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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

Janey Trelawney's Year of Surprising Triumphs #Review


Today we have a warm romcom from Georgia Hill, Janey Trelawney's Year of Surprising Triumphs. If you love classic old films, you will enjoy this!

Janey’s life becomes more disaster movie than romcom when the ruthless Becca steams in to manage Cheney House. Her job as head gardener in peril and her self-confidence in tatters, Janey must fight back. Finding an ally in Will, who’s more Clark Kent than Superman, it’s up to them to save the day while owner Clare is away having her Shirley Valentine moment. It doesn’t help that everyone is in love with the wrong people!

Why can’t people love the one who loves them back?

Will Cheney House survive - and will Janey ever get her When Harry Met Sally happy ending?

Find out in this warm-hearted romance from the author of the best-selling Millie Vanilla’s Cupcake Café, full of Gregory Peck look-a-likes, snowdrops, cake, and a cocker spaniel called Camilla.


 My Thoughts

Georgia Hill's romcom has the most surprising and likeable central character in Janey Trelawney. You are always on her side and really believe in her character. She always wears her heart on her sleeve and her love of all things nature really shines through. Beside her is a cast of characters who add to the humour and who gradually show more and more of their true selves. There is loyalty and deceit in equal measure and you always know which outcome you are rooting for.

    I also enjoyed all the film references to the old classic actors. As the year goes by, I really looked forwards to Janey's gardening tips and references to all the plants. The setting at Cheney House is glorious- how I'd like to visit! This is a delightful escapist read which takes a look at love and romance and also puts human nature under the microscope. There are a few twists and turns as not everything goes to plan but friendship and loyalty are always on the winning side.


In short: warmth and humour with a tinge of romance. 


About the Author

Georgia Hill writes warm-hearted and up-lifting contemporary and timeslip romances about love, the power and joy in being an eccentric oldie and finding yourself and your community. There's always a dog. It's usually a naughty spaniel of which, unfortunately, she has had much experience. Her books are firmly rooted in small seaside towns similar to the one she lives in and she loves history especially when it insists on rearing up and battering at the present.

As a child she had an invisible friend called Gonky who lived on the third stair from the bottom. As an adult her invisible friends inhabit her head and refuse to leave until she commits them to paper. Readers of her books can escape into a warm bath of words and, no matter what challenges her characters face they will, ultimately, have a happy ending.

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Book links: Amazon UK  |  Amazon US

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


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