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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

A Perfect Discovery by Margaret Amatt #Review #ScottishIslandsEscapeBook9


It is time to head up to beautiful Scotland, to the Isle of Mull, for Margaret Amatt's A Perfect Discovery.

To find love, they need to dig deep.

When kind-hearted archaeologist Rhona Lamond has her precious research stolen, she returns home to the Isle of Mull, lost and frustrated. An island project that tugs at Rhona’s soul comes up, and she’s desperate to take it on. But there’s a major problem.

Property developer Calum Matheson has a longstanding feud with the Lamond family. After a plot of land he owns is discovered to be a site of historical importance, his plans are thrown into disarray and building work put on hold. Calum doesn’t think things can get any worse, until archaeologist Rhona turns up. Not only is she a Lamond, but she’s all grown up, and even stubbornly unromantic Calum can’t fail to notice her – or the effect she has on him.

Their attraction ignites but how can they overcome years of hate between their families? Both must decide what’s more important, family or love.

 My Thoughts

This is a lighthearted read due in part to the banter that glitters between Rhona and Calum. An enemies to lovers trope, the sparks definitely fly from the start. Family loyalties get in the way and both Calum and Rhona feel constricted by the views of their families. Long standing grievances seem completely entrenched. To work out just what has caused the family rift, you have to go back to their school days and you realise that several people bore the responsibility for the falling out.

    I loved the setting on the Isle of Mull and could absolutely imagine the site where Rhona set up her project. Calum is an interesting character,with a facade of cold control which masks his  vulnerabilities and insecurities. Rhona also has to mature a little and face up to what she wants in life. She has to learn to look critically at others and realise that they have to be responsible for their mistakes.  Her happy outgoing personality is a contrast to Calum's reserve. Although they are not teenagers, you still feel that there is a touch of Romeo and Juliet about the story but will the outcome be a tragedy?

In short: enemies to lovers. 

About the Author

Margaret is a writer, mummy, wife and chocolate eater (in any order you care to choose). She lives in highland Perthshire in a little house close to the woods where she often sees red squirrels, deer and other such tremendously Scottish wildlife… Though not normally haggises or even men in kilts!

She has published nine books and written many more. Margaret won a short story writing competition in 2012 and her winning entry was performed live to an audience at Pitlochry Festival Theatre as part of their Winter Words Event. This spring boarded Margaret’s journey from writing for fun to novel writing – though she still enjoys every minute of it.

Margaret is also a keen amateur photographer, who enjoys drawing, reading, and talking about books.

You can follow Margaret here:  Facebook  |  Instagram  |  Twitter 


Book links: Amazon UK  |  Amazon US

Thanks to Margaret Amatt, Leannan Publishers and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.

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