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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

Take Me I'm Yours by Lizzie Lamb ** Blog Tour Review**

I'm delighted to be featuring Lizzie Lamb's contemporary romance, Take Me I'm Yours on the blog today. Let's find out a bit more about it:

India Buchanan plans to set up an English-Style bed and breakfast establishment in her great-aunt’s home, MacFarlane’s Landing, Wisconsin. But she’s reckoned without opposition from Logan MacFarlane whose family once owned her aunt’s house and now want it back. MacFarlane is in no mood to be denied. His grandfather’s living on borrowed time and Logan has vowed to ensure the old man sees out his days in their former home. India’s great-aunt has other ideas and has threatened to burn the house to the ground before she lets a MacFarlane set foot in it. There’s a story here. One the family elders aren’t prepared to share. When India finds herself in Logan’s debt, her feelings towards him change. However, the past casts a long shadow and events conspire to deny them the love and happiness they both deserve. Can India and Logan’s love overcome all odds? Or is history about to repeat itself?

My Thoughts
I found this Wisconsin love story to be a great way to start off a recent holiday and to escape into a book. The setting is stunning and you can really visualise the backdrop to the story and the house which has been at the centre of a family feud for years. The sparks are certainly flying between the Macfarlanes and the Buchanans although as we find out, there are all sorts of complications woven into the fabric of their lives. India Buchanan and Logan Macfarlane are great characters to follow and I enjoyed the dialogue between them as they sidestepped round their feelings. 

    This is an out and out romance with a charismatic hero with a touch of arrogance but a tender side. (Remind you of anybody? - Mr Darcy?) India proves that she is no doormat and I loved her feisty side. With a fast paced plot and some great sub-plots and a range of lively characters, it is a story which I was loathe to leave and would love to find out what happens next? I always know I've enjoyed a book when I re-read the last chapter and I found myself doing just that with this one. 

In short: A sparkling romance 
About the Author 

After teaching her 1000th pupil and working as a deputy head teacher in a large primary school, Lizzie decided to pursue her first love: writing. She joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s New Writers’ Scheme, wrote Tall, Dark and Kilted (2012), quickly followed by Boot Camp Bride. She went on to publish Scotch on the Rocks, which achieved Best Seller status within two weeks of appearing on Amazon and her next novel, Girl in the Castle, reached #3 in the Amazon charts. Lizzie is a founder member of indie publishing group – New Romantics Press, and has co-hosted author events at Aspinall, St Pancras and Waterstones, Kensington, talking about the research which underpins her novels.

 Lizzie latest romance Take Me, I’m Yours is set in Wisconsin, a part of the USA which she adores. She has further Scottish-themed romances planned and has just returned from a tour of the Scottish Highlands in her caravan researching men in kilts. What’s not to like? As for the years she spent as a teacher, they haven’t quite gone to waste. She is building a reputation as a go-to speaker on indie publishing, and how to plan, write, and publish a debut novel.

  Lizzie lives in Leicestershire (UK) with her husband, David.

She loves to hear from readers, so do get in touch . . .

You can follow Lizzie here: Amazon US Author Page  |  Facebook 
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Book Link: Amazon UK  

For the duration of the Blog Tour, will be downloadable for Take Me, I'm Yours for 99p! (15th - 21st September)

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  1. Marianne, thank you so much for leaving this super review. I'm so glad you enjoyed the book. I usually write Scottish-themed Romance. However, as you will have read in the acknowledgements, I wrote this book for a special friend who is American. Thanks again, and just to let you know, TMIY achieved best seller stautis this morning.


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