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A Year at the French Farmhouse by Gillian Harvey #Review

  Today I have another warm, uplifting read by Gillian Harvey . A Year at the French Farmhouse was publlished by Boldwood Books on 22nd September. Escape to France with this warm, witty romantic read. After ten years of loyal service Daisy Butterworth has been made redundant. Like any clever woman, she knows the cure to redundancy is a little too much wine and her best friend. Only the next morning, Daisy has more than a hangover . . . she has a whole new house – in France! Seeing this as an opportunity instead of a disaster, she’s excited about finally moving to France, just as she and her husband always dreamed of. However, Daisy is in for another surprise. Despite planning to move there for over 20 years, her husband never actually intended to go. So begins a year in France, alone, renovating the gorgeous old farmhouse that is held together by wallpaper and wishes. Will a year at the French farmhouse be just what Daisy needs? Or could it be the previous owner, Frederiq

The Love Detective Next Level by Angela Dyson #Book Spotlight

Take a look at today's featured book: The Love Detective Next Level by Angela Dyson. It was released on 28th September by Matador Books and follows her successful debut novel, The Love Detective. 


Note to self: Do not screw this up. When Clarry Pennhaligan, rookie private detective and unlikely heroine, takes on her second case, she is determined to master the art of smart. All she has been asked to do is to infiltrate a group of women who share a rather unusual way of spending their spare time. Shouldn’t be too demanding, she thinks, nothing to it. But, after her first clumsy steps reveal secrets that may best be kept hidden, her investigation gains momentum and events take a bizarre and sinister turn. Out of her depth and working above her paygrade, Clarry soon faces a very real danger. Things just got Next Level. 

“The role of amateur detective has always appealed to me,” Angela Dyson explains. “The artless inexperienced meddler asking questions, stirring things up and getting in to a whole heap of trouble. But I’d never be brave enough to do it myself.”

Apart from the twists and turns of her crime caper, Angela has made sure to include some important messages to young and old. As she explains, “Twenty-six year old, Clarry Pennhaligan, is a modern heroine. She’s a generously proportioned size 14. She’s Body Positive and reflects the New Activism: Accept yourself ...just as you are. Accept others.....just as they are.”

And then there’s her side-kick, the glamorous septuagenarian Flan. “I love Flan! She’s gloriously outspoken, and with a huge appetite for life. The inter-generational aspect of the novel sends a powerful message: We can do anything we want, no matter what our age.”

Book link: Amazon UK 

About the Author

As well as creating the Clarry Pennhaligan mysteries, Angela Dyson also write a series, The Fortunes of Sally Forth, featuring a woman who has swapped London Living for Country Loving - something she has recently done herself. Her play, The Gift, premiered at The White Bear Theatre, London. She also won ITV's This Morning's national short story award.  

You can follow Angela here: Website   |  Twitter   |  Facebook

  Thanks to Amanda Dyson and Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for a place on the event.


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  1. I love a good page turner with engaging characters. My first novel is a psycho mystery and usabookreviewers.com helped to get me many reviews.

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  2. Thanks for the blog tour support xx

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