Having a Ball

Having a Ball

Rhoda Baxter / Dec 12, 2019

Having a Ball Stevie has always relied on her brother to bail her out of trouble Now she needs to prove to him that she can be independent and mature When she takes on a job organizing a charity ball for some sligh

  • Title: Having a Ball
  • Author: Rhoda Baxter
  • ISBN: 9781601741561
  • Page: 443
  • Format: ebook
  • Stevie has always relied on her brother to bail her out of trouble Now she needs to prove to him that she can be independent and mature When she takes on a job organizing a charity ball for some slightly barmy retired academics, she s not expecting to fall in love with the rambling old house, the even rambling family that lives there and Tom, the boss s son If sheStevie has always relied on her brother to bail her out of trouble Now she needs to prove to him that she can be independent and mature When she takes on a job organizing a charity ball for some slightly barmy retired academics, she s not expecting to fall in love with the rambling old house, the even rambling family that lives there and Tom, the boss s son If she can make the ball a success she could show the world, and herself, that she s her own woman She doesn t need anyone else Nope Not anyone Not at all This title is published by Uncial Press and is distributed worldwide by Untreed Reads.

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      • Rhoda Baxter

        Hi I m Rhoda I write smart contemporary romantic comedy In real life, I m a former scientist who now works in intellectual property The rest of the time I m a sensible grown up Mum.Years ago, when I commuted into London every day, I read a lot Reading romance, I always felt that the genre didn t really represent people I knew in real life Where were the women who had career ambition and didn t really care about shopping this was in the era of chicklit, when it was all about the shoes and shopping Where were the nice guy heroes I now write about the sort of people I want to read about Luckily, most of them make me laughMy latest novel, Girl Having A Ball is out now I had a great time writing it, hope you have fun reading it


    864 Comments

    1. I received a copy of this via Choc Lit and NetGalley in return for a fair and honest review.Feel like I've been on a little bit of a journey with Stevie who this book is centred around! And I have to admit to initially not being on Stevie's side as she did come across as a little needy and flaky! But the more I read, the more I began to see how much she had been through and how much she had relied on her brother, Marshall, so when he married and she started spending less time with him it was a b [...]


    2. Stevie always had her older brother Marsh right by her side, but him being married means he doesn't have as much time for her as he used to. Marsh is eight years older and when they lost their parents nine years ago he was old enough to become his sister's guardian. He's entered a new phase in his life and it's time for Stevie to grow up, to stand on her own two feet and to make something of herself without counting on Marsh all the time. The first step is to become independent and start an even [...]


    3. Keep reading…don’t stop! Why do I say this? Well, I nearly put the book down thinking that Stephanie “Stevie” was a silly spoiled brat in the first few pages and didn’t want to read her story BUT, after checking a few reviews online that had been posted already, I persevered and am not sorry I did. Stevie lost her parents when she was 13 and depended on her older brother Marsh from then on. After his marriage to Ashby he is still there for her but she is jealous – at 22 – and behav [...]


    4. Girl Having a Ball,  Rhoda BaxterReview from Jeannie Zelos book reviewsGenre: Romance, Women’s fiction  Life’s been a bit hard lately and sometimes I find I just want something light and easy to read, but with a story that feels real, not a fluff piece that leaves me unsatisfied – and there’s a whole lot of those out ;-) I've found when I’m in this mood Choc Lit novels tend to deliver and this one once more fitted my mood perfectly and took me out of myself for a while. I hadn’t [...]



    5. Reviewed at Keeper BookshelfI have to admit that in the early parts of Girl Having A Ball I truly wanted to sit Stevie down and have a very stern conversation with her about being possessive, letting her brother have his own happiness and simply growing up to find her own place in life. It turns out that she manages to do all of that and more on her own.It was very realistic to watch Stevie change over the course of this story, to see her come into her own and become a much more likable, underst [...]


    6. The original review is posted here:thischickreads.wordpress/2Twenty-two-years old Stevie has to grow up. She is mature enough now to live on her own and get the job of her dreams. She has always relied on her brother, her only family since their parents died. But now he is married and has a family of his own, so Stevie can’t call him in the middle of the night when she has a nightmare.Starting the job of her dreams, Stevie has to organize a charity ball. With no money for the organization, she [...]


    7. Maybe it's meMaybe it's the mood I'm in currently. What I wanted was a light-hearted read. A little romance to keep the cold day away. I mean seriously I'm a HUGE romance fan! Pom Poms and everythingGirl Having a Ball looked like the right read! It has a lovely quirky cover, a sappy romance where you are cheering for the lead characters to get it on. The whole love conquers all shebang! I should be over the moon ecstatic ~ RIGHT?When all I'm left with is a feeling of blah! So let me explain why. [...]


    8. I went to bed one night and started reading Girl Having a Ball, thinking I’d enjoy a couple of chapters before having an early night. Four hours later, it was approaching 1am and I had just finished it. I was so engrossed in the story, the fun characters, the will-they-won’t-they between Stevie and Tom that the hours flew by as I laughed, sniffled and cheered Stevie on in her quest to organise the charity ball that could start her career.Stevie was a great character, and it was great to see [...]


    9. Girl Having A Ball is a highly enjoyable story, that is a lot of fun. The romantic element was slightly predictable, but its the journey that is always the most entertaining, and it certainly had me smiling as the story progressed. Stevie initially comes across as a bit flighty and I initially had large concerns over whether she would be able to organise the charity ball, as the kickstarter for her new career. In fact I was foreseeing disasters that didn't even occur, although that's not to say [...]


    10. Twenty-two-year-old Stevie Winfield quits her dead-end job in a moment of irrationality, finding herself unemployed and wondering how she is going to pay the bills. On top of that, it upsets her that her brother, who has been her guardian since their parents died, didn't tell her that his wife Jane was expecting a baby.She seeks employment with an event planner for whom she worked one summer, who suggests she contact Dr. Evelyn Blackwood, a retired academic who lives too far out of the way in Ox [...]


    11. I love love love this cover. I know, "don't judge a book by it's cover", but it's what made me notice the book and I'm so happy I did. It's a classic romantic comedy, but not too cheesy and yet still highly lovable.Stevie is striving to be a professional party planner. To me that first sounded as the cliché girly profession, but Stevie soon proves how many skills are needed to actually complete the job. Against all odds, Stevie proves to be a very professional, responsible party planner. She's [...]


    12. I found Girl Having a Ball by Rhoda Baxter to be a coming of age type of story. It is a romance but I think it is a character study too. Stevie defines herself as the little sister of big brother and guardian of her after their parents died. The focus of this story is now on her as an adult but not one who is able to stand on her own. I enjoyed seeing her go from a bratty person to a well wounded mature and fun to be with adult. Seeing her spread her wings as she strived to make her dream career [...]


    13. Stevie and Marsh have always had each other, since their parents passed away and Marsh became her guardian. Now Marsh is married and keeping secrets from her. Stevie has quit her job and taken on a job organizing a charity ball. While planning this ball she runs into Tom, the son of Stevie’s boss. Her future depends on making this ball a success and the fact that she did it without running to Marsh to help her out.Stevie is a great character. Although she acts a tad childish when learns that h [...]


    14. Things aren't easy for Stevie Winfield. Just out of college, the twenty-two year old is struggling getting her career as an event planner going at the same time she finds herself drifting apart from her brother. When a charity finds itself in need of a substitute event planner just weeks before it's fundraising ball, Stevie jumps at the chance to prove to herself and others she's got what it takes to make it on her own, both professionally and personally. What Stevie didn't count on was meeting [...]


    15. Stevie's 22 and at a crucial stage in her personal and career development, and then - boom - along comes Tom, sexy and troubled and eight years older, who shakes up some old memories and annoys her big brother. It's kind of a YA novel where the heroine is concerned as it deals with issues that people that age have to deal with in real life. The romance though, is mature and realistic. I LOVED the resolution and how it happened (cringefully funny). Baxter's writing is subtle and humourous. She ne [...]


    16. A lovely gentle read but with more depth than I was expecting. The characters are so true to life, as are the situations. Which one of us hasn't felt peeved at being the last to know? Which one wanting to spread our wings despite being thought too young, too inexperienced? Which one - all of us!This is Stevie, still thought a child by many; a child with the body of a woman as Tom discovers to his cost. This book holds charm within its folds. Is it because of the delightful house set in Oxford co [...]


    17. I really enjoyed this book and will definitely be going back to read the first in the series. I loved the fact that we went on a journey with Stevie, starting out with her as a fairly unlikeable and spoiled brat and ending up with her being a confident adult, good at what she does and sure of want she wants. She was such a vivid and believable character that I hope it’s not the last we see of her. The other characters were well rounded and enjoyable, I particularly loved reading about Evelyn a [...]


    18. I was so happy to receive this ARC and I certainly wasn't disappointed! Stevie is introduced as a lost soul. Her brother (on whom she has always relied) is married and now off limits for her emotional support.She wants to get into events and takes on a gamble. A huge ball in Oxfordshire. Nothing like starting small!!As the book progresses we see weak Stevie slowly morph into strong Stevie and it is a fascinating study!Tom is the love interest and the feelings grow as the independence does, makin [...]


    19. I would like to thank NetGalley and Choc Lit for giving me the opportunity to read this which I voluntarily reviewed.This is completely different from my normal diet of murder and mayhem but I thoroughly enjoyed it.I read it in 2 sittings as I was so involved in Stevie's life.When I first started to read this I thought Stevie was a bit of a wimp. However, the more I read, I soon realised she'd had a lot to put up with while growing up.I have read other books from Choc Lit and this maintains thei [...]


    20. Lovely, gentle, romantic storytellingReading a Rhoda Baxter romance is the book equivalent of fleecy pajamas, a tub of ice cream and a chick flick on the box. I feel like part of her character's lives, I laugh and cry and shout at the Kindle and when I read the last page I feel better about the world.This is a romance with heart. Stevie and Tom are both lovely (if occasionally in need of a thick ear apiece), and the background characters are wonderfully varied and skilfully done.Buy it. Read it. [...]


    21. After reading and reviewing Patently in Love for my blog I knew I had to read Having a Ball as well. I enjoyed it a lot, I flew through it on the long train journey to and from London yesterday and just wished it was longer because I had a lot of my journey home left once I'd finished it. I hope Rhoda will write more in this universe because I have particularly enjoyed both books and it was nice to read more about Stevie in this one.


    22. I absolutely loved this feel good romance. Brilliant storyline with all the right mix of characters. A good holiday read. Happy ending, just wish it was longer.


    23. Nice romance - Stevie and Tom are a couple who are meant to be and it's nice to see a teenage crush grown up! I had not read the first book but that was fine except that I would probably have liked that one too and now I'm going to look forward to another. Baxter has a nice breezy writing style. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.


    24. What a fun story! A story about coming of age and developing one's self-identity. I really enjoyed this story and found myself cheering Stevie on in hopes that she would succeed. An enjoyable read for the front porch in the mountains! I received a reading copy of this book and am voluntarily reviewing it.


    25. This is what romantic chick lit should be funny, lighthearted, and well-written. Very well-developed characters. Always love a supporting cast of interesting older ladies. I definitely had a ball!


    26. I enjoyed this story for the most part. I liked the plot and the characters. It just seemed to get bogged down a bit in all the details of planning the event, rather than focusing more on the relationships.



    27. I ended up enjoying this lovely story but it took a while because at first I found Stevie emotionally needy especially with her seemingly over the top reaction to her brother and his wife expecting their first baby. Gradually as her story was revealed I could see where she was coming from and root for her. In her effort to be more independent she lands her first dream job as an event planner for a charity do to be held at Tom’s family home. This brings her back into Tom’s orbit – the man s [...]


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