Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Chick Lit

Pop over to my blog today to read my review for The Plus One Pact by Portia Macintosh

Today I am joining the blog tour for The Plus One Pact, another brilliant read with lots of comedy sprinkled throughout.

My Review

Here is my review for the ultimate feel good read, which is just what the doctor ordered in the current climate. I love a light hearted read and have found I am gravitating to them more recently and this one made me giggle throughout.

When Cara meets Millsy and they come to an agreement to be each others plus ones for some family events, what could possibly go wrong. Neither of them anticipated how well they would get on or the mischief they would find themselves creating as they put their plan into action.

I really enjoyed this book, it made me chuckle throughout as the characters came to life and create havoc at each event they attend. Cara is a brilliant personality and I felt drawn to her, I liked her attitude and how she quickly struck up a friendship with Millsy. This book is light hearted read and will keep you entertained right until the last page.

Book Blurb

What if your plus one could be the one…?

Cara has officially run out of men. Her most recent dates have gone from bad to worse, and when her dating app informs her there is no one left in her area to choose from, she is at a dead end.

But with a summer of events ahead of her, she needs to find a solution, fast; someone to keep her company at the never-ending weddings, family gatherings and gender reveal parties that she can’t face going to alone. 

So when she meets handsome, confident, Millsy on a night out she may be in luck. They could not be more different in personality, but he too has a summer of events ahead and is desperate to get his family off his back about finding a ‘nice girl’. What if they made a pact to help each other out and be a plus one for the summer? Just as friends of course…? 

A brand new romantic comedy from bestseller Portia MacIntosh, perfect for fans of Zara Stoneley, Sophie Ranald and Mhairi McFarlane.

Available to purchase here

About the Author

Portia MacIntosh is a bestselling romantic comedy author of 12 novels, including It’s Not You, It’s Them and Honeymoon For One. Previously a music journalist, Portia writes hilarious stories, drawing on her real life experiences.

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Escape to the French Farmhouse by Jo Thomas

Today I am super excited to be sharing my review for Escape to the French Farmhouse by Jo Thomas as this book totally captured my heart.

My Review

A glorious sunny read that mixes the relaxing scents of Lavender and the gorgeous French sunshine in between the pages as you read.

Shamefully this was my first book by Jo Thomas and now I’m wondering what other gems I might have missed as I just loved it.

Del is a wonderful character who despite the odds digs deep to carve a new life for herself as per her original intention when she left her old life behind and moved to the farmhouse in France. From the first few pages I just knew I was going to love Del and as I kept turning the pages I just grew to love her character more and more.

 A story that will bring a smile to your face on even the gloomiest day. I loved my afternoon in the garden making the most of the sunshine and enjoying the delicious scent of the lavender fields and beautiful lavender inspired recipes.

If your looking for the perfect read to lose yourself in this is the perfect gem, to enjoy on your sun lounger either on holiday or just for some much needed escapism.

Light hearted and heart warming this book will leave you with a lovely fuzzy feeling.


Book Blurb

Can she find her recipe for happiness?

Del and her husband Ollie moved to a beautiful village in Provence for a fresh start after years of infertility struggles. But six weeks after they arrive, they’re packing the removal van once more. As Del watches the van leave for England, she suddenly realises exactly what will make her happier…a new life in France – without Ollie.

Now alone, all Del has is a crumbling farmhouse, a mortgage to pay and a few lavender plants. What on earth is she going to do? Discovering an old recipe book at the market run by the rather attractive Fabian, Del starts to bake. But can her new-found passion really help her let go of the past and lead to true happiness?

A heart-warming tale about reclaiming your life, set amongst the lavender fields of Provence. Perfect escapism from the author of Late Summer in the Vineyard and The Honey Farm on the Hill.


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About the Author

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Jo 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.


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Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Historical Fiction

Today I am joining the #BookstagramTour for These Lost & Broken Things by Helen Fields

Today I am delighted to be sharing my review for These Lost & Broken Things by Helen Fields, this was my first book by this author and I loved getting to know Sofia and her family.

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My Review

Based in the early 1900’s in London we get to know Sofia when her husband suddenly dies leaving her sole provider for their young children. Throughout this story you observe Sofia struggling to put food on the table for her children and gain an insight into her childhood where she initially learnt to spot cheats as a child travelling with her family. As you keep reading Sofia visits the darkest corners of her past whilst trying to find a way forward and remain in control of her life and keep her children safe.

I found that once I had started to read to story of Sofia both past and present it lured me in. Set against the suffragete movement in London this story is full of vivid descriptions of both the squalor and splendure of London dependent on your social class. It highlights how poorly women were treated by men and how this was deemed normal and acceptable just over 100 years ago.

A book that I thoroughly enjoyed and so pleased to have discovered a new author whose books I can’t wait to read again in the future.


Book Blurb


How dangerous is a woman with nothing left to lose?

The year is 1905. London is a playground for the rich and a death trap for the poor. When Sofia Logan’s husband dies unexpectedly, leaving her penniless with two young children, she knows she will do anything to keep them from the workhouse. But can she bring herself to murder? Even if she has done it before…

Emmet Vinsant, wealthy industrialist, offers Sofia a job in one of his gaming houses. He knows more about Sofia’s past than he has revealed. Brought up as part of a travelling fair, she’s an expert at counting cards and spotting cheats, and Vinsant puts her talents to good use. His demands on her grow until she finds herself with blood on her hands.

Set against the backdrop of the Suffragette protests, with industry changing the face of the city but disease still rampant, and poverty the greatest threat of all, every decision you make is life or death. Either yours or someone else’s. Read best-selling crime writer Helen Fields’ first explosive historical thriller.


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About the Author

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An international and Amazon #1 best-selling author, Helen is a former criminal and family law barrister. Every book in the Callanach series claimed an Amazon #1 bestseller flag. Her next book, the sixth in the series, ‘Perfect Kill’ is due out on 6 February 2020. Helen also writes as HS Chandler, and last year released legal thriller ‘Degrees of Guilt’. Her previous audio book ‘Perfect Crime’ knocked Michelle Obama off the #1 spot. Translated into 15 languages, and also selling in the USA, Canada & Australasia, Helen‘s books have won global recognition. Her first historical thriller ‘These Lost & Broken Things’ comes out in May 2020. A further standalone thriller published by HarperColllins will come soon. She currently commutes between Hampshire, Scotland and California, where she lives with her husband and three children. Helen can be found on Twitter @Helen_Fields for up to date news and information or at


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Today I am delighted to be sharing my review for The Summer Villa by Melissa Hill

Today I am delighted to be sharing my review for the latest release by Melissa Hill. I love it when I have the opportunity to read and review for an author whose books I love and what isn’t there to love about a story set in sunny Italy.

My Review

Set against the stunning backdrop of Italy with it’s amazing views and beautiful villas. This is a story about friendship and how these lovely ladies found themselves and each other whilst on a trip to Italy many years ago. Told over a dual timeline 6 years apart, you get an insight from all of them as to where they were in their lives when they first arrived in Italy and what instigated them being there in the first place. 

I enjoyed getting to know these ladies through their highs and lows and how no-one really quite knows everything that happened during their visit where they all first became friends. 

I love a book set in Italy and this oozes stereotypical cute Italians and delicious food. A story that keeps you guessing throughout as to how other events all link together from their first trip and discover what really happened during those gorgeous summer days.

A book that will provide the perfect companion during the long summer days and that I highly recommend adding to your TBR pile.


Book Blurb

Three women. One summer reunion. Secrets will be revealed…

Villa Dolce Vita, a rambling stone house on the Amalfi Coast, sits high above the Gulf of Naples amidst dappled lemon groves and the fragrant, tumbling bougainvillea. Kim, Colette and Annie all came to the villa in need of escape and in the process forged an unlikely friendship.

Now, years later, Kim has transformed the crumbling house into a luxury retreat and has invited her friends back for the summer to celebrate.

But as friendships are rekindled under the Italian sun, secrets buried in the past will come to light, and not everyone is happy that the three friends are reuniting… Each woman will have things to face up to if they are all to find true happiness and fully embrace the sweet life.


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Available to purchase here


About the Author

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International #1 bestselling Irish author Melissa Hill lives in County Wicklow.
Her page-turning, contemporary novels are published worldwide and translated into 25 different languages.

Many of her novels are currently in development for movies and TV.
An adaptation of A GIFT TO REMEMBER is airing now on Hallmark Channel US and Sky Cinema in Ireland/UK, and a sequel, CHERISHED MEMORIES filmed in 2019.
A Christmas movie adaptation of her USA Today bestseller, THE CHARM BRACELET is scheduled for release in 2020.

Her latest novel, KEEP YOU SAFE has also been optioned for UK TV, and a series based on one of her short stories is in development at Netflix.

Her brand new novel THE SUMMER VILLA available now, is a #1 Irish Times bestseller.

For more info visit her website at
Twitter: @melissahillbks
Instagram: @melissahillbooks


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Posted in 5*, Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Historical Fiction

Happy Publication Day to Jean Fullerton who releases A Ration Book Wedding today 🎉 #publicationday #bookreview #rationbookwedding #backablogger #rachelsrandomresources @rararesources @jeanfullerton_ @corvusbooks

Happy Publication Day to Jean Fullerton, I am delighted to be sharing my review to help kick off the blog tour for A Ration Book Wedding.

My Review

I love historical fiction particularly set in London during WWII and dived into this one and quickly lost myself into the comings and goings of the Brogan family.

A series that really brings to life the commaraderie of how friends and families pulled together during the war and how they managed to create so much when not a lot was available to them. I love the snippets sprinkled throughout that help reinforce what life was really like living in London during this time. The Brogan’s are a dynamic family with fiesty characters and they exude the spirit of East End London.

I love these books and each one feels like a continuation of the previous book. I am really excited to have been able to read this latest visit to the Brogan family as I love spending time with them and in this visit got to know Francesca as she decides she wants to do more for the war effort.

I feel that reading this book recently added to the impact the commaraderie had on me as I could feel the importance of the relationships with loved ones and how the impact of pulling together made them stronger.

A superb book from cover to cover, as I read I could feel their happiness and sadness ebbing off the pages. I really hope there is more to come from this family as I absolutely love reading about them.

Book Blurb

In the darkest days of the Blitz, love is more important than ever.

It’s February 1942, and as the Americans finally join Britain and her allies, twenty-three-year-old Francesca Fabrino is doing her bit for the war effort in a factory in East London. But her thoughts are constantly occupied by recently married Charlie Brogan, who is fighting in North Africa with the Eighth Army.
When Francesca starts a new job for the BBC Overseas department, she meets handsome Count Leo D’Angelo and begins to put her hopeless love for Charlie aside. But then Charlie returns from the front, his marriage in ruins and his heart burning for Francesca at last. Could she, a good Catholic girl, countenance an affair with the man she has always longed for? Or should she choose Leo and a different, less dangerous path?

Available to purchase here

About the Author

Jean Fullerton is the author of fifteen historical novels. She is a qualified District and Queen’s nurse who has spent most of her working life in the East End of London, first as a Sister in charge of a team, and then as a District Nurse tutor.

She is also a qualified teacher and spent twelve years lecturing on community nursing studies at a London university.

She now writes full time. Find out more at

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Happy Publication Day to @TAWilliamsBooks Today I am sharing my review for Dreaming of Italy by T.A Williams #backablogger #bookreview #publicationday #rachelsrandomresources @rararesources

A massive Happy Publication Day to TA Williams, I discovered his books late last year and jumped at the chance to read his latest release.

My Review

Oh I do love a TA Williams book, he knows how to write pure escapism in the most gorgeous locations and I loved this one and how it whisked me away.

During this story you get to travel all over Italy with Emma as she looks for locations to shoot the movie that could land her the dream promotion she has been chasing and witness some gorgeous landmarks along the way. The descriptions are detailed and colourful and just make you want to travel and experience it for yourself.

The author has a brilliant way of bringing the locations to life so you feel like you are there experiencing them. This was another gorgeous story where the pages just whizzed by as I lost myself in the story of Emma & Mark. I loved the balance of the characters personalities and this grew the more I got to know them.

Everyone loves a bit of romance in Italy and this was another wonderful taste of Italy set against a stunning backdrop that I just loved from start to finish.

Book Blurb

Up for a dream promotion, Emma won’t let anything get in her way – not even love.
Working for a major Hollywood film company isn’t all glitz and glam. But when Emma gets sent to tour around Italy to scout the perfect location for a new blockbuster movie, she’s not going to complain. Especially when it could make or break her career…
Historical adviser for the project Mark is a distraction that Emma does not need. As they explore the beauty of Italy, Emma starts to fall for the mysterious Mark, and soon finds herself torn between her job and her heart.
From the wild, northern mountains of Piedmont, down the vibrant coast of Cinque Terre and through the rolling hills of Tuscany, Emma’s journey becomes one of self-discovery as she questions her priorities in life.
This heartwarming story of romance and redemption is the perfect read for fans of Tilly Tennant, Holly Martin and Daisy James.

Available to purchase here

About the Author
Firstly, my name isn’t T A. It’s Trevor. I write under the androgynous name T A Williams because 65% of books are read by women. In my first book, “Dirty Minds” one of the (female) characters suggests the imbalance is due to the fact that men spend too much time getting drunk and watching football. I couldn’t possibly comment. Ask my wife…

I’ve written all sorts: thrillers, historical novels, short stories and now I’m enjoying myself hugely writing humour and romance. Romantic comedies are what we all need from time to time. Life isn’t always very fair. It isn’t always a lot of fun, but when it is, we need to embrace it. If my books can put a smile on your face and maybe give your heartstrings a tug, then I know I’ve done my job.

I‘ve lived all over Europe, but now I live in a little village in sleepy Devon, tucked away in south west England. I love the place. That’s why you’ll find leafy lanes and thatched cottages in most of my books. Oh, yes, and a black Labrador.

I’ve been writing since I was 14 and that is half a century ago. However, underneath this bald, wrinkly exterior, there beats the heart of a youngster. My wife is convinced I will never grow up. I hope she’s right.

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Today I am very excited to be on the blog tour for the new release The First Date by Zara Stoneley

Today I am very excited to be joining the blog tour for The First Date by Zara Stoneley, who is one of my favourite authors! 

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My Review

Zara Stoneley has done it again, I always know when I pick up one of her books that it will provide total escapism and this one absolutely nailed it!

Rosie is a superb character a total force of nature who is looking to find a date after splitting with her long term boyfriend. This is where the lovely Noah comes in with his lessons in dating and a brilliant friendship strikes up. I love the way their friendship forms and the tasks he sets for Rosie to achieve throughout this book. 

A book that I loved losing myself in, it has a bit of romance scattered throughout with lots of fun and laughter along the way. An absolute must read and a brilliant book to enjoy in the sunshine that will provide the ultimate distraction for a few hours relaxing.


Book Blurb

Right place.

Right time.

Wrong guy …

The novel equivalent of binge watching a tv series…”just one more chapter, who cares if it’s 2am!” It’s exactly the sort of novel you need with so much chaos in the world’ Sarah, Reader review

After breaking up with her childhood sweetheart, clueless dater Rosie has found herself in a boyfriend-drought. So when she finally swipes right on a guy who seems interested, she can’t wait to meet up in person.

Until she’s left standing alone. In a bar. Stood up.

Enter Noah. Confident, funny … and a serial first dater. Offering to give Rosie a crash course in seduction, this could be just what she needs. Until her matchmaker turns out to be the best date she’s ever had – and Rosie wonders if she wants the fake dates to be the real ones after all …



Available to purchase here


About the Author

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Zara Stoneley is the USA Today bestselling author of ‘The Wedding Date’.

She lives in a Cheshire village with her family, a lively cockapoo called Harry, and a very bossy (and slightly evil) cat called Saffron.

Born in a small village in the UK, Zara wanted to be a female James Herriot, a spy, or an author when she grew up. After many (many) years, and many different jobs, her dream of writing a bestseller came true. She now writes about friendship, dreams, love, and happy ever afters, and hopes that her tales make you laugh a lot, cry a little, and occasionally say ‘ahhh’.

Zara’s bestselling novels include ‘Bridesmaids’, ‘No One Cancels Christmas’, ‘The Wedding Date’, ‘The Holiday Swap’, ‘Summer with the Country Village Vet’, ‘Blackberry Picking at Jasmine Cottage’ and the popular Tippermere series – ‘Stable Mates’, ‘Country Affairs’ and ‘Country Rivals’.

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Where you can find Zara –

Twitter: @ZaraStoneley


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Today I am joining the blog tour for the latest release Sunrise over Sapphire Bay by Holly Martin

Today I am joining the blog tour for the lovely light hearted summer read Sunrise Over Sapphire Bay by Holly Martin


A lovely feel good read set in a stunning location bursting with vivid descriptions and characters that you instantly love and the odd that your not so keen on. I fell in love with the location this book was set in instantly, I love a gorgeous beach view and the idea of this family hotel with it’s superb location captured me instantly.

This is a story of love and how loss and abandonment shapes you as a person. Once I had started reading I devoured this book, as I wanted to find out more about Aria and her sisters and I just had to find out if her dreams could come true.

I loved how this book focused on supporting local business, especially in the world we are currently finding ourselves in. It was filled with family loyalty and passionate characters and I would love to read more about these wonderful sisters.


Book Blurb

Fall in love with the beautiful Jewel Island this summer, where the sapphire sea sparkles, the golden sun warms your skin and the islanders melt your heart. From the bestselling author of The Little Village of Happiness comes Holly Martin’s most romantic novel yet.

Aria Philips has lived on Jewel Island all of her life. Even when her sisters Clover and Skye left its stunning shores for bigger and better things, Aria stayed to help her father run their family hotel.

A year after her father’s death Aria’s done everything she can to keep things afloat but the hotel has long been struggling to make a profit. With so few guests Aria risks losing the only home she’s ever had.

Noah Campbell earned his fortune from making hotels a success, and he also just happens to be staying on Jewel Island this summer. Could he be the answer to Aria’s problems? If only he hadn’t kissed her under the willow tree the year before and never called her again. It had been the most incredible kiss of her life, but clearly business and pleasure should never be mixed.

As gorgeous and charming as Noah may be, Aria vows to keep things professional while she seeks his help. But for the past year Noah has been keeping a secret and his return to Jewel Island is about to change Aria’s life forever…


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Available to purchase here


About the Author

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Holly lives in a little white cottage by the sea. She studied media at university which led to a very glitzy career as a hotel receptionist followed by a even more glamorous two years working in a bank. The moment that one of her colleagues received the much coveted carriage clock for fifteen years’ service was the moment when she knew she had to escape. She quit her job and returned to university to train to be a teacher. Three years later, she emerged wide eyed and terrified that she now had responsibility for the development of thirty young minds. She taught for four years and then escaped the classroom to teach history workshops, dressing up as a Viking one day and an Egyptian High Priestess the next. But the long journeys around the UK and many hours sat on the M25 gave her a lot of time to plan out her stories and she now writes full time, doing what she loves.

Holly has been writing for 8 years. She was shortlisted for the New Talent Award at the Festival of Romance. Her short story won the Sunlounger competition and was published in the Sunlounger anthology. She won the Carina Valentine’s competition at the Festival of Romance 2013 with her novel The Guestbook. She was shortlisted for Best Romantic Read, Best eBook and Innovation in Romantic Fiction at the Festival of Romance 2014. She is the bestselling author of 18 books

Follow her on Twitter @HollyMAuthor



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Today I am excited to be sharing my review for Chasing Moonbeams in Merriment Bay by Emily Harvale

Today I am really excited to be on the blog tour for Chasing Moonbeams in Merriment Bay by Emily Harvale. I am loving the Merriment Bay series and picked this up looking for a bit of escapism and that’s exactly what I got.

Thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to join the blog tour.

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My Review

I love how when reading these books they pick straight up from the end of the last one. The Merriment Bay and Wyntersleap series are brimming with fantastic characters that are now starting to cross over more in the storylines and it is great to see a different side to the characters in each story. 

Emily Harvale has quickly become a goto author for a guaranteed read that will make you smile and lift your spirit. I read this instalment in one sitting as I wanted to know where the story would go next. As Cat grows closer to Amias and secrets from the past of the Devon family come back to haunt them, I found the story grow in intensity and I was so disappointed to reach the end. 

I loved this book and can not wait to read the next one as I want to know what will come next for the Wells, Wynter and Devon families!


Book Blurb

Cat has found true happiness in Merriment Bay. Will a discovery in Devon Villa change that?

Cat Devon is finally with the love of her life – and she couldn’t be happier about that. But discovering the identity of her real dad and the fact she has two half-brothers was a shock. Getting to know her new family is now a priority.

Kyra Devon is only eighteen, but she’s more mature than her mum in many ways and is coping far better with everything that’s happened. Kyra knows what she wants and unlike Cat, she’s not going to let opportunities slip away.

Mary Devon has regained her daughter and her granddaughter, but she’s grieving for her mother, and also for the loss of the love she thought she’d found. Putting on a brave face may not be the best way for Mary to get over it.

When a long-lost painting called Moonbeams Kiss is discovered in a hidden cellar beneath the floorboards in Devon Villa, a story of love, loss and treachery unfolds, bringing with it repercussions for each of the Devon women.

This is Book Two in Emily Harvale’s Merriment Bay series which is interconnected to her Wyntersleap series. Each series can be read alone, but several characters appear in both series.


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About the Author

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Emily writes novels, novellas and short stories about friendship, family and falling in love. She loves a happy ending but knows that life doesn’t always go to plan. Her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.

Emily loves to connect with her readers and has a readers’ group in which many have become good friends. To catch up with Emily, find out about the group, or connect with her on social media, go to her website at

Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now writes full-time. She’s a member of the SoA and the RWA, an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. When not writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies – and will do anything to avoid both. Emily has two mischievous rescue cats that like to sprawl across her keyboard, regardless of whether Emily is typing on it, or not.


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Today I am joining the blog tour and sharing my review for The Museum of Broken Promises by Elizabeth Buchan

Today I am joining the blog tour for The Museum of Broken Promises, a wonderful historical fiction read about broken promises hosted by Random Things Tours

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My Review

A story set on a dual timeline where you follow Laure and her time spent as an au pair in Prague and modern day in Paris.

Laure is half English and half French and finds herself in Prague in the late eighties, where she meets and falls in love with Tomaz who is a musician. This is a love story of how two people from different walks of life meet who meet in a turbulent time in the history of prague and fall in love with repercussions for everyone involved.

The Museum of Broken Promises is what Laure has created many years later based on her experiences in Prague and where other people can request to display items that also demonstrate broken promises that have influenced their lives.

Whilst reading this book I gained an insight into events that took place in Prague during this time and the political history created. 

A brilliant book with lots of historical information layered inside the love story that was created. I loved the dual timelines and how the reflection of events Laure experienced in Prague still influenced her life in present day.


Book Blurb

Welcome to The Museum of Broken Promises, a place of wonder and sadness. And hope.

 Inside lies a treasure trove of objects – a baby’s shoe, a wedding veil, a railway ticket – all revealing real moments of loss and betrayal. It is a place where people come to speak to the ghosts of the past. The owner, Laure, is also one of those people.

As a young woman in the 1980s Laure fled to Prague, where her life changed forever. Now, years later, she must confront the origins of her heart-breaking exhibition: A love affair with a dissident musician, a secret life behind the iron curtain, and a broken promise that she will never forget.


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Available to purchase here


About the Author

Elizabeth Buchan

Elizabeth Buchan was a fiction editor at Random House before leaving to write full time. Her novels include the prizewinning Consider the Lily, international bestseller Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman and The New Mrs Clifton. Buchan’s short stories are broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and published in magazines. She reviews for the Sunday Times and the Daily Mail, and she has chaired the Betty Trask and Desmond Elliot literary prizes.



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