Daughters of War by Dinah Jefferies @DinahJefferies @fictionpubteam @RandomTTours #DaughtersofWar #bookreview #WWIIfiction

Daughters of War written by Dinah Jefferies, publisher HarperCollins, is available NOW in ebook, audiobook and paperback format.

Book Blurb

France, 1944. Deep in the river valley of the Dordogne, in an old stone cottage on the edge of a beautiful
village, three sisters long for the end of the war. Hélène, the eldest, is trying her hardest to steer her family
to safety, even as the Nazi occupation becomes more threatening. Elise, the rebel, is determined to help
the Resistance, whatever the cost. And Florence, the dreamer, just yearns for a world where France is
free. Then, one dark night, the Allies come knocking for help. And Hélène knows that she cannot sit on
the sidelines any longer. But bravery comes at a cost, and soon the sisters’ lives become even more
perilous as they fight for what is right. And secrets from their own mysterious past threaten to unravel
everything they hold most dear…
The first in an epic new series from the No.1 Sunday Times bestseller, Daughters of War is a stunning tale
of sisters, secrets and bravery in the darkness of war-torn France…

To buy links

The paperback is available from all good book retailers including Waterstones, WH Smith, Foyles and independent bookstores. It is also available online at amazon, wordery, bookshop.org, hive.

https://amzn.to/3Co1vyG

https://uk.bookshop.org/books/daughters-of-war-9780008427023/9780008427023

https://www.waterstones.com/book/daughters-of-war/dinah-jefferies/9780008427023

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 Dinah Jefferies latest novel: Daughters of War. Daughter’s of War is the first book in a new historical trilogy from the author.

What I love about Dinah Jefferies work is that she evokes plenty of atmosphere in her stories and this was portrayed beautifully and sensitively with Daughters of War. In this latest historical novel we are in a small village in France occupied by the Nazi, it’s 1944 and the Germans are wreaking havoc across France but the hearts and minds of the French are not forgotten as the Resistance builds up momentum.

We follow the story of three young women who have been left in the family’s holiday home in France whilst their mother remained in England. The sisters; Helene a nurse working with the local doctor, Elise using her work in the cafe to cover up her resistance work and Florence the youngest. They are all very different in personality, Helene feels a great responsibility since their mother left and worries about her younger sisters. Elise is strong-willed, brave and a little impetuous. Florence is a gentle, almost whimsical young woman loving nature, gardening, cooking and puts her trust in all.

When Florence trusts an unknown young man who appears distressed, malnourished she inadvertently brings trouble to their door and when another unexpected visitor turns up the sisters’ lives are put at risk. It’s a small village, everyone knows each other, secrets are hard to hide during this turbulent time and doubts begin to cross people’s minds. As the occupation of France rages on and the Allies prepare to make a strategic move the girls lives and those near them are put in danger.

Dinah Jefferies has written a captivating historical novel that puts you right near the end of what we know as WWII. Life is so different to post war when the countryside was beautiful, idyllic and an escape for all but there was no escape during this terrible conflict.. At times the storyline was raw and brutally honest and was hard to read about the cruelty of war. There were also times of an inner strength within the girls and the community that felt inspirational. The author blended fact with fiction with ease and grace and made me aware of an event in France I hadn’t hear about. As war rages on the beauty of love doesn’t disappear and this brings light to dark times.

I have to admit there is a scene with one particular character that took me by surprise as I felt it was quite out of place with their personality but I’m hoping this will all fit in to the storyline in later books.

When I reached the end of the novel it left me longing to read the next instalment. So many unanswered questions to a story that I feel is just the beginning for these three young women.

Atmospheric, captivating and emotive.

About the Author

Dinah Jefferies began her career with The Separation, followed by the number 1
Sunday Times and Richard and Judy bestseller, The Tea-Planter’s Wife. Born in
Malaysia, she moved to England at the age of nine. As a teenager she missed the
heat of Malaysia, which left her with a kind of restlessness that led to quite an
unusual life. She studied fashion design, went to live in Tuscany where she
worked as an au-pair for an Italian countess, and there was even a time when
Dinah lived with a rock band in a ‘hippie’ commune in Suffolk.
In 1985, the death of her fourteen-year-old son changed everything and she now
draws on the experience of loss in her writing. She started writing novels in her
sixties and sets her books abroad, aiming to infuse love, loss and danger with the
extremely seductive beauty of her locations. Dinah and her husband spent five wonderful years living in a small 16th Century village in the Sierra de Aracena in Northern Andalusia, she’s now lives close to her family in Gloucestershire. She is published in
29 languages and over 30 countries.

Twitter: @DinahJefferies

Website: https://www.dinahjefferies.com/

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Daughters of Cornwall by Fern Britton @Fern_Britton @fictionpubteam @HarperCollinsUK @RandomTTours #bookreview #DaughtersofCornwall

daughters of cornwall

Daughters of Cornwall written by Fern Britton, publisher HarperCollins, is available NOW in ebook, audiobook and hardcover format.

Book Blurb

1918. The Great War is over, and Clara Carter has boarded a train bound for Cornwall – to meet a family that would once have been hers. But they must never discover her secret.

2020. Caroline has spent years trying to uncover the lies buried in her family history. And once she arrives in Cornwall, the truth finally seems to be in reach. Except with storm clouds gathering on the horizon, Caroline soon learns that some secrets are best left hidden.

To buy links

amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3eaUTYM

hive: https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Fern-Britton/Daughters-of-Cornwall/23868047

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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 Fern Britton’s latest novel:  Daughters of Cornwall.

Daughters of Cornwall is one of those books that draw you in from the first page and leaves you wanting more as the story comes to a close.  I’ve wanted to read a novel by Fern Britton for a long time, I even have a few in my TBR but I think I may have saved myself for her best.  This new novel by Fern Britton is a web of a story of a family that’s been held together by strong women.  Women that are capable of many things but the task of bringing a child into the world, protecting it, nurturing it and loving it is the proudest moment of that woman’s life and to bestow these qualities from generation to generation is a great legacy.

The story starts at the present day with Caroline Bolitho coping with the loss of her husband and with the secrets of the past which she unearths when a trunk from Malaysia lands at her doorstep.  An aged exotic looking object that exudes with untold stories that Caroline is almost too afraid to uncover.

We then travel back to 1918 and start to unravel the threads of heritage in Caroline’s family tree.  A young woman in the name of Clara, who too is suffering a great loss but is about to embark on a journey that will change her path to a very different voyage.

Bit by bit we learn about these strong women in Caroline’s lineage and hear about the sadness, the joy and the unexpected that life has thrown their way.

I was captivated by this wonderful time-slip saga about life, love, war, endings and beginnings.  Brilliant storytelling full of emotion, intrigue and warmth.

About the Author

Fern Britton is the highly acclaimed author of eight Sunday Times bestselling novels.

Born in London, into a theatrical family, Fern started her professional life as a stage manager. Theatre life was great fun but within three years, in 1980, she graduated to television and became a presenter on Westward Television. Here she achieved her ambition of living in Cornwall. Since then television has been her home. She spent 14 years as a journalist before presenting Ready, Steady, Cook for the BBC. This Morning for ITV came next where she won several awards and became a household name. Her interview programme Fern Britton Meets had guests including Tony Blair, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Dolly Parton and Cliff Richard. Fern presented The Big Allotment Challenge (BBC2), For What It’s Worth (BBC1), Culinary Genius with Gordon Ramsay (ITV)
Fern’s novels are all set in her beloved Cornwall. Her books are cherished for their warmth, wit and wisdom, and have won her legions of loyal readers. Fern was a judge for the Costa Book of the Year Award and a supporter of the Reading Agency, promoting literacy and reading.
Fern turned her talents to acting last year when she starred as Marie in Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s award-winning musical Calendar Girls.
Fern has twin sons, two daughters and lives in Cornwall in a house full of good food, wine, family, friends and gardening books. She has a motor cycle licence, an honorary doctorate for services to broadcasting and charity, and is a member of Mensa!

Twitter:  @Fern_Britton

Website: https://www.fern-britton.com/

Carrying Albert Home by Homer Hickam book review

carrying albert home

Carrying Albert Home by Homer Hickam, publisher HarperCollins, is out now in ebook format, hardcover and audio download format.

To buy links:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Carrying-Albert-Home-Somewhat-Alligator/dp/000815421X/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1448038869&sr=1-1

Product Details (as per amazon page)

The Great Depression had turned the American dream into a bitter tragedy. That’s when Elsie and Homer’s epic adventure began . . .

A journey of a thousand miles. With an alligator on the back seat. And John Steinbeck as a passenger.

This is a tale where everything is true,except the bits that are made up.

In 1930s America, the Great Depression made everyone’s horizons smaller, and Elsie Lavender found herself back where she began, in the coalfields of West Virginia.
She had just one memento of her halcyon days – a baby alligator named Albert.

Then one day, her husband’s stoical patience snapped and Elsie had to choose between Homer and Albert.
She decided that there was only one thing to do: they would carry Albert home to Florida.

And so began their odyssey – a journey like no other, where Elsie, Homer and Albert encountered everything from movie stars and revolutionaries to Ernest Hemingway and hurricanes in their struggle to find love, redemption, and a place to call home.

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I’d like to thank the publishers for supplying an arc in return for an honest review.

A wonderful unique quirky story based on the real life journey taken by the author’s parents, Homer and Elsie, when they were carrying their pet alligator, Albert, home.  This story had so many eye opening, unforgettable moments.  Towards the end of the story there is a horrific event that is truly awful and I was gripped with the words spilling out on the page.  The journey that Homer, Elsie and Albert, and not forgetting the rooster, endured was an emotional rollercoaster of events.

I loved Elsie, she was a superstar.  You couldn’t make up a character like her if you tried.  At each interval in their journey Elsie made me smile and she astounded me with all the jobs she ‘wanted to do’ and she just got on with it and did it!  Go Elsie!  Homer was a sweet guy that was so in love with Elsie he’d do anything for her.  He was a bit awestruck at first by her but I believe this awesomeness towards the end went Homer’s way.

A wonderful journey of finding yourself and finding true happiness.  It was a little magical as well … or was it kismet?

I also loved looking at the black and white photos at the back of the book.  Such a fabulous life Homer and Elsie had that I’m so pleased their son got the chance to share it with us all.  I thoroughly recommend this book to all, it would appeal to young adult and old, male and female.  5/5* read.

To find out more about Homer Hickam and his books please visit the following links:

http://homerhickam.com/

https://www.facebook.com/HomerHickamOfficialPage