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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

Fool me Twice at Christmas by Camilla Isley #Review #Giveaway

 

We are in true festive reading today with Camilla Isley's Fool me Twice at Christmas, which was published on September 25th by Pink Bloom Press. I also have an International giveaway for you to win an e-copy of A Christmas Caroline. Details on how to enter are at the foot of this post.


There are two types of relationships: fake and real.

Chuck and Kate’s used to be real, oh-so-real. But after she broke his heart four months ago, leaving him, it became all just pretense for the sake of their entwined families.

With parents who are best friends and business partners, it’s not easy for Chuck and Kate to announce they’ve split up. But with the holidays looming over them, they can no longer keep pretending.

They head home for Christmas, determined to tell the truth—and end up accidentally engaged instead. The more they try to pull apart, the more the Universe seems to push them back together, shortening the road to the altar. And when just-for-show kisses stir up forgotten feelings, things get even more complicated.

Now, with the midnight hour approaching, will Chuck and Kate’s relationship turn out to be fake or real?


 My Thoughts

This is certainly a sparkling festive read which carries you through with its humour and Christmas touches. The relationship between Chuck and Kate is complicated, to say the least, and they have known each other since childhood. Now they are faking their relationship to keep their parents happy and find to their horror that it becomes harder and harder to tell them the truth. Of course, events keep getting more complicated and soon, it seems impossible to know how to confess. 

    The story is told from both Chuck and Kate's perspectives in alternating chapters. This adds to the humour for me and there are some genuine laugh out loud moments. Both Chuck and Kate are likeable characters who you are rooting for throughout. With clever pacing and plotting, this is a great festive read with plenty to make you smile.

In short: A festive fun read

About the Author


Camilla is an engineer turned writer after she quit her job to follow her husband on an adventure abroad.

She's a cat lover, coffee addict, and shoe hoarder. Besides writing, she loves reading--duh!--cooking, watching bad TV, and going to the movies--popcorn, please. She's a bit of a foodie, nothing too serious. A keen traveler, Camilla knows mosquitoes play a role in the ecosystem, and she doesn't want to starve all those frog princes out there, but she could really live without them.

 

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 Book links: Apple |  Barnes & Noble  |  Kobo  |   Google Play
                  |  Amazon UK  |   Amazon US
 
Thanks to Camilla Isley and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour. 
 
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                                                                  Giveaway (International)
 

 

Giveaway to Win 3 x e-copies of A Christmas Caroline by Camilla Isley (Open INT)

To enter just follow the link below and good luck!

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves 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, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

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