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Publisher's Summary

For fans of the Cake series by J. Bengtsson comes a funny, heartwarming companion novella featuring the Cake characters in lockdown. 

Just like the rest of the world, the McKallisters find themselves struggling to conform to a new way of life after the virus confines them to their homes. These connected short stories give fans a chance to catch up on all of their favorite Cake characters as well as enjoy a bonus epilogue and interviews with the characters. 

Find out how Jake and Kyle cope with isolation - and each other after they enter quarantine following exposure to the virus. Follow Finn and Emma as they desperately try to prevent a super-spreader event at Perryland - while attempting to ration the toilet paper. And go on a humorous journey with Quinn as he searches for a place to stay after initially refusing to lock down with the others. And in a bonus epilogue, Keith is called upon to lead the family on a secret mission that unites them all.

©2020 J. Bengtsson (P)2020 J. Bengtsson

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  • Just Listen
  • 14-10-2020

Best family EVER!

A great way to look into this pandemic and quarantine! The McKallister's just know how to bring their family together and do it with style! This is so relatable and a fun listen to distract us with the stress of 2020. I LOVE duet narration and Stella Hunter and Connor Crais were amazing! I love the versatility of their voices and the little extra chuckles and laughs along the way. If you love the Cake series, you have to get this and have a listen!

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  • charly
  • 15-10-2020

Enjoyable

This little novella was truly great. It is always fun to check in with the McKallister family. Jill's writing is so good that it makes you believe they are real people. With this terrible pandemic raging on, it was nice to bring some humor to an otherwise sad situation. I enjoyed the narrators, but would have loved to have Zachary Webber, Andi Arndt and Joe Arden revisit the characters. They have truly brought them to life.

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  • lulujane
  • 15-10-2020

Such a fun listen!!!

The Cake Series is my favorite book series. And this addition did not disappoint! It was so much fun to get a glimpse into the McKallister family during COVID. Everyone has had different experiences during this time, but it was easy to connect with their family. The narration was a perfect fit too!

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  • Bookworm
  • 15-10-2020

The McKallisters vs COVID 19

I am a fan of the Cake series and this author. For those who are not familiar with the series it is worth a credit to try out the series. My guess is you will be hooked and read all in the series. This is a re-visit of the characters and how they are dealing with the challenges of COVID 19 in a fun way. It takes the disease and pandemic seriously while giving us all laughs we can relate to. In addition there is a bonus at the end to give more insight into the characters. Be ready to enjoy.

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  • Demetra Toula Iliopoulos
  • 15-10-2020

Spend time with the McKallisters

This story is with the author that wrote Cake . J. Bengtsson Wrote more then one character in this short Novella . She also wrote a realistic story for this day and age. What happens to a family when they need to be quarantine with today’s virus that is going around. How do the family members take it. When their everyday life stops. Grab it and see Connor Crais, Stella Hunter Performance is good. They do all the characters tone great you can tell who each character is . Their voice is smooth and clear Thank you Vivian Enchantres Of books for a good story

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  • Jacque Bresnahan
  • 14-10-2020

A Diamond in the Rough Times

This is such a fun treat to get this little novella about the beloved McKallister clan. It hits all the right spots. It is so relatable in so many ways. We learn that this crazy pandemic can affect anybody, from rock star to everyday folk, and handling the lockdown is just as hard for them as it is for us. Just when you start to worry about a Covid diagnosis, J. Bengtsson makes you laugh; then, you cringe, then you laugh again. There are even some poignant moments, and we go a little deeper with this family that we have grown to love and want to call our own. Of course, we were all curious about how the McKallisters were handling the lockdown, and luckily J. Bengtsson shared a sneak peek with such hilarity that only she can. There is a fantastic little bonus at the end, and once again, I can unequivocally say that J. Bengtsson is my favorite author, and I will always be listening and reading what she releases. If you are a McKallister family fan, you are in for a real treat! Hunker Down With The McKallisters is a diamond in this crazy pandemic world.

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  • Patricia Villali Koett
  • 16-11-2020

Loved it!!!

I can't say enough or give the proper amount of stars to this superb novella. For lovers of this series this is a true gem!! J. Bengtsson is formidable at family dynamics and great banter. Add a little emotion and drama with a pinch of sass and you have this crazy family that one can't help but love and root for. The narration was fantastic!!! A real treat for sure!

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  • Kristine Callis
  • 12-11-2020

Timely

I am in bed recovering from COVID. I’m scared, in pain and miserable. Listening to some of my most loved characters going through COVID lockdown gave me a couple hours of much needed levity that I could relate to.

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  • Laura F
  • 04-11-2020

YES!!!!

Loved, loved, loved this quarantine visit with the McKallisters!!! It was just the lighthearted funny listen I needed in these crazy times!

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  • Peggy Merkel
  • 04-11-2020

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Was excited to hear of another book in the series, but couldn't get interested in it and the narration was awful.

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