Hope in the Valleys by Francesca Capaldi @FCapaldiBurgess @HeraBooks @rararesources #HistoricalFiction #familysaga

Hope in the Valleys written by Francesca Capaldi, publisher Hera, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

Book 3 in this earthy, honest family saga set in a small mining village in the Welsh valleys. This time we have two leading ladies who take centre stage; Elizabeth and Gwen, with their stories blending seamlessly together.

Elizabeth is the daughter of the local coal mine manager, all throughout the book series she has tried valiantly to step out of the ‘middle class’ mould her mother had created and fit in with the locals. She’s ploughed lots of her energies in creating a community garden and allotment for all but that’s not enough for Elizabeth who wants to work for a living but getting her mother to agree to this is most unlikely.

Gwen is a local girl who’s worked in the munitions factory since the start of the war. She’s a bright, vivacious, kind, spirited girl who loves nothing more than spending her hard earned money on the latest fashions.

As the war rages on and casualties are adding up in the village the politics of the coal mine are mounting bringing family disrupt especially to the coal mine manager’s household.

The girls love lives become a tangled mess but they both fail to see that their hearts belong closer to home.

Amongst the anguish. Heartache, trials and tribulations of life in a hardworking village we feel a warmth of family, friendship and love.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of these instalments in the series as the author brings to life a saga that will appeal to many.

The Library by Bella Osborne @osborne_bella @Aria_Fiction #TheLibrary

The Library written by Bella Osborne, publisher Aria, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

Book Blurb

Two lonely bookworms. An unexpected friendship. A library that needs their help

‘A touching story of a friendship between a troubled teenager, a yoga-practising farming woman in her seventies and a local library. A delight!’ – Sunday Times bestselling author Katie Fforde

Teenager Tom has always blended into the background of life. After a row with his dad and facing an unhappy future at the dog food factory, he escapes to the library.

Pensioner Maggie has been happily alone with her beloved novels for ten years – at least, that’s what she tells herself.

When they meet, they recognise something in each other that will change both their lives for ever.

Then the library comes under threat of closure, and they must join forces to prove that it’s not just about books – it’s the heart of their community.

They are determined to save it – because some things are worth fighting for.

To buy link:

Buy from Amazon: https://amzn.to/3slYgWB

Buy from Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-library/bella-osborne/9781801100489

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I absolutely adored this story by Bella Osborne and I think it maybe one of my top reads for 2021.

The Library is a wonderful story of two lost souls building up an unlikely friendship.  Tom is 16 and is a shy boy who has suffered with so much heartache.  He's still dealing with the loss of his mother and has a strained relationship with his father.  He doesn't have many friends and spends most of his time on his x-box.  He has many happy memories of his later mother, one was reading so he plucks up the courage to visit his local library.  It's an overwhelming experience for Tom and he flusters with the librarian.  However, his visit catches the eye of one of the library regulars and she is intrigued by this young man.

Maggie is in her early 70's and has been a member of the book group at the library for a long time.  She's bored with the same old conversations with her fellow book group members so when a newcomer to the library catches her eye she is inquisitive.

When fate and events keep bringing both of them together at times when they are most vulnerable Tom and Maggie strike up a friendship.

This unlikely multi-generation duo blend perfectly with each other.  Maggie slowly gets Tom to open up and she relishes guiding him in life with her wise knowledge.  Tom proves a comfort to Maggie as although she has confidence and plenty of life experience she admits she is lonely and Tom's enthusiasm to learn about life is filling a void she has tried hard to ignore.

As life continues to throw hurdles in Tom's way his friendship with Maggie is proving to be a lifesaver.

Whilst Tom and Maggie's friendship blooms the library is placed in jeopardy with the prospect of closure.  The community pull together with the aim to save the library from closure.

Bella Osborne has written a wonderful story that deals with grief, loss, fear all dealt with grace and sensitivity.  Although the story tackles some hard hitting issues there is a warmth running throughout and I felt a sense of hopefulness and inspiration.  I truly did not want this story to end.

About the author:

Bella Osborne has been jotting down stories as far back as she can remember but decided that 2013 would be the year that she finished a full length novel. In 2016, her debut novel, It Started At Sunset Cottage, was shortlisted for the Contemporary Romantic Novel of the Year and RNA Joan Hessayon New Writers Award. Bella's stories are about friendship, love and coping with what life throws at you. She likes to find the humour in the darker moments of life and weaves these into her stories. Bella believes that writing your own story really is the best fun ever, closely followed by talking, eating chocolate, drinking fizz and planning holidays. She lives in the Midlands, UK with her lovely husband and wonderful daughter, who thankfully, both accept her as she is (with mad morning hair and a penchant for skipping).

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The German Wife by Debbie Rix @debbierix @bookouture #TheGermanWife

The German Wife written by Debbie Rix, publisher Bookouture, is available NOW in ebook format.

Book Blurb

Germany, 1939: Annaliese is a doctor’s wife, living in an elegant grey stone house with ivy creeping over the balcony. But when her husband is ordered to work at the Dachau labour camp, her ordinary life is turned upside down by the horrors of war. And Annaliese finds herself in grave danger when she dares to fight for love and freedom…

America, 1989: Turning the pages of the newspaper, Annaliese gasps when she recognizes the face of a man she thought she’d never see again. It makes her heart skip a beat as a rush of wartime memories come back to her. As she reads on, she realizes the past is catching up with her. She must confront a decades-old secret – or risk losing everything…

Germany, 1942:Annaliese’s marriage is beginning to crumble. Her husband, Hans, has grown cold and secretive since starting his new job as a doctor at Dachau. When a tall, handsome Russian prisoner named Alexander is sent from the camp to work in their garden, lonely Annaliese finds herself drawn to him as they tend to the plants together. In snatched moments and broken whispers, Alexander tells her the truth about the shocking conditions at the camp. Horrified, Annaliese vows to do everything she can to save him.

But as they grow closer, their feelings for each other put them both in terrible danger. And when Annaliese falls pregnant she has to make an impossible decision between protecting herself and saving the love of her life…

Inspired by a true story, this is a heart-stopping, unforgettable tale of ordinary people fighting for survival in the darkest of times. Fans of Orphan TrainThe Tattooist of Auschwitz and My Name is Eva will be utterly gripped by this beautiful, tragic, World War Two novel.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/32sTdZM

REVIEW

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This was such a compelling read that had me gripped.  Debbie Rix has blended fact with fiction creating a devastating story of a young German couple falling in love just before WWII.  The man was a doctor and had high ambitions to make a significant mark on the medical world .  The whirlwind romance was soon brought back to reality as married life was proving challenging as Annaliese's husband, Dr Hans Vogel, was trying to gain recognition and funding for medical research.  When the new Fuhrer takes an interest and offers Hans a position in one of the prison camps medical facilities Hans has high hopes for his research.

However, Hans doesn't anticipate the strict rules of the camp and as war loomed the medical trials became more barbaric making Hans question his work.  Alas, Hans had now backed himself into a hole working for the Fuhrer and any thoughts of escape would be futile.

As the war progressed Hans mood changed drastically and married life became unbearable with Hans trying to keep his work life a secret from his wife.

This was such an interesting story set before, during and after WWII told from a German couples POV.  I felt real sympathy for Hans and his predicament.  He had a thirst of knowledge and felt he could help many but trying to ignore the harsh, deadly reality of the POW camps was a futile job.  As a wife of a German SS Officer it must have been difficult to comply with the rules and I could sense Annaliese's anxiety when she was reminded of how closely her husband worked with the Nazis.

The story was full of heightened emotions, a family drama filled with secrets and lies and a devastating love and loss.

Wonderful story telling.

About the Author
Debbie Rix has written seven novels, the latest of which - 'The German Wife' - will be published on 13th January 2022. As an ex-journalist, historical accuracy is key, and she strives to weave her stories around real life events. 'The research process is vital,' she says. 'I work on the principle that if I find something fascinating, then so too will my readers.'

Her novels have been published in several languages - including Italian and Czech and her 5th novel 'The Secret Letter' will soon come out in Russia.

Debbie spends a lot of time in Italy and that country is the setting for 5 of her 7 novels. When not travelling she lives in the Kent countryside with her journalist husband, children, chickens and four cats. She began her career with the BBC - initially as the news reader on Breakfast Time, thereafter appearing as a presenter and reporter on a variety of factual and light entertainment television series. She had a spell as an Agony Aunt, and has also written about gardens and gardening - one of her private passions.

Twitter:  @debbierix

The Wild Remedy How Nature Mends Us – a diary by Emma Mitchell @silverpebble @OMaraBooks @Lovebookstours

The Wild Remedy How Nature Mends Us – a diary written by Emma Mitchell, publisher Michael O’Mara books, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

Book Blurb

Emma Mitchell has suffered with depression – or as she calls it, ‘the grey slug’ – for twenty-five years. In 2003, she moved from the city to the edge of the Cambridgeshire Fens and began to take walks in the countryside around her new home, photographing, collecting and drawing as she went. Each walk lifted her mood, proving to be as medicinal as any talking therapy or pharmaceutical.

In Emma’s hand-illustrated diary, she takes us with her as she follows the local paths and trails, sharing her nature finds over the course of a year. Reflecting on how these encounters impact her mood, Emma’s candid account of her own struggles is a powerful testament to how reconnecting with nature may offer some answers to today’s mental health epidemic.

Written with Emma’s characteristic wit and frankness, and filled with her beautiful drawingspaintings and photography, this is a truly unique book for anyone who has ever felt drawn to nature and wondered about its influence over us.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/3FDhCKJ

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This is a beautiful book from inside to out. The author, Emma Mitchell, has compiled a book starting from October journeying through each month to September. She guides us pointing out changes to the landscape around us be it flora, fauna or nature and shows us how each one brings a new feeling of emotion within ourselves.

The book is told with beautiful prose and is interspersed with stunning photos and delicate illustrations. There’s a gorgeous photo of teasels at sunset that makes my heart gasp.

What I’ve transpired from this book and from what we have all learned from the last 18 months or so living under a pandemic is that nature has been rejoicing our souls for a lifetime. Before technology burst into our lives we had our own multi-coloured rays of light amongst the darkness of life. Emma Mitchell is reminding us with a gentleness of what helps her when life is tough.

Such a beautiful, thoughtful book for a time when we need to be reminded to open our eyes.

About the Author

Emma Mitchell is a popular designer–maker, craft teacher, and naturalist. She lives in a tiny village on the edge of the Cambridgeshire Fens, where she runs nature-inspired craft workshops and creative winter retreats. Emma has been published in the Guardian, Mollie Makes, Country Living, and Kirstie Allsopp’s book Craft. She’s also the creator and editor of Mollie Makes Comic Relief Crafternoon magazine, which has raised £100,000 so far for projects in the United Kingdom and Africa. She shares her joy of craft and her daily nature observations on her Instagram account, @silverpebble2, and her Twitter feed, @silverpebble. She blogs at silverpebble.net

Heartcross Castle by Christie Barlow @ChristieJBarlow  @0neMoreChapter_ @rararesources

Heartcross Castle written by Christie Barlow, publisher One More Chapter, is available NOW in ebook format.

Book Blurb

Love Heart Lane – where friends are there for you no matter what

A second chance…

When her grandfather Marley passes away Grace Power discovers she’s been left the beautiful but crumbling estate of Heartcross Castle. As a single mum of three, Grace has no idea what she’s going to do with it – but who can say no to a roof over their kids’ heads and a chance to get away from past hurts?

And a forever home

Heartcross Castle is full of secrets – especially a lost security deposit box that holds the truth to everything… But when celebrity chef Andrew Glossop sets his eyes on the castle and, to make matters worse, mistakes Grace as the new housekeeper, Grace tells him there is absolutely NO CHANCE he is getting his hands on her home.
 
Devastated to have got it so wrong, Andrew will do anything to make it up to her – but is she willing to listen?

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B091BL4DX3

US – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B091BL4DX3

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This was such a welcome return to Heartcross and also for our main character Grace it was exactly what she needed the most.

Grace left Heartcross 10 years ago following a heated argument with her Grandad.  Over the last decade Grace's life has changed drastically  and she is still carrying the physical and emotional scars of a disastrous relationship.  Even though she's now the mother of three boys she has never felt so alone.  When she hears of the sad passing of her grandad she understands that this is the escape she needs for her and her boys and it's now time to go home.

Grace has inherited her late grandad's castle and she feels a glimmer of hope for the future.  The castle in the past was her home and held many good memories but was overshadowed by the last conversation with her grandad.  Arriving at the castle Grace is dismayed to find it in need of some serious tlc bringing further worries and hurdles for her to overcome.

Grace was a wonderful character to read about, she had spirit as a child but sadly a toxic relationship made her lose her zest for life.  The best thing to come out of this disastrous ten years were her 3 boys.  The boys were such fun and added another dimension to the storyline bringing lightness to dark times.

Not only has she ben left the castle but she also was left a tenant, non other than celebrity chef Andrew Glover.  Andrew Glover's life couldn't be any different to Grace's and they soon clash but slowly as time goes on Andrew can see that this young family bring a certain energy back to the castle and grounds.

I loved this story.  Seeing the castle through the eyes of Grace and her boys was charming and nostalgic but i also felt pangs of poignancy.

Christie Barlow has created a story of new beginnings bringing much hope for the future.  There's that wonderful community spirit that we've enjoyed from the residents of Heartcross leaving a comforting ambiance.  I didn't want the story to end but for Grace and her boys this is the beginning of a brand new adventure were life can be enjoyed again.

Author Bio – Christie Barlow is the number one international bestselling author of fifteen romantic comedies including the iconic Love Heart Lane Series, A Home at Honeysuckle Farm and Kitty’s Countryside Dream. She lives in a ramshackle cottage in a quaint village in the heart of Staffordshire with her four children and two dogs.

Her writing career has come as a lovely surprise when Christie decided to write a book to teach her children a valuable life lesson and show them that they are capable of achieving their dreams. Christie’s dream was to become a writer and the book she wrote to prove a point went on to become a #1 international bestseller in the UK, USA, Canada and Australia.

When Christie isn’t writing she co-presents The Book Show on Radio Northwich, enjoys playing the piano, is a keen gardener and loves to paint and upcycle furniture.

Christie is an ambassador for the @ZuriProject alongside Patron of the charity, Emmerdale’s Bhasker Patel. They raise money and awareness for communities in Uganda.

Christie loves to hear from her readers and you can get in touch via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/christie_barlow/?hl=en

Twitter @ChristieJBarlow 

Facebook page Christie Barlow author

The Golden Girls Getaway b y Judy Leigh @JudyLeighWriter @BoldwoodBooks @rararesources #TheGoldenGirls #bookreview #boldwoodbloggers

The Golden Girls’ Getaway written by Judy Leigh, publisher Boldwood Books, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

Book Blurb

It has been a long and lonely year for neighbours Vivienne, Mary and Gwen. All ladies of a ‘certain age’, their lockdown experience has left them feeling isolated and alone. They are in desperate need of a change.

Things start to look up however, when Gwen comes up with a plan to get them out of London by borrowing a motor home. In no time at all the ladies are on the road – away from the city, away from their own four walls, and away from their worries.

The British countryside has never looked more beautiful. As they travel from Stonehenge to Dartmoor, from the Devon and Cornish coasts to the Yorkshire moors, gradually the years fall back, and the three friends start to imagine new futures with no limitations.

And as their journey continues and their friendships deepen, and while the seaside views turn into glorious mountains and moors, Mary, Vivienne and Gwen learn to smile again, to laugh again, and maybe even to love again. Now they can believe that the best is still to come…

Purchase Link – https://amzn.to/2YoGDsk

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This was such a fun read and it is so refreshing to read a book about characters who are at the more mature age in life.

The Golden Girls feels very relatable especially with the pandemic restrictions of last year so the author Judy Leigh has incorporated this very real life event into a romcom. However, there’s no anxiety about the pandemic felt in the book as it looks at the social aspect of lockdown.

The Golden Girls aka Vivienne, who is in her 70’s and is an actress, Gwen who is also in her 70’s and is a retired opera singer and Mary who is in her 80’s and a retired nurse. The ladies are very different in personality but they do have a few things in common, they are neighbours all living under the same roof and they are experiencing life during lockdown.

The girls are getting frustrated and bored with restrictions and as neighbours they are already friends but when an opportunity crops up for them to escape and travel the country in a motorhome it is the perfect time to cement lifelong friendships.

As the girls pack their bags and head away from the confines of the city of London a new found freedom is felt between all three.

We follow the girls on a journey across the English and Welsh coastlines and countryside taking in all that they offer and more. But this is more than a road trip, it is a journey of enlightenment for all three as they learn more about each other, let themselves live in the moment and embark on memory lane tours.

I adored Mary she was such a fun character but her vulnerability was so tragically sad my heart went out to her. Gwen was probably the most responsible and I loved witnessing her emerge as a confident, beautiful flower. Vivienne oozed glamour and was full of confidence. They all brought a certain something to the group and blended beautifully. I laughed along with them and when it came to returning I too felt a sense of melancholy.

A fantastic, fun, read full of surprises.

Author Bio –

Judy Leigh is the bestselling author of Five French Hens , A Grand Old Time and The Age of Misadventure and the doyenne of the ‘it’s never too late’ genre of women’s fiction. She has lived all over the UK from Liverpool to Cornwall, but currently resides in Somerset.

Social Media Links –  

Website http://judyleigh.com

Twitter https://twitter.com/judyleighwriter

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/judyrleigh/

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Christmas Carols and a Cornish Cream Tea by Cressida McLaughlin @cressmclaughlin @RandomTTours @fictionpubteam #ChristmasCarolsCornishCreamTea

Christmas Carols and a Cornish Cream Tea written by Cressida McLaughlin, publisher HarperCollins, is available NOW in ebook, audiobook and paperback format.

Book Blurb

All Meredith Verren has ever wanted is to escape the holiday season without having to wear a
Christmas jumper. Her new job at the cosy gift shop in a picturesque Cornish tourist spot is
making it impossible for her to maintain her scrooge-like manner.
With their seasonal hampers on everyone’s wish list, Meredith must paste on a smile and fake
some holiday cheer. Then she meets handsome new arrival, Finn, who wishes it could be
Christmas every day and wants her to feel the same way too.
Can she embrace the holly and the ivy before the decorations are packed away for another year?

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Cressida McLaughlin has enchanted me with this story as she sprinkled Christmas magic to those that needed it the most.

I haven’t read any of the previous Cornish Cream Tea books by Cressida McLaughlin and I didn’t feel at all disadvantaged. This book read perfectly as a standalone but I have to admit though it has made me want to revisit Cornwall with the author’s wonderful words of warmth and comfort.

Meredith hates the festive season and she struggles to let herself embrace all that it offers. She tends to hide away till the New Year when life starts to get back to normal. We don’t get to hear the reason of her anxiety at Christmas for a good while and it’s only the charm of a handsome stranger that slowly helps Meredith to open up.

Finn is currently on holiday in the Cornish coastal town that is Meredith’s home. Finn is handsome and very charming but he also holds a mysterious air about him.

As these two strangers meet a friendship blossoms and they find themselves learning about each others vulnerabilities gaining an inner strength they thought they didn’t hold.

I just loved how this story enveloped me in a cosy warmth and had me feeling hopeful, nostalgic and loved. Seeing the sights of the Christmas festivities felt magical and I could see how the community pulling together lifted the mood all around. The characters are written with warmth and are very likeable, I was championing them throughout. Cressida McLaughlin certainly knows how to please her readers, I just know I will be investing my time and money in her other stories.

About the Author

Cressy is the bestselling author of uplifting, romantic books including The Canal Boat Café, The House of Birds and Butterflies and The Cornish Cream Tea series.

She grew up in London surrounded by books and with a cat named after Lawrence of Arabia. She studied English at the University of East Anglia and now lives in the beautiful city of Norwich with her husband David.

Apart from writing, Cressy loves terrifying ghost stories, romantic heroes and Henry Cavill.

When she isn’t writing, Cressy spends her spare time reading, returning to London or exploring the beautiful Norfolk coastline.

You can find out more information and follow her at:

http://www.cressidamclaughlin.com
Facebook.com/CressidaMcLaughlinAuthor
Instagram.com/cressmclaughlin
Twitter.com/cressmclaughlin

Snow Falls Over Sunnybrook by Rosie Green @Rosie_Green88 @rararesources #TheLittleDuckPondCafe #bookreview

Snow Falls over Sunnybrook written and self-published by Rosie Green is available NOW in ebook format.

Book Blurb

The chance to spend a night ghost-hunting alone with Hudson Holmes at Brambleberry Manor seems like a dream come true for Ruby Watkiss. Maybe, she thinks, this is their chance to get closer? But when mysterious goings-on start happening which have nothing to do with the spirit world, the pair are catapulted off on another sleuthing adventure. And as the snow starts to fall and emotions are rising at the Little Duck Pond Cafe, Ruby is faced with a double challenge. Can she be braver than she’s ever been, in order to rescue something very close to her heart? And can she convince Hudson that Christmas really can be the most wonderful time of the year?

Purchase Link – https://amzn.to/3BqYwpv

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Snow Falls Over Sunnybrook is Book 18 in The Little Duck Pond Cafe series and it is another success from author Rosie Green.

It’s Halloween at Sunnybrook and the girls persuade Ruby and Hudson to stay overnight at the Manor to prove a historical ghost story wrong. Ruby has developed feelings for Hudson so a night in his company is proving difficult to control her emotions. However, the night provides a few surprises and shocks including intruders on the manor estate.

Nothing is thought more of the suspicious activity until a similar event happens outside the cafe one night. So our would be sleuths, Ruby and Hudson, decide to investigate further resulting in a discovery that’s even more startling and dangerous.

I love Ruby and Hudson’s partnership, their amateur sleuthing is fun to witness and they share a great rapport with each other but dare they cross over the friendship line for something more?

Rosie Green has treated the reader to fun, frolics, danger, other worldly vibes and a gorgeous romance.

Author Bio – Rosie’s series of novellas is centred around life in a village cafe. Her latest, ‘The Wedding Cake Wish’, is out now. Look out for more Little Duck Pond Café tales in 2022, including ‘Chocolate Cake for Breakfast’ and ‘Christmas in June’.

Follow Rosie on Twitter – https://twitter.com/Rosie_Green88

My First Animal Moves by Darryl Edwards @fitnessexplorer @rararesources #myfirstanimalmoves #childrenspicturebook

My First Animal Moves written and self-published by Darryl Edwards is available NOW in ebook, audiobook, hardcover and paperback format.

Book Blurb

Nathan loves to play, but he loves his video games more.

Can a trip to Animal Moves land convince him there’s more fun outdoors? Best-selling author and speaker Darryl Edwards has created this fun adventure inspired by his passion for encouraging kids to move in an ever-increasing sedentary environment.

MY FIRST ANIMAL MOVES
Discover the joys of animal moves with your little cubs in this first book of movement. Join Nathan and his cute, but sometimes lazy, dog as they crawl, jump and balance their way through the animal kingdom re-enacting moves designed to emphasise fun. It’s all in this exercise for kids book that focuses on family fun boredom busters.

HELPING KIDS MOVE AND GETTING KIDS OFF SCREENS THROUGH FUN ANIMAL PLAY

✓ Do you want to make physical activity for kids fun?

 Are you looking for ways to help your children develop strength, coordination and balance?

✓ Do your children love learning about animals?

 Are you worried about too much TV and screen time?

✓ Do you want to teach young children about the importance of physical activity?

✓ Would you like easy and fun fitness games to include in your day?

My First Animal Moves is your answer. Play along together, keeping everyone healthier and happier, promoting physical, mental and emotional well-being. You’ll all release more mood-enhancing hormones as a result, which help you feel good every day.

It’s written by professional movement coach and award-winning author Darryl Edwards who is best known for his groundbreaking TED Talk “Why working out isn’t working out“, viewed over a million times worldwide. My First Animal Moves distils the ideas in his bestselling Animal Moves book and Animal Moves Fitness Decks into a colourful picture book for children.

A Children’s Book to Encourage Kids and Their Guardians to Move More, Sit Less and Decrease Screen Time.

This unique story takes a different stance to many popular titles in this arena, with a fun activity that encourages children’s active play while aiming to get families moving and reading together. It takes the humour and colour in kids’ yoga books such as Breathe Like a Bear by Kira WilleyYoga Bug by Sarah Jane Hinder, and You Are a Lion by Taeeun Yoo to a whole new energy level with active play for the entire family.

Get My First Animal Moves to help your family thrive through movement today.

Purchase Links – www.MyFirstAnimalMoves.com

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“movement is medicine”

My First Animal Moves is a delightful introduction of exercise for small children. The book can be used for an individual one on one experience or perfect as a group class activity.

Darryl Edwards is a Movement Coach and has created this charming picture book to encourage children to get up and move more with the help of a few animal friends.

I loved the introduction of the animals and learning about their individual movements. I can imagine children relishing the idea of roaming around like a bear or a frog. As a parent or teacher you could expand the activity and find out more details about each animal or you could find other animal moves to impersonate.

The illustrations are bright, colourful and charming.

A fun, entertaining, activity picture book.

Author Bio –

Darryl Edwards is a Movement Coach, author of the best-selling books “Animal Moves” and “My First Animal Moves”, and a thought leader in the area of creativity and innovation in fitness and health. 

Darryl developed the Primal Play Method™ to inspire others to make physical activity fun while getting healthier and more robust in the process. 

Social Media Links – www.instagram.com/fitnessexplorer, www.facebook.com/fitnessexplorer, www.twitter.com/fitnessexplorer,

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The Knight’s Convenient Alliance by Melissa Oliver @melissaoauthor @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks @rararesources #bookreview #HistFic

The Knight’s Convenient Alliance written by Melissa Oliver, publisher Mills and Boon Historical, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

Book Blurb

The only man who’s tempted her…Now poses as her husband!

When an injured knight arrives on Brida O’Conaill’s doorstep, the village assumes he’s her long-lost husband. But her only previous connection to Sir Thomas Lovent was an intense shared moment at a tournament years ago. Brida maintains the pretence while she nurses him, yet once he’s back to full, virile health, she cannot reveal Thomas is not her husband—or that she’s unmarried!—when everyone is expecting them to act like husband and wife…

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The Knight’s Convenient Alliance is Book 4 in the Notorious Knights series and it is also Melissa Oliver’s fourth published book in just 17 months. Melissa Oliver has burst onto the Medieval Romance scene and has left her readers wanting more … You can find my reviews of the author’s previous books by following the link: https://kraftireader.wordpress.com/?s=melissa+oliver

This is the story of Brida O’Connaill and Thomas Lovent and their rather unconventional tale of love overcoming a history that left a guilty feeling within oneself, of a dramatic heroic mystery and a humorous game of ‘will they, won’t they.’

We briefly met Brida and Thomas in book 3 however, you do not need to have read any of the previous books to enjoy any of the stories in the series as they are easily read as a standalone. But characters from previous stories do crop up in later instalments making it lovely to see progression in their lives and it is also a wonderful series.

Brida and Thomas have a brief history but 3 years have passed and they have seen ‘hide nor hair’ of each other until Thomas is found collapsed in her home nursing a wound. For the last 3 years Brida has kept up a pretence that she’s married and her husband works away so when Thomas turns up the villagers are jubilant for his return leaving Brida with some explaining to do for a very smug knight who finds the whole situation hilarious and he thoroughly laps up all the attention.

Thomas Lovent has a secret double life and he’s brought danger inadvertently to Brida’s door. A dramatic escape ensues with a limited timescale to reach a pivotal event that is imperative to run smoothly for the peace of the kingdom. Danger is afoot and no-one is to be trusted. However, what fears both Brida and Thomas is their own past which has indented a guilt within each other that has shaped the way they live their lives now.

Melissa Oliver has written an entertaining medieval romance with danger around every corner which includes the temptation of each others hearts. Gorgeous!

Author Bio – Melissa Oliver is from south-west London where she writes historical romance novels. She lives with her lovely husband and daughters, who share her passion for decrepit, old castles, palaces and all things historical.

Melissa is the WINNER of The Romantic Novelist Association’s Joan Hessayon Award for new writers 2020 for her debut, The Rebel Heiress and the Knight. 

When she’s not writing she loves to travel for inspiration, paint, and visit museums & art galleries.

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