Leo’s War by Patricia Murphy blogtour extract

 

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It’s 1943 and young Leo tries to protect his disabled sister Ruby as the Nazis invade Italy. After his mother is arrested, he turns to Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty to save them. But he is no ordinary priest. Known as ‘The Pimpernel of the Vatican’, the Monsignor is the legendary organizer of the Rome Escape Line. Soon Leo is helping out with this secret network dedicated to saving the lives of escaped prisoners of war, partisans and Jews. But as the sinister Nazi leader Kappler closes in on the network, can Leo and his sister stay out of his evil clutches?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Patricia Murphy’s latest novel: Leo’s War.  The book is aimed for young adults but I think it sounds equally fascinating for adults too.

The author has kindly offered to share an extract with you all today:

In this extract from Chapter 4, Leo and his disabled younger sister Ruby escape at night to Rome to seek help from Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty, after their mother is arrested as a member of the Resistance. Deep in the forest they bump into a group of young partisans led by Roberto, the older brother of a nasty classmate, who used to be an enthusiastic fascist. But after Mussolini joined Hitler in the ill-fated invasion of the Soviet Union, many Italian troops who were ill-equipped to deal with the Russian winter, deserted and joined the partisans on the side of the Allies. Many of these partisan groups were astonishingly brave, fighting the Germans with ill-assorted weapons and relying on their knowledge of the local terrain. Often too, they were little more than teenagers.

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Halfway in, we came upon a tiny clearing where there
was a rough stone hut, the kind used by shepherds,
underneath a canopy of branches. But apart from the
remains of a recent fire, there was no sign of life. I wondered
if it would be a good place to have a little rest. But as I
hesitated there was a sudden whoosh in the trees. I sensed
a darkness closing in behind.
And then a shape dropped from the tree in front.
“Fermati! Basta!” Halt! That’s enough!
The donkey brayed and kicked up its legs. I lifted up my
hurley.
Before me stood a youth by the slenderness of him,
dressed in ragged clothes with a cloth over his face. He had
a mass of black curly hair and his dark eyes bored into me.
He was cradling a rifle in his arms.
“Don’t hurt us!” I cried out in Italian.
But the youth tore off his kerchief and laughed.
“Englishman! What are you doing here?’
Ruby popped her head out of the cart, her hair covered
in straw. Two other equally ragged boys emerged out of the
trees and burst into laughter.
“Roberto!” I cried. He was the older brother of Filippo,
my sworn enemy. A Blackshirt. He joined up even though
he was too young and was sent to the Russian front. He
sang the songs in praise of Mussolini with such gusto I used
to think his lungs would burst. But he didn’t look like a
Blackshirt now. He was the opposite – the spit of a bandit.
I stood stock still, staring hard at him.
“We are partisans now fighting for freedom from
Mussolini!” he exclaimed proudly. “I am the leader of our
band. ‘Lucky’ they call me. Because I got us all back from the
Russian front.” He puffed out his chest with pride even
though his little band of fighters looked like ragamuffins or
the Lost Boys from the story Peter Pan that my mother used to
read. And there only seemed to be two of them. Some band!
“This is Carpo, our sharpshooter,” he said. “And cook.”
He nodded towards a skinny little boy of about fifteen
with tufts of blond hair peeking out of a cap. He wore a
rough burlap sack tied at the waist instead of a jacket and
his trousers were in flitters. On his feet were two left boots
with twine instead of laces. But at least he had shoes. The
other one, a tall skinny boy with glasses called Primo, had
pieces of leather on his feet tied with string like some
peasants wore. Roberto referred to him grandly as their
“munitions expert”.
“Gigi is sleeping in the hut. She’s a refugee from the
south and she’s joined our partisan group,” he said,
swaggering as if he were a battle commander. “The rat we
roasted last night didn’t agree with her.”
While I gaped at this, the others laughed and Carpo
patted his belly, saying, “Yum, yum! More for us.”
I pushed the image of the rat out of my head and eyed
the group suspiciously. “I thought you loved Mussolini,” I
said to Roberto. “You beat me up when I sang that song
about him and you didn’t even know what it was about.”
“I knew it was disrespectful with those farting noises
you made at the end!” He laughed then. His face
brightened. “Sing it for us, eh?”
So I did! I puffed out my chest and sang at the top of my
voice.
“Oh Mussolini, what have you done?
You have a fat head like a baby’s bum,
You are the Duce but you’re just a fool,
Everyone knows you are Hitler’s tool!
Oh Mussolini, with your face like a bum,
If ever I see you, I’ll tell you you’re scum!
Then away I will run, run, run, run, run!
And one of these days you’ll be shot by a gun!”
They listened, grinning, and cheered when I translated
for them as best I could.
“You sing well for an Englishman,” the string-of-beans
boy, Primo, said.
Roberto looked around at his little band and smiled like
I was his long-lost brother. He winked at me and cuffed me
around the head. “You were right, Englishman! We have seen
what a mess he made of his lousy stinking army by following
those other German fatheads and we fight for Italy now!”

About the Author

Patricia Murphy Leo's WarPatricia Murphy is the bestselling author of The Easter Rising 1916 – Molly’s Diary and Dan’s Diary – the War of Independence 1920-22 published by Poolbeg.
She has also written the prize-winning “The Chingles” trilogy of children’s Celtic fantasy novels. Patricia is also an award winning Producer/Director of documentaries including Children of Helen House, the BBC series on a children’s hospice and Born to Be Different Channel 4’s flagship series following children born with disabilities. Many of her groundbreaking programmes are about children’s rights and topics such as growing up in care, crime and the criminal justice system. She has also made a number of history programmes including Worst Jobs in History with Tony Robinson for Channel 4 and has produced and directed films for the Open University.

Patricia grew up in Dublin and is a graduate in English and History from Trinity College Dublin and of Journalism at Dublin City University. She now lives in Oxford with her husband and young daughter.

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The Mysterious Lord Millcroft by Virginia Heath Publication Day Blogblitz book review

 

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The Mysterious Lord Millcroft written by Virgina Heath, publisher Mills & Boon Historical is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

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Life as a duchess…
Or something much more dangerous…?
Part of The King’s Elite. Constantly told her beauty and charm is all she has to offer, Lady Clarissa is intent on marrying a duke. And intriguing spy Sebastian Leatham will help her! Only first she’ll assist him with his new assignment—playing the part of confident aristocrat Lord Millcroft. Sebastian awakens a burning desire within Clarissa which leaves her questioning whether becoming a duchess is what she truly longs for…

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I am so pleased to be involved in the Publication Day Blogblitz for Virginia Heath’s new novel The Mysterious Lord Millcroft, which is book one in a new series called The King’s Elite.

What an explosive start to a new Regency Romance series, I was completely hooked by Lord Millcroft and I feel like I’ve just sat through a 19th century James Bond-esque blockbuster movie.

Virginia Heath’s hero and heroine characters are always so well crafted and she has a great way with words infusing brilliant banter between the male and female lead characters.  I was instantly drawn to Sebastian’s character with his dark brooding looks and almost shockingly shy composure when faced with the effortlessly beautiful Lady Clarissa.  A man trained to blend in with every situation Sebastian was struggling to talk to this stunning specimen of the female kind.  Sebastian was lost; lost for words and he’d lost his heart when he first laid eyes on her.  However, Lady Clarissa had her heart set on marrying a Duke.

Sebastian Leatham had a secret life one that he’d finely tuned and he was one of the best in his profession.  He was a spy, working for King and country as one of The King’s Elite.  His latest mission was to blend in to Society’s most aristocratic peers and seek out information on liquor smuggling.  Sebastian hated Society and all that it stood for; it was pompous and full of stupid traditions.  Sebastian hadn’t envisaged meeting Lady Clarissa again and was shocked to meet up with her whilst he was undercover.  In order to keep up his persona Sebastian had to entrust Lady Clarissa with confidences that were a matter of state security.

Sebastian’s mission was in full swing with the help of Lady Clarissa.  Was Lady Clarissa going to be a hindrance or help to the cause?

This was such an exciting tale full of drama with dashing undercover agents infiltrating with the rich and infamous Ladies, Lords, Dukes and Earls.  Danger was always lurking behind shadows and the close working relationship with Sebastian and Clarissa brought it’s own danger with the onslaught of desire that was heating up as the drama unfolded.

A dynamic duo in a gorgeous, dramatic, engaging Regency romance.

About the Author

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Virginia Heath lives on the outskirts of London with her understanding husband and two, less understanding, teenagers. After spending years teaching history, she decided to follow her dream of writing for Harlequin. Now she spends her days happily writing regency romances, creating heroes that she falls in love with and heroines who inspire her. When she isn’t doing that, Virginia likes to travel to far off places, shop for things that she doesn’t need or read romances written by other people.

 

 

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How to Find Love in the Little Things by Viginie Grimaldi blogtour book review

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How to Find Love in the Little Things written by Virginie Grimaldi, publisher Headline Review is available to download in ebook format now and available to purchase in paperback from tomorrow, 23rd August 2018.

The ebook is available to download for amazon kindle, kobo, iBooks and Google Play.

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Welcome to Ocean View. You don’t know it yet, but you’ll be happy here…’
Julia’s not running away. Not exactly. She just needs a break from Paris and Marc and all the sad stuff that’s been going on lately. A little time to pull herself together.
The job offer felt like a lifeline. But now she’s back in Biarritz, suitcase in hand, she hasn’t the faintest idea what she was thinking.
What Julia doesn’t yet know is there’s more to the odds and ends of Ocean View than meet the eye. Behind the double doors lie broken hearts, lifelong secrets, a touch of romance and an unwavering passion for life. And sometimes it’s the most unlikely of places and people who help you find your way.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the paperback launch of Virginie Grimaldi’s debut novel: How to Find Love in the Little Things.

How To Find Love in the Little Things was originally published in France in May 2016 and soon became a bestseller resulting in the novel being translated into several languages.  I am thrilled to say the UK version is available to purchase in paperback from 23rd August 2018 and I predict great success for UK sales as this book is truly wonderful.

How to Find Love in the Little Things is the author’s debut novel and after reading it I can totally appreciate the reason it has been received so well.  I simple fell in love with this story.  The author’s prose was fresh, funny, with some wonderful endearing moments.  Virginie Grimaldi has a great sense of comedic timing and when you are dealing with people, especially the older generation, health can play an important and significant role in their lives so to bring humour that was raw and honest to scenes that were quite sensitive and of a serious nature was so heartening and poignant to read.

This story will make you fall in love with a bunch of characters that in real life you probably would overlook.  The ladies and gentleman of Ocean View Elderly Home in Biarritz, France were all at an age were life had treated them to many moments of happiness, sadness, turmoil and struggle but now they were all united in a sort of family, a family of survivors, survivors of life.  From the funny, sweet, charming, to the grumpy, you can’t help wanting to learn more from these characters.

Julia has been taken on as a temporary psychologist at the home covering for a maternity leave.  Julia has been employed to listen to the residents of the home and help them with their emotional needs.  But Julia didn’t envisage that this myriad bunch of elderly people would help Julia more in her own personal happiness and well-being.  This eight month period would be a wonderful time of learning, self-discovery, inspiration, team building, coping with her own loss and grief, acceptance of the past and the welcoming of new beginnings.

I loved every single page of this novel.  It made me laugh, it made my heart swell, I was charmed and I was inspired.  It was thought provoking but most of all it was truly wonderful.

About the Author

Virginie GrimaldiVirginie Grimaldi grew up in Bordeaux and has wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember. She wrote her first novel aged eight in a green notebook with multiplication tables in the back. It was about love and the sea and featured a thirty-page-long sunset . . .

How to Find Love in the Little Things was first published in France in May 2016 and became an instant bestseller, translated into multiple languages.

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The Last Plantagenet? by Jennifer C Wilson blogtour book review

 

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The Last Plantagent? written and self-published by Jennifer C Wilson is available NOW in ebook format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

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The fireplace hadn’t looked like a time-portal.
All Kate had wanted was a fun, relaxing day out, watching the knights jousting at Nottingham Castle. What she ended up with was something quite different.
Transported in a heartbeat from 2011 to 1485, how will Kate handle life at the Ricardian court? Even more importantly, how will she cope when she catches the eye of the king himself?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting Jennifer C Wilson’s novella; The Last Plantagenet?

Wow!  What an amazing short story.  I feel quite emotional after reading The Last Plantagenet? by Jennifer C Wilson.  The author managed to grasp my attention and my imagination and my emotions were evoked with the words and characters in the story.

I find short stories are ideal tea break reads or ‘in between’ reads but The Last Plantagenet? was so much more than a quick read.

I was enthralled by the story of Kate, a historical enthusiast and big fan of Richard III, to find herself travelling back in time to the 15th century.  To a time with the reign of King Richard III staying at Nottingham Castle.  To a time when the country was at unrest with the approaching arrival of the Tudors.

Jennifer C Wilson brought so much atmosphere to this story, it was very imaginative but still in line with historical events.  The story also felt a little eerie at times.  I was there with Kate experiencing life in the castle with it’s servants and ladies in waiting and I was also in the throes of unrest that was evident in the Kingdom.  Kate soon had to think on her feet and get in to character to keep her time travelling secret.

A short story that certainly packed a punch; full of drama, intrigue, passion, tragedy, sadness all mixed with a dose of magic.  I really enjoyed this novella and will definitely check out more work by the author.

About the Author

The Last Plantagenet - JenniferCWilson-NewPhotoJan2018Jennifer is a marine biologist by training, who developed an equal passion for history whilst stalking Mary, Queen of Scots of childhood holidays (she since moved on to Richard III). She completed her BSc and MSc at the University of Hull, and has worked as a marine environmental consultant since graduating.

Enrolling on an adult education workshop on her return to the north-east reignited Jennifer’s pastime of creative writing, and she has been filling notebooks ever since. In 2014, Jennifer won the Story Tyne short story competition, and also continues to work on developing her poetic voice, reading at a number of events, and with several pieces available online. Her Kindred Spirits novels are published by Crooked Cat Books and available via Amazon.

Website:  https://jennifercwilsonwriter.wordpress.com/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/jennifercwilsonwriter/

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Plantagenet

I had to re-cap with myself the meaning of Plantagenet and here is a short extract from Wikipedia:

The House of Plantagenet was a royal house which originated from the lands of Anjou in France. The name Plantagenet is used by modern historians to identify four distinct royal houses: the Angevins, who were also Counts of Anjou; the main body of the Plantagenets following the loss of Anjou; and the Plantagenets’ two cadet branches, the Houses of Lancaster and York. The family held the English throne from 1154, with the accession of Henry II, until 1485, when Richard III died in battle.

Valentina: Book 2 of the Chantelle Rose series by Cristina Hodgson book review

 

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Valentina: Book 2 in the Chantelle Rose series written and self-published by Cristina Hodgson is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

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Chantelle Rose is back. She has lived a fairytale. But will she ever get her Happy Ever After?

To find true happiness, she must discover who Robbie and Lionel really are. Their past holds the key to her future…

Her quest follows a trail that takes her to the depths of the Pampas lands of Argentina.

There, the beautiful Valentina awaits – and holds the key.

But who is Valentina? What is the mystery surrounding her?

And why is she so important to both Robbie and Lionel?

Will Chantelle discover the truth? And, more importantly, will she discover her destiny and the fidelity in her own heart?

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Valentina is book two in the Chantelle Rose series, I read A Little of Chantelle Rose (book one) back in March this year and it is the author, Cristina Hodgson, debut full length novel.  I instantly fell in love with the author’s style of writing which was warm, full of fabulous characters, great comedic scenes and Cristina Hodgson kept me fully entertained and intrigued till the very end.  You can find my review for Book One here.  A Little of Chantelle Rose left me wanting more and Valentina has all the same great attributes and much more.

I would highly recommend reading all the books in the series in order as the story follows on from each book.  The books in the series are:

  • A Little of Chantelle Rose
  • Valentina
  • Isabella (coming soon)

Valentina kicks off with Chantelle facing a life changing event but she is left with an unfortunate dilemma.  To help her try and make the right decision with her predicament Chantelle feels she has to speak with Robbie back in Kent, UK.  However, by the time Chantelle arrives back home Robbie has left the country and has embarked on his own journey of self-discovery, a journey of unknown heritage, a journey to make sense of questions that have been unanswered for a long time.  Robbie’s journey takes him to the rural lands of Argentina and to the mystery surrounding Valentina and to a tragic story of young love that was cruelly cut short.

Chantelle is as impulsive as ever and in her own mad-cap way is in hot pursuit of Robbie.  We are treated to a great race with time and travel with Chantelle trying to piece together fragments of Robbie’s and of Lionel’s past and that of the mysterious woman called Valentina.

The author takes us back in time 33 years ago to when a 15 year old Valentina is learning about life and love.  I really enjoyed this part of the story, Cristina Hodgson had got the atmosphere just right I could feel the first emotions of young love and of the excitement of new beginnings.  Valentina was a beautiful young girl with her whole life ahead of her growing up in a country full of culture and heritage but forces she had no control over were to bring heartache her way.

Back to the present time we catch up with Valentina in Argentina and she is still feeling the scars of anguish she experienced when she was a young girl but flickers of hope are in evidence when she hears from someone she thought had been long forgotten.

This story was another fabulous romcom from Cristina Hodgson that was filled with intrigue, mystery and was a little mystical.  Chantelle’s character still shone through the story but I was also captivated by the introduction of other strong female characters and sense that this series from the author has a strong heritage of female intuition and beliefs that hold many secrets.  Fun, fabulous, romantic with an air of intrigue.  I look forward to the next instalment in the series.

To learn more about the author Cristina Hodgson and her work please do visit the following pages:

Website:  http://cristinahodgson.com/

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/hodgsoncristina

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Martinis & Memories by A. L. Michael blogtour author guest post

 

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Martinis & Memories written by A. L. Michael, publisher Canelo, is available NOW in ebook format.

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Bel Hailstone has spent the past decade building her dream – Soho’s best burlesque club – from the ground up. But now The Martini Club is under threat and it will take everything in Bel’s power to resist encroaching developers and save her pride and joy.

Amidst the chaos Bel’s past comes knocking with the unexpected arrivals of her still-not-quite-ex-husband, her estranged mother and Brodie Porter – the boy who got away all those years ago.

To keep her beloved club afloat – not to mention her sanity – Bel will have to accept help for the first time in a long time, put the past to rest and claim the happy ever after she once thought was lost for good.

If you loved Martinis and Memories, why not read the first two stories in The Martini Club series? Cocktails and Dreams & Prosecco and Promises are both available now!

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Martinis and Memories Blog Tour (Final)

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting book 3 in The Martini Club series by A. L. Michael.  Today, I have a great post from the author to share with you:

Searching for fathers in The Martini Club

The title is misleading – we’re not looking for parents in a London burlesque club (although as Bel will tell you, all are welcome) but in thinking about what ties my books together, there’s a focus on parental relationships.
Mothers and daughters are complicated, sure, but in these books the fathers each have a role to play too.

In Cocktails and Dreams, Savvy’s dad was a glorious surprise, someone she had never known and who saught her out in her teen years after he found out she existed. Their relationship over the next ten years was about becoming close and finding a bond that was solely theirs, having survived life with her tempestuous (but brilliant) mother. They were a team, and Savvy’s dad is a sweet, kind man who’d do anything for the daughter he’s so grateful to have.

Mia’s relationship with her father is different – a proud man, it pains him to let his daughter witness as he finally loses out to cancer. He’s had a good life, fought for a long time, and even bagged a beautiful young wife in the process, but it’s the fact that his daughter put her life on hold due to his sickness that torments him.
So he sends her away at the end, desperate to remain strong and alive in her memories.
For Mia, it’s a hard thing to love and hate someone at the same time, fearful of losing them, angry at being sent away, scared to be alone. Her father raised her after her mother died, and apart from a young stepmother who drives her crazy, she’s always trusted in his decisions. She honours his choice to send her away and not return until after he’s died, but it’s incredibly difficult and she’s hard to be around. Mia secretly thinks she’s unloveable, and without her father to convince her otherwise, she fears she’ll always be lost and alone.

Bel’s story is different again – she doesn’t have a father. Her mother never mentioned him, and refused to answer any questions. To her, it’s clear the man never wanted her, or was never told. Or perhaps, he was just a bad guy. Her mother is a nightmare, and she couldn’t imagine anyone putting up with that, even for a daughter.
Instead, Bel creates an imaginary father when she’s a kid. She imagines a Johnny Cash character with a guitar coming to take her away to a better life. When she finds Sam, it’s like he’s the father figure she’s always dreamt of, and he helps her get out of the job, relationship and situation that has dragged her down for the last couple of years, and helps her believe in herself enough to chase her dream – a burlesque club. Sam has always been there, supportive and caring, one of the few people she feels she can be herself with. It’s just that when Bel’s mum turns up and meets Sam, she thinks he’s pretty perfect too.

The Martini Club series is about figuring out who you are and what you want to do, especially for women at the end of their twenties or beginning their thirties. You look at what society wants from you and how everyone else defines success and you try to figure out what will make you happy. In each book, looking back to their families, giving people a second chance and allowing for a little vulnerability sets these women on the path they need.

Thank you so much for joining me on my blog today, I look forward to reading Martinis & Memories.

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Website:  https://almichael.com/

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The Bridesmaid Blues by Tracey Sinclair blogtour book review

 

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The Bridesmaid Blues written and self-published by Tracey Sinclair is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

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Luce knows she should be thrilled when Jenna asks her to be bridesmaid – after all, they’ve known each other since childhood and Jenna is the best friend any girl could have. But it’s hard to get excited about weddings when you’re terminally single and the best man is the boy who broke your heart: Jamie, the groom’s dashing and irresistible brother. How can she face the man who dumped her when she’s still so hopelessly in love? Then again, maybe this is the perfect opportunity – after all, where better to get back together than at a wedding?

So Luce has six months to figure out how to win back her ex, but she has plenty else on her plate – from an old friend returned to Newcastle with an announcement of her own, to a youthful colleague who may or may not have a crush on her and a mother who is acting very strangely indeed… and that’s all before a mysterious, handsome American walks into her life.

Sometimes being a bridesmaid isn’t all confetti and champagne…

‘A smarter, funnier Bridget Jones’ Diary for the 2010s – great pithy writing and instantly likeable characters’ Cass Green, Sunday Times/USA Today bestselling author of In a Cottage in a Wood’

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting Tracey Sinclair’s romcom: The Bridesmaid Blues.  I read this novel last year and loved it so I’m very happy to be able to share my review again.

This is the first book I’ve read by Tracey Sinclair and I absolutely adored it. A perfect read for fans of Bridget Jones and Lindsey Kelk. A smart, sassy, funny romcom with lots of northern charm. From the first chapter that had me laughing through the words to the very end of the book I was hooked by Luce’s plight of Bridesmaid Blues and boyfriend woes.

Tracey Sinclair’s northern wit and humour shone throughout the story. Tracey has created instantly likeable characters especially Luce, an ordinary girl with her woes of always being the bridesmaid, being left on the shelf, her low self-esteem. I loved how we saw Luce’s character growing as she left the hustle and bustle of London to move back to her native Newcastle. You could almost feel her body and mind relaxing telling her she is more at home in Newcastle. There is another character later on in the story that has an almost similar reaction, which is quite humbling in a way. They both left the area to pursue their dreams but in reality your dreams can be achieved wherever you are.

This was such a fun filled, warm hearted read. I fell in love with Luce’s character, her hapless personality and her great friends in Dennis and Justin gave some fabulous comedic scenes. The men in Luce’s life each had their own individual charm and personality leaving you falling a little for each one … great book boyfriend material!

I hope Tracey writes some more romcoms as I thoroughly enjoyed this story. For me the only fault was I wanted more … loved it!

About the Author

Tracey Sinclair Author PictureTracey Sinclair works as a freelance writer and editor.
Her novel and collection of short stories (Doll and No Love Is This, respectively) were published by independent publisher Kennedy & Boyd, and Dark Dates is her second novel and the first in the Cassandra Bick series.
Her work has appeared online and in print in magazines as diverse as Sky, Printer’s Devil, Yours and Woman’s Weekly, and has been performed on the radio. Her first play, Bystanders, was premiered as part of the New Writing Season at Baron’s Court Theatre in 2011 and later staged at both the White Bear and Tristan Bates Theatre.

She is theatre lover and regular contributor to online theatre magazine Exeunt (www.exeuntmagazine.com).

Twitter: @Thriftygal