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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 Plus One Pact by Portia Macintosh #Review

Today's romcom is published by Boldwood Books on May 21st. The Plus One Pact by Portia Macintosh is well worth a look. I love being involved in a Publication Day Push for a book!  

 What if your plus one could be the one...?



Cara has officially run out of men. Her most recent dates have gone from bad to worse, and when her dating app informs her there is no one left in her area to choose from, she is at a dead end.
But with a summer of events ahead of her, she needs to find a solution, fast; someone to keep her company at the never-ending weddings, family gatherings and gender reveal parties that she can’t face going to alone. So when she meets handsome, confident, Millsy on a night out she may be in luck. They could not be more different in personality, but he too has a summer of events ahead and is desperate to get his family off his back about finding a ‘nice girl’. What if they made a pact to help each other out and be a plus one for the summer? Just as friends of course...? 


A brand new romantic comedy from bestseller Portia MacIntosh, perfect for fans of Zara Stoneley, Sophie Ranald and Mhairi McFarlane.

My Thoughts

What a heart -warming story this turns out to be!  You kind of know from the start that Millsy is going to be a little different but I really enjoyed going through the different situations which Cara found she had to go through before she realised what was in front of her eyes.  There are some witty moments along the way as Cara recognises what her true feelings are. I especially enjoyed the arch look which was taken on the fashionable types who Cara met. 

    Family is important in this story and making sure that you appreciate everyone in your family. I enjoyed the older members of the family and Millsy's reactions to them. Dogs seem to be pretty important as well and they seem able to sum up a character pretty quickly. There are plenty of touching moments and some sharp ones where the fashionable types give us plenty to smile about.

In short: Can friendship survive love?

About the Author

Portia MacIntosh has been ‘making stuff up’ for as long as she can remember – or
so she says. Whether it was blaming her siblings for that broken vase when she
was growing up, blagging her way backstage during her rock chick phase or,
most recently, whatever justification she can fabricate to explain away those
lunchtime cocktails, Portia just loves telling tales.

After years working as a music journalist, Portia decided it was time to use her
powers for good and started writing novels instead.
Bestseller Portia writes hilarious romcoms, drawing on her real life experiences to show what it’s really like being a woman today – especially one who doesn’tquite have her life together yet. 

You can follow Portia here: Website  |  TwittInstagram
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Book link: Amazon UK 

 Thanks to Portia Macintosh, Boldwood Books, and Rachel of Rachels Random Resources  for copy of the book and a place on the tour. 

Check out the rest of the tour!

 

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