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Finding Family at Seabreeze Farm by Jo Bartlett #Review

  I am delighted to be featuring the the latest festive novel Jo Bartlett, Finding Family at Seabreeze Farm   which was published by Boldwood Books on 2nd December. This is the second in her Seabreeze Farm series, set at Kelsea Bay. Freya Halliwell is looking forward to marrying the man of her dreams and starting their new life together. After the death of both of her parents, Ollie, along with Freya’s aunt, are the only family she has, but all the family she needs. Until Freya discovers a shocking secret that makes her question everything she thought she knew about her once happy family and especially the man she used to call dad. Devastated and feeling more alone than ever before, Freya needs time and space to come to terms with the news. But until then the wedding is off! Seabreeze Farm is the perfect place for Freya to recover. But could this beautiful farm perched high on the cliffs, also hold the answer to Freya’s past and reunite her with the family she never even knew s

Chasing Ghosts by Madalyn Morgan ** Blog Tour Review & Giveaway**

Today I have a super historical novel set in the mid- twentieth century, Chasing Ghosts by Madalyn Morgan. Although it can be read as a standalone, it is part of The Dudley Sisters Saga and the sequel to China Blue. I also have a great Giveaway and the chance to win signed copies of Chasing Ghosts and China Blue. Details on how to enter are at the foot of this post.

In 1949 after receiving treatment for shell shock in Canada, Claire's husband disappears.

Has Mitch left her for the woman he talks about in his sleep? Or is he on the run from accusations of wartime treachery?

Claire goes to France in search of the truth, aided by old friends from the Resistance.

My Thoughts

Set in post Second World War Europe and Canada, Chasing Ghosts takes you on a journey to find out the truth about Claire's husband, Mitch. It shows you a France which is recovering from the German Occupation and coming to terms with the atrocities which were carried out during the war. Unless you have read China Blue, you get to find out that Claire and Mitch had an illustrious, but secret role during the war and that they have a special understanding.

    I really enjoyed the characters who they got to meet along the way. Their family members and the old friends who set out to help Claire are well drawn and vividly evoked. Despite the grisly background of the German prison camp, for me, the story still has a cosy crime feel, totally in keeping with the time it was set in. I must admit that I did hanker after a slightly different ending for Thomas - maybe we'll meet  him again in another book. 

In short: A well- researched read full of tension and period detail.

About the Author

Madalyn Morgan has been an actress for more than thirty years working in Repertory theatre, the West End, film and television. She is a radio presenter and journalist, writing articles for newspapers and magazines.

Madalyn was brought up in Lutterworth, at the Fox Inn. The pub was a great place for an aspiring actress and writer to live, as there were so many different characters to study and accents to learn. At twenty-four Madalyn gave up a successful hairdressing salon and wig-hire business for a place at E15 Drama College, and a career as an actress.

In 2000, with fewer parts available for older actresses, Madalyn taught herself to touch type, completed a two-year correspondence course with The Writer’s Bureau, and started writing. After living in London for thirty-six years, she has returned to her home town of Lutterworth, swapping two window boxes and a mortgage, for a garden and the freedom to write.

Happy to be an Indie Author, Madalyn has successfully published six novels. Foxden Acres, Applause, China Blue and The 9:45 To Bletchley are set before and during WW2 and tell the wartime stories of Bess, Margot, Claire, and Ena Dudley. Foxden Hotel and Chasing Ghosts are both post war.  Chasing Ghosts is a sequel to China Blue. 

Madalyn’s books are available on Amazon - in paperback and all formats of eBook.

You can follow Madalyn here: Amazon Author Page   |  Blog  
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Book link: Amazon UK  

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

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Giveaway (UK only)

Win signed copies of China Blue and Chasing Ghosts (UK Only). 

To enter, just follow the link below and good luck!


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  1. Your Blog, Books, Life and Everything is great. I love the way you laid out Chasing Ghosts, and the review you gave it is fantastic. Thank you very much, I really appreciate it. xx

    1. Thanks for those kind words. I loved the book!

    2. I can't tell you how pleased I am that you loved the book. And, I'm over the moon that you thought the characters were well drawn and vividly evoked. It's what I try to do. xx Thanks again for a great job.

  2. Thank you, Books, Life and Everything for a great review. I left a comment earlier, but being #newtothis I may not have saved, submitted, or witten it in the right place. Your Blog is great and I love the post you wrote for Chasing Ghosts, it's fabulous. Thank you. xx


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