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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

A Dozen Second Chances by Kate Field #Review

 I was so pleased to be invited to take part in the blog tour to celebrate Kate Firld's contemporary novel, A Dozen Second Chances, which was published by One More Chapter on February 6th.
What are the chances that twelve little tokens could change a life?

Seventeen years ago, Eve Roberts had the wonderful life she’d always dreamed of: a degree in archaeology, a gorgeous boyfriend, and exciting plans to travel the world with him, working on digs. But when her sister Faye died, the life Eve knew ended too. Faye’s daughter Caitlyn came to live with Eve, her boyfriend left, and she quickly gave up on her dreams.

Now approaching her fortieth birthday, Eve faces the prospect of an empty nest as Caitlyn is leaving home. Caitlyn gives Eve a set of twelve ‘Be Kind to Yourself’ vouchers, telling her that she has to start living for herself again, and that she should fill one in every time she does something to treat herself.

With her very first voucher, Eve’s life will change its course. But with eleven more vouchers to go, can Eve learn to put herself first and follow the dreams she’s kept secret for so long? Because life is for living – and as she well knows, it’s too short to waste even a moment…

My Thoughts

I thoroughly enjoyed this thoughtful read and followed Eve's story with interest. She is at a crossroads in her life, facing an empty nest and changes in her job. Her past is a country she does not travel to often, as it is littered with lost aspirations and opportunities she had to give up. As she rediscovers her interests, I loved watching her character develop and face some uncomfortable truths.

    There are other characters in the book who show that they have grown up and matured. Eve's grandmother is a delight and certainly brings a smile to your face. There are some lovely touching moments between Eve and her grandmother who has a shrewd eye for human nature. There are some emotional moments, none more so than the ending which I did not see coming but which certainly brought a lump to my throat. Highly recommended.

In short: Be kind and do what makes you happy
About the Author

Kate Field writes contemporary women’s fiction, mainly set in her favourite county of Lancashire where she lives on the edge of the moors with her husband, daughter and cat. Her debut novel won the Romantic Novelists’ Association Joan Hessayon Award for new writers.

You can follow Kate here: Twitter | Facebook 

Book links:  Amazon UK

Thanks to Kate Field, One More Chapter and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.  

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