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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 Five Year Plan by Carla Burgess #Review

I am delighted to feature Carla Burgess' latest romcom, The Five Year Plan which was published on March 20th by HQ Digital.  

Two people. One epic love story. What if?

The perfect fun and heartwarming romance to escape with from the bestselling author of Marry Me Tomorrow

Orla is a trainee reporter with a five-year plan: work her way up the career ladder, move to London and secure a job on a big national newspaper. She doesn’t want a boyfriend, he’s only going to hold her back anyway.

Aiden spends his life travelling the world and living in a tent. He knows his goal: to photograph animals and raise awareness of global warming and wildlife conservation. He’s definitely not looking for a relationship past the odd casual hook-up!

So when Orla and Aiden’s lives collide, they do everything to not fall for each other – with the opposite effect. But they stick to their plans, and go their separate ways…

Five years later, they meet again…

If you love Mhairi McFarlane, Jo Watson and Paige Toon, you’ll LOVE Carla Burgess. The Five-Year Plan is the perfect fun and feel-good escapist read.

My Thoughts

I loved the structure of this book which gave us two stories in a way.We saw Orla and Aiden when they first met and saw how their relationship developed. Then in the second half of the story, we came forward in time by five years and saw what happened when they met again. There are some lovely touches in the story. I loved the part where they were staking out the otters and of course, Orla's talent for falling over adds quite a spearkle to the story.

    This is a light- hearted story but at the heart are two great  central characters. Aiden almost seems too good to be true but who can dislike him? Orla is set on becoming a reporter in London but of course, sometimes it is a case of be careful what you wish for... This is a lovely second chance story which is a bright read where you are genuinely rooting for the characters. 

In short: A fun read with vividly drawn characters and some moments to make you smile.
About the Author

 Carla Burgess lives in Chester, UK, with her husband and three children. She loves animals, the countryside and the sea. She has a degree in English Literature and Psychology and worked as a magazine editor before writing fiction. 

You can follow Carla here: Twitter   |  Website  |   Facebook 

Book link: Amazon UK 

Thanks to Carla Burgess, HQ Digital and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources  for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.



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