A Year in the Chateau by Sarah Long #bookreview #blogtour #AYearintheChateau @ZaffreBooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n

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A Year in the Chateau written by Sarah Long, publisher Zaffre, is available NOW in ebook, audiobook and paperback format.

Book Blurb

The new sharp, irreverent and hilarious book from Sarah Long. If you love Dawn French, Sue Townsend and Veronica Henry, this book is for you!

When Nicola’s husband, Dominic, retires they decide not to spend their days finding hobbies to fill the time until Countdown is on. Instead, they fulfil their life-long fantasy of buying a country house and filling it with their dearest friends. Reliving their youth and spending their children’s inheritance.

Joined by seven of their friends they club together to invest in a château in Normandy. Group dinners, fine wine, beautiful scenery – they’re living the dream!

But la vie en rose is harder than it first appears. Is there a reason why only teenagers take gap years?

To buy link: https://amzn.to/2Q8QYBG

A Year in The Chateau 29.1.20

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

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Sarah Long’s latest contemporary romance: A Year in the Chateau.

This is my first introduction to the work of Sarah Long and after reading A Year in the Chateau I am keen to catch up with her other books.

I really enjoyed this novel by Sarah Long; maybe it’s because the idea of living in a historic chateau in France sounds appealing, maybe it’s the small community with the numerous boulangeries, delicatessens and roadside cafes were you can wile away a few hours people watching.  Or is it the romantic notion of France having a more relaxed approach to life?  I didn’t care as I was sold with the dream as soon as the word chateau was mentioned!

Nicola and Dominic are fed-up of the rat-race in London and a dream emerges of escaping to the country and living their very own good life.  This dream evolves into clubbing together with close friends and buying a chateau in France. These nine friends were so diverse in character it made for an interesting story as even though the couples had different backgrounds and interests they blended beautifully as a group.  When life hit an all time low for one of the friends the group sprang into action to offer support where and when needed.

I loved how the author split the story up into seasons and we got to experience the changing sights, sounds and aromas of chateau life for the first time through the eyes of the characters.

A Year in the Chateau is a story of new beginnings and new adventures albeit at a slower more relaxed pace giving the time for our characters to re-evaluate their lives and learn to appreciate the important aspects of life.  But life wasn’t all rosy for our intrepid new chateau owners and life’s struggles and financial upheavals felt so much easier to handle within such an idyllic setting.  But when tragedy strikes life for all of the friends will never be the same again.

I do feel like there’s lots more to learn and look forward to about the characters we’ve grown to love and that the author could run with this storyline for a good few further stories.  I also don’t want to particularly leave the Chateau yet, maybe I’ll be inspired to dream up my own French adventure?!

About the Author

Sarah Long was raised in Essex, educated at Oxford and worked in publishing before moving to Paris with her husband and young children. She now lives in London with the same husband and most of her adult children, at the midlife stage that inspired her new novel Invisible Women.

She is the author of two previous novels, And What Do You Do? and The Next Best Thing, as well as Le Dossier of Hortense de Monplaisir or How to Survive the English, a helpful guide to understanding the ways of the British, as seen through the eyes of her snobbish Parisian alter ego.

Although now back in the motherland, she has failed to leave France behind, and spends as much time as possible at her house in rural Normandy, making jam, digging things up and watching the wildlife which often ends up, uninvited, indoors.

 

Moonlight Over Mayfair by Anton Du Beke @TheAntonDuBeke @ZaffreBooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n #blogtour #bookreview #historicalfiction #MoonlightOverMayfair

moonlight over mayfair

Moonlight Over Mayfair written by Anton Du Beke, publisher Zaffre, is available NOW in ebook, hardcover, audiobook and available in paperback from Thursday 20th February 2020.

To buy links:

amazon UK: https://amzn.to/37tgNSW

amazon US: https://amzn.to/2UV3N5N

Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/moonlight-over-mayfair/anton-du-beke/9781785767814

Book Blurb

London, 1937.

With a new king in place, tensions are rising in London and across Europe. Shaken by the Great Depression and with talk of another war coming, the Buckingham Hotel is trying to regain some stability.

Upstairs, Vivienne Edgerton is desperate to do something worthwhile with her time and her stepfather’s money, rather than spending it on frivolity and debauchery – but will this land her in even more trouble?

And downstairs, chambermaid Nancy Nettleton is finally starting to feel more settled at the Buckingham, and hopes her brother will soon call London home, too. But she misses the man she loves, demonstration dancer Raymond de Guise, who is noticeably absent from the Grand Ballroom dance floor.

The staff and guests of the Buckingham soon discover that in a hotel full of secrets, there’s always someone listening . . .

Anton Du Beke Moonlight 29.1.20

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

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating the paperback launch of Anton Du Beke’s second novel: Moonlight Over Mayfair.  Although this is Anton Du Beke’s second novel it is my first introduction to his work and I loved it, his words waltzed me away to a time gone by to a story filled with drama, society glitz and glamour, working class trials and tribulations and a swoon-worthy romance.

Moonlight Over Mayfair is such a wonderful read; the authors words twirled me to the dance floor of a prestigious hotel in London but there is so much more to this story to captivate you and leave you wanting more.  For me the beauty of this novel was the stories of the people living and working within the walls of the Buckingham Hotel.  It’s 1937, a time when the world is feeling a little unsure of what’s around the corner with the talks of unease in Europe.  It is also a time when women were starting to think of their dreams and aspirations and there are two such young women in this story that are stepping out of the mould they were born in and looking to do more with their lives and specifically helping with the crisis on the dark streets of London.

I haven’t read One Enchanted Evening, book one in the Buckingham series, so I have no prior history of any of the characters or the hotel but Anton Du Beke’s words describing the era, place, setting and the glorious array of characters charmed and entertained me.  Moonlight Over Mayfair is a story of two sides to the social balance of London were working class meets the privileged and they harmonize each other.  This novel to me has it all; it’s a saga, a historical romance, it’s filled with political unrest, drama and intrigue, unlikely friendships and blossoming romances.  I felt charmed by the nostalgia and captivated by the elegance of the ballroom but also felt inspired by the new opportunities that a few of the characters were seeking.  Mr Du Beke definitely has a new fan in me of his historical fiction.

About the Author (taken from amazon author page)

Anton Du Beke – the King of Ballroom, ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ royalty, and household name – is truly making his mark as one of this generation’s all-round entertainers. Hot on the heels of his debut album ‘From The Top’, Anton now realises his boyhood ambition and will be publishing his first novel, ‘One Enchanted Evening’, later this year.

The consummate storyteller, adept at captivating audiences will now captivate readers as he whisks them away to worlds of dance, intrigue, high society and scandal… bringing the golden age of dance to life, page by page.

As Strictly’s longest running professional dancer, achieving a remarkable decade in dance on tour with his professional partner Erin Boag, and as a much sought-after personality and presenter, Anton is the perfect author to lead the reader to the dancefloor as never before.

Twitter: @TheAntonDuBeke

Website: https://www.antondubeke.tv/

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