The Good Wife by Eleanor Porter @elporterauthor @BoldwoodBooks @rararesources #blogtour #bookextract

The Good Wife written by Eleanor Porter, publisher Boldwood Books, is available NOW in ebook, kindleunlimited, audiobook and paperback format.

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Where will her loyalty lead her?

Once accused of witchcraft Martha Spicer is now free from the shadow of the gallows and lives a safe and happy life with her husband, Jacob. But when Jacob heads north to accompany his master, he warns Martha to keep her healing gifts a secret, to keep herself safe, to be a good wife.

Martha loves Jacob but without him there to protect her, she soon comes under the suspicious eye of the wicked Steward Boult, who’s heard of her talent and forces her to attend to him. If she refuses, he promises to destroy the good life she has built for herself with Jacob.

Desperate and alone, Martha faces a terrible decision: stay and be beholden to Boult or journey north to find Jacob who is reported to have been killed.. The road ahead is filled with danger, but also the promise of a brighter future. And where her gifts once threatened to be her downfall, might they now be the very thing that sets Martha free…?

The brilliant follow-up to Eleanor Porter’s first novel of love, betrayal, superstition and fear in Elizabethan England. A story of female courage, ingenuity and determination , this is perfect for fans of Tracy Chevalier.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating the launch of Eleanor Porter’s latest historical novel: The Good Wife. I have the pleasure of sharing an extract from the novel.

Rain set in before nightfall. A cold thick rain that pressed out light and hope. I knelt by my bed and prayed they had found good lodgings and kindness. Even as I did so, I half expected the light touch of his fingers on my neck, his presence behind me. Such foolishness, it was only two months. Nevertheless, I lay awake a long time, long after the cottages were quiet and there was only the odd owl, the rain on the thatch and the drip where it leaked. It was getting worse, the leak. The ridge needed renewing. They had promised it when we arrived. ‘Not a bad cottage Jacob Spicer,’ they’d said, ‘and the Steward’s man has promised you a new coating of thatch before winter.’ We’d scarcely cared at first, the life here was so much more than we’d dared hope for, but as that winter passed, and the next, we’d grown tired of patching the holes. Last November a storm had threatened to blow half the roof away; we’d had to rope it down, with the gale in our faces. If we were to have another wild night I could not attempt that on my own. Mould spread over our end wall like breath on glass, however often I scrubbed and limed it. If I could be of service to the Steward, perhaps Jacob would come home to a new roof. 

I must have fallen asleep at last, for when I woke the birds were loud and the rain had stopped. I opened the door to sunshine, and to Sally Robbins, my neighbour two doors down. Silly Sally we called her, she was always wittering to fill the empty spaces in her head, or else worrying after things she could not help, as though it were only her fretting stopped the sun from falling down. There was no harm in her, for all that; when her sister had died she had taken the children in, though there was scarce room to stand. It had been the making of her, for it gave her a whole houseful who would worry her forever. She was forever clasping the children to her big turnip breasts and weeping at their faults and falls and they loved her for it and strained to get away. 

I smiled. It felt good to have another’s voice in the house and if I couldn’t have Jacob, hers would do, for it lined the emptiness without my having to make much in the way of response. 

‘Well I didn’t see you all afternoon and I said to my Michael, that poor girl – I know you are a grown woman Martha, but you are a girl to me ever since I saw you arrive thinner than a reed in winter – so I said to myself that girl has gone to be alone to weep. And I expect you didn’t get a wink of sleep did you, all night long?’ 

I smiled to think I was near as feeble as she thought me. ‘I slept quite well Sally, thank you, although the rain was coming through all night.’ 

‘Yes, you look pale as death itself, poor thing. It’s a terrible thing to be lovesick. And you two like pretty doves, if a dove could be as dark as you are dear – if I’m honest you are more brown like mistress blackbird and you have a lovely voice like her too, I’ve heard you singing. And Jacob your ouzel, but golden. Michael said if you think she’s lonely you could send the baby round to her, he’d keep her busy enough!’ 

‘I’d be happy, Sally— ‘ 

‘—And make you pine the more! Well, maybe an hour or two of an evening, I have that much to do I barely eat some nights and the poor babe so sick with the kinkcough he whoops all night. But don’t you worry, you’ll have some of your own before long, there’s nothing like a bit of yearning to quicken you up when he comes home – perhaps if Michael had gone away a bit more we’d have had our own. But see, we’ve plenty.’ 

‘You have, Sally, they’re doing well.’ 

‘Are they, do you think so, you don’t think Jack has taken to stooping? They are working him too hard in the yards and now with Jacob gone – he’ll miss him near as much as you will, always a kind word, Jacob, like a brother he’s been—’ 

‘—Sally,’ I said, for my patience was wearing a little, ‘Roger Boult, the Steward, accosted me yesterday as I was gathering herbs. He wants me to attend to him, I think it must be a sickness of his own, or someone else in the household. Do you know of anything?’ 

Sally pursed her lips together. ‘I won’t hear a word against Sir Thomas, he’s the best master that ever lived…’ 

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Eleanor Porter has lectured at Universities in England and Hong Kong and her poetry and short fiction has been published in magazines. The Wheelwright’s Daughter was her first novel.

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In Pursuit of Happiness by Freya Kennedy @AuthorFreya @claireallan @BoldwoodBooks @rararesources #bookreview #boldwoodbloggers #feelgoodfiction

In Pursuit of Happiness written by Freya Kennedy, publisher Boldwood Books, is available NOW in ebook, kindleunlimited and paperback format.

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‘A lovely escape that leaves you feeling warm and fuzzy inside. Just what’s needed at the moment’ No1 bestselling author Jane Fallon
The world is waiting…but just outside of your comfort zone.

Jo Campbell is perfectly content in a perfectly structured life.
Nothing ever changes in Jo’s life, and she likes it that way.
Or at least, she tells herself she does.
Most of the time, she manages to push down the tiny voice that tells her to chase her dream and maybe, just maybe, open her battered and bruised heart up to love.
But to chase her dreams she needs to take chances that are way out of her comfort zone and learn to not put other people’s happiness above her own.
Most of all she has to learn to trust her heart, which may just be the biggest challenge of all.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Freya Kennedy’s latest novel: In Pursuit of Happiness. I first fell in love with Freya Kennedy’s writing back in September when I read The Hopes and Dreams of Libby Quinn which introduced me to the wonderful community of Ivy Lane. Although Freya Kennedy’s new novel, In Pursuit of Happiness, can be read as a standalone I would strongly recommend reading The Hopes and Dreams of Libby Quinn first as it introduces you to Ivy Lane, it’s residents, it’s quirks and it’s charm. The characters lives do develop and you can see a lovely progression to their story.

In Pursuit of Happiness focuses on Jo; Jo works with her brother in the pub, she also helps out dear elderly Harry in his corner shop and helps her parents look after her younger sister Clara who was fostered by the family and then later adopted. Jo’s life seems pretty busy but she has a first love that she’s kept to herself and that is writing. Jo has always had aspirations to become a writer and have her books published but she has no confidence in her skill. Since her brother’s girlfriend, Libby, opened up the book shop across the road with purposed writing nooks Jo can be often seen squirrelled away tapping away at her laptop lost in her words. Until one day when a celebrated author visits the bookshop Jo’s life is about to change and she has a whole new emotional ride ahead of her.

There’s a new visitor to the Lane and that is Harry’s grandson, Lorcan. The community have already had pre-conceived ideas about Lorcan and first impressions do not go down too well. However, a friendship blossoms between Jo and Lorcan but the pair soon find out they have more in common than just the love of this dear old man in the corner shop. Both Jo and Lorcan hold a vulnerability within them. Their hearts have previously been broken and the cracks are still evident. Can this new friendship be the key to both of them opening up their hearts and learning to let love in again?

I adore this community in Ivy Lane they are so supportive of each other and you can feel the warmth emanating from the characters. In Pursuit of Happiness will have you feeling cosy and comforted by this story of inspiration and new beginnings. You will fall in love with quite a few characters but one character in particular will melt your heart, have you smiling, laughing and crying with her. I do hope the author will treat us to more stories from this wonderful family of people in Derry. Gorgeously uplifting, feelgood fiction at it’s best.

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Freya Kennedy lives in Derry, Northern Ireland, with her husband, two children, two cats and a mad dog called Izzy. She worked as a journalist for eighteen years before deciding to write full time. When not writing, she can be found reading, hanging out with her nieces and nephews, cleaning up after her children (a lot) and telling her dog that she loves her.

She has met Michael Buble and even kissed him. It was one of her best ever moments.

She believes in happy ever afters.

Freya Kennedy is a pen name for Claire Allan, who also writes psychological thrillers.

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The Resistance Girl by Jina Bacarr @JinaBacarr @BoldwoodBooks @rararesources #blogtour #bookreview #WWIIfiction

The Resistance Girl written by Jina Bacarr, publisher Boldwood Books, is available NOW in ebook, kindleunlimited and paperback format.

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Two women. One heartbreaking secret.

Paris, 1943.

Sylvie Martone is the star of French cinema, and adored by fans. But as Nazi officers swarm the streets of Paris, she is spotted arm in arm with an SS Officer and her fellow Parisians begin to turn against her.

However Sylvie has a secret – one she must protect with her life.

Paris, 2020.

Juliana Chastain doesn’t know anything about her family history. While her mother was alive she remained very secretive about her past.

So when Juliana discovers a photograph of a glamorous French actress from World War Two amongst her mother’s possessions, she is in shock to find herself looking at her grandmother – especailly as she is arm in arm with a Nazi Officer…

Desperate for answers, Juliana is determined to trace the journey of her grandmother. Surely there is more to the photograph than meets the eye?

But as she delves into Sylvie’s past, nothing can prepare Juliane for the tales of secrets, betrayal and sacrifice which she will uncover.

A heart-wrenching story of love and war, perfect for fans of Pam Jenoff and Suzanne Goldring.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Jina Bacarr’s latest historcal novel: The Resistance Girl. I love books set in Paris and I am fascinated with the impact of both world wars on civilians so this book was a must read for me.

I found The Resistance Girl a captivating WWII time-slip novel that will entrance you with the glamour, the espionage, the romance and the danger. It will also leave you with food for thought of a time in history that no-one can ever appreciate or begin to understand unless you are living in it. This is when fiction is at it’s best bringing historical moments to life and giving the reader an atmospheric understanding of what the characters are experiencing.

This story is a tale of two halves focussing on two women who find themselves reaching a junction in their lives. The routes they take could change their lives irrevocably. Back in the late 1920’s young Sylvie, who has been brought up by nuns at the local convent in Paris, is obsessed with the silver screen and dreams of being an actress. Sylvie has to make a big decision to step away from the convent and set her dreams free but is this step leading her to danger in later life? The silver screens were just coming alive with speaking parts and exciting times were ahead in the world of cinema.

Over 75 years later Juliana is sorting out her late mother’s belongings and finds a photograph of a beautiful women. This photograph she believes is of her grandmother and it inspires Juliana to learn more about her. Who is the beautiful woman, what was her story?

The story flits back and forth as we follow both girls journeys in life; Sylvie’s journey to stardom and to survival as the war in Europe intensifies and Paris becomes occupied by soldiers. Sylvie’s celebrity status becomes a hindrance and a gain during these troubled times and she struggles with her beliefs. Juliana has a tough journey tracking down the life of this young woman in the photograph who held so many secrets. Her gut instincts are to fight for the truth surrounding Sylvie’s career and personal life.

A story that will keep you mesmerised till the very end. I find stories like Sylvie’s very remarkable and they should be told to all. Even though this is a work of fiction it is based on the wondrous stories that military historians are now unearthing. At times it is dark with the realities of war and it will break your heart many times but you can sense the hope in Sylvie for better days to come. It must have been thrilling for Juliana to reveal these secrets of her grandmother. Secrets that no-one could ever envisage.

A captivating story that I thoroughly enjoyed.

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Jina Bacarr is a US-based historical romance author of over 10 previous books. She has been a screenwriter, journalist and news reporter, but now writes full-time and lives in LA. Jina’s novels have been sold in 9 territories.

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Christmas at Lock Keeper’s Cottage by Lucy Coleman @LucyColemanAuth @BoldwoodBooks @rararesources #festivereading #bookreview

Christmas at Lock Keeper’s Cottage written by Lucy Coleman, publisher Boldwood Books, is available NOW in ebook, audiobook and paperback format.

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Join us for Christmas in the Cotswolds in this perfect festive escape, from the bestselling Lucy Coleman.

Imogen Tolliman never knew her mother. And when an accident robs Immi of her father too, she goes to live with her grandfather, Tollie, in his picturesque lock-keeper’s cottage by the Aysbury marina. 

Tollie is the star of the Santa Ahoy Special each Christmas – a festive boat ride along the canal that enthralls both children and adults alike. And as Immi grows up, she starts to appreciate the magical community she is lucky enough to live in. 

When Immi meets Gray Adams, she instantly realises he’s someone special. And as their relationship gets serious, they start to plan for the Christmas to beat all Christmases.  

But as the day approaches, and the romantic snow showers turn into blizzards, their dream of a Christmas to remember, looks set to be one they’ll never forget – for all the wrong reasons. Can they salvage the festivities, or will old secrets that are finally uncovered turn Immi’s life upside down forever?

Let Lucy Coleman transport you away to a dreamy Cotswolds Christmas full of snowflakes and secretslog fires, mistletoe, friends and much-loved traditions. Perfect for all fans of Trisha Ashley, Holly Martin and Sue Moorcroft. 

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Lucy Coleman’s latest novel: Christmas at Lock Keeper’s Cottage.

I adored this novel by Lucy Coleman it uplifted my spirits and oozed festive feelgood vibes throughout.

I have a fascination with life on a canal boat but this isn’t a story about living on a canal boat it’s a story about a whole community living within and on the canal side. It is also about a special bond with a granddaughter and her grandfather and of their kindness in sharing their free time bringing the spirit of Christmas on a specially adapted narrow boat that travels up and down the canal hosting Santa cruises to children.

Immie has lived with her grandfather most of her life since her father died when she was younger. It took Immie a little while to cope with her grief and new adjustments but the life she shares now living at Lock Keeper’s Cottage with her grandfather, Tollie, sounds so idyllic.

Immie is happily in a relationship with her boyfriend, Gray, but at the moment they can only see each other at the weekend as Gray helps his mother during recovery from an illness. This long distance relationship brings swings of emotional highs and lows to Immie and she doesn’t know when her love life will become settled.

With the run up to the festive season life for Immie becomes frantic as preparations for the Santa Cruises take shape. A team of willing helpers chin in to make the excursions run smoothly.

Christmas at Lock Keeper’s Cottage is such a cosy, comforting read I felt pangs of nostalgia listening to the children captivated with the Santa Cruises, it was almost magical the spell the Santa Cruise helpers were having on the little ones. I was also heartened to read the strength of the community spirit and the selfless acts of helping one another in times on need. The author Lucy Coleman has written a story of love, family, friendship, a few twists and turns along the way and plenty of festive feelgood factor.

Author Bio –

Lucy Coleman is a #1 bestselling romance writer, whose recent novels include Snowflakes over Holly Cove. She also writes under the name Linn B. Halton. She won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award and lives in the Welsh Valleys.

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The Country Escape by Jane Lovering @janelovering @BoldwoodBooks @rararesources #feelgoodfiction #bookreview #boldwoodbloggers #TheCountryEscape

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The Country Escape written by Jane Lovering, publisher Boldwood Books, is available NOW in ebook, kindleunlimited and audiobook format.

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Welcome to the idyllic country retreat of Christmas Steepleton, and let Jane Lovering whisk you away with the most heart-warming, romantic and comforting read of the year.

Leaving London and her ex-husband Luc behind, Katie and her 14-year-old daughter Poppy move into their very own, very ramshackle cottage near the village of Christmas Steepleton on the Dorset coast.

Harvest Cottage has been unloved for many years, so the job of bringing it back to life is a slow and expensive one. So, with funds running low, Katie jumps at the chance when a film company asks to use the cottage as a location.  But even as things are looking up, as harvest time passes and autumn chill starts to bite, the prospect of a cold winter in the country is daunting.

Some light relief comes from new friend Gabriel, so different from Katie’s exuberant but arrogant ex Luc. Will their friendship blossom into something more romantic, or will the reality of a tough country winter send her and Poppy scurrying back to the comforts of town?

Let Jane Lovering spirit you away to the perfect country escape, far away from the bustle of the city. Just right for fans of Emma Burstall, Fern Britton and Kate Forster.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Jane Lovering’s latest novel: The Country Escape.

This is the first novel I’ve read by Jane Lovering and I really enjoyed it.  The story charmed me with it’s gorgeous idyllic setting and I fell in love with the characters, even the sub-characters.

Katie and her teenage daughter, Poppy, have escaped their lifestyle in London and following the divorce of her ex-husband she has purchased a dilapidated cottage in the Dorset countryside not too far from the coastline.  Harvest Cottage sounds idyllic but it’s far from perfect with it’s damp walls and resident woodlice but Katie sees potential in the building and I do too see character and charm within the walls.

Harvest Cottage is isolated from the village but Katie soon finds she has a neighbour; a whimsical gypsy caravan and piebald horse have turned up in the lane adjoining her property.  As there is no owner for either the horse or caravanin sight Katie feels they have been left abandoned.  A kindly gentleman in the name of Gabriel, full of quirks and as handsome as they come, soon visits Katie to inform her of the horse and van’s owner.

The arrival of the new neighbour and of Gabriel start a catalyst of new beginnings for Katie and Poppy.  Life will never be the same for the girls and Katie starts to appreciate her past and acknowledge the secrets she has held with such emotional pressure.  She learns to accept the simpler things and the new people that enter her life enrich her beyond anything she’s received from the big city.

A delightful story that is about new beginnings, new friendships and new opportunities.  About learning from the past and accepting life with it’s all bumps in the road.  I fell in love with Harvest Cottage, with Katie and Poppy but most of all I fell in love with Gabriel.  Such a beautiful person inside and out; humble, intelligent, creative and community minded.  Katie and Gabriel are two vulnerable people learning from their past, will fate play it’s hand in bringing these two insecure individuals together?  Can Katie and Poppy learn to appreciate life at a different pace to the city of London?

Delightful, charming and I didn’t want the story to end.

Author Bio –

2018authorpicindoorsJane Lovering is the bestselling and award-winning romantic comedy writer who won the RNA Novel of the Year Award in 2012 with Please Don’t Stop the Music. She lives in Yorkshire and has a cat and a bonkers terrier, as well as five children who have now left home.

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The Girl You Forgot by Giselle Green @gisellegreenUK @BoldwoodBooks @rararesources #bookreview #blogtour

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The Girl You Forgot written by Giselle Green, publisher Boldwood Books, is available NOW in ebook, kindleunlimited, audiobook and paperback format.

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Does the heart never really forget?

When Ava’s partner Will is diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour, the doctors give Will one chance to survive – an operation which means he will lose his recent memory. Ava begs him to take the chance, sure that she can cope with Will forgetting her. After all, they have something very special to live for.

But they are also keeping a heart-breaking secret, and if Will loses his memory, Ava will have to carry that secret alone.

Can they rebuild their love from scratch or will their secrets and past come between them? Will Ava really be a stranger when Will wakes up – or does the heart never really forget…

Giselle Green returns with a heart-breakingdeeply moving story of love, loss, and what it really means to be alive. Perfect for all fans of Jodi Picoult, Susan Lewis and Diane Chamberlain.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Giselle Green’s latest novel: The Girl You Forgot.

The Girl You Forgot is a story that will break your heart many times and you will fall in love with the two leading characters as their lives are turned upside down with the strain of a terrible illness.  However, not only do Ava and Will have to cope with the diagnosis they have the long recovery and there’s also the question of the secrets that Ava has promised to Will that she will not reveal to him again post op.

What a conundrum to face for Will when making the decision on having the life saving operation.  He knows the operation is essential but he also knows he will lose his most recent memory.  A memory that holds so much of his creative inspiration for his musical talent.  A memory that also holds the time he fell in love with Ava and the time that his heart was broken.  Ava does everything in her power to ensure Will has the operation and the couple vow to keep the secrets that broke them hidden forever.  However, as time passes during Will’s recovery Ava struggles to rebuild their relationship and holding back all the secrets.

This is a wonderful, heartfelt story that will stay with you for a long time.  To have love and lost and to keep loving whether it is reciprocated and knowing it could all shatter at any time must have been such an emotional strain but it also shows the strength of the love within Ava.  During Will’s recovery he learns much about his emotional wellbeing during past events and discovers that looking at life through different eyes can make the view a different outlook.

The author, Giselle Green, knows how to create a storyline that draws you in and leaves you feeling wrung out with emotion but you can also feel a sense of hopefulness and warmth.

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The Girl You Forgot Author PhotoGiselle Green is an award-winning, bestselling contemporary women’s fiction author. Mum to six boys (half of whom have flown the nest) and owner of one bright orange-and-cinnamon canary who hopefully never will, Giselle enjoys creating emotionally-gripping storylines about family and relationships.

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Summer in Provence by Lucy Coleman @LucyColemanauth @BoldwoodBooks @rararesources #SummerinProvence #bookreview #feelgoodfiction

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Summer in Provence written by Lucy Coleman, publisher Boldwood Books, is available NOW in ebook, kindlunlimited, audiobook and paperback format.

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Is a change as good as a rest?

When married couple Fern and Aiden have a windfall, their reactions could not be more different. While Fern is content to pay off their mortgage and build a nest egg before starting a family, her husband is set on traveling the world.

Fern’s not much of a back-packer so, before she knows it, the idea of a ‘marriage gap year’ takes shape. And, as Aiden heads off to the wilds of Australia, Fern chooses the more restful Provence for her year out.

Set amidst the glorious French scenery, Château de Vernon offers a retreat from the hustle and bustle of normal life, and Fern agrees to help out in return for painting lessons from the owner – renowned, but rather troubled, painter Nico.

As their year unfolds in very different ways, will the time apart transform their marriage, or will it drive Fern and Aiden even further apart…

Let Lucy Coleman whisk you off on a heart-warming, sun-drenched and magical French adventure.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Lucy Coleman’s latest romance: Summer in Provence.  Just look at that beautiful cover it looks so dreamy, tranquil and freeing.

Fern and Aiden have been together since university and married pretty much soon after graduation.  All they’ve known is being there for each other but now seven years of marriage Fern feels like something is niggling Aiden.  When the couple receive an unexpected windfall Aiden announces he wants a ‘gap year’ in their marriage so he can go off and travel and do things he’s always dreamed of.  Understandably, Fern is a little confused with Aiden’s plans and is concerned that he might have tired of her.  So the couple do agree to pursue their dreams for a year but as Fern has been such a solid stalwart figure of the family for a long time she finds it hard to let go of her family responsibilities.  As Aiden packs his bags and flies off to Australia Fern goes on her own explorative journey volunteering at a wellness retreat based at a chateau in Provence.

One of the courses run at the chateau is painting and Fern has a longing to rekindle her love of art and to her surprise she finds she’s not bad at painting but most of all she is loving the freedom to express herself and to free her mind.  The owner of the chateau and retreat, Nico, has soon latched onto Fern’s HR skills and begins to trust her instincts with the retreats’ students and bonds of friendship are soon formed.  Nico becomes a constant mentor for Fern and she turns to his art studio often to embrace this time away from her relationships with her husband and family and is learning to focus on herself.

I loved the sound of the retreat in the perfect setting of the chateau.  I too was confused with Aiden’s actions but as the story develops the gap year proves that Fern is the one feeling most confident with the changes and has embraced the opportunity to learn, grow and listen to her peers and students hearts and to her own.

A lovely inspiring romance that will have you dreaming of letting your own dreams become a reality.

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A springtime Linn 2From interior designer to author, Linn B. Halton – who also writes under the pen name of Lucy Coleman – says ‘it’s been a fantastic journey!’

Linn is the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels – including Summer on the Italian Lakes, Snowflakes over Holly Cove, The French Adventure and A Cottage in the Country. She is represented by Sara Keane of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.

When she’s not writing, or spending time with the family, she’s either upcycling furniture, working in the garden, or practising Tai Chi.

Living in Coed Duon in the Welsh Valleys with her ‘rock’, Lawrence, and gorgeous Bengal cat Ziggy, she is an eternal romantic.

Linn is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the SoA and writes feel-good, uplifting novels about life, love and relationships.

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Website: http://lucycolemanromance.com/

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

Twitter: @LucyColemanauth

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a springtime to remember

A Springtime to Remember written by Lucy Coleman, publisher Boldwood Books is available NOW in ebook, kindleunlimited, audiobook and paperback format.

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Let Lucy Coleman transport you to glorious, sun-drenched France, for the perfect feel-good read. Paris and the Palace of Versailles have always meant a lot to TV producer Lexie. Her grandma Viv spent a year there, but her adventures and memories were never discussed, and Lexie has long wondered why they were a family secret.
When work presents the perfect excuse to spend Springtime in Versailles, Lexie delves into Viv’s old diaries and scrapbooks, and with the help of handsome interpreter Ronan, she is soon learning more about the characters that tend to the magnificent gardens, now and in the past.
In amongst the beauty and splendour of the French countryside, a story of lost love, rivalry and tragedy unfolds. Can Lexie and Ronan right the wrongs of the past, and will France play its tricks on them both before Lexie has to go home? Will this truly be a Springtime to Remember…?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting Lucy Coleman’s latest novel: A Springtime to Remember.

Versailles for springtime to remember

This is my first introduction to the work of Lucy Coleman and I really enjoyed this gentle romance set in Versailles, France.  I have to admit I was initially drawn to this story because of Versailles.  I visited the Palace and Gardens back in the Autumn last year and the wondrous sight that I was met with left me mesmerised.  So I was intrigued to read a novel about a historical place that is so iconic and also a place that I’ve recently visited.  I’ve included one of my favourite photos I took from my visit just to give you a small insight into the beauty of Versailles.

You don’t need to have visited Versailles prior to reading this novel as the words from the author take you on a detailed spectacular journey.  Although after reading this novel I think you will want to visit this beautiful property and gardens.

A Springtime to Remember is Lexie’s story who is involved in a new TV production of a documentary on the gardens of Versailles.  Lexie also has a vested personal interest in the gardens as her late grandmother spent a year working on the gardens prior to her returning home in the UK to marry Lexie’s grandfather.  There is mystery surrounding this year that Grandma Vivian spent in France and Lexie is hoping to unearth a little of her past with the help of some old diaries written by her grandmother.

Lexie also finds herself charmed by a young man who is hired as the Interpreter for the show, he too has a vested interested as his late grandfather was heavily involved in the gardens.  Did Lexie and Ronan’s grandparents ever meet?  Will the past reveal any secrets that have been kept hidden for over 50 years?  Will these secrets leave anymore unanswered questions?

Versailles once again dazzled me with it’s beauty and history and the author, Lucy Coleman, cleverly blended fact with fiction with this lovely romance.

Author Bio –
A springtime Linn 2From interior designer to author, Linn B. Halton – who also writes under the pen name of Lucy Coleman – says ‘it’s been a fantastic journey!’
Linn is the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels – including Summer on the Italian Lakes, Snowflakes over Holly Cove, The French Adventure and A Cottage in the Country. She is represented by Sara Keane of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.
When she’s not writing, or spending time with the family, she’s either upcycling furniture, working in the garden, or practising Tai Chi.
Living in Coed Duon in the Welsh Valleys with her ‘rock’, Lawrence, and gorgeous Bengal cat Ziggy, she is an eternal romantic.
Linn is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the SoA and writes feel-good, uplifting novels about life, love and relationships.

Social Media Links –
Website: http://lucycolemanromance.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LucyColemanAuthor/
Twitter: @LucyColemanauth

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