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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

Christmas Under Construction by Rylee Ridolfi #Review #McKennaSistersBook2


Christmas Under Construction was published by Paisley Cottage Books on 13th August 2020. 

How does one go from socializing at the country club with the perfect family, living in a mansion and driving a Lexus—to wrestling salamanders and tutus with two feuding daughters, living in a rundown ski lodge and driving a demonic minivan?

Megan's post-divorce life has proven more difficult than binge eating fruitcake. With no particular skill set, and the dating pool thinner than a piece of tinsel, she considers giving in to sweatpants, carbs, and bottomless mugs of eggnog. However, when her sisters ask her to renovate the old Mistletoe Lodge, she optimistically accepts.

Stone Reynolds has sworn off work and women. However, upon hearing about a rustic ski lodge in desperate need of remodeling, the handsome, rugged handyman can’t help but want in.

Megan is modern luxe, white fur, and chandeliers. Stone is rustic elements, vintage accents, and weathered wood. Megan is modern luxe, white fur, and chandeliers. Stone is rustic elements, vintage accents, and weathered wood. The last thing Megan needs is a flannel-wearing, country music loving, know it all contractor. The one thing Stone can’t afford is a beautiful, complicated distraction. As sleigh rides and mistletoe swirl around them, an unexpected kiss nearly melts the snow off their boots. As the old lodge gets a fresh start, will they discover that second chances aren’t just for fixer-uppers?

 My Thoughts

This is a warm and endearing romance with lashings of festive trimmings. The three sisters prove to be quite different characters and Megan, who is the focus of this volume, is undergoing a huge change in her life. At the beginning, she seems to only measure herself against the materialistic well to do and aspires to get back among the uber rich. It is great to see her character evolve and take on a few different values. Her daughters are delightful and a great source of humour, bringing her back down to earth, every time.

    When Megan meets Stone, you can't help but notice the chemistry. They are, on the surface, quite different, although as the story pans out, you begin to see what they have in common. The reader knows more about him than Megan, which makes you feel involved in the story. With a stunning setting and lots of vividly described secondary characters, this is a great holiday read.

In short: Opposites attract- or do they?

About the Author

Hello friends,

A bit about me. I have a mild addiction to shoes and secretly long to spend a day in Carrie Bradshaw's closet. I have not only the heart of a romantic, but the soul as well. Yes, I cry at sappy movies and silently clap when true love shows up. The mere mention of Christmas makes my heart dance while summoning up visions of twinkling lights, a reminder of the magic that exists in everyday life.  I believe in the power of spreading positivity and the importance of kindness.

When I'm not writing you can find me enthralled in a decorating project, snuggled by the fireplace with a good book, escaping to my happy place the beach, or hosting family gatherings. I live in New Jersey with my husband, three children, and a rotund Shih Tzu.

My stories are meant to empower women to believe in themselves, to go for their dreams and above all recognize the beauty in their authentic self, all while delivering a smile to your heart.

Find your happy!

You can follow Rylee here: Website  |  Twitter 

Book link: Amazon UK

Thanks to Rylee Ridolfi, Paisley Cottage Books and Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.  
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