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Second Chance Summer by Phillipa Ashley #Review

  I an delighted to be part of the celebrations for Phillipa Ashley's Summer novel, Second Chance Summer which was published by Penguin on June 6th. From the moment Lily Harper arrives at a remote retreat on the breath-taking Scilly Isles, she is itching to get back to civilisation - and her thriving business. Slowing Down simply isn't in her vocabulary, and so she quickly clashes with the gorgeous but dour Sam who runs the retreat. Just as Lily is about to give up and leave, disaster strikes, and she is involved in an incident that changes her perspective on everything. Lily is no longer sure she wants to return to the life she thought she loved. But will she have the courage to give the retreat, and Sam, a second chance? Praise for the Author ‘Full of genuine warmth and quirky characters’   Woman’s Own ‘Filled with warm and likeable characters. Great fun!’ Jill Mansell ‘Utterly glorious … one of the freshest voices to emerge in women's fiction today’   Cl

A Murder at Rosings by Annette Purdey Pugh #Review #Giveaway


Fans of Jane Austen are going to look twice at Annette Purdey Pugh's debut novel, A Murder at Rosings. Both a cosy crime novel and a re-imagining of characters from Pride and Prejudice, it is published by Honno Press and I am delighted to have a great giveaway with the chance for you to win a print copy. Details on how to enter are at the foot of this post. 

When Mr Collins is found stabbed to death in Lady Catherine de Bourgh’s garden, simmering tensions are revealed beneath the elegant Regency surface of the Rosings estate. 

The prime suspect is Mr Bennet, who was overheard arguing with Mr Collins over the entail of Longbourn in the days before the murder was committed – and who stands to benefit more than anyone from the Rector’s death. 

His daughter Mary uncovers a scandalous secret that holds the key to the murder. Can she prove her father’s innocence in time to save him from the gallows?

My Thoughts

 I did not hesitate to accept the invitation to be on the blog tour for A Murder at Rosings. I always enjoy a cosy crime novel and the fact that it was based around  characters from Pride and Prejudice made it irresistible. Giving nothing away that is not in the blurb, I was momentarily disappointed to see the fate that had befallen Mr Collins, my favourite character but Lady Catherine de Bourgh made up for it. I enjoyed all the snippets of gossip about what was going on in the lives of the Bennets and to meet two of that number again.

    As a cosy crime, it delivered. There were enough twists and turns and red herrings to intrigue and the Regency setting enhanced the secrecy and class distinction which enabled some to hide to plain sight. You actually did feel as though you were piecing together a jigsaw puzzle as the investigators imagined. This is an accomplished debut novel.

In short: Murder mystery meets the Regency period

About the Author

Annette Purdey Pugh grew up in Flintshire and graduated in English from Lancaster University. In a varied career, she has worked as a medical librarian, an optical assistant, and a milkwoman, bottling and delivering milk for almost twenty years to customers in Ceredigion. A writer from childhood, she has won awards for her short stories and poetry at the National Eisteddfod of Wales but was inspired to take up her pen more regularly following an Open University course in Creative Writing. A Murder at Rosings is her first novel, and has its roots in a lifelong love of Jane Austen. She still lives on the family farm in West Wales with her husband and three hundred sheep.

You can follow Annette here: Twitter

Book link: Amazon UK 

Thanks to Annette Purdey Pugh, Honno Press and Anne Cater of  Random Things Tours  for a copy of the book and a place on the tour. 

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Giveaway (UK only)

To win a print copy of A Murder at Rosings, just Follow and Retweet the pinned Tweet at @bookslifethings and good luck!

  Closing date is July 3rd 2021 and there is one winner.

*Terms and Conditions –UK only.  The winner will be selected at random via Tweetdraw from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize. I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

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