Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Historical Fiction

If you love Historical Fiction, pop over to my blog to read my review for Rainy Days for the Harper Girls by Rosie Clarke #backablogger #rachelsrandomresources #historicalfiction #rosieclarke @rararesources @boldwoodbooks @anneherries

Today is my stop on the blog tour for Rainy Days for the Harper Girls.

My Review

Rainy Days for the Harper Girls forms part of the Harper Girls series by Rosie Clarke.

Historical fiction is one of my favourite genres and as soon as I saw the cover for this book and read the blurb, I couldn’t wait to read it. Set in the lead up to World War I this book conveys the feelings of many men and women as the likelihood of England joining the war became imminent. This book is rich in other events that were taking place in England during this time and talks about the suffragete movement and how perspectives were starting to change. Women wanted the opportunity to vote and continue working after marriage. The class divide is also highlighted, the often poor treatment of women at the hands of their husbands and how continuing education simply wasn’t an option for some families. Due to the immediate need to help put food on the table and what happened to families who couldn’t afford their rent or food.

Whilst reading this wonderful story there was something for everyone with romance blossoming, the birth of a baby, historical events and the continued loyalty of the Harper girls.

I can’t wait to read more books in this series as I loved the friendships formed and would love another visit to the wonderful Harper store with its gorgeous window displays.

Book Blurb

1914 Oxford Street, London – There are hard times ahead for the Harpers girls…

It is two years since Harpers Emporium opened its doors and life is good for Sally and Ben Harper as they look forward to the arrival of their first child.
Beth Burrows is settling into married life with Jack and is gradually recovering from her miscarriage and Aunt’s tragic death.
Harpers welcomes some new faces and they all become part of the daily life at the busy store.
However, whilst the sun is shining on the streets of London, dark clouds gather over Europe as war looms
threatening rainy days for the girls…

Available to purchase here

About the Author


I currently write as Rosie Clarke for Boldwood Books, a marvellous new company. My books will now be out in e-book, paperback, audio and large print all at publication!
I have written several books as Rosie Clarke including the Downstairs Maid and the Emma series. Lizzie’s Secret was a best seller and published on 1st April and Lizzie’s War followed on 1st September 2016. Lizzie’s Daughters was followed by the Mulberry Lane series.
A lovely New Series begins on 3.12.19. This will begin with The shop Girls of Harpers and there will be at least six books in the series. This series begins in the early 20th century and continues through the twenties and perhaps beyond.
Do let us know what you think with reviews and tweets.
Also, good news for fans a Christmas at Mulberry Lane book will be out in 2020
Rosie Clarke is an established author who also writes under other names.
I would like to thank my many readers for the lovely reviews they’ve given my books on amazon.urrently write as Rosie Clarke for Boldwood Books, a marvellous new company. My books will now be out in e-book, paperback, audio and large print all at publication!
I have written several books as Rosie Clarke including the Downstairs Maid and the Emma series. Lizzie’s Secret was a best seller and published on 1st April and Lizzie’s War followed on 1st September 2016. Lizzie’s Daughters was followed by the Mulberry Lane series.

A lovely New Series begins on 3.12.19. This will begin with The shop Girls of Harpers and there will be at least six books in the series. This series begins in the early 20th century and continues through the twenties and perhaps beyond.

Do let us know what you think with reviews and tweets.

Also, good news for fans a Christmas at Mulberry Lane book will be out in 2020

Rosie Clarke is an established author who also writes under other names.
I would like to thank my many readers for the lovely reviews they’ve given my books on Amazon.

Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation to join the blog tour. Thanks for visiting Love the Smell of a Book, please remember to like and share to help spread the book love!

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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

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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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Available to purchase here

 

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 www.helenfields.co.uk.

 

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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 http://www.jeanfullerton.com

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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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Today I am joining the blog tour for Children of War by Ahmet Yorulmaz #ChildrenofWar #RandomThingsTours

Today I am joining the blog tour for Children of War which is a fiction story based on the Treaty of Lausanne. Translated from Turkish by Paula Darwish.

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My Review

When I picked up this book I wasn’t sure what to expect, I was aware it had been translated from Turkish to English and had been drawn in by the blurb of a historical event I knew little about. The blurb indicates that although this a book of fiction it was written using a diary of a refugee family.

The story is powerful and I have learnt so much about what happened in Crete during this period. When reading this, it drives home the suffering families experienced during the early 1900’s and the importance of stories about these periods in our history to ensure it is never forgotten. Whilst reading Children of War we follow Hassanaki from childhood and see the trials and loss the Muslim Cretans faced as the power changes hands and they are faced with life changing decisions and the fear that become a constant in their lives.

Book Blurb

Hassanakis is a young Muslim boy of Turkish descent growing up on Crete during WWI. Fifteen generations of his family have lived on the island and until now he has never had any reason not to think he is a Cretan. But with the Great Powers tussling over the collapsing Ottoman Empire and the island’s Christians in rebellion, an outbreak of ethnic violence forces his family to flee to the Cretan city of Chania. He begins to lay down roots and his snappy dress earns him the nickname of Hassan ‘the mirror’. As WWI draws to a close and the Turkish War of Independence rages, he begins a heady romance with the elegant Hüsniye. There are rumours that the Cretan Muslims will be sent to Turkey but Hassanakis can’t believe he will be sent to a country whose language he barely knows and where he knows no-one.

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Available to purchase here


About the Author



Ahmet Yorulmaz was a Turkish a journalist, author and translator. He was born in Ayvalik to a family of Cretan Turks deported to mainland Turkey as part of the Greek-Turkish population exchange decreed in the Treaty of Lausanne. He was fluent in modern Greek and translated novels and poems from contemporary Greek literature to Turkish. Most of his original works were written with the aim of making people learn about Ayvalık, the city where he grew up. He dedicated himself to Greek-Turkish friendship and rapprochement.

 

About the Translator

Paula Darwish is a freelance translator and professional musician. She read Turkish Language and Literature with Middle Eastern History at SOAS in London graduating with a First in 1997. She is a qualified member of the Institute of Translators and Interpreters (MITI).

 

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Many thanks to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for my copy of this book and the opportunity to read and review!

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#Review – Today I am so excited to be sharing my review for The Foundling by Stacey Halls #BlogTour #TheFoundling @stacey_halls @tr4cyf3nt0n @ZaffreBooks

Today I am really excited to be joining the blog tour for The Foundling by Stacey Halls. Many thanks to Tracy at Compulsive Readers for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour.

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My Review

A superb 5* read that is already up there in my favourite reads of the year. I literally read this in a sitting as I just couldn’t put it down and keep recommending it as it was so memorable.

Bess is a desperate unmarried mother who works alongside her father in the market to help keep her family afloat. Her brother tells her about The Foundling and this is where her desperate journey begins with her newborn child. I had never heard of The Foundling hospital before reading this book and would now love to know more.

The characters are well described and so vivid that they jump off of the pages. The story is set in Pre-Victorian London and is a sensory overload of smells, noises and squalor. I really loved the story and found myself further absorbed the more it unfolded and was so sad to reach the end as I had truly loved losing myself in the story.

 A truly addictive read that just pulls you in brimming with fantastic characters. It is beautifully written and a story that will stay with me, it was so memorable with a stunning cover that looks gorgeous on my book shelf.

 

Book Blurb

Two women, bound by a child, and a secret that will change everything . . .

London, 1754. Six years after leaving her illegitimate daughter Clara at London’s Foundling Hospital, Bess Bright returns to reclaim the child she has never known. Dreading the worst, that Clara has died in care, she is astonished when she is told she has already claimed her. Her life is turned upside down as she tries to find out who has taken her little girl – and why.

Less than a mile from Bess’s lodgings in the city, in a quiet, gloomy townhouse on the edge of London, a young widow has not left the house in a decade. When her close friend – an ambitious young doctor at the Foundling Hospital – persuades her to hire a nursemaid for her daughter, she is hesitant to welcome someone new into her home and her life. But her past is threatening to catch up with her and tear her carefully constructed world apart.

From the bestselling author of The Familiars comes this captivating story of mothers and daughters, class and power, and love against the greatest of odds . . .

 

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Available to purchase here

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#Review Today I am delighted to be joining the blog tour for The Photographer of the Lost by Caroline Scott

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Today is my spot on the blog tour for The Photographer of the Lost.

A historical fiction read based during World War I, the story jumps between two timelines 5 years apart.

Harry and his two brothers all signed up for service and this follows them through the trenches and tells the story of then and after the trauma of the battlefield.

I read this at a slower pace to savour and visualise how it must have been for these young lads on the frontline. The book envokes all your senses as it describes the feelings, noise and smells. The description are vivid in both timelines so you can imagine the scenes both before and after the devastation of war.

When Harry visits the town’s and their graveyards for the fallen to capture photos for their families back home, it took me back to when I visited Ypres many years ago.

A story that will move you and help you remember the men who fought for our country.

Book Blurb

1921. Families are desperately trying to piece together the fragments of their broken lives. While many survivors of the Great War have been reunited with their loved ones, Edie’s husband Francis has not come home. He is considered ‘missing in action’, but when Edie receives a mysterious photograph taken by Francis in the post, hope flares. And so she begins to search.

Harry, Francis’s brother, fought alongside him. He too longs for Francis to be alive, so they can forgive each other for the last things they ever said. Both brothers shared a love of photography and it is that which brings Harry back to the Western Front. Hired by grieving families to photograph gravesites, as he travels through battle-scarred France gathering news for British wives and mothers, Harry also searches for evidence of his brother.

And as Harry and Edie’s paths converge, they get closer to a startling truth.

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Available to purchase here

About the Author

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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.

Many thanks to Anne Cater at Random Things Through My Letterbox for the invite to take part on the blog tour, please remember to like and share to spread the book love on publication day!

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#Review Today is my turn on the blog tour for A Ration Book Childhood by Jean Fullerton #ARationBookChildhood #BlogTour #BackaBlogger #HistoricalFiction @rararesources @JeanFullerton_

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Today I am takin part in the blog tour for A Ration Book Childhood by Jean Fullerton.

I absolutely loved this book it is historical fiction at its best a brilliant story following the Brogan family in the heart of London during World War II. A great demonstration of how families pulled together and looked out for one another during this tough time. A story reflective of how families used to look after their own and no matter how bad their circumstances they found a way to move forward and look on the brightside.

Queenie was a superb character that made me smile, she was full of the Irish charm that just jumped off of the page as you were reading. A book that gave an insight to a close knit family during the destruction of war and how blood is always thicker than water.

 

Book Blurb

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

With her family struggling amidst the nightly bombing raids in London’s East End, Ida Brogan is doing her very best to keep their spirits up. The Blitz has hit the Brogans hard, and rationing is more challenging than ever, but they are doing all they can to help the war effort.

When Ida’s oldest friend Ellen returns to town, sick and in dire need of help, it is to Ida that she turns. But Ellen carries a secret, one that threatens not only Ida’s marriage, but the entire foundation of the Brogan family. Can Ida let go of the past and see a way to forgive her friend? And can she overcome her sadness to find a place in her heart for a little boy, one who will need a mother more than ever in these dark times?

 

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Available to purchase on Amazon UK / US

 

About the Author

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Jean Fullerton is the author of twelve novels all set in East London where she was born. She also a retired district nurse and university lecturer.  She won the Harry Bowling prise in 2006 and after initially signing for two East London historical series with Orion she moved to Corvus, part of Atlantic Publishing and is half way through her WW2 East London series featuring the Brogan family.

 

Social Media Links

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

Twitter:  @JeanFullerton_

 

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#Review Today I am joining the blog tour for Christmas Child by Carol Rivers #blogtour #backablogger #christmaschild @carol_rivers @rararesources

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Today I am taking part in the blog tour for Christmas Child by Carol Rivers, this is my first book by this author and I was excited to start reading the first book in this new saga.

I love historical fiction and really enjoyed delving into the East End in Victorian times whilst reading this book. This story follows Ettie who was born on Christmas Day and taken straight into the care of the Nuns as an orphan, we follow her as she is forced to leave the safety of the Nuns who are the only parentage she has known as she embarks on employment in Soho.

I found this book captivating, it painted a picture of the struggles facing the lower classes in Victorian England and how bleak the workhouses were and how frequently even children found themselves without a home or parent to take care of them.

A true love story that blossoms from a friendship between Ettie & Michael in the orphanage and continues through glimpses of eachother as they both go about their new lives. A lovely story that I enjoyed from start to finish with characters that warm your heart and fill you with hope for Ettie finding a happy ending.

 

Book Blurb

Christmas Day, London 1880
Snow falls … a dying Irish girl clutching her new-born baby drags herself to the sanctuary of an East End orphanage and throws herself on the mercy of the Sisters of Clemency. The nuns raise little Ettie O’Reilly as their own and provide her with the love and education she might never have had. But the lives of the nuns and orphans are soon crushed by a powerful and greedy bishop.

The heart-breaking outcome separates Ettie from her friends and family, luring her into a world of male dominance and the fickle nature of intimate relationships. With her faith in the goodness of human nature severely tested, she doesn’t know who to trust. And when the boy who has promised her his undying love and loyalty falls under the spell of a wealthy and beautiful young woman, Ettie’s world starts to crumble.

She must finally accept the hard-hitting truth – happiness comes at a cost! Does she have the courage and wisdom to face the demons she long ago learned about from the Sisters of Clemency? Will the resolution of an undiscovered and painful secret be her making – or breaking?

 

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Available to purchase on Amazon UK / .com

 

About the Author

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“Were there’s muck there’s money!” If my family had a royal crest I’m sure those are the words that would have been hewn into the stone above it.

Mum and Dad were both East Enders who were born on the famous or should I say the then infamous Isle of Dogs. They were costermongers selling fruit, veg and anything else that would stand still long enough!

Their family were immigrants who travelled to the UK from Ireland and France, while others emigrated to America.

As a child I would listen to the adults spinning their colourful stories, as my cousins and I drank pop under the table.

I know the seeds of all my stories come from those far off times that feel like only yesterday. So I would like to say a big heartfelt thank you to all my family and ancestors wherever you are now … UK, Ireland, France or America, as you’ve handed down to me the magic and love of story telling.

 

Social Media

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Website – http://www.carolrivers.com

 

 

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Giveaway to Win Five dedicated signed paperback novels by Carol Rivers (Open to UK Only)

One winner will win the following signed books

“Lizzie Flowers and the Family Firm”

“Molly’s Christmas Orphans”

“A Wartime Christmas”

“A Sister’s Shame”

“Eve of the Isle”

*Terms and Conditions –UK entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

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#Review Today I am sharing my review for the final book Christmas at Foyles Bookshop by Elaine Roberts #FoylesBookshop #ChristmasatFoylesBookshop @robertselaine11

I am so pleased that I have been able to read and review Christmas at Foyles Bookshop. I have loved this series and getting to know the wonderful ladies Alice, Molly & Victoria.

This era of historical fiction is one of my favourites and this latest instalment was another brilliant read. It was a book full of loss, love and hope and I loved it from beginning to end. It was written with empathy and you could feel the emotions of these wonderful ladies through their highs and lows.

The setting of the bookshop is just magical and the fact that it was written in the lead up to Christmas added a little something extra. A highly enjoyable read that I am sad to have finished as I have loved getting to know these lovely ladies and feel they have allowed us into their friendship group throughout these books.

 

Book Blurb

With the war raging on, can there be peace, love and joy this Christmas?

London, 1917. After her parents died in a tragic accident, Victoria did everything she could to keep her siblings safe and off the streets. Working at the Foyles Bookshop with her best friends is a dream come true – but now the war has put everything she holds dear in danger.

With her brother fighting on the frontline, Victoria wants to do her part. Little does she know that volunteering to spend time with injured soldiers at Endell Street Military Hospital will reward her in ways she could never have imagined. There are family secrets to uncover, along with love, once lost but never forgotten.

This Christmas, all the Foyles girls want is their loved ones back safe and sound…

 

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Available to purchase here

 

About the Author

Elaine Roberts had a dream to write for a living. She completed her first novel in her twenties and received her first very nice rejection. Life then got in the way until circumstances made her re-evaluate her life, and she picked up her dream again in 2010. She joined a creative writing class, The Write Place, in 2012 and shortly afterwards had her first short story published. She was thrilled when many more followed and started to believe in herself.

As a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and The Society of Women Writers & Journalists, Elaine attends many conferences, workshops, seminars and wonderful parties. Meeting other writers gives her encouragement, finding most face similar problems.