a certain age … truth is I turned 50 last week and also a dare-I-say-it unrepentant spinster I really could empathize with our main character. She’s not the usual YA style plucky young heroine with an inherent talent for swordplay and a duo of hot young boys to fight over her. Mildred is a kind older woman who has underestimated herself into a state of near oblivion. Can she get back in touch with the clever, ambitious young girl she once was but can barely remember?

I have to admit, she touched my heart strings. I felt real sadness for the way she doubts herself, and for the way she is treated by others. It’s been a joy to get to know Mildred and to see her grow. I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

If like me you’ve started getting into this “cozy fantasy” genre thing this needs to be on your TBR. You won’t be sorry … only maybe stockpile some treats or tea because you are going to want them while you read.

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