Reading is something I support. My girls and I just finished reading “London Confidential: Asking for Trouble”. This is the first in the London Confidential Series by Sandra Byrd. It is an enjoyable read centered on Christian values.
“”I hung back at the doorway to the cafeteria of my new supercool British school, Wexburg Academy. The populars, whom I’d secretly nicknamed the Aristocats, commanded an entire table right in the center of the room. Their good looks and posh accents made up the sun around which all other tables orbited.
I skipped lunch, went back into the hallway, and glanced at a flyer on the wall. One sentence caught my eye right away: “Looking for one experienced journalist to join the newspaper staff.”
I yanked the flyer off the wall and jammed it into my bag. I was experienced. Wasn’t I?
A nub of doubt rose inside me—the kind that popped up, unwelcome, any time I tried to rationalize something that wasn’t exactly true or right.
This time I swallowed it back. I lived in London now.
It was time to take matters into my own hands.”
I found Asking for Trouble to be encouraging. The main character, 15-year-old Savannah “Savvy” Smith is relocated from America to London, England the beginning of her Sophomore year.
Savvy is a character who is struggling with finding who she is and staying firm in her faith. Savvy has similar traits to my own girls and the author does a wonderful job in portraying the situations life can bring and how we can rise to meet it with arms wide open, no matter how difficult it is.
There is a search for new friends and the feeling of abandonment in the ones she left behind in America. Savvy decides to apply for the school newspaper. It doesn’t work out and she finds herself, instead, delivering papers. When Savvy learns the school budget is looking to cut the school paper she offers to write an anonymous advice column. She begins to write her responses, using her Christian Faith and finds her faith is put to the test.
We enjoyed the book and are looking forward to the second book in this series, Through Thick and Thin.
Sandra Byrd’s new series is available in bookstores this month or can be ordered via the author’s website.