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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

An Artisan Lovestyle by Kiltie Jackson ** Blog Tour Review & Giveaway **

It is lovely to be on the blog tour today for An Artisan Lovestyle by Kiltie Jackson. There is also the chance to win an Amazon Voucher - details on how to enter are at the foot of this post.
 

Are you ‘living’ your life or just living your life?



Elsa Clairmont was widowed barely five years after marrying her childhood sweetheart. She has struggled to come to terms with the loss and, six years later, has almost ceased to live herself. She does just enough to get by.



Danny Delaney is the ultimate ‘Mr Nice Guy’. He’s kind, caring and sweet. A talented artist in his teens, his abusive mother ruined his career in art and he turned his back on his exceptional gift. Now, he does just enough to get by.



On New Year’s Eve, both Danny and Elsa die in unrelated accidents.



Thanks to some poker playing shenanigans, Elsa’s husband Harry, and Danny’s old Art teacher, William, manage to orchestrate a deal with Death that allows Danny and Elsa to live for one more year on the condition they both agree to complete three tasks.



They have until the last chime of Big Ben on the 31st December to fulfil their quests.



If they succeed, they stay in the world of the living.



If they should fail however…



‘An Artisan Lovestyle’ is a story of personal growth and self-discovery as two people find themselves forced to make overdue changes in their lives, changes in other people’s lives, and all with the added challenge of finding true love before their time runs out.



Will they do it?



Can they do it?



After all, it’s a matter of Life or Death…


My Thoughts

This turned out to be an enjoyable read, where I was willing Elsa and Danny on throughout the book. I appreciate the fact that the comedy comes from from the quirky interludes with the character, Death, which punctuates the story. Elsa and Danny are forced into the situation where they have to make massive changes in their lives and affect others too and every obstacle there is seems to keep them apart. As Elsa and Danny try to come to terms with past events, you sense their relief as they step away from the past. Living for the present and seizing the day seem to be the messages they have to take on board.

    This is a longish read which means the plot comes over as being quite involved as the characters move through its choreography. There are plenty of other characters to take your interest and they all have their own stories to tell. I had not realised that there is an earlier book, A Rock 'n' Roll Lovestyle which tells the story of Pete and Sukie, but this one can be read as a standalone. A real page-turner, it keeps your interest to the end. 

In short: a romcom with a real message to live for the moment.
    
About the Author 



Kiltie grew up in Glasgow in Scotland,  This is a very unique city with a very unique way of looking at life.


When she was old enough to do so, she moved to London and then, after several years of obtaining interesting experiences -which are finding their way into her writing - she moved up to the Midlands. 


Kiltie currently lives in Staffordshire with five cats and one grumpy husband. Her little home is known as Moggy Towers, even though despite having plenty of moggies, there are no towers! The cats kindly allow her and Mr Mogs to share their house on the condition they keep paying the mortgage!


She loves reading, watching movies, and visiting old castles. She really dislikes going to the gym! 


Her biggest desire is that one day she can give up the day job and write her stories for a living. 


Kiltie's debut novel, 'A Rock 'n' Roll Lovestyle', was released in September 2017 and won a "Chill With A Book - Reader Award" in December 2017. 


She first began writing her debut novel eleven years before it was released but shelved it as she didn't think it was very good.


In November 2016 when, having read more on a best-selling author who had begun her own career as a self-published author, she was inspired to revisit the unfinished manuscript and finally finish what she had started.


Since beginning to write again, the ideas have not stopped flowing. 'An Artisan Lovestyle' is the second book in the Lovestyle Series.

Work is due to begin on book three (not yet titled but also part of the Lovestyle Series) in the Summer of 2018.


She currently has a further ten plots and ideas stored in her file (it's costing a fortune in USB drives as each story has its own memory stick!) and the ideas still keep on coming. 


Kiltie now lives her life around the following three quotes:

"I love having weird dreams, they're great fodder for book plots!"

"Why wait for your ship to come in when you can swim out to meet it?"

"Old enough to know better, young enough not to care!"


You can follow Kiltie here: Website   |  Facebook   |  Twitter

Book links: Amazon UK 

Thanks to Kiltie Jackson and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.  


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