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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

Holly's Hawaiian Holiday by Daisy James #Review #BlossomwoodBaySeriesBook3


Welcome to Holly's Hawaiian Holiday, the third book in a brand new series from the author of the Hummingbird Hotel series and the Cornish Confetti Agency series.

Escape to the beautiful Hawaiian Islands!

When Holly Henderson loses her dog-grooming business in the Blossomwood Bay fire, she’s devastated, and her plans to expand into creative coat-dyeing are over before they began. After her temporary job at Blossomwood Kennels also comes to a heart-breaking end, she’s left with no choice but to accept her cousin’s offer of a dog-sitting assignment for celebrity TV chef Oscar Reynolds if she wants to keep her beloved springer spaniel, Ariel, in dog biscuits.

However, the assignment is in Hawaii and Holly has never been further than a short weekend trip to Paris. With some trepidation, she heads to Oahu and the Mahina family’s ranch where, within five minutes of arriving, she’s run off the road by a speeding Ferrari and doused in an avalanche of “organic” fertiliser.

So much for the glamorous holiday she’d hoped to enjoy!

But despite the inauspicious start, it doesn’t take long for the tropical island paradise to weave its Aloha magic through Holly’s veins. Can the hang loose lifestyle help her find the confidence she needs to deal with the demons that have been chasing her for as long as she can remember? Or will they continue to pursue her, sapping her energy, and ruining her chance of finding happiness?

Join Holly as she explores everything the beautiful Hawaiian Islands have to offer, and enjoy a story filled with sun, sea, and surfing, along with a Dash, Dollop & Drizzle of heart-warming romance.

 My Thoughts

 I am really enjoying the settings in this new Blossomwood Bay series and the latest, Hawaii, played a huge part in the story. Holly's working holiday there gives her the ideal environment to escape from her job and living worries and take a fresh look at how she interacts with her friends. The key to Holly's behaviour rests in her youth. Certain experiences when young have affected her greatly and she now finds it impossible to speak out, wanting to placate and please everybody. The idea of confrontation makes her feel ill. 

    The supporting cast of characters are a varied lot with their own contribution to the story. They have their own stories going on and in the background is a threat to this Hawaiian paradise. Holly keeps in touch with friends who we have met in earlier books in the series which is great to check in with them. Adding to the humour are the four legged friends who Holly adores. By the end of the story, you feel that Holly has developed as a character and matured. This is a great read for a late summer holiday. 

In short: escape to Hawaii for sun and romance





About the Author

Daisy James loves writing stories with strong heroines and swift-flowing plotlines. When not scribbling away in her peppermint-and-green summerhouse (garden shed), she spends her time sifting flour and sprinkling sugar and edible glitter. She loves gossiping with friends over a glass of something pink and fizzy or indulging in a spot of afternoon tea - china plates and teacups are a must.


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Book links:   Amazon UK  |  Amazon US  | 
Thanks to Daisy James and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.
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  1. A huge thank you for your lovely review, and for being part of the blog tour, Love Daisy xx


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