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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

You Make It Feel Like Christmas by Louise Marley #Review


 Another festive read you might want to consider is You make it feel like Christmas by Louise Marley. 

The only thing preventing Beth’s perfect family Christmas? Her family!

Television presenter Agatha Holly has built her career on telling viewers how to have the perfect Christmas. A Holly Jolly Christmas has been screened every December for twenty years and her entire family are involved, including her daughter Beth—the unwilling star of a thousand memes and gifs. But Beth has finally had enough of public ridicule. All she’s ever wanted is a traditional family Christmas away from the television cameras. If she can’t persuade her family to change, should she consider celebrating Christmas without them?

My Thoughts

This is a tale of two families and in particular, two pairs of siblings. It is an entertaining look at how Christmas can be packaged up and how the effects of being under the media spotlight can be harmful. Despite her family's marketing of their Christmas, Beth has hated the ridicule she has suffered but at the same time, longed for a traditional warm and cosy, unspoilt family Christmas. Other members of her family have become driven to keep the family programme alive. Meanwhile, brothers Aiden and Nick have struggled to communicate since the death of their parents. You discover that not all the assumptions you may make about them are true.

    There are lots of romcom moments in this story with some wry dialogue and over the top happenings.  What shines through however, is family affection and friendship. You also get to see all the Christmas trimmings- log fires, Christmas trees, snowy hillsides, holly and mistletoe and to bathe in some of the feelgood episodes which are created. You get the message loud and clear that it is People who make Christmas, not things.

In short: A fun festive read.


About the Author


Louise Marley writes murder mysteries and romantic comedies. She is lucky enough to live in a village where there is a famous library and TWO ruined castles. (Her husband still thinks they moved there by accident).

Her first published novel was Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, which was a finalist in Poolbeg's 'Write a Bestseller' competition. She has also written articles for the Irish press and short stories for women's magazines such as Take a Break and My Weekly. Previously, Louise worked as a civilian administrative officer for the police.

Louise's books have spent a total of 7 months in the Amazon Top 100 (UK). Three of her books have been #1 bestsellers in Romantic Suspense and Smoke Gets in Your Eyes was #1 in Romance.

You can follow Louise here: Website  |  Amazon Author Page UK 

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Book links:  Amazon UK  |  Amazon US

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

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