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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 Winter Wish by Rosie Green #LittleDuckPondCafeBook24 #Review

I am delighted that it is time for another visit to the Little Duck Pond Cafe for another novella by Rosie Green. A Winter Wish is number 24 in the series which is amazing! This is the second of  three novellas which tell Clara's story. You can  read my review of the first, Clara's Secret Garden, here.

With her new-found happiness unexpectedly crushed, Clara is struggling to move forward. It's hard – especially with step-sister Lois bouncing around the place with joy and making all sorts of plans for the future. And when the household is shocked by a mysterious break-in and a neighbour makes a shocking accusation, Clara finds herself in an impossible position. It’s a situation that threatens to destroy her blossoming romance almost before it's begun . . .

 My Thoughts

In the second of this trilogy centred around Clara, you continue her story. Her dysfunctional family are still there and it seems to fall to Clara to put their needs first and to keep the show on the road. This reflects her kind nature and the fact that she always puts her family first. You have to feel for her as she has to watch her step-sister, Lois, a rather spoilt madam, pursuing her relationship with Rory. Rory, of course, is Clara's secret crush. 

    As before, the lovely community of Sunnybrook features and with Clara's link with the Little Duck Pond Cafe, you catch up on life anong what feels like some old friends. It will be interesting to see how Clara's life pans out in the next novella and whether she can keep everybody happy and have Rory as well. There are a few hints as to how it might be but of course, you never know... That's the beauty of these stories. There sometimes a few surprises!

In short: Village life continues...

About the Author


Rosie’s series of novellas is centred around life in a country village cafe. ‘Clara’s Secret Garden’, the first in a trilogy telling Clara’s story, was published in August, and ‘A Winter Wish’ is Book 2. Look out for ‘Clara’s Christmas Magic’, the third and final book in the trilogy, out in November 2022.


You can read my review of more of this series here:

You can follow Rosie here:   Twitter
Book link: Amazon UK

Thanks to Rosie Green and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the event.  




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