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.

To buy link (amazon UK): https://amzn.to/2Mot0Tn

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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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I 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.

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

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.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.

Canelo books can be found on Amazon, Kobo, Apple and Google Books – some books will be limited to UK publication places only.

To buy link (amazon UK):  https://amzn.to/2MHaGRd

Product Details (as per amazon page)

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!

The Martini Club
Cocktails and Dreams
Prosecco and Promises
Martinis and Memories

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.

To learn more about the author A. L. Michael please visit the following pages:

Website:  https://almichael.com/

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

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/A.L.Michael.writer/

 

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.

To buy link:  https://amzn.to/2n4CBzn

Product Details (as per amazon page)

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 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.

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

 

From Duke Till Dawn by Eva Leigh blogtour extract

 

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From Duke Till Dawn written by Eva Leigh, publisher Mills & Boon, is available NOW in ebook, paperback, audiobook and audio CD format.

The paperback is available from all good book retailers and also direct from the Mills & Boon website, the ebook is available to download for amazon kindle, kobo, Google Play and iBooks.

To buy link (Mills & Boon UK):  https://bit.ly/2MatMCs

To buy link (amazon UK):  https://amzn.to/2AOglDA

Product Details (as per amazon page)

‘It’s not my habit to seduce impoverished widows…’
The Duke of Greyland lost his heart – and a princely sum – to a charming, beautiful and destitute widow who, after one passionate night, vanished without a trace. Cassandra Blair grew up on the city streets, picking pockets to survive. Greyland was a rich mark – to be fleeced and forgotten – only she’d never forgotten him.
Years later, chance brings them together again, in a London gaming hell. Grayland is desperate to have her… never suspecting everything about his lover was a lie. But finding herself in dire financial straits, at risk of losing everything, Cassandra has no choice but to beg the man she betrayed for help.
The proud Duke will assist her under one condition: she doesn’t leave his sight until her debts are paid! But can the real Cassandra – the smart, streetwise survivor – steal his heart all over again?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Eva Leigh’s latest book; From Duke Till Dawn.  From Duke Till Dawn is also the first instalment in Eva Leigh’s new regency romance book series titled Scandalous Ladies of London.

I am so pleased to share with you all today an extract from the book:

London, England 1817

A woman laughed, and Alexander Lewis, Duke of Greyland felt the sound like a gunshot to his chest.

It was a very pleasant laugh, low and musical rather than shrill and forced, yet it sounded like The Lost Queen’s laugh. Alex could not resist the urge to glance over his shoulder as he left the Eagle chophouse. He’d fancifully taken to calling her The Lost Queen, though she was most assuredly a mortal woman. Had she somehow appeared on a busy London street at dusk? The last time he’d seen her had been two years ago, in the spa town of Cheltenham, in his bed, asleep and naked.

The owner of the laugh turned out to be a completely different woman— brunette rather than blonde, petite and round rather than lithe and willowy. She caught Alex staring and raised her eyebrows. He bowed gravely in response, then continued toward the curb.

Night came on in indigo waves, but the shops spilled golden light in radiant patches onto the street. The hardworking citizens of London continued to toil as the upper echelons began their evening revelries. Crowds thronged the sidewalk, while wagons, carriages, and people on horseback crammed the streets. A handful of pedestrians recognized Alex and politely curtsied or tipped their hats, murmuring, “Good evening, Your Grace.” Though he was in no mood for politeness, responsibility and virtue were his constant companions— had been his whole life— and so rather than snapping, “Go to the devil, damn you!” he merely nodded in greeting.

He’d done his duty. He’d been seen in public, rather than disappearing into the cavernous chambers of his Mayfair mansion, where he could lick his wounds in peace.

The trouble with being a duke was that he always had to do his duty. “You are the pinnacle of British Society,” his father had often said to him. “The world looks to you for guidance. So you must lead by example. Be their True North.”

This evening, before dining, Alex had taken a very conspicuous turn up and down Bond Street, making certain that he was seen by many consequential— and loose- lipped— figures in the ton. Word would soon spread that the Duke of Greyland was not holed up, sulking in seclusion. His honor as one of Society’s bulwarks would not be felled by something as insignificant as his failed marriage suit to Lady Emmeline Birks. The Dukes of Greyland had stood strong against Roundheads, Jacobites, and countless other threats against Britain. One girl barely out of the schoolroom could hardly damage Alex’s ducal armor.

But that armor had been dented by The Lost Queen. Far deeper than he would have expected.

Standing on the curb, he signaled for his carriage, which pulled out of the mews. He tugged on his spotless gloves as he waited and adjusted the brim of his black beaver hat to make certain it sat properly on his head. “Always maintain a faultless appearance,” his father had reminded him again and again. “The slightest bit of disorder in your dress can lead to rampant speculation about the stability of your affairs. This, we cannot tolerate. The nation demands nothing less than perfection.”

Alex’s father had been dead for ten years, but that didn’t keep the serious, sober man’s voice from his mind. It was part of him now— his role as one of the most powerful men in England and the responsibilities that role carried with it. Not once did he ever let frivolities distract him from his duties.

Except for one time . . .

I’m looking forward to reading this regency romance during the summer.

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

Website:  http://evaleighauthor.com/

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

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The Unlikely Heroics of Sam Holloway by Rhys Thomas blogtour book review

 

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The Unlikely Heroics of Sam Holloway written by Rhys Thomas, publisher Wildfire (an imprint of Headline Publishing Group), is available NOW in ebook, paperback, audiobook and MP3 CD format.

The paperback is available from all good book retailers, the ebook is available to download for amazon kindle, kobo, Google Play, iBooks.

To buy link (amazon UK):  https://amzn.to/2MbMWaU

Product Details (as per amazon page)

This is no ordinary love story and Sam is no typical hero…but he is a hero.

Sam Holloway has survived the worst that life can throw at you. But he’s not really living. His meticulous routines keep everything nice and safe – with just one exception…
Three nights a week, Sam dons his superhero costume and patrols the streets. It makes him feel invincible – but his unlikely heroics are getting him into some sticky, and increasingly dangerous, situations.
Then a girl comes into his life, and his ordered world is thrown into chaos … and now Sam needs to decide whether he can be brave enough to finally take off the mask.

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I 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.

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the paperback launch of Rhys Thomas latest novel: The Unlikely Heroics of Sam Holloway.  This is my first introduction to the work of Rhys Thomas and I was totally entranced by this story and I think The Unlikely Heroics of Sam Holloway may be going on my top reads for 2018 list.  I fell in love with Sam’s story; I wept for him,  I consoled him, I championed him, I cheered for him, I adored him.

Sam Holloway is a young man that has suffered greatly in his life.  As a child he was shy, quiet, studious and didn’t fit in with the ‘in crowd’ but he kept true to his personality and didn’t change himself just to fit in.  Sam found his own place of solitude and happiness and all was well with his life till a very traumatic event, an event that would change his perspective in life, an event that would put obstacles in his mind for his future plan.  When I read about this traumatic, life-changing event it totally moved me emotionally and I felt like my own heart had been split in two.

Sam was to deal with the repercussions from this event in his own unique way that involved a fairly strict routine.  Another way of dealing with his loneliness and emotions was to change into a different persona; Sam had become a modern day superhero/vigilante and would don a costume and patrol the dark streets at night helping those in need and watching out for citizens breaking the law.  However, one day he meets a girl that has her own quirks just like Sam and he can’t get Sarah out of his mind.  But how would a shy, quiet young man like Sam who coped with daily life with it’s routines be able to approach and talk to Sarah?  This was bringing all types of confused emotions to Sam.

Sarah had just recently moved to the area, escaping her own demons from her past.  What she sees in Sam is a sort of kindred spirit and she is charmed by his shyness and his quirky ways.  She finds a strength in Sam that is helping her to move on but due to Sam’s shyness he doesn’t realise how much he is helping Sarah with her own past.

When the past catches up with Sarah, Sam and his alter ego take matters in their own hands bringing with it a danger that Sam hasn’t faced before.

As Sam’s personal life is in turmoil it starts tumbling into his professional life and Sam’s usual calmness in the office soon turns to disarray.

The Unlikely Heroics of Sam Holloway was such a charming, quirky, poignant but ultimately happy story.  I loved the character Sam, there are so many people in the world that are happy within themselves and he didn’t need the ‘popular cliques’ to keep him happy.  I also enjoyed the sub-characters in this story especially Sam’s best friends Blotchy and Tango; another two quirky, geeky young men that struggled with their emotions but when a friend is in trouble they became like their own stronger version of themselves.  Sam’s boss, Mr Okamatsu, was another brilliant sub-character and I appreciated his wise words.

A story that will make you smile amongst the tears and will leave you with a sense of hope and belief.

To learn more about the author Rhys Thomas and his work please visit the following pages:

Website:  https://rhysthomashello.com/

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

 

 

 

The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden blogtour book review

 

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The Girl in the Tower written by Katherine Arden, publisher Del Rey (Ebury Publishing) is available NOW in ebook, hardcover and audiobook format.  The book will also be available to purchase in paperback format from 9th August 2018.

The book is available to purchase from all good book retailers and the ebook is available to download for amazon kindle, kobo, Google Play and iBook.

To buy link (amazon UK):  https://amzn.to/2Oe5J2Q

Product Details (as per amazon page)

For a young woman in medieval Russia, the choices are stark: marriage or life in a convent. Vasya will choose a third way: magic. . .
The court of the Grand Prince of Moscow is plagued by power struggles and rumours of unrest. Meanwhile bandits roam the countryside, burning the villages and kidnapping its daughters. Setting out to defeat the raiders, the Prince and his trusted companion come across a young man riding a magnificent horse.
Only Sasha, a priest with a warrior’s training, recognises this ‘boy’ as his younger sister, thought to be dead or a witch by her village. But when Vasya proves herself in battle, riding with remarkable skill and inexplicable power, Sasha realises he must keep her secret as she may be the only way to save the city from threats both human and fantastical. . .

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I 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.

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of the paperback of The Girl in the Tower.  The Girl in the Tower is the second instalment in the Winternight Trilogy, I’d fully recommend reading all the books in the series in order to fully immerse yourself in this world of wonderment, myth, magic, danger and love.  The books in the series are:

  • The Bear and the Nightingale (you can find my review for book one here.
  • The Girl in the Tower
  • The Winter of the Witch

It’s been just over 18 months since I entered the world of Russian folklore with the book that began the Winternight Trilogy; The Bear and the Nightingale.  Firstly, I’d like to thank and congratulate the artist of the book covers in this series as they are truly works of art, the detail is stunning and the colours are very inviting.  I would purchase the covers alone as prints to adorn my house.  As mentioned in my review of book one fantasy fiction is not my usual genre but the synopsis and the cover drew me in.  I was so pleased I stepped out of my reading comfort zone to discover this epic tale.  As it’s not my usual genre it did take me a little while to get back in to the story but I’ve learnt that I have to set my mind to acknowledge and embrace a world full of imagination and let the words just take me there.  Once I was back in Russia with Vasya and her trusted companion Solovey, her horse, I was completely captivated again by this whole world of medieval Russia, by the myth and the magic, by the forbidden love but this time danger was lurking and the author Katherine Arden takes us on a very dangerous, deathly journey.

This is such a spellbinding sweeping story of a young woman blessed with skills few are given.  Vasya takes on tasks that many men would struggle to find the strength and courage to undertake.  Vasya is like the original medieval super hero showing immense belief, hope and strength to help those she dearly loves.  The terrain of Russia is clear from the descriptive words from the author, the atmosphere of the landscape is very evident.  My emotions once again were in turmoil and at times I felt completely spent.  There is a beauty of a love that is almost forbidden entwined within the storyline, this love was so rare and so beautiful but there was a sadness within it.

For an author to take me out of my reading comfort zone and envelope me in to another world is a job well-done.  Katherine Arden is an author to watch, the Winternight Trilogy with book one being her debut novel shows a depth of literary expertise that can take years to learn.  I would like to repeat a quote from my review of book one:

This book and it’s story would look impressive with a big movie budget bringing all the characters and creatures to life, a blockbuster in the making.

To learn more about the author Katherine Arden and her work please visit the following sites:

Website: http://www.katherinearden.com/

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

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

The Promise by Michelle Vernal blogtour book review

 

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The Promise written and self-published by Michelle Vernal is available NOW in ebook and paperback format. The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

To buy link (amazon UK):  https://amzn.to/2O4FrzP

Product Details (as per amazon page)

Two women from different generations brought together by another’s wrongdoing.

When British backpacker, Isabel Stark happens across a car accident on a lonely stretch of road in the South Island of New Zealand her life changes forever. The sole passenger, Ginny Havelock asks her to make a promise before she passes away—to find Constance and to say she’s sorry.
Isabel’s a lost soul who’s been drifting through life unsure of where she fits, and the promise she made in New Zealand haunts her upon her return to the United Kingdom. Her only clue as to finding Constance lies within a conversation held at Ginny’s funeral. It takes her to the Isle of Wight.
In the 1940’s sixteen-year-old Constance’s life on her island is sheltered until the death of her brother; Ted brings the reality of war crashing down around her. He leaves behind his pregnant young widow Ginny. When Constance meets a handsome Canadian Airforce man, she’s eager to escape her grief and be swept up by first love. It’s a love which has ramifications she could never envisage.
When Isabel and Constance’s paths finally cross will Ginny’s last words be enough for Constance to make peace with her past? And in fulfilling her promise will Isabel find a place she can call home?

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I 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.

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Michelle Vernal’s latest novel: The Promise.

The Promise is the author’s sixth novel and is another of her time-slip historical romances.  Michelle Vernal writes in both the historical time-slip romance genre and also the romantic comedy genre and her writing smoothly moves from one genre to the other producing enjoyable, relatable reads.

A chance encounter witnessing the after effects of a crash on a country road in New Zealand starts a surprising adventure for British backpacker Isabel Stark.

Heartbroken Isabel decided to take a gap year to New Zealand and give her heart a chance to heal.  Towards the end of her year Isabel is the first bystander to a car accident and offers comfort to the old lady trapped in the car.  Sadly Isabel was to be the last person to see the old lady alive and these last few minutes of comfort that a stranger gave to dear old Ginny was enough for her to pass on a very heartfelt message.  A message that had been laying heavily on Ginny’s mind for seventy years.  Feeling shaken by the emotion of the sadness of Ginny’s death Isabel attended her funeral and was to learn that Ginny was born in the UK and lived on the Isle of Wight just a short ferry ride from her hometown.  Isabel felt like fate had played a hand at putting her in the right place for dear old Ginny.

With Isabel’s gap year coming to an end she returned home with Ginny’s last thoughts and wishes on her mind.  With only a few clues as to Ginny’s last known UK residence Isabel sets off on a journey of discovery.  This journey would take her on an emotive tale travelling back to WWII and to a love story that life so cruelly snatched away.  The journey would also be a time for self-discovery for Isabel herself for her own personal and professional enlightenment.

I was captivated by this time-slip historical romance from Michelle Vernal.  Reading about the tragic love story in WWII was so touching.  I also loved the journey of self-discovery for Isabel, she was learning so much about herself that she had either kept hidden or hadn’t realised her true potential.  A lovely story filled with emotion but interlaced lovingly with warmth and charm with a whole host of great sub-characters.  I didn’t want the story to end as I wanted to know how the characters were progressing with the next instalments in their lives.

A touching, heart warming historical time-slip romance.

About the Author

btyMichelle Vernal is a Harper Collins author who loves a happy ending. She lives with her husband, their two boys and a needy three-legged black cat in Christchurch, New Zealand. She’s partial to a glass of wine, loves a cheese scone and has recently taken up yoga—a sight to behold indeed. She is a freelance writer for a Canterbury lifestyle magazine who is currently working on her seventh novel. Michelle’s a firm believer in happy endings, and all of her stories are written with humour and warmth.

 

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