Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Historical Fiction

Today we are taking a step back in time with my review for Nellie’s Heartbreak by Rosie Clarke

My Review

I love reading historical fiction and taking a step back in time, in this story we meet Nellie as she is forced from her family home to work by her mother on her 15th birthday.

Throughout the story Nellie is faced with challenges and heartbreak as she finds that you can’t control who you fall in love with and she starts to understand the hostility her mother has always displayed towards her.

I liked Nellie as a character she had real grit about her and rather than complain she kept her head down worked hard and stayed determined to learn and achieve her goals. She demonstrated to all those around her that you could turn your life around if you worked hard enough and made some wonderful friends who became her family.

Another enjoyable read by Rosie Clarke set just before the outbreak of World War II with a glimpse of pre war London as we follow Nellie’s story as she grows from her teenage years into her younger adult years.

Book Blurb

A new stand-alone saga set in Yorkshire around out the outbreak of the second world war and the unlikely relationship between a master and servant.

As a small child, Nellie Peace was always dreaming but sensed her mother’s rejection.  

Abandoned and sent into service at Beaumont House at an early age, Nellie is lost and alone until she meets the unpredictable and reclusive artist, Lucas Harrington and falls in love with him.

This unlikely association between master and servant is encouraged by Lucas’s gentle natured Aunt Alice as Lucas sees something unusual in Nellie and is compelled to paint her. 

Broken promises lead to inevitable heartbreak and Nellie flees Beaumont House in disgrace for London. 
Alone again, Nellie must learn to live and fend for herself and her new-born child.

Can Nellie win a second chance of happiness and can she solve the mystery of her mother’s tortured past?

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Rosie Clarke is a #1 bestselling saga writer whose most recent books include The Mulberry Lane series. She has written over 100 novels under different pseudonyms and is a RNA Award winner. She lives in Cambridgeshire. Rosie’s brand new saga series, Welcome to Harpers Emporium began in December 2019.

Social Media Links

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Posted in 5*, Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Chick Lit

Kicking off my Tuesday morning sharing my 5* review for Under the Italian Sun by Sue Moorcroft

My Review

Set against the gorgeous backdrop of Italian sunshine and vineyards, this has just become my new favourite book my Sue Moorcroft.

Zia is a wonderful main character who has had more than her fair share of heartbreak following the loss of her Mum at young age and she is now on a mission to find out if she can claim her heritage and find her father.

I loved the characters in this story and the relationship Zia established with Lucia as she reconnects family ties and tries to learn the truth about what happened to her mother. During this story Zia tries to unravel the secrets that have been kept from her since childhood as she builds friendships with her namesake Lucia and tries to avoid building a romantic attachment with Piero.

I love it when a book transports me and makes me forget what is going on around me and this story held my attention from the first few pages and I felt like I’d lost a friend when I reached the end. A wonderful light hearted read that made me smile and left me with tears in my eyes when I reached the end.

Book Blurb

A sun-baked terrace. The rustle of vines. And the clink of wine glasses as the first cork of the evening is popped…

Welcome to Italy. A place that holds the answer to Zia-Lucia Costa Chalmers’ many questions. Not least, how she ended up with such a mouthful of a name.

When revelations close to home turn Zia’s world upside down,she realises the time has come to search out the Italian family she’s never known.

But as she looks for answers, she can’t help but notice Piero, the vineyard owner next door – a distraction who may prove difficult to ignore…

This summer, join Zia as she sets out to uncover her past. But can she find the future she’s always dreamed of along the way?

The perfect summer read for fans of Katie Fforde and Carole Matthews.

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Sue Moorcroft is a Sunday Times bestselling author and has reached the #1 spot on Kindle UK. She’s won the Goldsboro Books Contemporary Romantic Novel Award, Readers’ Best Romantic Novel award and the Katie Fforde Bursary. Published by HarperCollins in the UK, US and Canada and by other publishers around the world.

Social Media Links

Website 

Blog 

Facebook profile 

Facebook author page 

Twitter  

Instagram 

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Posted in 5*, Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Chick Lit

Today I am joining the blog tour for the magical read – The Wishing Tree Beside the Shore by Jaimie Admans

My Review

What could be more magical than a wishing tree. Once again Jaimie Admans has created a picture perfect setting for a magical story, over the past few years I have found her stories capture my heart and take me on a magical journey.

When Fliss returns home the last person she thinks she will find chained to a tree is her previous boss and best friend who she has spent 15 years trying to avoid. Whilst getting to know the lovely team from the residential home who want to save the tree, she soon starts to remember the magic of the tree and wonders if she is fighting for the right side.

A story filled with naughty gnomes and wonderful memories, I flew through this story far too quickly as I absolutely loved the enthusiasm on the pages from everyone trying to save the tree that means so much to them. Sprinkled with memories from others whose lives had been touched by the tree, I loved hearing about the magical carvings and the history of the strawberry field it had been for generations before.

In a time when we all need to believe in a little magic this story will take you to the gorgeous Welsh coast and capture you within its pages as you are swept along by the magic and romance of the wishing tree.

Book Blurb

What do you do when ‘the one that got away’ now won’t go away?

In fact, he’s so determined not to go away that he’s literally chained himself to a tree.

Fifteen years ago, Felicity Kerr threw caution to the wind and kissed her colleague Ryan Sullivan under the ancient wishing tree along the coast.

When Ryan failed to respond to her kiss, Felicity was mortified that she’d read his signals so horrendously wrong and left Lemmon Cove for good.

But now Felicity’s job brings her back to her hometown, and face to face with Ryan, who is leading a band of octogenarians rallying to save their beloved 300-year-old sycamore from being bulldozed by property developers.

The spark with Ryan is still there, but Felicity is guarding a secret and as much as she wants to join the protest by his side, she can’t help but hold back.

Will Felicity be able to mend her broken heart and find happiness with Ryan beside the sea?

An utterly hilarious and heart-warming romantic comedy about hope, second chances, and following your heart. Fans of Tilly Tennant, Milly Johnson and Heidi Swain will love this summer holiday of a book!

Available to pre-order here

Meet the Author

Jaimie is a 32-year-old English-sounding Welsh girl with an awkward-to-spell name. She lives in South Wales and enjoys writing, gardening, watching horror movies, and drinking tea, although she’s seriously considering marrying her coffee machine. She loves autumn and winter, and singing songs from musicals despite the fact she’s got the voice of a dying hyena. She hates spiders, hot weather, and cheese & onion crisps. She spends far too much time on Twitter and owns too many pairs of boots.
She will never have time to read all the books she wants to read.

She has been writing for years but has only just plucked up the courage to tell people.
She is the author of chick-lit romantic comedies Kismetology and The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters, and young adult romantic comedies Afterlife Academy, Not Pretty Enough, and North Pole Reform School.

Find out more on http://www.jaimieadmans.com or find me on Twitter @be_the_spark

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Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Chick Lit

Kicking off the week with some wonderful escapism – Summer at the Chateau by Jennifer Bohnet

My Review

I always look forward to picking up one of Jennifer Bohnet’s new books as she has quickly become a firm favourite when looking for a story I can lose myself in. I loved getting to go back to Brittany with her and catching up with a few characters from previous books who also made a cameo.

A story that grabs your attention and doesn’t let it go until the last page. Pixie is a wonderful character full of warmth who is still struggling to adjust to life without her husband. Her recent loss has created a writer’s block and when she realises that the dream home they bought in Brittany was sitting empty she convinces her Mum to take a trip with her to pay it one last visit. On arrival she never anticipates what will come next and now needs to unravel the mystery her husband left behind.

A story brimming with family love with a touch of romance sprinkled on top and packed with characters that are a wonderful blend of personalities and easy to connect with. Set in a gorgeous area of France, the chateau is vividly described and easy to fall in love with.

Grab yourself a coffee, a croissant and curl up in the French sunshine and join Pixie and her family on an adventure none of them ever saw coming.

Book Blurb

Every end has a new beginning…
All NEW from bestselling author Jennifer Bohnet.


When Pixie Sampson’s husband tragically dies, she inherits the beautiful Château Quiltu in Brittany, Northern France.

But unbeknown to her, she also inherits a mysterious lodger, Justine Martin and her 4-year-old son Ferdie.

Heartbroken and with her adventurous Mum, Gwen in tow, they travel to France to put the Château on the market but are soon drawn into a quest to seek the Château’s secrets.

Who is Justine? Why is she living at the Château? How did she know her husband?

Over the Summer months, the Château fills with family and laughter and secrets are discovered and old wounds begin to heal.

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Jennifer Bohnet is the bestselling author of over 12 women’s fiction titles, including Villa of Sun and Secrets and A Riviera Retreat. She is originally from the West Country but now lives in the wilds of rural Brittany, France.

Social Media Links

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Jennifer-Bohnet-170217789709356

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jenniewriter

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Bookbub profile: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/jennifer-bohnet

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Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Contemporary Fiction

Today I am delighted to be joining the blog tour for the wonderful The Ladies Midnight Swimming Club by Faith Hogan

My Review

When I read the blurb for this book, I knew it would be a story full of emotion and it did not disappoint. A truly wonderful story set against the Irish coastline that made me laugh and want to cry all at the same time.

Elizabeth is a character who when faced with her husbands debt, tries to find a way through the mess he has created and with the love and support of Jo, Lucy & Alice she starts making plans to see what she can rescue of her life.

This story takes you on an emotional journey of love and heartbreaking loss, you get to meet Niall a teenager who is struggling since his parents divorce and his Grandmother Jo who is hoping some time away from Dublin for him and his Mum might be the tonic they need. I flew through this book in just a couple of days as once I had picked it up, I was reluctant to put it back down. A true demonstration of unconditional love is to be found amongst these pages, with characters and descriptions that make the story jump off of the pages.

I loved the midnight swimming club and how stories from the past helped to create a happier future with second chances for these lovely ladies. A wonderful read that I highly recommend, although you might want a tissue tucked up your sleeve just in case.

Book Blurb

Three women. Three different stages of life. United by one thing: the chance to start again.

‘Uplifting, emotional and brimming with warmth and humour’ – Cathy Bramley

When Elizabeth’s husband dies, leaving her with crippling debt, the only person she can turn to is her friend, Jo. Soon Jo has called in her daughter, Lucy, to help save Elizabeth from bankruptcy. Leaving her old life behind, Lucy is determined to make the most of her fresh start.

As life slowly begins to return to normal, these three women, thrown together by circumstance, become fast friends. But then Jo’s world is turned upside down when she receives some shocking news.

In search of solace, Jo and Elizabeth find themselves enjoying midnight dips in the freezing Irish Sea. Here they can laugh, cry and wash away all their fears. As well as conjure a fundraising plan for the local hospice that will bring the whole community together…

From bestselling Irish writer Faith Hogan, The Ladies’ Midnight Swimming Club is an emotional story about finding new friends and living life to the fullest, that will appeal to fans of Sheila O’Flanagan, Heidi Swain and Liz Fenwick.

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Faith Hogan is an Irish award-winning and bestselling author of five contemporary fiction novels. Her books have featured as Book Club Favorites, Net Galley Hot Reads and Summer Must Reads. She writes grown up women’s fiction which is unashamedly uplifting, feel good and inspiring.

She is currently working on her next novel. She lives in the west of Ireland with her husband, four children and a very busy Labrador named Penny. She’s a writer, reader, enthusiastic dog walker and reluctant jogger – except of course when it is raining!

Social Media Links

Facebook: @faithhoganauthor

Twitter: @gerhogan

Website: www.Facebook/FaithHogan.com

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Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Chick Lit

Kicking off the weekend with my review for Italy Ever After by Leonie Mack

My Review

I loved visiting the stunning sights of Italy during this story, I have travelled all over the world through reading and this time we head to Northern Italy.

Lou is a wonderful character who lacks in self belief and has been left damaged following her marriage to Edie’s Dad. As Edie prepares to go to music summer camp for the summer with Lou as one of the chaperones, she starts to think about how to get her own life back on track and finally shrug off the doubt that her ex husband still has the power to cast over her.

Little does Lou know that love appears in the most unexpected places. I flew through this book loving the growing friendship between Lou and Nick, both have lots of personal hang ups and in this story we watch them start to unravel them and find a way forward.

A wonderful story that will make you laugh and tear up a few times, set in a stunning location where we get to appreciate the stunning Italian mountains and the accompanying views.

Grab yourself a copy and find a chair in the sunshine as once you start you won’t want to put it down.

Book Blurb

Escape to the sun and head off to Italy, with the wonderfully warm and ever-so-page-turning Leonie Mack!

TV journalist Lou feels battered and bruised after her divorce from Phil, the father of her daughter Edie. Her confidence and sense of fun have steadily been drained away, and she isn’t sure who she is any more.

When the opportunity arises to accompany Edie on a music camp in Italy for a month in the summer, Lou jumps at the chance for new adventures, new horizons and new friends. The hazy warmth of the summer sun, shining brightly over the stunning Lake Garda, slowly brings Lou back to life. 

Nick Romano, Edie’s music teacher, loves being home in Italy, but coaching his students for their concert in Milan, is bringing back difficult memories. His blossoming friendship with Lou is the perfect distraction, although a summer fling would be easier to conduct without the scrutiny of his mother Greta, not to mention the interference of his extended Italian family.

As the summer passes, full of sunshine and breath-taking scenery, gelato and delicious feasts, Lou and Nick get ever closer. But as the time for farewell creeps up on them, will they be able to say goodbye and leave their memories behind in the Italian sun, or can a summer romance last a lifetime?

Leonie Mack is back with a sizzling, sun-baked love story, perfect for all fans of Mandy Baggot, Jo Thomas and Carole Matthews.

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Leonie Mack is a debut novelist whose first book My Christmas Number One was published by Boldwood in September 2020. Having lived in London for many years her home is now in Germany with her husband and three children. Leonie loves train travel, medieval towns, hiking and happy endings!

Social Media Links

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LeonieMAuthor

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/leoniejmack/

Newsletter Sign Up Link: https://bit.ly/LeonieMackNewsletter

Bookbub profile: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/leonie-mack

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Posted in 5*, Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Chick Lit

Lets kick off today with another visit to Hedgehog Hollow as I share my review for Family Secrets at Hedgehog Hollow by Jessica Redland

My Review

I absolutely love this series and was so excited to be able to visit Hedgehog Hollow again. This story picks up shortly after the end of the last one, so with no gap in the time line within a few pages it felt like I had continued straight on from the last book.

As Sam works to look after Josh’s family and devote her time to the growing number of Hedgehogs she is rescuing, she doesn’t anticipate Chloe serving notice on her marriage and just appearing on her doorstep. With a distraught Chloe and an unsettled baby Samuel to add to her growing list of commitments, we finally see Sam take a stand and start to stand up to those who are prepared to take advantage of her kind and forgiving nature.

I loved learning more about the hedgehogs, especially with it being the time of year that you are more likely to see hoglets in your garden. During this story we learn more about the past and what has caused Chloe and Sam’s mum to be so close and we look forward to the future as they search for a match for Josh’s Dad to have further treatment for his cancer.

A story full of questions, despair and love, I loved the pages from beginning to end and enjoyed another wonderful visit to Hedgehog Hollow, where I once again reached the end before I was ready and am already desperate to read the next one.

Book Blurb

Every family has its secrets, and at Hedgehog Hollow there is no exception…

It was always Samantha’s dream to run her beautiful rescue centre, Hedgehog Hollow, full-time. But just as her wish comes true, she becomes a victim of her own kindness when she finds herself with a house full of guests – all with their own problems and secrets – looking to her for support.

When her self-absorbed cousin, Chloe, unexpectedly turns up at the farm – swiftly handing over her baby to Samantha to care for – trouble is definitely brewing. Especially as Chloe won’t tell anyone why she’s left her husband, James…

As Samantha juggles new hedgehog arrivals, family dramas and her own health challenges, it soon becomes clear that she needs to start putting herself first for once. Little does she know that life-changing secrets from the past are about to unravel and turn their lives upside down…

Return to glorious Hedgehog Hollow with top 10 bestseller Jessica Redland for a heartwarming, emotional but uplifting story of family, friendship and moving on from the past.

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Jessica Redland writes uplifting stories of love, friendship, family and community set in Yorkshire where she lives. Her Whitsborough Bay books transport readers to the stunning North Yorkshire Coast and her Hedgehog Hollow series takes them into beautiful countryside of the Yorkshire Wolds.

Social Media Links

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JessicaRedland

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jessicaredlandauthor/

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Bookbub profile: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/jessica-redland

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Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Chick Lit

Today I am delighted to be joining the blog tour for The Borrow a Bookshop Holiday by Kiley Dunbar

My Review

Set against the gorgeous backdrop of Devon, I loved the inspiration behind this story and getting to know the lovely Jude and Elliot.

I am a massive bookshop lover so the idea of renting a bookshop straight away appealed to me, I love being surrounded by the scent of books new and old and would love to spend a couple of weeks running one.

Jude is a character who has spent most of her adult life caring for her Nan and when life starts to change direction she is scared as she had never thought beyond helping her Nan and parents. I liked how her thoughts and feelings were relayed and found her a character that was really easy to get to know, even if at times her lack of belief frustrated me.

I’m a go get them type of person, so I was rooting for Jude throughout this story and loved watching her confidence slowly start to appear as she commenced her 2 week stay in the bookshop and gets to meet the mysterious Eliot.

A wonderful story that made me smile all the way through, it was a story that made me want to keep reading to see where life would take Jude next and left me feeling happy as I neared the end. The perfect book to pack in your case and enjoy whilst having a few days break from reality.

Book Blurb

The Fully Booked Bookshop Café invites literature lovers to run their very own bookshop … for a fortnight.

Spend your days talking books with customers in your own charming bookshop and serving up delicious cream teas in the cosy café.

Bookworms, what are you waiting for? Your holiday is going to be LIT(erary).

Apply to: The Fully Booked Bookshop, Down-a-long, Clove Lore, Devon.

Jude Crawley should be on top of the world. She’s just graduated as a mature student, so can finally go public about her relationship with Philosophy professor, Mack.

Until she sees Mack kissing another girl, and her dreams crumble. And worse, their dream holiday – running a tiny bookshop in the harbour village of Clove Lore for two weeks – is non-refundable.

Throwing caution to the winds, Jude heads down to Devon, eager to immerse herself in literature and heal her broken heart.

But there’s one problem – six foot tall, brooding (but gorgeous) Elliot, who’s also reserved the bookshop holiday for two weeks…

As Jude and Elliot put their differences aside to run the bookshop, it seems that Jude might be falling in love with more than just words. Until she discovers what Elliot is running from – and why he’s hiding out in Clove Lore.

Can Jude find her own happy ending in a tiny, tumbledown bookshop? Or is she about to find out that her bookish holiday might have an unexpected twist in the tale…

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Kiley Dunbar writes heart-warming, escapist, romantic fiction set in beautiful places.

Kiley also works as a senior lecturer, teaching creative writing at the Manchester Writing School. One Winter’s Night is shortlisted for the RNA Romantic Comedy Novel Award 2021.

Social Media Links

http://www.kileydunbar.co.uk/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCI8wM4Fmkbyg4S_XGSnfUCA

https://www.facebook.com/KileyDunbarAuthor/

www.twitter.com/kileydunbar

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Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Historical Fiction

Today I am sharing my review for the exceptional and heartbreaking – The Berlin Zookeeper by Anna Stuart

My Review

A superb book that I struggled to put down as I just wanted to keep reading. This story was historical fiction at its best, this is one of my favourite eras but this is the first book I’ve read where the story is based in Berlin and we see it from the perspective of the citizens of Berlin.

When we look back at World War II we rarely stop to think that many Germans who weren’t Jewish also didn’t agree with Hitler and just wanted the bombing and destruction of their wonderful city to stop.

Written on a dual timeline we meet Beth who is moving to Berlin to work in the zoo, she is keen to solve a puzzle from her mothers past and through this we get to visit the zoo and its keepers in Berlin at the height of the war.

A compelling read based on the history of the Berlin zoo, it grips you as you read about the poor living conditions for both the zoo keepers and the animals as they struggle to keep as many animals as possible alive. By the end of the war they were left with less than 100 animals due to the heavy fire that the zoo undertook. I have learnt so much about what the citizens of Berlin faced through the war torn years and how severe the punishments were if anyone spoke out against what was happening around them.

These wonderful characters will stay with me for a long time from across both timelines as well as the memories of the wonderful animals they lost and those they fought so hard to save from not only from the constant bombings but also the arrival of the Red Army.

A heartwrenching story that pulls you in and breaks your heart as you keep turning the pages.

Book Blurb

Two women. One shocking wartime secret. And a family mystery just waiting to be discovered…

Berlin Zoo, 1943:Ten-year-old Adelaide and her newborn sister are orphaned after a devastating night of bombing. Heartbroken and frightened, Adelaide runs to her mother’s closest friend, Katharina Heinroth, and the kind zookeeper takes the two little girls under her protection. As the bombing intensifies, Adelaide tries to shut out the horrors of war by caring for her tiny sister and playing with the adorable baby monkeys. But when Katharina organises a dangerous operation to enable children and animals to escape the battle-scarred city, something goes wrong. And Adelaide has to promise her adopted mother to keep a shocking secret. A secret that will change Adelaide’s life forever.

Berlin Zoo, 2019: Bethan Taylor notices the elderly lady sitting on the bench next to her seems confused, her thoughts flitting between past and present. Ada talks of her childhood, played out in an underground bunker beneath the animal enclosures during the war. As Ada’s story unfolds, Bethan is surprised to hear a name she recognises…

Katharina Heinroth is at the top of a list of German names Bethan found in a hidden compartment of her late mother’s jewellery box. Bethan’s father couldn’t tell her anything about the crumpled piece of paper and she’s been searching for the meaning ever since.

As the two women are brought together by the pain of the past can they help each other to heal? And after decades of silence, can Ada help Bethan to uncover a long-buried family mystery?

An unforgettable and heart-wrenching novel of a brave orphan girl and a shocking wartime secret. Inspired by a true WW2 story and perfect for fans of Orphan Train, The Tattooist of Auschwitz and The Alice Network.

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author


Anna Stuart lives in Derbyshire with her campervan-mad husband, two hungry teenagers and a slightly loopy dog. She was hooked on books from the moment she first opened one in her cot so is thrilled to now have several of her own to her name. Having studied English literature at Cambridge university, she took an enjoyable temporary trip into the ‘real world’ as a factory planner, before returning to her first love and becoming an author. History has also always fascinated her. Living in an old house with a stone fireplace, she often wonders who sat around it before her and is intrigued by how actively the past is woven into the present, something she likes to explore in her novels. Anna loves the way that writing lets her ‘try on’ so many different lives, but her favourite part of the job is undoubtedly hearing from readers.

Social Media Links

You can reach her on Facebook @annastuartauthor or Twitter @annastuartbooks.

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Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Historical Fiction

Kicking off today with my review for A Ration Book Daughter by Jean Fullerton

My Review

Today I am delighted to be helping kick off the blog tour for the latest story in the Ration Book saga. I absolutely loved revisiting the wonderful Brogan family, this time we spent more time getting to know Cathy and her young son Peter.

Cathy is continuing to cope the best she can with a demanding and quite frankly horrid mother in law, Violet is a character that you take an instant dislike too and it makes you root for Cathy as she continues to make Cathy’s life as miserable as possible.

Whilst the bombs continue to fall around them in London, Cathy and her family continue to do the best they can to look out for others and support the families finding themselves without homes and possessions due to being bombed out.

We also get to meet the wonderful bomb disposal team that are stationed near by and the stories are so vivid you can literally picture the team trying to safely diffuse the unexploded bombs that are falling around London and embedding themselves under buildings. I found the more I read about Cathy and her life the more I wanted to keep reading to see if she would ever find a way to shed her violent husband and awful mother in law.

A superb addition to this saga with Queenie once again providing her wisdom as we join the family as they welcome baby Victoria into the fold. I am excited yet sad to hear there will be one more book as I will be disappointed when I reach the end of my journey with the Brogan family.

Book Blurb

Not even the Blitz can shake a mother’s love.

Cathy was a happy, blushing bride when Britain went to war with Germany three years ago. But her youthful dreams were crushed by her violent husband Stanley’s involvement with the fascist black-shirts, and even when he’s conscripted to fight she knows it’s only a brief respite – divorce is not an option. Cathy, a true Brogan daughter, stays strong for her beloved little son Peter.

When a telegram arrives declaring that her husband is missing in action, Cathy can finally allow herself to hope – she only has to wait 6 months before she is legally a widow and can move on with her life. In the meantime, she has to keep Peter safe and fed. So she advertises for a lodger, and Sergeant Archie McIntosh of the Royal Engineers’ Bomb Disposal Squad turns up. He is kind, clever and thoughtful; their mutual attraction is instant. But with Stanley’s fate still unclear, and the Blitz raging on over London’s East End, will Cathy ever have the love she deserves?

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Born and bred in East London Jean is a District Nurse by trade and has worked as a NHS manager and as a senior lecture in Health and Nursing Studies. She left her day job to become a full-time writer in 2015 and has never looked back.

In 2006 she won the Harry Bowling Prize and now has seventeen sagas published over three series with both Orion and Atlantic all of which are set in East London.

She is an experienced public speaker with hundreds of WI and women’s club talks under her belt, plus for the past fifteen years she has sailed all over the world as an enrichment speaker and writing workshop leader on cruise ships.

Social Media Links

Website: http://jeanfullerton.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Jean-Fullerton-202631736433230/?ref=bookmarks

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/JeanFullerton_

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