Saturday, November 26, 2016

Review - The Heiress of Covington Ranch by Tara Ellis

The Heiress of Covington Ranch (Samantha Wolf Mysteries #4)Title: The Heiress of Covington Ranch
Author: Tara Ellis
Series: Samantha Wolf Mysteries
Pages: 220
Release Date: December 21st 2015
Genre: Children's Fiction
Publisher: Tara Ellis Publications
Source: Amazon
Format: Kindle
Buy it: Amazon
Add it: Goodreads

Synopsis: Middle school presents a new kind of challenge for Sam and Ally, but also a chance to make a unique friend. When one of their teachers needs help, the three of them come together to lend her support.

Nestled in the woods that surround their homes is Covington Ranch. An abandoned estate once used to raise famous horses, a family tragedy has left it forgotten and neglected. But someone has come back.

What does their teacher, a rich stockbroker, and a stolen ruby called The Eye of Jupiter all have in common? Sam and Ally vow to find out, and in doing so, start a chain reaction. It could either have dire consequences for those involved, or bring a broken family back together again.

My Review: Another great story in the Samantha Wolf series, this Story is defiantly the best in the series.

In this story Sam and Ally are starting middle school and that's where the story starts off, the pair are on the school bus on the way to their new school after a summer filled with adventures. Both of the girls are nervous about their first day especially Sam who thinks she wont make any friends.

Before the first day is over Sam gets into trouble with Miss Covington her PE teacher and has two run ins with her locker buddy Cassy, she also ends up missing her bus home so while she is waiting for her mum to come and pick her up she takes a walk around the school and ends up in the teachers parking lot where she see's Miss Covington crying. On the way home she tells her mum what she saw and her mum makes her promise to keep it to herself.

Throughout the book Sam ad Ally attend classes ad tr to keep out of trouble and they both make friends with Cassy who seems to be having more trouble adjusting to middle school than Sam so Sam and Ally help her out.

Sam also decides she wants to help out Miss Covington so during one of their lessons Sam finishes her worksheet and takes it to her teacher who is looking at something on her computer which a waiting Sam can't help but to look at, she sees that Miss Covington is reading about a heist but Sam gets caught before she can get a proper look and her teacher isn't happy at Sam but Sam goes ahead and asks if she can be her student aid.

Later in the story Sam and Ally research about the heist that Miss Covington was looking at and discover that The Eye or Orion was stolen and is worth a lot of money but it's a cold case. While researching the girls find out that there teacher is related to a business man and that they own the Ranch not far from their homes.

Instead of asking Sam's mum about their teacher the girls decide to go and check out the Ranch and while they are their they see Miss Covington's car and they discuss the possibility of their teacher being in on the heist. The next day at school Miss Covington asks Sam and Ally if they were at her place and Sam just tells her that it was because they wanted to hike on the property, Miss Covington gives them permission and asks them if they wanted to help out with some yard work which they agree to do.

At a sleepover Cassy tells Sam and Ally that her Gram's used to tell her stories of the Covington's and she shares what she found out about their teacher.

One day while helping at the ranch the girls witness a run in with their teacher and a mystery man who turns out to be Miss Covington's uncle and she decides to tell the girls her story, she explains that she was adopted and this affected her getting her inheritance and that her boyfriend at the time had stolen a family heirloom The Eye of Orion and her uncle also blamed her believing she was in on his plan

When the girls hear this it starts off the mystery and adventure, Sam tells her friends that they need to help their teacher solve the case of the missing family heirloom and this as usual gets the girls into trouble but they do manage to solve the case as well as another mystery.

These short stories are brilliant and they do not essentially need to be read as a series as they don't follow on from each other even though they do make mentions of previous adventures. There a great read and you should definitely read them.

Currently Reading: A Distant Echo - Tara Meyers

Read in 2016: 30/35

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