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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

Never Too Late by TA Williams #Review #BeneathItalianSkiesBook1 #PublicationDay

 

Today we have a lovely holiday romance from TA Williams. Never Too Late is the first in a new series, Beneath Italian Skies Book 1 and is published by Canelo, today.


A second chance to realise her dreams…

A classically trained pianist, Steph works as a recording engineer for a small studio when she’s offered the job of a lifetime – travel to the Italian Riviera to help world-famous band, Royalty, record their reunion album after a decades-long hiatus.

Steph could definitely do with the distraction. Her boyfriend – who also happens to be her boss – is increasingly unreliable and erratic, and she’s awaiting news from her doctor after a recent biopsy. So an all-expenses-paid trip to Italy is the perfect escape.

What she doesn’t expect is an instant connection with Rob, the son of Royalty’s lead singer. With her career – and her heart – at a crossroads, what path will Steph follow?


 My Thoughts

We are off to the beautiful Italian Riviera for this escapist romance by TA Williams. I always enjoy his books and this one is no exception. Steph is at a bit of a crossroads in her life with some big decisions to make in her personal life. There is a certain glamour about her assignment in Italy, but can she take her opportunities and trust her first impressions? She also has some health concerns on her mind.

    The setting with its gorgeous scenery, delicious food and all the sights and colours of the coast are a big part of the appeal of the book. I waited patiently for a hopeful Labrador to appear and Waldorf did not disappoint. He was as exuberant and affectionate as I’d expect. With a large cast of characters and a tantalising ‘will they,won’t they?’ set up, this makes for an ideal holiday read.

In short: if music be the food of love…



About the Author


I’m a man. And a pretty old man as well. I did languages at university a long time ago and then lived and worked in France and Switzerland before going to Italy for seven years as a teacher of English. My Italian wife and I then came back to the UK with our little daughter (now long-since grown up) where I ran a big English language school for many years. We now live in a sleepy little village in Devonshire. I’ve been writing almost all my life but it was only nine years ago that I finally managed to find a publisher who liked my work enough to offer me my first contract.

The fact that I am now writing escapist romance is something I still find hard to explain. My early books were thrillers and historical novels and I now also write cozy crime, but my first love is romance. Maybe it’s because there are so many horrible things happening in the world today that I feel I need to do my best to provide something to cheer my readers up. My books provide escapism to some gorgeous locations, even if travel to them is currently difficult.

 

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You can read my reviews of some of Trevor's books here: Dreaming of Christmas |  Dreaming of Florence   |   Dreaming of St Tropez| Dreaming of Rome | Dreaming of Verona | Dreaming of Italy
  
Thanks to T A Williams, Canelo, and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the event.

 


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