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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

Harper's Highland Fling by Lizzie Lamb #Review


I'm delighted to be featuring Lizzie Lamb's romcom, Harper's Highland Fling on the blog today. Let's find out a bit more about it:

 After a gruelling academic year head teacher Harper MacDonald is looking forward to a summer holiday trekking in Nepal. Her plans are scuppered when her wayward niece, Ariel, leaves a note announcing she’s running away with a boy called Pen. The only clue to their whereabouts is a scribbled footnote: I’ll Be in Scotland.

Cue a case of mistaken identity when Harper confronts the boy‘s father - Rocco Penhaligon - accusing him of cradle snatching her niece and ruining her bright future. At loggerheads, Harper and Rocco set off in hot pursuit of the teenagers, but the canny youngsters are always one step ahead.  And, in a neat twist, it is the adults who end up in trouble, not the savvy teenagers.

Can Cupid convince Harper and Rocco that they have found their soul mates?

Fasten your seatbelt for the road trip of your lifetime -

It’s going to be a bumpy ride.

My Thoughts

Well, the title suits this novel perfectly as the pace of the writing made me feel a bit like I was in the middle of a Scottish reel! It is a fast - paced story which quickly sets the scene and before we know it, we are on the track of the missing teenagers. We think we have a pretty good handle on the two central characters, Harper and Rocco. However, before we have got very far on the journey, we realise that our first inpressions may not be the full picture. Neither of them are quite what they seem.

    There is plenty of humour and banter between the characters and as the story progresses, you see more and more that they have in common. I enjoyed the fact that the missing teens, Ariel and Pen turned out to have some surprises of their own. This is a great, escapist read, with some lovely characters and warmth in the writing.


In short: A romcom full of life.  

About the Author

After teaching her 1000th pupil and working as a deputy head teacher in a large primary school, Lizzie decided to pursue her first love: writing. She joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s New Writers’ Scheme, wrote Tall, Dark and Kilted (2012), quickly followed by Boot Camp Bride. She went on to publish Scotch on the Rocks, which achieved Best Seller status within two weeks of appearing on Amazon and her next novel, Girl in the Castle, reached #3 in the Amazon charts. Lizzie is a founder member of indie publishing group – New Romantics Press, and has co-hosted author events at Aspinall, St Pancras and Waterstones, Kensington, talking about the research which underpins her novels.

 Lizzie latest romance Take Me, I’m Yours is set in Wisconsin, a part of the USA which she adores. She has further Scottish-themed romances planned and has just returned from a tour of the Scottish Highlands in her caravan researching men in kilts. What’s not to like? As for the years she spent as a teacher, they haven’t quite gone to waste. She is building a reputation as a go-to speaker on indie publishing, and how to plan, write, and publish a debut novel.

  Lizzie lives in Leicestershire (UK) with her husband, David.

She loves to hear from readers, so do get in touch . . .

You can follow Lizzie here: Amazon US Author Page  |  Facebook 
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Book Link: Amazon UK  
Thanks to Lizzie Lamb, Goldcrest Books and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.  
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  1. Thank you so much for agreeing to be part of the blog tour for Harper's Highland Fling. Your review is spot opn and I'm so glad you enjoyed reading the novel. I'm about to start #7 so feedback fromblogger and reviewers is always very helpful.

  2. Loved this!! Another fabulous read from Lizzie Lamb.

  3. Many thanks for reviewing Harper's Highland Fling and for your insightful comments. I loved writing this book and I hope that your review will encourage others to buy it and read it for themselves. It is currently on sale for 99p/99c.


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