The Love Child by Rachel Hore @Rachelhore @simonschusterUK #TeamBATC @annecater #blogtour #bookreview

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The Love Child written by Rachel Hore, publisher Simon & Schuster UK, is available NOW in ebook and hardcover format.

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A young mother’s sacrifice. A child’s desperate search for the truth . . .
London, 1917

When nineteen-year-old Alice Copeman becomes pregnant, she is forced by her father and stepmother to give up the baby. She simply cannot be allowed to bring shame upon her family. But all Alice can think about is the small, kitten-like child she gave away, and she mourns the father, a young soldier, so beloved, who will never have the chance to know his daughter.

Edith and Philip Burns, a childless couple, yearn for a child of their own. When they secretly adopt a baby girl, Irene, their life together must surely be complete. Irene grows up knowing that she is different from other children, but no one will tell her the full truth.

Putting hopes of marriage and children behind her, Alice embarks upon a pioneering medical career, striving to make her way in a male-dominated world. Meanwhile, Irene struggles to define her own life, eventually leaving her Suffolk home to find work in London.

As two extraordinary stories intertwine across two decades, will secrets long-buried at last come to light?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Rachel Hore’s latest novel: The Love Child.

This is my first introduction to the work of Rachel Hore and I totally fell in love with her story telling.

The Love Child is an exceptional family saga with substance.  The author cleverly entangles you into her web of words and you become emotionally involved with the characters and storyline.

This is a story starting in 1917 when young women were encouraged to help out with the war effort and were also seen to take on jobs that were previously only undertaken by men.  The war brought a time of new beginnings for women and many were keen to increase their skills set.  One young woman doing her bit was Alice Copeman who as a VAD was nursing on the front.  Her time overseas was to become particularly memorable when Alice fell in love then suffered heart-breaking devastation with the death of her man but then her life was to take another twist and she found out she was pregnant out of wedlock.  Being with child out of wedlock was frowned upon in the early 20th century, Alice came from a well to do family and was forced to give up her child.

Suffering with another loss so soon after the death of her boyfriend brings spiralling levels of emotion to young Alice and the author takes us on a journey with Alice finding the strength to go on.

We also follow the story of a young girl who has never felt welcomed in her family and she feels a little lost in the world.  When Irene starts to pick up snippets of her heritage she feels compelled to learn more.

This is a wonderful story of discovery for two women in a time of advancing changes for women in the country.  With women’s rights slowly being considered and the introduction of the first birth control clinic in Britain women’s health and well-being were to make radical changes to the family unit and to the economy.

A highly emotive story spanning decades that will captivate you.

About the Author

Rachel Hore Author PicRachel Hore worked in London publishing for many years before moving with her family to Norwich, where she teaches publishing and creative writing at UEA. She is married to writer D. J. Taylor and they have three sons.

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The Stationmaster’s Daughter by Kathleen McGurl @KathMcGurl @rararesources #blogtour #bookreview


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The Stationmaster’s Daughter written by Kathleen McGurl, publisher HQ, is available NOW in ebook format.  The paperback is due out in October.

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As the last train leaves, will life ever be the same?

Dorset 1935
Stationmaster Ted has never cared much for romance. Occupied with ensuring England’s most beautiful railway runs on time, love has always felt like a comparatively trivial matter. Yet when he meets Annie Galbraith on the 8.42 train to Lynford, he can’t help but instantly fall for her.

But soon the railway is forced to close and a terrible accident occurs within the station grounds, Ted finds his job and any hope of a relationship with Annie hanging in the balance…

Present day
Recovering from heartbreak after a disastrous marriage, Tilly decides to escape from the bustling capital and move to Dorset to stay with her dad, Ken. When Ken convinces Tilly to help with the restoration of the old railway, she discovers a diary hidden in the old ticket office. Tilly is soon swept up in Ted’s story, and the fateful accident that changed his life forever.

But an encounter with an enigmatic stranger takes Tilly by surprise, and she can’t help but feel a connection with Ted’s story in the past.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Kathleen McGurl’s latest novel: The Stationmaster’s Daughter.  This is my first introduction to the work of Kathleen McGurl and it most definitely will not be my last as I adored everything about this novel.

The Stationmaster’s Daughter is such a wonderful historical timeslip story that was beautifully told.  I was swept away by the ‘here and now’ tales and when the stories collided I felt an overwhelming sense of satisfaction but also an immense sadness  of the tragedies that shaped the story.

Kathleen McGurl has written a story that takes the reader back to 1935 and the stunning, quintessential English countryside of Dorset.  An area of outstanding beauty that I feel was brought to life by the steam trains bringing visitors to and from the small villages along the coastline. Ted was the stationmaster who was proud of his position of 15 years for the rail company.  Ted was a sensitive man who enjoyed the simple pleasures in life which mainly revolved around his beloved railway and his sister and her three children that visited him often.  However, when a young lady caught Ted’s eye he soon became besotted but he was too shy to reveal his feelings.  These new flutters of the heart were to change Ted’s life irrevocably.  Ted is one of those endearing characters that you fall in love with and want to champion.

Over eighty years later we take up of the story of Tilly who’s received many heart-breaking blows over the years but the final blow was nearly enough to take her over the edge.  Needing time to recover Tilly goes to stay with her father at his bungalow in Dorset.  Tilly’s father is now retired and has found himself enjoying being part of the railway restoration society; a group of enthusiasts bringing the old, unused and dismantled railway back to life.  Tilly’s father hopes to get Tilly involved with the restoration, specifically helping with the archives.  He’s hoping this sifting through the paperwork and photographs will give Tilly a purpose and help her not forget her worries but to move on from then.

I loved both sides of this story; the charming love blossoming for Ted and the historical mystery that Tilly was involved with.  The tragedy of the story was so heart rending and my emotions were broken for what could have been.  A poignant historical time slip novel that will totally captivate you.

About the Author 
The Stationmasters Kathleen McGurl author photoKATHLEEN MCGURL lives near the sea in Bournemouth, UK, with her husband. She has two sons who are now grown-up and have left home. She began her writing career creating short stories, and sold dozens to women’s magazines in the UK and Australia. Then she got side-tracked onto family history research – which led eventually to writing novels with genealogy themes. She has always been fascinated by the past, and the ways in which the past can influence the present, and enjoys exploring these links in her novels.

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The Hourglass by Liz Heron #blogtour #bookreview


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The Hourglass written by Liz Heron, publisher Unbound, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

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Spring 2000. Paul Geddes visits Venice to research the fin-de-siècle opera singer, Esme Maguire, seeking out a cache of papers held by Eva Forrest, the widow of a collector. What he reads begins in the 1680s, moving through the city s later history of Enlightenment and Revolution, describing a life stretched beyond human possibilities.
She travels across Europe to sing in Regency London and Edinburgh, then Belle Epoque Paris, always returning to Venice, its shadows and its luminosity, its changes and its permanence.
What would it be like to live for nearly 300 years, as an exceptional being who must renew herself time after time, as those she has loved age and die? Could this story be grounded in reality or be merely the product of an ageing woman s delusion, as Paul suspects.
Warily, Eva and Paul fall in love, their tentative emotions bringing them closer until, on a trip to the Dolomites, Eva s past catches up with her.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating Liz Heron’s latest novel: The Hourglass.

The Hourglass is quite an unusual, imaginative story that spanned centuries.  Our minds visit Venice and it’s opulence and we discover the world of operatic theatre.  The extravagant venetian masks proved a useful aid to hide oneself both physically and emotionally from the world beyond the mask.  It is a historical time-slip romance that has a paranormal feel to it.  You can sense an eerie chill whilst reading and learning about Eva.  The sand in an hourglass doesn’t stay still for long as something will disturb it’s balance and set if flowing again.

Paul Geddes research on the opera singer, Esme Maguire, takes him to Venice and to Eva Forrest who holds many papers on the subject.  The papers are very captivating and enlightening and you are soon swept away to the 1600’s and to a world that became that little bit more awe inspiring with the beautiful voice of a young girl, Esme Maguire.

It is quite a beautiful love story that has had so many highlights but the lows are debilitating and almost unbearable.  For our leading lady who has outlived all her loved ones and has to constantly flee in fear of her secret to be revealed.  At times we have thoughts of living forever but forever is such a long time without your loved ones by your side.  What appears as a gift of hope and wonder became a never ending emotional drain.

I love the cover of this novel it is very opulent with the stunning masks but also shows signs of darkness and mystery.

When I was reading this novel I quickly wrote this note:  an author can take you to the unimaginable, they will break down the barriers in your mind.  Liz Heron has done this and more with The Hourglass her words have bewitched me and were quite thought provoking.  Liz Heron brought Venice alive with her atmospheric prose and I was moved and captivated by this imaginative tale.


Liz Heron Author PictureLiz Heron grew up in Scotland and studied at Glasgow University. After living in Paris, Madrid and Venice, she embarked on freelance life in London, contributing arts and literary journalism to Spare Rib, The New Statesman, The Listener, The Village Voice, New Society, The Guardian and many other publications. Her literary translations from French and Italian range from Georges Bataille and Giorgio Agamben to the novels of Paola Capriolo. Her own books include Truth, Dare or Promise, a compilation of essays on childhood, and Streets of Desire, an anthology of women’s 20th-century writing on the world’s great cities, both published by Virago, as was her short-story collection, A Red River (1996).
Liz began researching her novel, The Hourglass, during her second spell of life in Venice.
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Finding Rose by Julie Ryan blogtour book review


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Finding Rose written and self-published by Julie Ryan is available NOW in ebook format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

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When three sisters, Ginny, Sally and Molly are brought together at their father’s hospital bed, they are forced to confront not only the prospect of a future without him but also the secrets of the past that have kept them apart.
Their father, Eddie Matthews, drugged up on morphine, seems to be rambling but could he in fact be reliving previous lives as a Tudor monk and as a soldier on the Front in WW1. Struggling to speak he reveals that he has a secret and urges his daughters to ‘Find Rose’. Can the sisters put aside their differences to fulfil his last wish?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Julie Ryan’s latest novel: Finding Rose.  This is my first introduction to the works of Julie Ryan and with the stunning cover and the premise of a historical mystery I was keen to learn more.

This was quite an unusual historical time slip romance as the author treated us to three different time zones in her novel: the present day, 1916 and 1532.  At first I thought the story would be a little confusing but I soon got involved with the characters from each time zone.  The book is also split into two parts, the first part delves into each of the three time zones learning about the characters and their current stories.  What I found quite interesting was that now and again we would hear little snippets or quotes of moments that had happened in one of the other time zones.  It was a little eerie and it felt like a little jigsaw piece of a puzzle being found in the most obscure places.  The second part of the book centres around unearthing a secret.  A secret that had been laid heavy on the mind of the holder for over 50 years.

The present day story was about three sisters; Ginny, Sally and Molly having to pull together to help their father during his illness.  Whilst their father was gravely ill their personal lives continued and each sister had their own little battles along the way.  This brought an extra depth to the story as we start to understand the sister’s lives more.

Back in 1916 we pick up the tragic story of Matthew who was laid in the trench at a loss with what the world had become.  All around him lay devastation and destruction and his body, heart and soul lay broken.  Matthew felt very alone and afraid.  I have to admit this was my favourite era that the author visited and I wished she had stayed a little bit longer with his story.  I’m enjoying a lot of stories centred around the two wars and I think this is why I was captivated by Matthew’s story the most.

Our third time zone was in Tudor time, 1532,  rural England when the story picks up on the life of a young monk who had had another love before his vows to God.

Each time zone was very compelling full of drama, tragedy, intrigue and romance.  Finding Rose was an imaginative historical time-slip romance full of twists and turns, tragedies, love and a mystery that spanned many, many lives.

About the Author

Julie was born and brought up in a mining village near Barnsley in South Yorkshire. She graduated with a BA (hons) in French Language and Literature from Hull University. Since then she has lived and worked as a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language in France, Greece, Poland and Thailand. She now lives in rural Gloucestershire with her husband, son and a rescue cat. She is so passionate about books that her collection is now threatening to outgrow her house, much to her husband’s annoyance, as she can’t bear to get rid of any! They have been attempting to renovate their home for the last ten years.
She is the author of the Greek Island Mystery series, Jenna’s Journey, Sophia’s Secret and Pandora’s Prophecy, each of which can be read as a standalone. Her latest book, Finding Rose, is a new departure for her as it is set against the backdrop of WW1 and has a strong link to the Tudor Court.

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