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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

The Cottage on Wildflower Lane by Liz Davies #Review

I am happy to feature Liz Davies' latest novel on the blog today: The Cottage on Wildflower Lane. 

Esther's life isn’t perfect (whose is?) – but she’s happy enough living in her little flat with her boyfriend, Josh.

But that’s about to change.

Bored out of her mind in work, she wishes that something, anything, would happen to liven her life up.

Unfortunately, her wish comes true when Josh calls her from the airport to tell her he’s going to work in a bar in Spain, and she’s not invited, Esther is devastated, and her unhappiness is compounded when she discovers she can actually view the bar via a webcam link and watch him chatting up other girls.

But when she inadvertently clicks on a link to another webcam which shows a pretty cottage and the rather hunky man who lives in it, her interest is piqued and she wishes she could get to know him.

Wishes don’t really come true, though – do they...?

My Thoughts

Although the book is named after the Cottage on Wildflower Lane, most of the action takes place elsewhere. Nevertheless, the cottage does play a very important part in the story. I enjoyed meeting the two central characters, Esther and Kit who are both nursing a broken heart. There are plenty of coincidental meetings which you have to accept but despite that, the whole story hangs together in a very satisfactory way. 

    This is really a romantic tale of two souls meeting and I loved the similarities between them. They are  people with faults and impulses but in the end, you know how you want their story to end.  This a great feelgood story which beckons you in and which you just know that it would be heaven to sit in that beautiful garden.

In short: rural romance flourishes despire the modern world. 
About the Author

Liz Davies writes feel-good, light-hearted stories with a hefty dose of romance, a smattering of humour, and a great deal of love.

She’s married to her best friend, has one grown-up daughter, and when she isn’t scribbling away in the notepad she carries with her everywhere (just in case inspiration strikes), you’ll find her searching for that perfect pair of shoes. She loves to cook but isn’t very good at it, and loves to eat - she’s much better at that! Liz also enjoys walking (preferably on the flat), cycling (also on the flat), and lots of sitting around in the garden on warm, sunny days.

She currently lives with her family in Wales, but would ideally love to buy a camper can and travel the world in it. 

You can follow Liz here: Twitter   |   Facebook  |   Website
Book links: Amazon UK  |  Amazon US

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