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The Lost Queen by Carol McGrath #Review

  We travel back to the 12th Century for this gorgeous historical novel, The Lost Queen by Carol McGrath . It was published by Headline Accent on 18th July. 1191 and the Third Crusade is underway . .  It is 1191 and King Richard the Lionheart is on crusade to pitch battle against Saladin and liberate the city of Jerusalem and her lands. His mother, the formidable Eleanor of Aquitaine and his promised bride, Princess Berengaria of Navarre, make a perilous journey over the Alps in midwinter. They are to rendezvous with Richard in the Sicilian port of Messina. There are hazards along the way - vicious assassins, marauding pirates, violent storms and a shipwreck. Berengaria is as feisty as her foes and, surviving it all, she and Richard marry in Cyprus. England needs an heir. But first, Richard and his Queen must return home . . . The Lost Queen is a thrilling medieval story of high adventure, survival, friendship and the enduring love of a Queen for her King.   My Thoughts

Six Lies by Ben Adams

I was sent a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Six Lies is the author's second novel. It fizzes along at a good pace and was an enjoyable read. It centres around Dave who has just buried his mother, only to find that everything he believed was true about his childhood was in fact nothing of the sort. In a letter delivered after her death, his mother breaks the news that she is not his biological mother. To find out the truth, he will have to confront his father. In addition, Dave is pining for his wife who has left him for a librarian.  As the story unfolds, Dave discovers more lies and misapprehensions and he uncovers further secrets from the past.

Humour runs through the book from start to finish, tinged with a hint of cynicism. Dave does not take himself too seriously although he is faced with life changing moments.  The soundtrack of the 80's  echoes in the background as Dave's band stays resolutely fixed in that decade. I found Dave's friends from the band  entertaining and they added to the enjoyment.

As a story to read over the holiday period, it was a good choice. It is upbeat and despite the story line has an upbeat feel. In all, I thought that the plot was inventive and kept my interest. A twist towards the end took me by surprise. I also liked hearing from other characters as a couple of chapters were written from their perspective. This added variety to the story. 

In short: an entertaining read which kept my interest to the end.


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