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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

Meet the Author: K Lewis Adair #BookSpotlight


 Today I am delighted to welcome author, K Lewis Adair to Books, Life and Everything to talk about her writing life and her latest historical novel, The Windmill, which was published by Matador on November 17th 2020.

Welcome to Books, Life and Everything! 
Would you like to start by telling us a little about yourself and how you started as a writer?
What are you interests apart from writing?

I believe I am a very ordinary, (perhaps slightly quirky) down to earth person with a huge fascination for history, ancient history and archaeology. The spiritual side of me comes from trying to picture how our ancestors used to live. I like to view things through their eyes, to feel their lives. Genealogy helped me to see them more as did the ancient sites I love to visit.

I cannot say specifically that I ever set out to be a writer, but it is fair to say I always loved writing and telling stories, even from a young age. I have always had a huge imagination, and this has helped me immensely to conceive the ideas for my book and books to come. To create…gives me pleasure.

When I began to write The Windmill, many ideas I had collected in my life started to piece together. Along with a newfound interest in genealogy that opened my curiosity to past lives and how our ancestors lived before us, other questions arose for me. This then led me to visit a ‘Medium’ that opened my mind to so much more. I have a blog that explains this visit on my Website.

What is your favourite childhood book?

My love of books began very early on. I was lucky to have a mother who introduced me to many different books, even to reading me George Orwell’s Animal Farm when I was too young to understand all the connotations of it…to me it was an unusual farmyard. I loved The Hobbit, Lord of The Rings, The Wishing chair (By Enid Blyton) and Stig of the Dump (by Clive King). I loved the variety.

Tell us about your latest book without giving the plot away.

The Windmill is set in three parts, together with three separate, historical ‘Connections’ back stories.

Part One:

The main character is ‘Ginny’. Virginia Lewis Faulkner.

Ginny’s journey starts with an unusual inheritance. Bequeathed by her Great Aunt, whom she and other family members, have little knowledge of following her disappearance in war-torn Holland, 1940.

Ginny begins a genealogical investigation that leads to skeletons within cupboards that have been hidden from her family. Where will this investigation take her? Who will she meet along the way and what does destiny hold in store for Ginny?

Part Two:

We are taken back in time to 1940 and we now follow Ginny’s Great Aunt. Why was she sent out to Amsterdam? She will discover shadowy dealings, whilst working as an archivist, at the Rijksmuseum. Here she is introduced to many new characters. Will we discover what befalls them?

Part Three:

Back to modern day (2005) to continue the search with Ginny for more answers. This will lead to the door of somebody we met in 1940. The three parts of the book now tie together through newfound knowledge… And leads to an historical and spiritual enlightenment.

What are Connections?

There is a story within a story.  These chapters have an ethereal feel and appear vague. How important will the connections be to our character’s search for truth and knowledge? Will it conclude in part-three of this book? Will the future only become clear by knowing the past in future books?

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What are your writing routines and where do you do most of your writing?

I am lucky to have my own desk and area now to write, but I have done my writing in many places, from parks, gardens, coffee shops, back seat of the car and even sat on the bed. I try to go to the office each day, with a cup of coffee in hand (always the best way to start a day) and have a pad and pen to the side of me.

 I always begin my stories writing them out by hand. It works for me as everything floods out. The next bit is harder as I then have to decipher my handwriting and type it all up. It will be many manuscripts later until the book becomes polished and finished.

How do you go about researching detail and ensuring your books are realistic?

I research lots of different topics around a thread I'd like to build into my story. I find an obscure fact and delve headlong into this...all the time thinking how this could interact with the characters and the plot.

I double check the details I want to use and make sure the correct names of an organisation are correctly termed in the right year. As we know organisations tend to change their names.

In my book I refer to the Secret Intelligence Bureau, founded in 1909 which later changed its name to the Secret Intelligence Service around 1920. These small details, for me are important.

This sense of finding out something new and creating a story around it gives me a real buzz and inspiration to push on.

Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Oddly enough it energises me. I think I’m like a child in that sense…as I get excited to get on with the story telling!

Can you give any hints about any upcoming books you have planned?

The Windmill is the first in a series of books. I am at present working on the second novel.

There will be characters that you have been introduced to in the first book that you will meet again in the second. After all it is a journey that you are on, to help Ginny find out facts and discover so much more.

Your journey will continue….

Thanks so much for dropping by today and good luck with Book 2!

About the Author


K Lewis Adair lives in the South West of England. Through studying Archaeology and History, she was drawn in by the Pre-Romano/British and Anglo-Saxon period. In particular, she has interest in how our ancestors lived, interacted with each other, and how they might guide us to this day.

You can follow her here: Twitter  |  Website   |   Facebook Author Page


Book Spotlight


 What is love at first sight? What do we mean by destiny? Are things sometimes just meant to be?

And are there messages within our dreams?

Virginia ‘Ginny’ Lewis Faulkner thinks her luck is in when she inherits a previously-unknown property. Little does she know all that awaits her as she begins a genealogical investigation to discover more about her Great Aunt Florence Stanley, whom she and other family members have little knowledge of following her disappearance in war-torn Holland in 1940. But there are skeletons within the cupboard that were hidden for a reason...

Told through a lens of three snapshots in time that are connected by a ‘soul’s’ journey to reunite with past loves, experience the loves and loss of three extraordinary people and their journeys in life.

Book link: Amazon UK  |  Troubador




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