#ShareAReviewDay Tuesday – Amanda in Holland by Darlene Foster

This morning, I’d like to share Darlene Foster’s latest review of Amanda in Holland. These books sound so good, I’ve started sending them to my daughter to read to her my grandson. I know you’ll enjoy this one, too, and will share it all over the place. Thanks!


5.0 out of 5 stars  A tour of Holland
September 25, 2019
Verified Purchase
D. W. Peach

This book was quite a bit of fun. Foster combines a middle-grade fiction plot with a colourful tour of Holland, including its famous sites, snippets of history, and its wonderful flowers and food. I had the great fortune of visiting my grandparents in Holland when I was Amanda’s age, and her experiences in the book mirror my memories in great detail. It was a blast to traipse along beside Amanda and enjoy the country once again.

The main plot focuses on the recovery of a lost puppy, but secondary plots weave through the story, and all come together nicely at the end. There’s a bit of mystery and some danger to keep the tension up. There are also some very moving scenes when Amanda visits Anne Frank’s home and a war memorial dedicated to the Canadians who helped liberate Holland during WWII. A lovely book for young readers and absolutely perfect for readers who plan to travel the world.



Alongside her best friend Leah, Amanda is in Holland to see the all the sights: tulips, canals, Anne Frank House, windmills, and even a wooden shoe factory. She is also keen to find out what happened to her great uncle, who never returned from World War II. What she doesn’t expect is to find and fall in love with an abandoned puppy named Joey. While trying to find a home for him, she meets Jan, a Dutch boy who offers to help, a suspicious gardener, a strange woman on a bicycle, and an overprotective goose named Gerald. Follow intrepid traveler Amanda around Holland as she encounters danger and intrigue while trying to solve another mystery in a foreign country

Buy Amanda in Holland HERE

Author Darlene Foster

Brought up in southern Alberta, Darlene Foster dreamt of writing stories, travelling the world and meeting interesting people. It’s no surprise that after a number of interesting jobs, she’s now an award-winning author of the exciting Amanda Travels series featuring spunky 12-year-old Amanda Ross who loves to travel to unique places. Readers of all ages enjoy travelling with Amanda as she unravels one mystery after another. When she isn’t travelling herself, Darlene divides her time between the west coast of Canada and the Costa Blanca, Spain with her husband and entertaining dog, Dot. She believes everyone is capable of making their dreams come true if they´re willing to step out of their comfort zone. 

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18 thoughts on “#ShareAReviewDay Tuesday – Amanda in Holland by Darlene Foster

    • I think the series is pretty entertaining as well as educational, and just the type of thing I’d have loved to read back in the day. Both of the reviews today are geared to young readers, as you know, since yours is coming up next. ❤ ❤ ❤ I feel it's very important to encourage kids to read at every opportunity, and you folks who write books for them have my deepest admiration! 🙂 ❤

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      • Ah yes I agree wholeheartedly Marcia. It sounds like a winner to me – travel is such a love of mine. Great to foster a love of travel (and broadening our horizons,) and a love of reading at a young age. I ‘m drawn to writing for youngsters as they are going through the angst of their teenage years. Perhaps it is because I’ve never grown up myself! Lol


    • Thanks, Teri! Darlene is traveling right now, but will catch up with comments when she can. In the meantime, I appreciate your stopping by, and I agree with you on the review and the cover! 🙂

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  1. Just woke up to snow in Canada! What a lovely surprise to see my book featured and this amazing review. I have had a very positive response to this book so far and I am over the moon about it. Thanks so much for your support, Marcia. Have a super great day. Now I hope I packed my boots. Thanks

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    • You are very welcome, Darlene! It’s always a pleasure to share such positive books for young readers, and to have you visiting here on The Write Stuff! Thanks for taking part! 🙂 ❤ And may I suggest warm sweaters and coats to go with those boots? 🙂 ❤

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  2. I love Diana’s review. And I love Darlene’s books for kids. I had to get this one for my 11-year-old granddaughter and I’m going to tell her that perhaps when she graduates from high school, we can find a way to visit Amsterdam. 🙂

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  3. I remember being utterly fascinated with Holland as a kid—the tulips and windmills, the wooden clogs! 🙂
    This sounds like a perfect read for children. Add the missing puppy and I know young readers will be glued. Congrats to Darlene on the fab review!

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