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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

Sunrise over Pebble Bay by Della Galton #Review

Today we meet some familiar characters from the Studland Bay area at Chesil Beach with Della Galton's Sunrise over Pebble Bay. You can read my reviews of more of Della's books which are set around Studland Bay here: Sunshine over Bluebell Cliff  |  Moonlight over Studland Bay  |  Shooting Stars over Bluebell Cliff 

All NEW - Escape to Dorset and the beautiful Chesil Beach with bestselling author Della Galton.

Talented, yet relatively unknown actress and celebration cake baker extraordinaire Olivia Lambert is running out of time.

Approaching forty, she’s yet to land the role that will launch her television career and she’s desperate to be a mum.

Her new man, Phil Grimshaw from the Bluebell Cliff Hotel, seems the perfect match, but seems to be in no rush to settle down.

Having ditched her childhood sweetheart and fiancé, Tom Boyd, when he backtracked about being a dad, Olivia dreads making the same mistake again.

Rocked by confessions from both her sister Ruby and Tom, Olivia knows it’s time to make some life changing decisions.

Then a terrifying incident off Chesil Beach changes the course of her future and brings Olivia to question everything she values and loves.


My Thoughts

It was lovely to revisit some of the characters from the Bluebell Cliff Hotel. Chesil Beach, known as Pebble Bay sounds stunning and you get a real feel for life on the coast. Olivia is at a difficult time in her life, approaching her forties and is desperate to be a mother. You get to see how this works out for her with some surprising twists along the way. She loves her family and can see clearly the effect her parents attitude towards her and her sister had on them as they were growing up. Her relationship with her aunt is so close and there are some moments to make you smile there. 

    You can see different models of parenthood in several of the characters in the story. Phil and Olivia's relationship is close and affectionate but there are some secrets there which threaten their future as a couple. Set against Olivia's anguish are some lovely light moments. I loved all the cake making and Phil's on-going 'feud' with Mr B does raise a smile. Gorgeous scenery and some vivid characters- what's not to like?

In short: romance with an edge


About the Author

Della Galton is the author of 15 books, including Ice and a Slice. She writes short stories, teaches writing groups and is Agony Aunt for Writers Forum Magazine. She lives in Dorset. Della launched her new fiction series set around The Bluebell Cliff Hotel with Boldwood in April 2020.


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Book link: Amazon UK 

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

Look out for the rest of the tour!



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