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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

Flying Duo by Zoe May #Review #PublicationDay


It is fabulous to be taking part in the first day of the blog tour for Zoe May's latest romcom, Flying Duo, especially as it is Publication Day. You can read about the first part in the story here Flying Solo

Can true love go the distance?

London lawyer Rachel Watson has wound up in an Indian ashram with hippy heartthrob lover, Seb.

A high-achiever, Rachel has always lived life according to her Life List, ticking off goals along the way. But now that she's in India, Rachel is going with the flow, or at least trying to...

Rachel's visa is running out and it's time to decide whether her relationship with Seb is a holiday romance or built to last.

The pair embark on a trip to Nepal for an Everest base camp trek, but will their relationship survive this gruelling expedition or is it time to part ways?

Flying Duo is the second romantic comedy in the 'Flying' series, following on from bestseller, Flying Solo, which was described by the Daily Express newspaper as 'a must read that will appeal to fans of Sophie Kinsella, Beth O'Leary and Mhari McFarlane' ★★★★★

My Thoughts

Having been introduced to Rachel in Flying Solo, it is interesting to see what happens to her next. Her relationship with Seb seems to be rock solid and she sets off on a new adventure, to travel to Nepal, to Everest's base camp. However, despite the fact that she is blissfully happy with Seb, she is, nevertheless, unsure of what the future has in store for them in the long term. You see again some of her vulnerabilities.

    Added to the story this time around are some new characters who she meets along the way. Wary at first, she is unsure of anything which will get in the way of her working out how she sees her relationship with Seb developing. You also get to see Seb's relationship with his over-achieving father and to see some of his insecurities as well. Seb has to work out what he wants his future to look like which may not be to the liking of his Dad. 

    This is an entertaining read with some humorous episodes. Most entertaining of all is seeing how far out of her comfort zone Rachel has to go in this beautiful country which is teeming with unseen dangers!

In short: Nepal opens up a world of possibilities.

About the Author


Zoe May is an author of romantic comedies. Zoe has dreamt of being a novelist since she was a teenager. She worked in journalism and copywriting in London before writing her debut novel, Perfect Match. Having experienced the London dating scene first hand, Zoe couldn't resist writing a novel about dating since it seems to supply endless amounts of weird and wonderful material!

Perfect Match was one of Apple's top-selling books of 2018. It was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists' Association's Joan Hessayon Award, with judges describing it as 'a laugh out loud look at love and self-discovery - fresh and very funny'.

As well as writing, Zoe enjoys walking her dog, painting and, of course, reading! She adores animals and if she's not taking a photo of a vegan meal, she's probably tweeting about the dairy industry. She is half Greek and half Irish and can make a mean baklava. Zoe has a thing for horror films, India, swimming, hip hop and Radiohead. She has an encyclopaedic knowledge of handbags having spent several years working in fashion copywriting and could probably win Mastermind if this was her specialist subject!

You can read my review of Perfect Match here 
and How (not to date) a Prince here
And When Polly met Olly here
And Flying Solo here.

Zoe loves to hear from readers, you can contact her on Twitter @zoe_writes , at Facebook and Instagram at: zoe_writes. She posts updates and blogs on her website,

Book links: Amazon UK   |  Amazon US 

Thanks to Zoe May, and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources   for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.

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