Foxglove Farm by Christie Barlow @ChristieJBarlow @0neMoreChapter_ @rararesources #blogtour #bookreview #romcom #summerreading


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Foxglove Farm written by Christie Barlow, publisher HarperImpulse, is available NOW in ebook format.  The paperback is due out in September.

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Book Blurb

Return to Love Heart Lane for friendship, romance and a community who will be be there for you no matter what…
Isla and Drew Allaway appear to have the perfect life – a strong marriage, two beautiful children and their picture-perfect home, Foxglove Farm.

But, new mum Isla is struggling. She loves her little family but with Drew working all hours on the farm, Isla’s lonely.
When she discovers that Drew has been keeping secrets from her, Isla has to face losing the home they all love.
Can the Love Heart Lane community pull together once more to help save Foxglove Farm? And can Isla save her home…and her marriage?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Christie Barlow’s latest novel:  Foxglove Farm.

I’m a relative newcomer to Christie Barlow’s writing with Foxglove Farm being the  2nd book that I’ve read by her.  There are so many great authors to discover and Christie Barlow is one that has firmly shot to my favourites list … I can’t wait to binge read all her back catalogue!  Her writing style flows effortlessly with relatable characters written with warmth.  The settings in her novels are described as idyllic and full of community spirit and as a reader you soon start to feel included in the neighbourhood.  The stories behind the characters are real and heartfelt and you start to champion them.

Foxglove Farm is a return to the village of Heartcross and Love Heart Lane which we visited back in January.  You can find my review for book one in the series here.  Foxglove Farm can be read as a standalone story but to fully appreciate all the characters, the setting and the whole ambience I would highly recommend reading all the books in the series in order, which are:

  • Love Heart Lane
  • Foxglove Farm

Foxglove Farm is Isla and Drew’s story; after recently giving birth to her second child life on the farm is busier than ever for the young couple but trouble is brewing when Drew starts to display unusual mood swings.  Isla is confused about Drew’s sudden change and starts to worry for her family’s future.  When tragedy strikes Isla has to rely on the good nature of her family and friends to keep her home and livelihood in business.

Once again the warmth from the characters that Christie Barlow has created shines through and you feel welcomed into their lives.  I particularly liked how the author dealt with a sensitive subject with grace and empathy.  This area the author has touched on is hardly spoken about and has almost felt like a taboo subject for a long time  but slowly the world is opening it’s eyes to an issue that is quite commonly felt.

Foxglove Farm is a lovely heart-warming story that will make you fall in love with the village of Heartcross even more, especially now that it has some new additions with added cute factor 🙂

About the Author
Foxglove Farm Author PhotoChristie Barlow is the author of A Year in the Life of a Playground Mother, The Misadventures of a Playground Mother, Kitty’s Countryside Dream, Lizzie’s Christmas Escape, Evie’s Year of Taking Chances, The Cosy Canal Boat Dream, A Home at Honeysuckle Farm, Love Heart Lane and Foxglove Farm. Her writing career came as somewhat a surprise when she decided to write a book to teach her children a valuable life lesson and show them that they are capable of achieving their dreams. The book she wrote to prove a point is now a #1 bestseller in the UK, USA & Australia.

Christie is an ambassador for @ZuriProject raising money/awareness and engaging with impoverished people in Uganda through organisations to improve their well-being.

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The Determined Lord Hadleigh by Virginia Heath @VirginiaHeath_ @MillsandBoon @rararesources #PublicationDayPush #HistoricalRomance #RegencyRomance #TheKingsElite


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The Determined Lord Hadleigh written by Virginia Heath, publisher Mills & Boon Historical, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

The paperback is available from all good book retailers including Waterstones, WHSmith and amazon.  The book can also be purchased direct from Mills & Boon website.

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Book Blurb

Haunted by Penny Penhurst’s courage on the witness stand, meticulous barrister Lord Hadleigh offers her a housekeeper position at his estate. Despite trying to stay detached, Hadleigh is charmed by her small child and surprised by how much he yearns for this proud woman! Can this he break through his own – and Penny’s – barriers to prove he’s a man she can trust…and love?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the Publication Day Push for The Determined Lord Hadleigh, the latest book by Virginia Heath.  The Determined Lord Hadleigh is a book four in The King’s Elite series, a regency romance series of four stories that can be read as standalone but to fully appreciate the stories as they progress forward I would highly recommend reading the books in the series in order (my reviews can be found by clicking the title):

The King’s Elite has been a fantastic, thrilling, evocative series from Virginia Heath and I think she’s saved the best till last.  I loved the bravado of our other King’s Elite but Hadleigh had the brains however, there was a vulnerability about him that totally won me over.

Lord Tristan Hadleigh is a barrister, well known for his meticulous and thorough questioning of witnesses in court.  Hadleigh works with The King’s Elite and has been working tirelessly behind the scenes putting the case forward to prosecute the Boss of the smuggling ring.  One of the witnesses to the smuggling gang evokes many emotions in Hadleigh, emotions that he has kept under lock and key for ten years.  For Penny Penhurst’s life under a controlling, vindictive, vile husband brings back many parallel traits to his own parents.  These traits he tried to intervene with and help his own mother but sadly to no avail tragedy was to strike and Hadleigh has felt nothing but guilt since and fears for the home he grew up in.

Hadleigh tries to help Penny Penhurst in a way that he couldn’t with his own flesh and blood but he goes about it the wrong way and puts even more fear into a young woman who has finally found the courage to speak out about the torrid few years of married life with a criminal.

Penny Penhurst has been married for three years and was unaware of the wrong doings her husband was involved in.  From the day she got married she knew she had made a grave mistake marrying but now feels trapped and her confidence has been shattered.  However, the gentle questioning by Hadleigh has given her the strength to speak out.  With this new found strength Penny wants to start her life again on her own merit but as Hadleigh starts meddling with his kindness Penny feels stifled and is afraid that all men will be like her husband.

Once Hadleigh learns about his mistake in helping Penny he changes tactics and asks for help from his fellow King’s Elite.  Penny proves to be of great help with the mission to gain enough evidence to put the Boss behind bars for good.  Once Hadleigh and Penny have reached a compromise with her new situation they start to form an unlikely friendship and soon realise their lives are quite similar.  Confidence between the pair grows and slowly the past hurt and fears are revealed.  Emotions have to be dealt with carefully to avoid the doors to their fears being completely closed.

Virginia Heath writes effortlessly addictive regency romance stories.  You can’t help but fall in love with the hero and heroine and Virginia Heath creates characters that bring out the best within themselves however much they may bicker.  Through the confused emotions and fears a heady romance is building but will it be too soon for the doors to Hadleigh and Penny’s heart to be opened?

A gorgeous finale to a fantastic series by Virginia Heath that was filled with drama, danger and plenty of romantic dalliances.

About the Author

When Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Despite that, it still takes her forever to fall asleep.

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Taking Heart by Rowena Summers #bookreview #familysaga #historicalfiction @agorabooksldn


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Taking Heart written by Rowena Summers, publisher Agora Books, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The ebook is also part of the kindleunlimited scheme.

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Book Blurb

But at least we still have each other. As long as we still have the family, we’ll be all right.

Imogen and her sisters are fighting to save their childhood home and remain in Bristol. Their father has announced the sale of the family business and everything is about to change.

But when a terrible tragedy tears the family apart, the Caldwell girls must forge their own paths in life. And with the Second World War looming over England, their lives begin to change more drastically than they could have imagined.

Through love and heartbreak, fear and loss, can the Caldwell girls make it out unscathed? Or will they be swept up in the chaos of the changing times?

ornate scrollI voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

Taking Heart is the first book in a four part series titled The Caldwell Girls.  The Caldwell Girls are three sisters growing up in a village near Bristol, there’s an anxious air all around with the constant talk of war beckoning.  The girls, along with their two brothers, lives were fairly privileged until their father announced financial ruin with the family run shop.  This sadly wasn’t the only bad news to hit the family and when tragedy strikes the children’s lives were to change irrevocably.  Dreams were changed, hearts were broken and independence beckoned.  A family at crisis were slowly making their mark in their lives in directions that surprised them all.

With the rumblings of war talks ever present life felt like it was precious and especially the young and in love who wished to grab any happiness they could before the inevitable.

Taking Heart is a lovely, gently family saga were formalities of the heart were entertained.  The author’s style of writing flowed well and fitted with the era in question.  Reading the novel felt like a trip down memory lane walking through a typical English country village waking up to the sound of birdsong and children’s laughter that would soon be replaced by the echo’s of the machinations of war.

Taking Heart was first published back in 2000 and Agora Books have recently republished the novel, with a brand new cover.  Sadly the author passed away in 2011 but I’m delighted to hear that her stories are reaching out to new readers and her fiction is bringing history to life.  I look forward to continuing the journey of The Caldwell Girls with more stories to come later this year.

About the Author

Jean Saunders was a British writer of romance novels from 1974 to 2010. She wrote under her married and maiden name, which was Innes, and also under the pseudonyms Rowena Summers, Sally Blake, and Rachel Moore.

After the publication of her first novel, Jean began a career as a magazine writer and published around 600 short stories. In the 1970s she started to publish gothic romance novels under her own name, and in the 1980s she created the pseudonym Rowena Summers to write historical romances, her most popular works. In 1991 her novel The Bannister Girls was shortlisted for the Romantic Novel of Year award.

She lived in Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, where she wrote full-time.

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