Love and Miss Harris by Peter Maughan @PeterMaughan5 @farragobooks @randomttours #loveandmissharris #bookreview

Love and Miss Harris written by Peter Maughan, publisher Farrago, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

Book Blurb

Titus Llewellyn-Gwlynne, actor/manager of the Red Lion Theatre, has lost a backer who was going to fund a theatrical tour – when unexpected salvation appears.

Their home theatre in the East End of London having been bombed during the war, The Red Lion Touring Company embarks on a tour of Britain to take a play written by their new benefactress into the provinces.

As they make their vagabond, singing way, they remain unaware that they leave behind in London a man consumed with thoughts of revenge. Revenge which follows them obsessively from town to town, ending in its final act before the last curtain.

This charming series transports the reader to a lost post-war world of touring rep theatre and once-grand people who have fallen on harder times, smoggy streets, and shared bonhomie over a steaming kettle.

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Love and Miss Harris by Peter Maughan | Waterstones

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the latest novel by Peter Maughan: Love and Miss Harris.

I have to be honest and admit it did take me a little time to get into the story BUT once I did I was totally invested in the show, so to speak, that author Peter Maughan has written.

Peter Maughan has created a nostalgic comedy that has it all; drama (lots of it), humour (some a little bit cheeky), romance, danger, inspiring but most of all it was utterly charming.

This is my first introduction to the work of Peter Maughan and from the colourful cover to the descriptive settings and a cornucopia of characters I was all set for a great reading experience.

The story is set in post WWII and Love and Miss Harris is the name of a play that is set to grace the theatres up and down the south of England. It just needs actors and a manager to put the show on the road. In comes Titus Llewellyn-Gwlynne who has a book full of names he can call on for assistance. With the cast set and a double decker bus transformed into a prop/wardrobe/actor transporter the quaint villagers of England won’t know what’s hit them!

Unbeknown to the touring theatre there’s a gangster from London hot on their tale bringing a darkness to the story.

Peter Maughan has crammed so much into this story, each character has their own back story showing multi-layers to their personality with a few hiding a vulnerability to their persona.

I’m delighted to hear that there will be a sequel to Love and Miss Harris when we will see them travelling furtherafield.

A nostalgic caper that will charm and delight.

Author biography
Peter Maughan’s early career covered many trades, working on building sites, in
wholesale markets, on fairground rides and in a circus. He studied at the Actor’s
Workshop in London, and worked as an actor in the UK and Ireland, subsequently
founding a fringe theatre in Barnes, London. He is married and lives currently in Wales.

Twitter: @PeterMaughan5

The Rose Code by Kate Quinn @KateQuinnAuthor @HarperCollinsUK @RandomTTours #HistFic #bookreview

The Rose Code written by Kate Quinn, publisher Harper Collins, is available NOW in ebook, hardcover, audio CD and audiobook format.

Book Blurb

The brand-new novel from the internationally bestselling author of The Huntress and
Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick The Alice Network

1940, Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire.
 
Three very different women are recruited to the mysterious Bletchley Park, where the best minds in Britain train to break German military codes.
 
Vivacious debutante Osla has the dashing Prince Philip of Greece sending her roses – but she burns to prove herself as more than a society girl, working to translate decoded enemy secrets. Self-made Mab masters the legendary codebreaking machines as she conceals old wounds and the poverty of her East-End London upbringing. And shy local girl Beth is the outsider who trains as one of the Park’s few female cryptanalysts.
 
1947, London.
 
Seven years after they first meet, on the eve of the royal wedding between Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip, disaster threatens. Osla, Mab and Beth are estranged, their friendship torn apart by secrets and betrayal. Yet now they must race against the clock to crack one final code together, before it’s too late, for them and for their country.

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Hardcover: The Rose Code by Kate Quinn | Waterstones

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Kate Quinn’s latest historical novel: The Rose Code.

The Rose Code is my first read by author Kate Quinn. From the intensive research the author made to the detailed descriptions of the era and to the myriad of characters I appreciated every single step the author took to create this wonderful book. A book that is based on the real day to day life of workers at Bletchley Park during WWII. There are moments in the story that I felt like I was reading a true account of the lives and loves surrounding the people of Bletchley Park, it did feel like a memoir as it was so atmospheric. My husband witnessed my verbal gasps of admiration for this novel many a time especially as the intensity grew my eagerness to reach a conclusion was paramount!

The Rose Code is a story of three very different young women who found themselves signing an oath of secrecy as they commenced working for the government in the non descript huts at Bletchley Park. No training was given as they were all stepping into unknown territory and they learned as they worked their minds through codes, sequences, wires until they clicked into place revealing secret strategic information from the enemy. These codes could take weeks and even months to break but the workers were so committed to the task their whole lives soon revolved around Bletchley Park. A community of unique, sometimes reclusive, highly intelligent individuals all working together to form a team of silent, invisible workers helping with the war effort.

“Being clever doesn’t exempt me from danger.”

As the war progressed life intensified for our three friends but when a night like no other turns to questions of trust, inquisition and betrayal the lives of these women will never be the same again.

The story travels back and forth to their time at Bletchley Park and to 1947 to the forthcoming marriage of Princess Elizabeth to Prince Philip. 1947 is also just over 3 years since the girls last saw and spoke to each other. When one of them out of the blue breaks their silence the other two questions whether they can step back into a time that consumed their lives.

As the story picks up pace the reader is left on tenterhooks with a time limit in place for the mystery to be solved and for one of the friends life to be saved.

Kate Quinn has given us a glimpse into another world and to a different side to WWII, these remarkable invisible heroes with their team effort were to save many lives. The author treated the reader to a roller coaster of emotions and I struggled to contain my feelings a time or two. Life during conflict is hard, cruel and so unjust but love still found a way into people’s hearts. A historical fiction that had it all drama, intrigue, tragedy, danger and romance.

About the Author

Kate Quinn is a native of southern California. She attended Boston University, where she
earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Classical Voice. A lifelong history buff, she has
written four novels in the Empress of Rome Saga, and two books in the Italian Renaissance
detailing the early years of the infamous Borgia clan. All have been translated into multiple
languages. She and her husband now live in Maryland with two black dogs named Caesar
and Calpurnia.

Website: Kate Quinn – Author of Historical Fiction

Twitter: @KateQuinnAuthor

A Beautiful Spy by Rachel Hore @Rachelhore @simonschusterUK @RandomTTours @TeamBATC #bookreview #ABeautifulSpy

A Beautiful Spy written by Rachel Hore, publisher Simon & Schuster UK, is available NOW in ebook, audiobook and hardcover format.

Book Blurb

From the Sunday Times bestselling author of Last Letter Home, a Richard & Judy Book Club pick, comes a thrilling novel about a woman with an extraordinary life, based on a true story.
Minnie Gray is an ordinary young woman. She is also a spy for the British government.
It all began in the summer of 1928…
Minnie is supposed to find a nice man, get married and have children. The problem is it doesn’t appeal to her at all.
She is working as a secretary, but longs to make a difference.
Then, one day, she gets her chance. She is recruited by the British government as a spy. Under strict instructions not to tell anyone, not even her family, she moves to London and begins her mission – to infiltrate the Communist
movement.
She soon gains the trust of important leaders. But as she grows more and more entangled in the workings of the movement, her job becomes increasingly dangerous. Leading a double life is starting to take its toll on her relationships and, feeling more isolated than ever, she starts to wonder how this is all going to end. The Russians are notorious for ruthlessly disposing of people given the slightest suspicion. What if they find out?

Full of suspense, courage and love, A Beautiful Spy is a stunningly written story about resisting the norm and following
your dreams, even if they come with sacrifices.

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Waterstones: A Beautiful Spy by Rachel Hore | Waterstones

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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: A Beautiful Spy.

I have often found that fiction brings factual events in history to life and it also gives me a thirst to learn more about the respective subject. This is definitely the case of Rachel Hore’s new novel: A Beautiful Spy, which is based on the remarkable double life of Olga Gray. Olga Gray was a young British woman who was recruited by MI5 to work undercover to gain close access to members of the Communist Party.

Minnie Gray was feeling fed up and bored of the suburban life of 1930’s Edgbaston but all this was about to change when she was introduced to Captain King. An eccentric man who was like the puppet master for numerous operatives working for the government department MI5. Minnie soon became charmed and a little obsessed by this man and found herself embroiled in a double life that put her in the depths of danger and uncertainty.

As time went on Minnie became reliant on the men in her life and she was afraid to upset any of them but as her personal life was spilling into her professional life she had to make sacrifices.

Rachel Hore had me totally gripped with this story. I was impressed with the bravery of the secret agents and Minnie was just one of many that put their lives on hold to help the country. It sounded exciting and thrilling but the constant anxiety of being discovered must have been terrifying.

A thoroughly enjoyable historical fiction that brings to life the remarkability of people.

About the Author

Rachel Hore worked in London publishing for many years before moving with her family to Norwich, where she
taught publishing and creative writing at the University of East Anglia before becoming a full-time writer. She is
married to the writer D. J. Taylor and they have three sons. Her last novel, The Love Child, was a Sunday Times
bestseller.

Website: https://rachelhore.co.uk

Twitter: @Rachelhore

When I Come Home Again by Caroline Scott @CScottBooks @simonschusterUK @RandomTTours #WhenIComeHomeAgain #bookextract

When I Come Home Again written by Caroline Scott, publisher Simon & Schuster UK, is available NOW in ebook, audiobook and hardcover format.

Book Blurb

They need him to remember. He wants to forget.

1918. 
In the last week of the First World War, a uniformed soldier is arrested in Durham Cathedral. When questioned, it becomes clear he has no memory of who he is or how he came to be there.

The soldier is given the name Adam and transferred to a rehabilitation home. His doctor James is determined to recover who this man once was. But Adam doesn’t want to remember. Unwilling to relive the trauma of war, Adam has locked his memory away, seemingly for good.

When a newspaper publishes a feature about Adam, three women come forward, each claiming that he is someone she lost in the war. But does he believe any of these women? Or is there another family out there waiting for him to come home?

Based on true events, When I Come Home Again is a deeply moving and powerful story of a nation’s outpouring of grief, and the search for hope in the aftermath of war.

To buy link:

https://uk.bookshop.org/books/when-i-come-home-again-a-beautiful-and-heartbreaking-wwi-novel-based-on-true-events/9781471192173

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Caroline Scott’s latest novel: When I Come Home Again. I have the pleasure of sharing an extract with you.

Chapter two extract

‘Name:                   ’

The hairs rise on his forearm and he hugs his knees to his chest. It is cold in the cell. They have taken his clothes away and he feels every breath of air from the window above. His naked body is familiar to him and yet not. He knows his own hands, but he can’t remember the scars on his arms, or the lice bites that cover his body. He scratches the backs of his knees and sees that there is blood on his fingers.

Your name, they said. We need a name. We can’t start without it. You need to give us your name.

It comes back at him again, that insistent question. All through the night. No starting, but no stopping. He would have told them, if he could.

The walls of the cell are blistered with damp. The plaster ripples and glistens. The walls are as pockmarked as his skin and the whitewash comes away on his shoulder when he leans against it. There are scales of lime in the creases of his hands and chalk down his fingernails. Five white condemning crescents. It is the chalk that has put him in this police cell.

Where’s your identity disc? they asked. Your pay book? Your service number?

Looking at the new bruise blooming on his arm makes him ashamed. The constable had walked him through the town with his arms in a grip. It wasn’t so much that it hurt, but he had felt humiliated when the people’s eyes flicked towards him and then away, and chastened by the words that they mouthed. He wanted to tell them that he’d done nothing wrong. He wanted to shout it out. He wanted to tell them that this wasn’t him.

What’s your battalion? What regiment? Where are you stationed?

They had emptied his pockets while the sergeant questioned him. Every item was catalogued and inspected. Every coin was turned over. Every pebble. Every piece of chalk. This scrutiny made him feel as though his pencil stub and box of matches were specimens in a museum requiring labels. But what should their labels be? Could these innocent items condemn him? They told him that they were taking his belt away so that he wouldn’t hang himself.

He watches the silverfish scurry. There are cobwebs in the corners and chains on the wall of the cell. They are crumbling, rusting old chains, the kind prisoners have in storybook dungeons, and he suspects they are there more for warning than purpose. He hears the spyhole in the door click again. They have been doing this all night; coming to look at him, checking on him. Why did they imagine that he might hang himself?

Home address? You must have a home address. You must have come from somewhere.

He tries to remember. He genuinely tries. He recalls the barns and sheds and ditches of the past few weeks, but nothing before that. He slept on a bench in a church porch some days ago. An old woman handed him a bowl of warm milk in the morning. A young cleric gave him a blanket that smelled of laundry soap. He tries to remember what home feels like, what it smells like. It smells of damp and disinfectant and urine in this cell, and the sweat on his own skin.

Place of birth? Date of birth?

‘Born to raise the sons of earth,’ the voice in the next cell crescendos. ‘Born to give them second birth.’ It’s Christmas carols now. The disembodied voice has been singing hymns all night; eight hours of rhyming trials and tribulations, mysteries and mercies, and green hills far away.

It was a desecration of a place of worship, they told him. It was a serious offence. He’d laughed when they said that this was the sort of filthy thing the Germans had done in France.

They told him it didn’t help his case that he laughed. They asked him why he did it. What was he thinking? What made him want to do such a thing? He could only reply that he didn’t know.

Next of kin?

Nothing. He apologized. He could see their frustration. He didn’t want to frustrate them. It wouldn’t do him any good, the sergeant said, if he didn’t speak up, if he didn’t cooperate. He would have to go back to his regiment, they said. The authorities would need to be informed. Was he home on leave, they wanted to know. Was he due back with his battalion? Had he gone absent?

What were you thinking, lad? they asked. Are you a deserter?

The electric bulb buzzes and casts a cold white light. It has been left on all night, the moths dancing foolishly around it. He picks them up off the floor now and they crumble to dust between his fingers.

The sergeant had brought him a tin mug of tea, bread and butter and a jug of hot water. He’d told him that he should wash. That he stank. When he put his hands to his face he realized that he hadn’t shaved for several days. He can’t remember his own reflection. He felt the new shape of his face with his wet fingers. The sergeant had leaned against the wall as he watched him wash. He said that he lost his son to the war last year. That Colin was a good boy. That his mother wouldn’t ever get over it. There were dark shadows under the man’s eyes.

Where’s your mother, lad? Does she know where you are? Don’t you want to be a good boy for your mother?

They showed him the charge sheet, turned it round to face him, the empty white spaces that ought to be filled. Where he ought to have a date and place of birth. Where he ought to have a residence. A next of kin. A name. The inspector’s finger jabbed at the paper.

What are you called? he asked it again. They keep on asking it. What’s your fucking name?

About the Author
Caroline completed a PhD in History at the University of Durham. She developed a particular interest in the impact of the First World War on the landscape of Belgium and France, and in the experience of women during the conflict – fascinations that she was able to pursue while she spent several years working as a researcher for a Belgian company. Caroline is originally from Lancashire, but now lives in southwest France. The Photographer of the Lost was a BBC Radio 2 Book Club pick.

Twitter: @CScottBooks

**Cover Reveal** Buried Treasure by Gilli Allan @gilliallan @RandomTTours #BuriedTreasure #coverreveal #bookreview

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I am so pleased to be involved in the new cover for Gilli Allan’s contemporary mystery romance: Buried Treasure.  I read this novel back in August last year and once I’ve revealed the wonderful new cover I’m delighted to be able to re-share my review.

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Buried Treasure written and self-published by Gilli Allan is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

To buy links:

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07SN5NWJ2

US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07SN5NWJ2

Book Blurb

Jane thinks he sees her as shallow and ill-educated. Theo thinks she sees him as a snob, stuffy and out of touch.
Within the ancient precincts of the university the first encounter between the conference planner and the academic is accidental and unpromising. Just as well there’s no reason for them ever to meet again. But behind the armour they’ve each constructed from old scars, they’ve more in common than divides them. Both have an archaeological puzzle they are driven to solve. As their stories intertwine, their quest to uncover the past unearths more than expected.

Treasure is not always what it seems.

About the Author

Gilli Allan Author PicGilli Allan began to write in childhood – a hobby pursued throughout her teenage. Writing was only abandoned when she left home, and real life supplanted the imaginary kind.

After a few false starts she worked longest and most happily as an illustrator in advertising and only began writing again when she became a mother.

Living in Gloucestershire with her husband Geoff, Gilli is still a keen artist. She draws and paints and has now moved into book illustration.

All of her recent books TORN, LIFE CLASS, FLY or FALL and BURIED TREASURE have gained ‘Chill with a Book’ awards.

Following in the family tradition, her son, historian Thomas Williams, is now also a writer.

And here it is, the new cover for Buried Treasure:

Buried Treasure Cover

Review

Buried Treasure was my first introduction to the works of Gilli Allan and I appreciated all the research she had undergone with this story as I became fascinated with the tale of long-lost archaeological finds.

I have to admit I did find the story a little slow at first and it did take me a little while to warm to both our leading lady, Jane and our leading man, Theo.  I think this was because the author had to show the vulnerability of these characters and to a time in their respective lives that were a little dark and controlling.  I couldn’t comprehend why anyone would let their lives be so manipulated but when your minds have been lost with a young love and lust logic sorts of goes out the window.  As a reader we needed to hear about the characters history as this is what has made them who they are now.

Jane is an events organiser and whilst visiting prospective sites for a future conference she comes across Dr Theo Tyler a university lecturer specialising in Archaeology.  Their first introductions doesn’t bode well for a forthcoming friendship but fate keeps bringing the unlikely pair together.  For Jane and Theo, although from different backgrounds and different careers, they have a shared vulnerability from their respective pasts.  Jane also has a family interest with buried treasure which interests not only Theo but another fellow in the field.

Theo’s current project is to investigate the archaeological worth of a piece of land that is due for development, he needs to find enough evidence to put through a portfolio to back up objections against the developers.  When Jane and Theo’s lives keep interconnecting with each other she finds herself having a vested interest in Theo’s project likewise Theo begins to express curiosity in a puzzle in Jane’s family.

The more I invested time in this story the more I became fascinated and I felt compelled by both Jane’s puzzle and also of Theo’s archaeological project.   I am so pleased I took a chance on a new author as by the end of this novel I really enjoyed it.  I will certainly check out Gilli Allan’s back catalogue.

 

The Miseducation of Evie Epworth by Matson Taylor @matson_taylor_ @ScribnerBooks @RandomTTours #TheMiseducationofEvieEpworth #debutnovel #bookreview #blogtour

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The Miseducation of Evie Epworth written by Matson Taylor, publisher Scribner UK (an imprint of Simon and Schuster) is available NOW to pre-order ready for publication on the 23rd July 2020.  The book will be available in ebook, audiobook and hardcover format.

Book Blurb

July, 1962

Sixteen year-old Evie Epworth stands on the cusp of womanhood. But what kind of a woman will she become?

The fastest milk bottle-delivery girl in East Yorkshire, Evie is tall as a tree and hot as the desert sand. She dreams of an independent life lived under the bright lights of London (or Leeds). The two posters of Adam Faith on her bedroom wall (‘brooding Adam’ and ‘sophisticated Adam’) offer wise counsel about a future beyond rural East Yorkshire. Her role models are Charlotte Bronte, Shirley MacLaine and the Queen. But, before she can decide on a career, she must first deal with the malign presence of her future step-mother, the manipulative and money-grubbing Christine.

If Evie can rescue her bereaved father, Arthur, from Christine’s pink and over-perfumed clutches, and save the farmhouse from being sold off then maybe she can move on with her own life and finally work out exactly who it is she is meant to be.

Moving, inventive and richly comic, The Miseducation of Evie Epworth is the most joyful debut novel of the year and the best thing to have come out of Yorkshire since Wensleydale cheese.

To pre-order/buy link:  https://amzn.to/2A5isDB

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Matson Taylor’s debut novel: The Miseducation of Evie Epworth.

I really do enjoy discovering and supporting new authors and when I heard about this one from Yorkshire born Matson Taylor I knew I wanted to learn more.  Matson Taylor has written a bloomin’ brilliant debut novel that fizzes with nostalgia, full of laugh out loud scenes, it was poignant and oozed with Yorkshire charm.

What I liked most about the story was the wonderful blend of characters.  There is a whole host of charming, quirky, joyous personalities that are part of Evie’s life and within the next few months they soon change the course of her future.  I adored the lead, a young girl called Evie aged 16 1/2 who is anxious for the next steps in her life and ponders what sort of woman she will become.  Evie knew her own mind but was finding many obstacles in her way, one of them being her dad’s new lady friend, Christine.  Christine who has quickly become a permanent fixture in the lovely farmhouse Evie and Arthur live in.  Evie did not like Christine and Christine did not like anyone getting in the way of her becoming the new limelight in Arthur’s eyes.  Evie had to get rid of Christine once and for all and the help she receives from those around her leaves her with a heart full of love and encouragement.

There is so much I could say about this book but I don’t want to reveal any spoilers.  Matson Taylor writes with such warmth and humour, it’s very honest and frank and you can easily picture the hilarious scenes spelled out in front of you.  Amongst the hilarity is a wonderful heart-warming story that takes you on a trip down memory lane as we discover more about Arthur and his life before Evie.  There’s plenty of twists in the tale that I couldn’t foresee that left me dazed with emotion.  A humorous story full of wit and warmth with added poignancy.  I look forward to what lies ahead for debut novelist, Matson Taylor.

About the Author

Evie Epworth Matson Taylor Author PicMatson Taylor grew up in Yorkshire but now lives in London. He is a design historian and academic writing tutor and has worked at various universities and museums around the world; he currently teaches at the V&A, Imperial College, and the RCA. He has also worked on Camden Market, appeared in an Italian TV commercial, and been a pronunciation coach for Catalan opera singers.

Visit the author website here: matsontaylor.com and follow on Twitter at @matson_taylor_

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

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

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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/

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:

To buy link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Orphan-Thief-Glynis-Peters/dp/0008384908

BOOK BLURB

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?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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.

Website: http://www.glynispeterauthor.co.uk/

Twitter : @_GlynisPeters_

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Snowed in at The Practice by Penny Parkes @CotswoldPenny @simonschusterUK @annecater @TeamBATC #blogtour #bookreview #Larkford #SnowedinatThePractice

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Snowed in at The Practice written by Penny Parkes, publisher Simon & Schuster UK, is available for pre-order in ebook, audiobook and paperbook format in readiness for the publication on 14 November 2019.

The paperback will be available from all good book retailers including Waterstones, WHSmith, Foyles and amazon.

To pre-order links:

Waterstones: https://bit.ly/2C3HC2O

amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2pANVIt

Book Blurb

Dr Holly Graham is finding life with two sets of twins exhausting. Even with husband Dr Taffy Jones and devoted friend Elsie by her side, she is completely outnumbered. Making the transition back to work will be no easy feat, but a regular slot on Radio Larkford as their on-air doctor might be the perfect stepping stone – until an unexpected job offer changes everything…
Dr Alice Walker’s new canine clinic at Larkford Surgery with Coco, her assistance dog, has been a storming success. If only shipping her best friend, Dr Tilly Grainger, in from South America to cover for Holly had been such a smooth transition. It seems that Tilly isn’t finding life in the peaceful Cotswolds valley as rewarding as she’d hoped, and she is causing chaos…

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Penny Parkes latest novel: Snowed in at The Practice.

This is my first visit to Larkford and it’s residents but when I read the synopsis of Penny Parkes fourth instalment in The Larkford series I just knew I’d feel welcomed.

Penny Parkes has managed to captivate her audience with an endearing story set around the medical practice in a Cotswold village.  There is plenty of wonderful light and shade to the storyline as it weaves itself around the lives of the doctors, it’s extended staff, family and friends.

Larkford is such a close-knit community and when Dr Holly Graham goes off on maternity leave the residents embrace the arrival of her twin baby girls but they soon miss her presence at the practice.  After a few months at home Holly too is missing her work and her patients, she is feeling a little lost in her new role and is desperate to feel like her old self again.  But as she goes through the emotions of motherhood again she starts to realise that her old self isn’t what she wants anymore and that she needs to find a new balance, not just for herself but for her team at the practice who are all going through personal and professional changes.

As this was my first introduction to the work of Penny Parkes I didn’t know any of the history surrounding the characters so I totally read this story with open eyes and heart and soon got trapped, in such a wonderful way, into the goings on of Dr Holly and her team at work and home.  I’ve had twins myself so know how crazy life becomes when you’ve got double trouble but Holly had this times two!

The storyline sways happily towards the festive season but as in reality life has a habit of throwing hurdles in people’s paths.  These hurdles were very emotive to read about and for the wider network of colleagues and residents of Larkford I felt my heartache for the cruelty.  The darkness in the storyline does lead onto some of the most tender and endearing moments I’ve ever read about and your emotions will get the better of you.

Snowed in at The Practice is wonderfully heart-warming full of life, laughter, love and tears.  I adored it and Penny Parkes has a new fan in me.

About the Author

snowed in ... Penny Parkes Author PicturePenny Parkes survived a Convent education largely thanks to a ready supply of inappropriate novels and her passion for writing and languages. She studied International Management in Bath and Germany, before gaining experience with the BBC. She then set up an independent Film Location Agency and spent many happy years organising shoots for film, television and advertising – thereby ensuring that she was never short of travel opportunities, freelance writing projects or entertaining anecdotes. Penny now lives in the Cotswolds with her husband, two children and new puppy. Her first novel, Out of Practice was winner of the RoNA for a Romantic Comedy Novel 2017.

Publisher Page: https://www.simonandschuster.co.uk/authors/Penny-Parkes/576636362

Twitter:  @CotswoldPenny

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

 

Coming Home to Winter Island by Jo Thomas @jo_thomas01 @headlinepg @annecater #blogtour #bookreview #festiveread #ComingHometoWinterIsland

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Coming Home to Winter Island written by Jo Thomas, publisher Review, is available in ebook format from 31st October 2019 and is due for release in paperback and audiobook format in December.

To pre-order/buy link:  https://amzn.to/2JtkEpF

Book Blurb

Wrap up warm and explore the breath-taking beauty of a remote Scottish island and an old house waiting to unlock enchanting family secrets.
Fans of Jill Mansell and Milly Johnson will love this irresistible new winter novel from Jo Thomas.
Do you need to find out where you’ve come from before you can know what the future holds?
Ruby’s singing career is on the verge of hitting the big time, when her voice breaks. Fearing her career is over, she signs up for a retreat in Tenerife to recover.
But an unexpected call from a stranger on a remote Scottish island takes her on a short trip to sort out some family business. It’s time to go and see the grandfather she’s never met.
City girl Ruby knows she will be happy to leave the windswept beaches behind as quickly as she can, especially as a years-old family rift means she knows she won’t be welcome at Teach Mhor.
But as she arrives at the big house overlooking the bay, she finds things are not as straightforward as she might have thought.
There’s an unexpected guest in the house and he’s not planning on going anywhere any time soon …

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Jo Thomas’ latest novel: Coming Home to Winter Island.

Coming Home to Winter Island by Jo Thomas is a beautiful, poignant story about stepping away from our wished for path and looking back to how your journey started.

Ruby Mac was at an exciting stage in her singing career; all the years of hardwork and practice have all come down to this one point when the band she sings in is due to perform at an event attended by music producers.  However, life was to play a cruel twist in her singing career bringing Ruby crashing down to a career of uncertainty.  Ruby needs to rest and recouperate but she hadn’t intended on an unexpected visit to a remote Scottish island.  Ruby was about to visit the grandfather she has never met and also the island and home her father grew up from.  Ruby knew that a family rift went on many years ago leading to her father leaving the island and never returning home but she didn’t know what this dispute was about.  Leaving her band, boyfriend and the city to visit an elderly relative she’s never met is a daunting task.  But Ruby had more than her elderly grandfather to win over, she also had a local man who had undertaken the task of caring for Ruby’s grandfather.

Jo Thomas’ words have drawn you into the wilderness of the past and of the present on a remote island affectionately known as Winter Island.  The storyline is very touching with Ruby discovering more about her heritage bringing back the grief from the loss of her father and also the loss of what could have been if she’d been given the chance to get to know her grandparents.   I fell in love with Winter Island it’s local inhabitants, wildlife and fauna and could totally appreciate the spirit within such a close-knit community.  I also appreciated the back to basics of nature in it’s true form and of life working with what is freely around you.

Sometimes the key for your future can be found at right back to where you started.  Letting your heart and soul be free by learning from your heritage can be refreshing and enlightening and be just the direction needed to fulfil your dreams.

Coming Home to Winter Island is a satisfying festive read that is beautifully heart-warming and poignant.

About the Author

Jo Thomas Author picJo Thomas worked for many years as a reporter and producer, first for BBC Radio 5, before moving on to Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and Radio 2’s The Steve Wright Show. In 2013 Jo won the RNA Katie Fforde Bursary. Her debut novel, The Oyster Catcher, was a runaway bestseller in ebook and was awarded the 2014 RNA Joan Hessayon Award and the 2014 Festival of Romance Best Ebook Award. Jo lives in the Vale of Glamorgan with her husband and three children.

Website: https://jothomasauthor.com/

Twitter:  @jo_thomas01

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