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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

Summer Kisses at Mermaids Point by Sarah Bennett #Review

 

I am delighted to introduce the first in a new series by Sarah Bennett. Summer Kisses at Mermaids Point was published by Boldwood Books on 25th March.  

‘Delightfully romantic and touching.’ Phillipa Ashley

Laurie Morgan runs a café in the small seaside community of Mermaids Point, named after the beauties rumoured to live in the waters a few miles off the top of the point. When a hazy image is posted online of what appears to be a mermaid, the café and the village are soon full to bursting with curious sightseers.

The most eye-catching of the new arrivals is handsome author, Jake Smith, who has rented a cottage for the summer while he works on his new book. Or so he says. In fact, he is a journalist, burned out and disillusioned with life, whose editor has sent him on a crack-pot hunt for mermaids...

Jake quickly finds himself drawn to village life, and to the gorgeous woman who runs the local café. But he soon suspects there’s trouble lurking beneath the idyllic façade, and when it looks like Laurie’s family might be involved, Jake faces a difficult choice. Pursue the truth, or protect the woman he’s beginning to fall in love with…

Warm, escapist, feel-good and altogether brilliant story-telling from bestselling author Sarah Bennett. Perfect for all fans of Trisha Ashley and Milly Johnson.


 

My Thoughts

What a great start to a new series! There are lots of interesting characters to take your attention and a fantastic setting in the rather whimsical Mermaids Point. From the start, you realise that the Morgan family is a formidable force and that Laurie has a grounded background. What a contrast this is to Jake's lonely childhood and dysfunctional childhood. Nevertheless, there is chemistry between them from the first. 

    I enjoyed the references to the mythical side of the local history. You have to make your own mind up about the mermaids' sightings but there are plenty of theories as to who might be behind them. Another strength of the story is the feeling of community which is created. Jake is initially amazed at the generosity he meets and you realise that itis a warm and inclusive place. Sarah has created a warn and uplifting setting for her next series- I can't wait for the second instalment in the story.

In short:  Family bonds prove to be the strongest.  

 

About the Author


Sarah Bennett is the bestselling author of several romantic fiction trilogies including those set in Butterfly Cove and Lavender Bay. Born and raised in a military family she is happily married to her own Officer and when not reading or writing enjoys sailing the high seas. The first book in her new Mermaids Point trilogy for Boldwood will be published in Spring 2021.

You can follow Sarah here: Twitter   |  Facebook|  Amazon Author Page  |  Instagram  |   Bookbub

Book Links: Amazon UK  

Thanks to Sarah Bennett,  Boldwood Books and Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the Tour.
 
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