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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

Just One Day- Autumn by Susan Buchanan #Review ~Giveaway


Today I am happy to be featuring another in  Susan Buchanan's series, Just One Day- Autumn. I also have a great giveaway for you to enter, with the chance to win a signed copy. Details are at the foot of this post.


Pregnant Louisa is just getting back on track when life throws her another curveball. Now, it’s not a case of how she’ll get through her to-do lists but how she’ll manage being a mum again.

No one seems to understand. How will she run her company, be partner in a new venture, look after her three kids and handle a newborn? And why does everyone think this will be easy? Except her.

All Louisa wants is to be a good mum, a good wife and have a bit of time left for herself, but sometimes that’s too big an ask. Can she find the support she needs, or will she forever be pulled in too many directions, always at the mercy of her to-do lists.

My Thoughts

In this final instalment in Louisa's story, you follow her through the ups and downs of her pregnancy. Her to do lists get longer, but so do her moments of self-doubt as to how she will cope with twins. All the amusing bits of family life are portrayed and Louisa's attempts to juggle all the competing aspects of her life pushes her to the edge. What keeps her going is the love and help she gets from her family and friends. What you realise about Louisa is that she gives back to her friends and neighbours and does not hesitate to help out. She is such a warm and human character and seems so down to earth at times, despite the swanky hotels she gets to work in.

   With a relatable central character, you find her story to be quite believable which adds to the enjoyment. There is humour too, especially from her offspring and the descriptions of the Christmas shows and festivities will make you smile.  This is a fun, entertaining read and  I was quite sad to leave the family at the end of the story.

In short: love, hunour and family life.

About The Author

Susan Buchanan has published eight books in the romantic comedy and contemporary romance genres: Sign of the Times, The Dating Game, The Christmas Spirit, Return of the Christmas Spirit, Just One Day – Winter, Just One Day – Spring, Just One Day – Summer, and now Just One Day – Autumn.

As a freelance developmental editor and copy editor, if she’s not reading, editing or writing, she’s thinking about it. She loves romantic fiction, psychological thrillers, crime fiction and legal thrillers.

She lives near Glasgow with her two children and a Labrador. Oh, and her husband.

She’s a member of the RNA, the SoA, ALLI and SAW.

When she’s not editing, writing, reading or caring for her two delightful cherubs, she likes going to the theatre, watching quiz shows and eating out, and she has recently discovered a love of writing retreats.


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Giveaway to Win a Signed copy of  Just One Day – Autumn (Open to UK Only) To enter, just follow the link below and good luck!

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  1. It might just be me but I can’t get the above Rafflecopter to work. Keeps saying’Aw, shucks. We didn’t get your entry. Plz try again’

  2. Wow just seen above, have I won?


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