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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

Oh Crumbs by Kathryn Freeman ** Blog Tour Review & Giveaway**

It is my stop on the blog tour today to celebrate Kathy Freeman's Oh Crumbs. There is the chance to win a paperback copy of another of her books, Too Damn Nice. Details on how to enter this Worldwide Giveaway are at the foot of this post.


Sometimes life just takes the biscuit …

Abby Spencer knows she can come across as an airhead – she talks too much and is a bit of a klutz – but there’s more to her than that. Though she sacrificed her career to help raise her sisters, a job interview at biscuit company Crumbs could finally be her chance to shine. That’s until she hurries in late wearing a shirt covered in rusk crumbs, courtesy of her baby nephew, and trips over her handbag.

Managing director Douglas Faulkner isn’t sure what to make of Abby Spencer with her Bambi eyes, tousled hair and ability to say more in the half-hour interview than he manages in a day. All he knows is she’s a breath of fresh air and could bring a new lease of life to the stale corporate world of Crumbs. To his life too, if he’d let her.

But Doug’s harbouring a secret. He’s not the man she thinks he is.

My Thoughts

I wasn't too sure about the early chapters when I started reading Oh Crumbs but once I had got into the story, I realised that the early background was necessary to show you what Abby's life has been like before she joined the Crumbs biscuit factory. Abby Spencer is such a likeable character who wears her heart on her sleeve. On the surface, people may dismiss her but she shows that she has great strength of character, a quick mind and huge common sense. 

    Abby's chaotic family are also a delight. Warm and funny, all her sisters are individuals in their own right. As their big sister/ stand-in Mum, Abby has always put her family first, to her own detriment. They are quite a contrast to Doug's much colder upbringing and you see that both their childhoods have formed them into the adults they have become. I find Kathryn's style of writing enjoyable to read and it carried me along. You don't always see the best side of her characters but their actions and thoughts remain true to themselves and therefore the story feels credible. 

In short: Full of life and romance, a super read.

About the Author

A former pharmacist, I’m now a medical writer who also writes romance. Some days a racing heart is a medical condition, others it’s the reaction to a hunky hero. 

With two teenage boys and a husband who asks every Valentine’s Day whether he has to buy a card (yes, he does), any romance is all in my head. Then again, his unstinting support of my career change proves love isn't always about hearts and flowers - and heroes come in many disguises.

You can read my review of Kathryn's A Little Christmas Wish here.

You can follow Kathryn here:  Website  |  Facebook   |  Twitter

Book links: Amazon UK   |  Amazon US  

Thanks to Kathryn Freeman, Choc Lit and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour. 

Check out the rest of the tour!

 Giveaway (International)

For a chance to win a paperback copy of Too Damn Nice by Kathryn Freeman, just follow the link below and good luck!
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  1. Thank you so much for taking part in the Oh Crumbs blog tour, Marianne, and for your very kind words. I'm delighted you enjoyed it 😊


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