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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

Starting Over at Sunset Cottage by Lisa Hobman 'Review #BoldwoodBloggers

 

I am so happy to participate in the celebrations for the publication of Starting Over at Sunset Cottage by Lisa Hobman by Boldwood Books on October 21st. This novel was previously published as Through the Glass.  

 Do you love someone enough to let them go?

It was love at first sight when talented art student Felicity “Flick” Johnston-Hart and Jim MacDuff’s worlds collided at Oxford University.

However, after years of blissful marriage, everything crashes down when their marriage comes to a painful and abrupt end, thanks to Flick’s interfering mother Penelope.

Finally succumbing to maternal pressure, Flick falls into the high-flying career her mother believed she was destined for.

However, she soon realises life without Jim isn’t all she’d hoped, and that some decisions, once made, cannot be undone.

Meanwhile, Jim is settling back into life as a single man in the beautiful Highland village of Shieldaig, when an unexpected visitor brings painful news. A letter from beyond the grave leads him to do something he never imagined and takes him on a journey he didn’t anticipate.

Can either of them heal and truly move on?

Or is it true that a broken heart can never be a blank canvas?


My Thoughts

 When the story begins, you find yourself very much in Jim's camp. There seems to be very little to like in Felicity's behaviour and you wonder what is next in Jim's life. The story is told through both points of view so you follow them both and begin to understand more about their relationship. I enjoyed this development and by the end of the book realised how many layers there are to Felicity's character. There are several flashbacks back to when they both met and subsequent important events.

    There are plenty of twists and turns in this story and the period in Chicago feels like a complete gear change and was totally unexpected, by me at least. The writing is fluent and carries you through. My favourite section of the book concerned Sunset Cottage itself with all that gorgeous Scottish scenery and rural way of life. Knowing your own mind, family relationships and starting again are all important themes in this story.

In short: new starts and second chances

   

About the Author


Lisa Hobman has written many brilliantly reviewed women’s fiction titles – the first of which was shortlisted by the RNA for their debut novel award. In 2012 Lisa relocated her family from Yorkshire to a village in Scotland and this beautiful backdrop now inspires her uplifting and romantic stories.

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Book links: Amazon UK

Thanks to Lisa Hobman, Boldwood Books and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour. 

 

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