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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

The Village of Happy Ever Afters by Alison Sherlock #Review #TheRiversideLaneseriesBook4


It is a great welcome back to Alison Sherlock and her novels set in beautiful Cranbridge with The Village Inn of Happy Ever Afters. 

Molly Hopkins has happily watched all of her friends’ dreams come true on Riverside Lane.

Deciding to follow her passion for baking, Molly with the help of her friends takes the plunge and opens a Tea Garden in the village hoping to make it a summer to remember!

Meanwhile, after a rather public end of his marriage, Logan Armstrong trusts no one but his beloved Grandad. He just wants his brief stay in Cranbridge to be as quiet as possible. But his Grandad has other ideas; he dreams of seeing the old watermill working again which might just mean Logan has to ask the village for help.

Can Molly finally overcome her lack of confidence and believe in her abilities to make the tea garden a success?

Will Logan discover that Molly might just be the one to mend his broken heart? And will both of them realise that life is for living and loving?

Over a long hot summer in Cranbridge, perhaps everyone’s dreams of a happy-ever-after can finally come true.

My Thoughts

 I have really loved this series, set in the village of Cranfield and relished meeting up again with some familiar faces. This fourth novel is centred around Molly, who turns out to be totally likeable. She has some insecurities as she likes to please everyone and, in some ways, this story shows you how she begins to mature and put her wishes and ambitions to the fore. I could absolutely picture the village as each of the houses on the riverfront are smartened up and the watermill at the end makes the whole scene quite idyllic.

    Logan has learnt to keep himself to himself as a form of self defence and it takes quite a bit to bring him out of his shell. Both Logan and Molly are kind and concerned for others with a strong sense of family loyalty. They seem to pick up a few waifs and strays as they go along and really give people a second chance without judgement. An uplifting story, this makes for a delightful read. 

In short: Delightful storytelling

About the Author

Alison Sherlock is the author of the bestselling Willow Tree Hall books. Alison enjoyed reading and writing stories from an early age and gave up office life to follow her dream. Her new series for Boldwood is set in a fictional Cotswold Village and the first title was published in July 2020.

You can read my review of The Village Shop for Lonely Hearts here and The Village of Lost and Found  here and The Village Inn of Secret Dreams  here.

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Book link: Amazon UK 
Thanks to Alison Sherwood, 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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