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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

Willows Wedding Vows by Debbie Viggiano #Review

We have another romcom today in Willow's Wedding Vows by Debbie Viggiano which was published on 28th April. 
Wedding vows have never been this personal…

Willow has been living with marriage-shy Charlie for more years than she cares to remember and is old-fashioned enough to want a wedding band and a loads-of-sex honeymoon before stretchmarks and nipple shields.

So when the once-wary Charlie surprisingly goes down on one knee, Willow doesn’t question why her boyfriend is suddenly so keen to rush her into saying “I do”.

The first clue comes as Willow is zipped into her Cinderella dress, the second as she bobs into the wedding car, and the third as the Roller swings towards its fairy-tale destination… leaving a shell-shocked Willow desperately trying to figure out what to do next.

A bride can do anything she wants on her wedding day, but nobody expected her to do this…
My Thoughts
 This is definitely not a book to be taken seriously! In this romcom, you will find Willow who is desperate to marry her long-term boyfriend, Charlie, who we know from the strat is certainly not marriage material! He has absolutely no intention of entering into ant form of commitment,  I did find it quite difficult to keep my patience with Willow who steadfastly pushes to the back of her mind any doubts she may have about him.
    You also see the story from more than one perspective. There are quite a few amusing characters in the mix and there is a mystery around the identity of one, Kev, which was a surprise to me when the truth was revealed. This is an entertaining read with some larger than life situations and a very small soupcon of romance.
In short:  Charlie and Willow... Love's young's dream? Hardly!

About the Author
 Prior to turning her attention to writing, Debbie Viggiano was, for more years than she cares to remember, a legal secretary. She lives with her Italian husband, a rescued pooch from Crete, and a very disgruntled cat. 
Occasionally her adult children return home bringing her much joy... apart from when they want to raid the fridge, or eat her secret stash of chocolate. Tweet @DebbieViggiano or follow her on Facebook or visit her website
Book links: Amazon UK   |  Goodreads  
Thanks to Debbie Viggiano and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.


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