Henry Holt and Co.
Feathers fly and cultures clash as the Jolly Grant House prepares to welcome a special delivery from Scotland
In the third installment of the Jana Bibi series, Betsy Woodman takes us back to the Jolly Grant house for the arrival of Jana’s son, Jack, from Scotland, and his Hungarian bride-to-be, Katarina Esterhazy. The whole gang is excited to welcome their international visitors&mdashand Jana is determined to repair the house to Jack’s high standards and those of her grandfather, from whom she inherited the eccentric building. But this puts a strain on Jana, both emotionally and financially, and she risks her most prized and valuable possession&mdashthe (surprisingly real!) emeralds she got from the Treasure Emporium&mdashto help her through it.
Jana saved the town from a government dam in Jana Bibi’s Excellent Fortunes and foiled an international bird-smuggling ring in Love Potion Number 10, but in Emeralds Included, Jana faces her biggest challenges yet: preparing for her son’s arrival and planning a wedding in the upside-down town of Hamara Nagar!
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News from Glasgow
Bundled up in a heavy cardigan over a wool pullover over a warm jersey, Jana took Jack’s letter and settled down in the window seat of the salon of the Jolly Grant House. She was grateful for the midafternoon sun streaming in. Her son’s dutiful missives from Scotland had become quite scarce recently, and she’d wondered why. Had he been sick? Working too hard at that engineering job?
A moment later, she did a double take. Had Jack really used the word "marvelous"? That was pretty gushy for him. She reread: "We plan to be . . ." There