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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

Annie's Autumn Escape by Debbie Viggiano #Review

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Here's a new romcom from Debbie Viggiano.  Annie's Autumn Escape which was published on October 1st by Unicorn Publishing. 

Annie’s big birthday is looming.  Sixty!  She feels half that age, even if the mirror tells her otherwise.  Hubby Keith promises her a birthday to remember, and doesn’t let her down, but packing his suitcase to shack up with a forty-something isn’t quite the memory Annie wants to make.  Suddenly she’s single and – as an empty nester – very, very alone.  The Bucket List she and Keith had promised to work their way through is but a dream, until besties Bella and Caz rally around Annie and whisk her away for a trip that will be remembered for ever. Dubai. But it’s not all skyscrapers, bling, sand dunes and sheiks. As the sun sinks over the horizon of Jumeirah Beach… might there also be love?

 My Thoughts

After years of marriage, Annie finds herself in a life she does not recognise and supported by her friends, plans a holiday in Dubai. Change is being forced upon her. It is refreshing to read a romcom which focusses on the more mature, with Annie on the brink of her sixtieth birthday. She's been in a rut but sets out to update herself. You are immediately on her side and in Annie, Debbie Viggiano has created a likeable and funny main character. 

    Friendship is a major part of the story and Bella, Caz and Annie are a warm and caring trio. I enjoyed some of the characters who they meet when in Dubai and there are some genuinely funny moments. The repartee between Annie and a certain someone who she meets on the plane is so witty. Humour is laced through the story on top of some difficult moments. Dementia and its effects on the wider family are always written about with sensitivity. 

In short: Escape to the sun

About the Author

Prior to turning her attention to writing, Debbie Viggiano was, for more years than she cares to remember, a legal secretary. She lives with her Italian husband, a rescued pooch from Crete, and a very disgruntled cat. Occasionally her adult children return home bringing her much joy... apart from when they want to raid the fridge or eat her secret stash of chocolate.

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Book links: Amazon UK  |  Amazon US

Thanks to Debbie Viggiano, Unicorn Publishing and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.

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