Mrs Boots of Pelham Street by Deborah Carr @DebsCarr #bookreview #historicalfiction @0neMoreChapter

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Mrs Boots of Pelham Street written by Deborah Carr, publisher One More Chapter, is available NOW in ebook format and is due out in paperback later in the summer.

Book Blurb

Behind every family there’s a strong woman holding them together
As the wife of esteemed businessman, Jesse Boot, Florence’s position in society is much changed from her quiet life as a shopkeeper’s assistant. Now a lady of means, Florence is expected to act in a way society demands.
And whilst Florence is more than happy to be a dutiful wife and a doting mother, as the Boots empire continues to grow, there is so much more to her than simply being Mama or dearest. Helping the staff and customers who rely on her and the business gives Florence an added purpose.
Can she show society that a woman can have it all…?


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I was so looking forward to the next instalment in the historical series based on the lady behind the Boots the chemist empire. It’s two months since I read Book One (Mrs Boots) and the story then compelled me to research Jesse and Florence Boot and I was heartened to read about their dedication to their work and helping those less fortunate.  You can find my review of Book One here.

We follow on from Book One, I strongly recommend reading Mrs Boots prior to this instalment to appreciate the history of the characters, Jesse and Florence start married life living in Sheffield close to Jesse’s work. Florence soon becomes a vital cog in the wheel of building up the Boots empire. She sees a different insight into the business which helps broaden it’s appeal and custom base. Florence also helps to ensure all the female staff are happy at work and she strives to ensure that women at work in particular should feel appreciated.

As the years move on a family soon beckons for the newlyweds and this working mum surprises many by balancing a work/family balance. With the opening of the flagship large store at Pelham Street a move to Nottingham is essential.

I was fascinated again with the lives of Jesse and Florence Boot, now with family commitments as well as work the pair find a balance, with a few learning curves along the way. The couple were certainly pioneers in bringing affordable medicine to all classes. They were also at the forefront of ensuring staff morale was an essential tool in securing the success of the business.

Mrs Boots of Pelham Street follows the first 22 years of the couples married life and I’ve learned to discover that Florence Boot was an innovator amongst working women. She was also keen to help those less fortunate and was always trying to close the social class gap.

A captivating historical novel that would make perfect Sunday evening TV.

About the Author
USA TODAY best-selling author of The Poppy Field
Publisher: HarperCollins, One More Chapter
Deborah Carr lives on the island of Jersey in the Channel Islands with her husband and three rescue dogs. She was described as ‘One to Watch’ by Good Housekeeping magazine for her debut historical romance, Broken Faces. Her book The Poppy Field, published by HarperCollins’ One More Chapter imprint to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War, was a USA TODAY best-seller.
The first book in her new Mrs Boots series, Mrs Boots, Book 1 is out on 27 March 2020 with Book 2, Mrs Boots of Pelham Street, being published in May.
Deborah is one third of The Blonde Plotters and Co-Founder of multi-award-winning tech start-up – the first global virtual literary festival venue platform developed to connect readers and authors.

Follow Deborah:
Twitter: @DebsCarr

The Orphan Thief by Glynis Peters @_GlynisPeters_ @0neMoreChapter_ @annecater #bookpromo #WWIIsaga


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The Orphan Thief written by Glynis Peters, publisher One More Chapter is available in ebook, audiobook and NOW in paperback format.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour with a promo to celebrate the paperback launch of Glynis Peter’s WWII saga: The Orphan Thief.  Here are all the important details:

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From the international bestselling author of The Secret Orphan

When all seems lost…

As Hitler’s bombs rain down on a battered and beleaguered Britain, Ruby Shadwell is dealt the most devastating blow – her entire family lost during the Coventry Blitz.

Hope still survives…

Alone and with the city in chaos, Ruby is determined to survive this war and rebuild her life.  And a chance encounter with street urchin Tommy gives Ruby just the chance she needs…

And love will overcome.

Because Tommy brings with him Canadian Sergeant Jean-Paul Clayton.  Jean-Paul is drawn to Ruby and wants to help her, but Ruby cannot bear another loss.
Can love bloom amidst the ruins?  Or will the war take Ruby’s last chance at happiness too?


orphan thief Glynis Peters Author PicGlynis Peters, lives in Dovercourt, Essex, England.

She married her school sweetheart in 1979, and they have three children. They also have three grandchildren, with another due in the spring of 2019, the year of their ruby wedding Anniversary.

​In 2014, Glynis was short-listed for the Festival of Romantic Fiction New Talent Award.

​In 2018, HarperCollins/HarperImpulse published her novel, The Secret Orphan. The novel rose to several bestseller positions within a few months of release.

​When Glynis is not writing she enjoys fishing with her husband, making greetings cards, cross stitch and the company of her granddaughters.

Her grandson lives in Canada, and it is for that reason she  introduced a Canadian pilot into The Secret Orphan.


Twitter : @_GlynisPeters_

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Instagram @glynispetersauthor








Mrs P’s Book of Secrets by Lorna Gray @MsLornaGray @OneMoreChapter_ #30DaysofBookBlogs #bookreview #HistFic

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Mrs P’s Book of Secrets (UK)/The Book Ghost (US) written by Lorna Gray, publisher One More Chapter (an imprint of Harper Collins) is available NOW in ebook format (the paperback is due out in March 2020).

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Book Blurb

The Cotswolds, Christmastime 1946
A young widow leaves behind the tragedy of her wartime life, and returns home to her ageing aunt and uncle. For Lucy – known as Mrs P – and the people who raised her, the books that line the walls of the family publishing business bring comfort and the promise of new beginnings.
But the kind and reserved new editor at the Kershaw and Kathay Book Press is a former prisoner of war, and he has his own shadows to bear. And when the old secrets of a little girl’s abandonment are uncovered within the pages of Robert Underhills’s latest project, Lucy must work quickly if she is to understand the truth behind his frequent trips away.
For a ghost dwells in the record of an orphan girl’s last days. And even as Lucy dares to risk her heart, the grief of her own past seems to be whispering a warning of fresh loss…

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I am so pleased to be involved in the #30DaysofBookBlogs run by author Lorna Gray and if you check out Lorna’s social media feed you will find out all sorts of wonderful information about 30 book bloggers.  I have the pleasure of sharing my review of Lorna’s latest novel: Mrs P’s Book of Secrets.  This is my first introduction to the work of Lorna Gray and I am thrilled to have found a new historical fiction author to add to my favourites list.

Mrs P’s Book of Secrets is a story that you have to let it build like a perfect pot of loose-leaf tea were the leaves have to steep for a certain time, just like this book and it’s words that are ‘steeping’ to reach it’s peak leaving you with a satisfied glow.  Please be patient with the words…

Lorna Gray has created a very atmospheric novel that is fitting to the characters and era, I could feel a sense of time and place and understood for the characters that life needed at this time to take on a more gentler rhythm.

Mrs P’s Book of Secrets is a gentle, poignant love story that I felt held a few stories within it.  I loved the steady building relationship of trust between Lucy and Robert and for them personally it was just at the right pace. They’ve both suffered with the aftermath of the war so a windswept romance wouldn’t have worked. I liked the sound of Robert he seemed very dark and mysterious at first but once he opened up your heart expands with love for him.

Lucy works for her uncle at his book publishing business and Robert has recently come to work as a new editor.  I found it quite fascinating this side of the story to learn about the machinations behind book publishing back in the 1940’s and I never even thought that rations would come into play.  To read about how an idea for a book, with the author approaching a publisher, for it then to become a reality with the type setting of the words in the print room for a book lover sounded enchanting.  I appreciated the research that the author has undertaken giving the readers a step back in time into the world of publishing.

Mrs P’s Book of Secrets held a certain chilling mystery around it taking you on a journey of self-discovery and starting anew following much sadness and the feeling of being lost within a world trying to forge on following the World War.  It’s a love story, a historical mystery novel and a story of new beginnings. All I’m saying is that the ending reaching out and grabbed me and I did feel a satisfied glow, just like a perfect cup of tea.

About the Author

Author Lorna GrayLorna Gray was born in 1980 in Bedfordshire. Her relationship with the glorious countryside of the Cotswolds began many years ago when she first moved to Cirencester. She has been exploring the area through her love of history, adventure and romance ever since.
This is Lorna’s fourth post-WWII mystery. Her three previous novels are In the Shadow of Winter (2015), The War Widow (2018) and The Antique Dealer’s Daughter (2018). She lives in the Cotswolds with her husband.



Twitter: @MsLornaGray
Instagram: @mslornagray




A Cosy Christmas in Cornwall by Jane Linfoot @janelinfoot @0neMoreChapter_ @rararesources #blogtour #bookreview #festiveread

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A Cosy Christmas in Cornwall written by Jane Linfoot, publisher One More Chapter (digital division of Harper Collins UK), is available NOW in ebook format.  The paperback is due for release in December.

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Book Blurb
A December to remember…
Christmas in a Cornish castle? Sign Ivy Starforth up! Hired to kit out the holiday rental as the world’s most Instagramable festive dreamland, there’s only one thing standing in the way of her hefty paycheque – the lord of the manor.
Bill Markham could give Scrooge a run for his money but Ivy is firmly #TeamChristmas…even if her handsome host seems to be doing everything he can to sabotage her staging. Maybe she shouldn’t have stumbled in on him starkers in the hot tub?
As the temperature outside cools, things inside the castle heat up. It’s been a long time since Ivy allowed herself to give in to temptation…surely one little kiss under the mistletoe won’t hurt?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Jane Linfoot’s latest novel: A Cosy Christmas in Cornwall.

Jane Linfoot has a great recipe for success for gorgeous feelgood romcoms all set in idyllic settings.  A Cosy Christmas in Cornwall is a wonderful romp of a read set just on the outskirts of the lovely fictional coastal village of St Aidan.  It is centred around friends and their families getting away from everyday life and having the perfect insta-worthy Christmas in Cornwall.

Ivy Starforth has agreed to tag along with her friends Libby and Fliss with their extended family to a Christmas getaway in Cornwall.  Libby is an insta-influencer and Ivy is the perfect partner to make this festive holiday ‘gram perfect’!  However, when Ivy arrives at their holiday let a few days early on her own to prepare she is a little shocked to see how different the property looks from their ‘google image’ search.  Ivy is also shocked to learn she knows the caretaker of the refurbished castle; a man she met six years ago and has never quite forgotten him.

Once Ivy gets over the double shock of the minimalist interiors of the castle and of seeing Bill again she enlist his help in turning a cold looking castle into a warm, cosy induced castle that oozes festive vibes.

Bill is not feeling very festive as Christmas hits a vulnerable spot for him but knows he has to turn this castle into the holiday tenant’s dream posts or he’s going to have a mutiny on his hands.

Once the hoard of guests arrive we are met with a myriad of characters all with their own personality quirks.  There’s plenty of festive, fun and frolics and heartfelt inspiring moments with this gorgeous romcom.  I loved it all and didn’t want it to end, I hope Jane Linfoot returns to the characters we’ve discovered at the castle in a future new story.

About the Author

a cosy christmasJane Linfoot is a best selling author, who lives in a cottage on a Derbyshire hillside with her family and their pets. Although she loves seeing cow noses over the garden wall, she’s happy she can walk to a supermarket.

Jane grew up in North Yorkshire where she spent a lot of her childhood avoiding horizontal gales blowing off the sea and wrote her first book by accident. While she loves to write feel good books that let readers escape, she’s always surprised to hear her stories make people laugh, admits to (occasionally) crying as she writes, and credits her characters for creating their own story lines.

Jane’s garden would be less brambly if she wasn’t on Facebook and Twitter so often. On days when she wants to be really scared, she rides a tandem.

Her recent stand alone novels are all set in and around the (imaginary) seaside village of St Aidan in Cornwall. They are: A Cosy Christmas in Cornwall, Edie’s Browne’s Cottage by the Sea, The Little Cornish Kitchen. Her four book Little Wedding Shop series are standalone stories, also set in St Aidan. They are: The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea, Christmas at the Little Wedding Shop, Summer at the Little Wedding Shop and Christmas Promises at the Little Wedding Shop. They are all published by the Harper Impulse and One More Chapter imprints of Harper Collins.

Follow Jane on Twitter @janelinfoot, or find her on her Author Page Facebook or her
Personal Page Facebook. She’s also on Instagram, and has lots of Pinterest boards relating to her novels.

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