Lord Ravenscar’s Inconvenient Betrothal by Lara Temple blogtour book review

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Lord Ravenscar’s Inconvenient Betrothal written by Lara Temple, publisher Mills & Boon Historical, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

To buy link:  https://goo.gl/Xyt4bk

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Alan Rothwell, Marquess of Ravenscar, is furious when unconventional heiress Lily Wallace refuses him purchase of her property. He can’t even win her over with his infamous charm. But when fever seizes him and they’re trapped together, horrified, Alan realizes Lily’s attentions will compromise them both! His solution: take Lily as his betrothed before desire consumes them completely…

Wild Lords and Innocent Ladies miniseries

Book 1 — Lord Hunter’s Cinderella Heiress

Book 2 — Lord Ravenscar’s Inconvenient Betrothal

Book 3 —  Lord Stanton’s Last Mistress

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Lara Temple’s second book in the Wild Lords and Innocent Ladies series.

Each book in the Wild Lords and Innocent Ladies series I believe can be read as a standalone but to be honest you’d be missing out on a delicious treat of a read if you don’t get the chance to read about all the Wild Lords!

Alan Rothwell, Lord Ravenscar, is a tall, dark, handsome moody rake and one third of the Wild Lords who are part of the Wild Hunt Club with a reputation known throughout the land and society.  However, Alan Rothwell has a kindness to him especially with his work around the Hope House, a refuge home for war veterans.  He also hides a vulnerability about him which comes with a sadness and guilt surrounding tragedies in his past.

Lily Wallace is now a wealthy heiress following the death of her cousin who bequeathed her the property of Hollywell House.  A house that Alan Rothwell has set his sights on buying for the use of Hope House.

When Alan and Lily first meet sparks certainly fly but a different emotion is soon felt between them.  However, Lily is almost promised to another but now her heart and mind is becoming confused with this rather arrogant gentleman who has unsettled her.

Lily has also suffered with tragedies in her past and Hollywell House at the moment is giving her an escape and a time to reflect on her future.

This was another glorious regency romp from Lara Temple filled with heat and emotion and a love that surprises the recipients.

I’d like to share one of my favourite quotes from the novel:

That kiss had been a curse, a snatching of her soul and will – right now she could not imagine anyone kissing her again but him.

To learn more about Lara Temple please do visit the following pages:

Website:  https://www.laratemple.com/

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/laratemple1

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

 

 

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The Letter by Ruth Saberton book review

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The Letter written by Ruth Saberton, publisher Notting Hill Press, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

To buy link:  https://goo.gl/6KDbdJ

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Perfect for fans of Rosamunde Pilcher, Daphne du Maurier and Kate Morton.

A lost love story…

1914: In Cornwall, on the eve of the First World War, eighteen-year-old Kit Rivers has a bright future ahead. As the Lord of the Manor’s heir, Kit knows his duty is to the family estate – even though he longs to become a poet. When he falls passionately in love, Kit is determined not to let his parents’ bitter opposition spoil an idyllic summer. But even before the golden days can fade into autumn, war comes to change Kit’s world and writing forever…

The Present: One century later, widowed Chloe Pencarrow exchanges London for the solitude of a Cornish cliff top house. Haunted by memories, Chloe’s interest in obscure war poet, Kit Rivers, proves a welcome distraction and leads her to piece together a forgotten history. Faced with more questions than answers, her own life soon becomes entwined with Kit’s through love, loss, and the darkest of secrets…

 

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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.

This latest novel by Ruth Saberton is achingly beautiful.  Such strength in a love so tragic.  I believe The Letter is Ruth Saberton’s best story yet and it will certainly be one of my outstanding reads for 2018.

The extensive research that the author must have taken and the love of a lost love story of her Great Aunt clearly shows across the pages.  Scenes were clearly laid out and you could picture them and feel the emotions of the characters.  Many a time emotions took over me and I was swamped with intense reactions to the storyline.

The story begins in 1914 when sixteen year old Daisy Hills has arrived to stay with her godfather at the rectory in a small village off the coast of Cornwall.  Daisy is hoping for the sea air and daily exercise around this beautiful village to bring back her strength following an illness.  What Daisy doesn’t expect is for her life to experience a whole new adventure and for it to change the course of her future entirely.

A century later we meet grieving Chloe Pencarrow, who has escaped her life of so many sad memories in London with wishes to experience peace and tranquility in a Cornish coastal village.  Chloe rents The Old Rectory and unbeknown to her at present the rectory holds many secrets to a past when time was cruelly snatched from many.

This story takes on two different time frames that slowly start unravelling into the present.  Chloe finds interest in fallen war poet Kit Rivers who lived in the great mansion that can be seen from The Old Rectory.  Delving deeper into Kit River’s life with the help of historian Matt Enys and the Kernow Heritage Foundation, Chloe and Matt’s lives are soon captivated by a forgotten time and a forgotten love story.

Truly outstanding storytelling from Ruth Saberton that deals with grief and loss and the hope of light bringing new directions.  To a time when futures of young men and the women they left behind was unknown.  To a time that we will not forget.

A story that is not to be missed.

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

Website:  http://www.ruthsaberton.com/

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

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

Aphrodite’s Tears by Hannah Fielding blogtour book review

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Aphrodite’s Tears written by Hannah Fielding, publisher London Wall Publishing, is available in ebook, paperback and hardcover format from the 25th January 2018.

To pre-order/buy link:  https://goo.gl/av1v8i

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In ancient Greece, one of the twelve labours of Heracles was to bring back a golden apple from the Garden of Hesperides. To archaeologist Oriel Anderson, joining a team of Greek divers on the island of Helios seems like the golden apple of her dreams. Yet the dream becomes a nightmare when she meets the devilish owner of the island, Damian Lekkas. In shocked recognition, she is flooded with the memory of a romantic night in a stranger’s arms, six summers ago. A very different man stands before her now, and Oriel senses that the sardonic Greek autocrat is hell-bent on playing a cat and mouse game with her. As they cross swords and passions mount, Oriel is aware that malevolent eyes watch her from the shadows. Dark rumours are whispered about the Lekkas family. What dangers lie in Helios, a bewitching land where ancient rituals are still enacted to appease the gods, young men risk their lives in the treacherous depths of the Ionian Sea, and the volatile earth can erupt at any moment? Will Oriel find the hidden treasures she seeks? Or will Damian’s tragic past catch up with them, threatening to engulf them both?

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I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this novel.  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 Hannah Fielding’s latest novel: Aphrodite’s Tears.  Aphrodite’s Tears is my first introduction to the works of Hannah Fielding and it had everything and more that I love in a story.

This was an epic novel filled with a tempestuous love; a love so strong and persistent that the Greek Gods had no power over.

Oriel a young talented, beautiful archaeologist couldn’t believe the luck of obtaining a position on the crew to search a sunken Roman ship off the coast of a small Greek Island.

The island of Helios is steeped with so much history and legend that as soon as Oriel steps foot on it’s soil she feels the excitement of what lies ahead.  Faced with rumours of her new boss she is filled with trepidation but when she meets Damian Lekkas her mind suddenly revisits a time 7 years ago when her heart had been broken but then she glimpses sight of this god-like creature emerging from the Aegean sea.  This Greek God is none other than her new boss Damian Lekkas.  Oriel wonders whether she can work with this man but the importance of what the archaeological team may discover gives her hope that Damian and herself can work together in a professional manner.

Damian Lekkas is a highly esteemed man that the islanders are truly thankful for all the work he has done providing homes, employment and updating valuable resources to make life for the islanders run more efficiently.  Damian is a very passionate person especially around his work and the love of the island.  When he meets up with Oriel again after 7 years his desire for her is like he’s never spent a minute apart from her.  Working together will definitely test his spirit.  Damian’s family through all it’s generations have been thwarted with tragedy after tragedy; it’s as if the Greek Gods from myths and legends have cursed the family.

This story is so entrancing and alluring.  You are treated to the appeal of the Greek Island and also to the sensual beauty of a love that hasn’t cooled.  The storyline was exciting, it was sensual, it was dramatic, it was full of family drama that felt like it had stepped out of any of the Greek myths and legends storybooks.  I was in awe of this stunning story.

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

Website:  http://hannahfielding.net/

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

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/AuthorHannahFielding/

 

The Secrets Between Us by Laura Madeline blogtour book review

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The Secrets Between Us written by Laura Madeleine, publisher Transworld Digital, is available NOW in ebook format.

To buy link:  https://goo.gl/TEycic

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High in the mountains in the South of France, eighteen-year-old Ceci Corvin is trying hard to carry on as normal. But in 1943, there is no such thing as normal; especially not for a young woman in love with the wrong person. Scandal, it would seem, can be more dangerous than war.

Fifty years later, Annie is looking for her long-lost grandmother. Armed with nothing more than a sheaf of papers, she travels from England to Paris in pursuit of the truth. But as she traces her grandmother’s story, Annie uncovers something she wasn’t expecting, something that changes everything she knew about her family – and everything she thought she knew about herself…

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I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this novel.  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 Laura Madeleine’s latest novel: The Secrets Between Us.

Wow!  The Secrets Between Us is such an exquisite story, it will certainly be hard to beat in the Best of the Best for 2018 for me.

Laura Madeline’s writing style is stunningly beautiful in this novel, it almost felt poetic. The words swept me away to two different time frames to the South of France 1943 when a small village, surrounded by mountains, was in the hands of the Italian army.  With the uncertainty of war, the new Italian control and now an influx of refugees temporary seeking shelter in the village, life was so different for the locals.  Lack of food and now sharing with the army and refugees led to people taking risks with the black market and poaching.  People feared the newcomers but young Ceci Corvin was captivated by one particular refugee and a friendship soon blossomed between Ceci and Madame Reiss.  18 year old Ceci and the young Jewish woman would sneak off together and share elicit moments foraging for food, escaping the humdrum of reality and breathing in the crisp mountainous air; like cleansing their soul.

After a while the locals and newcomers with the Italian Army were living in a unique harmony but this was not to last.  Fear of life took hold and life for many in Saint Antoine, including Ceci, would never be the same again.

Fifty years later Annie was working in England and happened by chance to find a closed file on her Grandmere Ceci.  Annie’s mother and Ceci had had a falling out years ago and had lost touch.  Will this closed file hold a thread of information for Annie to find her long lost Grandmother?

We follow Annie and Ceci on two very different journeys.  Journeys of self-discovery, a forbidden love, of growing up in a war torn country.  Facing heartbreak, loss, betrayal and conflict.  A truly stunning story that will captivate you.

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

Website:  https://lauramadeleine.com/

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

 

 

The Captain’s Disgraced Lady by Catherine Tinley blogtour book review

The Captains Disgraced Lady

The Captain’s Disgraced Lady written by Catherine Tinley, publisher Mills & Boon Historical, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

To buy link:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Captains-Disgraced-Historical-Chadcombe-Marriages-ebook/dp/B073TRJM91/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1515254786&sr=1-1

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Who is Captain Harry Fanton?

When Juliana Milford first encounters Captain Harry Fanton, she finds him arrogant and rude. There’s no way she’ll fall for his dazzling smile! Her visit to Chadcombe House was always going to prompt questions over her scandalous family, so she’s touched when Harry defends her reputation. She’s discovering there’s more to Harry than she’d first thought…

A man so plagued by the demons of war, he’s sworn he’ll never marry, no matter how tempted…

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating the launch of Catherine Tinley’s latest regency romance … The Captain’s Disgraced Lady.

I love a good regency romance; the travelling back in time to when ladies were introduced into society and when etiquette around the ton was paramount.  This is the first work by Catherine Tinley that I’ve read and I particularly enjoyed how she wove a love story around a pivotal moment in European history.  The Battle of Waterloo was a fierce fought battle that the officers and soldiers were summoned to whilst off duty at a ball in Brussels.  Kitted out in their finery the men had to quickly say their goodbyes to their loved ones and march on to an unknown fate …

Julianna Milford and her mother were travelling from their home in Brussels to visit friends in England.  Julianna first encounters Captain Harry Fanton on this journey and her first impressions to this gentleman is of his arrogant, brusque personality which immediately exasperates her.

Once settled at Chadcombe House, the home of her best friend Charlotte and her new husband Adam, her sense of serenity is disturbed by the arrival of Adam’s older brother, Captain Harry Fanton.  Julianna cannot believe how fate has brought them together again.

Julianna’s mother’s health soon becomes a concern and Harry’s personality changes to one of a caring nature and Mrs Milford was to become his priority.  However, the aristocratic circle is rife with gossip and rumours revolving Julianna and her mother, specifically Julianna’s parentage.  Once again Harry steps in to defend the ladies from this malicious gossip.

A friendship of sorts soon develops between Julianna and Harry but you can sense that Harry is holding back on his emotions.  This strong, charismatic, handsome Captain has a vulnerability about him which he’s afraid to show to anyone.  Visions from past events have plagued his nights since the terrible ordeal Harry went through.  With the uncertainty of war once again forefront in Harry’s mind can the demons from his past be laid to rest?

Can Julianna heal Harry’s heart and mind?  Will history end up repeating itself for a blossoming new love?

The Captain’s Disgraced Lady is a story filled with intrigue, drama, family saga, historical events and romance all told in a beautiful manner.  My heart was aching for the trauma Harry had endured but with this hope of a new beginning and love you are left feeling enlightened with warmth and positivity.  An absolutely gorgeous regency romance.

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

Website:  https://catherinetinley.com/

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

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

Catherine Tinley and her publishers have kindly offered the chance to WIN 2 signed copies of this novel.  To enter the giveaway please click on the rafflecopter link below:

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Lord Hunter’s Cinderella Heiress by Lara Temple book review

Lord Hunter's Cinderella Heiress

Lord Hunter’s Cinderella Heiress written by Lara Temple, publisher Mills & Boon, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

To buy link:  http://amzn.to/2ihfkYs

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Betrothed…to the wrong man!

Building a life away from her bullying family, schoolmistress Helen Tilney needs to convince her childhood sweetheart she’s a worthy bride. Standing in her way is Lord Hunter―the man Nell has just discovered she’s betrothed to!

Hunter’s offer of marriage to Nell came out of guilt, and now seems less than appealing! So when she asks for his help to win another man he agrees. Until their lessons in flirtation inspire a raging desire which has Hunter longing to keep Nell for himself…

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Lord Hunter’s Cinderella Heiress is the first book in a new series by Lara Temple.  After reading this first novel in the series I am already eager to read the other stories in the Wild Lords and Innocent Ladies trilogy.

Lara Temple has taken me to an era where women were courted and often seen swooning upon the men in their sights.  With the fluttering of eyes behind fans and the gentle blushes bestowed upon their delicate cheeks the women had a great part to play in this game of match-making and when the young lady in question was a wealthy heiress then her popularity grew making her prey for unscrupulous rogues.

Young Nell Tilney first met Lord Hunter four years ago when she was 17 years old.  She remembered he had a sadness about him but she could tell he loved horses from the way he acted around the family’s horses.  Four years on from that day when Nell was left feeling hurt by the constant bullying from her aunt and father she is now a different young woman.  Nell has grown in confidence within herself and has been enjoying her work teaching at a local school.  However, learning from the papers that she is engaged to Lord Hunter she immediately pays him a visit to find out exactly what is happening.  If Nell is bestowed to Lord Hunter she then cannot win her heart’s desire of the hand of Charles Welbeck, whom she has been in love with since she was a child.

Although confident in herself Nell is still very shy amongst men, especially Lord Hunter who’s rake-ish reputation bestows him.  A pact is made between Nell and Lord Hunter, he will guide her in her quest to woo Charles Welbeck with some gentle flirtation.  However, the more time the unlikely couple  spend together the more they both start to realise a connection between them is growing.

Lord Hunter with his dark, handsome features and his rake-ish personality leaves many ladies swooning with desire.  However, Hunter has a vulnerability and sadness behind his suave, delicious exterior.

As Nell and Hunter start playing a delicate dance of love the game soon starts to become dangerous with heated exchanges soon confusing both Nell and Hunter’s feelings.

A gorgeous, sexy, regency romp that will leave you with want for more from the Wild Lords …

To learn more about Lara Temple and her work please visit the following pages:

Website:  https://www.laratemple.com/

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/laratemple1

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/LaraTempleAuthor/

The Secret Life of Alfred Nightingale by Rebecca Stonehill book review

the secret life of alfred nightingale

The Secret Life of Alfred Nightingale written and published by Rebecca Stonehill is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

To buy link:  http://amzn.to/2zFC5xi

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A compelling page turner of a buried past resurfacing, set against a backdrop of the 1960’s youth culture and war torn Crete.

1967. Handsome but troubled, Jim is almost 18 and he lives and breathes girls, trad jazz, Eel Pie Island and his best friend, Charles. One night, he hears rumours of a community of young people living in caves in Matala, Crete. Determined to escape his odious, bully of a father and repressed mother, Jim hitchhikes through Europe down to Matala. At first, it’s the paradise he dreamt it would be. But as things start to go wrong and his very notion of self unravels, the last thing Jim expects is for this journey of hundreds of miles to set in motion a passage of healing which will lead him back to the person he hates most in the world: his father.

Taking in the counter-culture of the 1960’s, the clash of relationships between the WW2 generation and their children, the baby boomers, this is a novel about secrets from the past finally surfacing, the healing of trauma and the power of forgiveness.

A captivating story that will mesmerise fans of Lucinda Riley, Dinah Jefferies and Tracy Rees.

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

This was such a profoundly moving novel that evoked many emotions in me.  A story cleverly told in two different time frames from two generations of one family going through a pivotal time in their own lives which would leave a lasting impression forever.

The author, Rebecca Stonehill, swept me away to a time in 1967, to a place of free spirit, young love and a time of self-discovery.  This particular part of the story was quite fascinating.  An adventure for the youngsters who quite bravely took this journey.  The caves of Matala with their steeped history intrigued me and with the backdrop of the beach and sea I can understand the draw especially with the Mediterranean temperatures.  For young Jim though, who was hellbent on escaping the stifling relationships at home, it wasn’t the idyllic retreat he expected.  As the days drew on he felt like something was missing, he was hurting inside with unresolved angst from home and the young love he craved wasn’t like he’d dreamed.

I was then transported back to a beautiful coastal area of Crete to 1940 when British forces were posted to defend Suda Bay and the British ships.  This beautiful area was soon to become tarnished and the locals and military personnel were fearing for their lives due to the onset of WWII.  Rebecca Stonehill took me to this terrifying time when the man you eat, sleep, work with becomes your closest friend in the world.  He’s your brother in arms that you will trust with your life and share your innermost thoughts with.  We see a different side to a character that our first impressions of are so far from the truth.

The Secret Life of Alfred Nightingale is a historical timeslip novel about friendship, about self-discovery, about grief, about young love and much, much more.  Beautifully poignant, emotive and informative.

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

Website:  http://rebeccastonehill.com/

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

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/RebeccaStonehillBooks/