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

Lets kick off today with a 5* review for a book by one of my favourite authors – An Ordinary Life by Amanda Prowse

Today I am delighted to join the blog tour for one of my favourite authors Amanda Prowse, I absolutely loved meeting Molly in this wonderful story and can’t wait to share my review with you.

My Review

Well what isn’t there to love about this story, I always eagely await a release by Amanda Prowse and couldn’t wait to get stuck to An Ordinary Life. As always Amanda weaves a wonderful story from the offset with characters that are relatable and jump off of the pages.

Molly is a wonderful female lead in this story and we meet Molly towards the end of World War II as a young lady working to support her family. Throughout this story we jump between her memories and present day as we discover how her decisions have influenced her life and she reflects to see if she would have done anything differently given the choice.

I loved this story, it was aptly named as all Molly was ever aiming for was an ordinary life. This story delves into loss, love and how women had far less choices in the years following the war than we do now.

Once again Amanda Prowse has delivered a wonderful story that pulls you in and leaves you frantically turning the pages to see what comes next. I loved this step into historical fiction set during one of my favourite time periods, another massive 5* from me – I loved it from start to finish.

Book Blurb

From the bestselling author of The Girl in the Corner comes a tale of love, loss—and one last extraordinary dance.

Christmas Eve, 2019. Ninety-four-year-old Molly lies in her hospital bed. A stroke and a fall may have broken her body—but her mind is alive with memories.

London, 1940s. Molly is a bright young woman, determined to help the war effort and keep her head up despite it all. Life becomes brighter when she meets and falls in love with a man who makes her forget everything with one dance. But then war forces her to make an unforgettable sacrifice, and when she’s brought to her knees by a daring undercover mission with the French Resistance, only her sister knows the secret weighing heavily on Molly’s heart.

Now, lying in her hospital bed, Molly can’t escape the memories of what she lost all those years ago. But she is not as alone as she thinks.

Will she be able to find peace—and finally understand that what seemed to be an ordinary life was anything but?

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Amanda Prowse is an International Bestselling author whose twenty six novels and seven novellas have been published in dozens of languages around the world. Published by Lake Union, Amanda is the most prolific writer of bestselling contemporary fiction in the UK today; her titles also consistently score the highest online review approval ratings across several genres. Her books, including the chart topping No.1 titles ‘What Have I Done?’, ‘Perfect Daughter’, ‘My Husband’s Wife’, ‘The Girl in the Corner’, ‘The Things I Know’ and ‘The Day She Came Back’ have sold millions of copies across the globe.

A popular TV and radio personality, Amanda is a regular panellist on Channel 5’s ‘The Jeremy Vine Show’ and numerous daytime ITV programmes. She also makes countless guest appearances on BBC national independent Radio stations including LBC and Talk FM, where she is well known for her insightful observations and her infectious humour. Described by the Daily Mail as ‘The queen of family drama’ Amanda’s novel, ‘A Mother’s Story’ won the coveted Sainsbury’s eBook of the year Award while ‘Perfect Daughter’ was selected as a World Book Night title in 2016.

Amanda’s ambition is to create stories that keep people from turning the bedside lamp off at night, great characters that ensure you take every step with them and tales that fill your head so you can’t possibly read another book until the memory fades…

Praise for Amanda Prowse:

‘A powerful and emotional work of fiction’ – Piers Morgan
‘Deeply moving and emotional, Amanda Prowse handles her explosive subjects with delicate skill’ – Daily Mail
‘Uplifting and positive, but you will still need a box of tissues’ – Hello!
‘A gut-wrenching and absolutely brilliant read’ – The Irish Sun
‘You’ll fall in love with this…’ – Cosmopolitan
‘Deeply moving and eye opening. Powerful and emotional drama that packs a real punch.’ – Heat
‘Magical’ – Now magazine

Social Media Links

Say hello on Twitter:  @MrsAmandaProwse

Friend me on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/AmandaProwseAuthor

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Visit my Amazon Author Page:  Amanda Prowse Author  

Check out my website: www.amandaprowse.com

Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation to help with the cover reveal and for all the wonderful books you invite us to read.

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Kel x

Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Historical Fiction

This morning we take a step back in time as we help kick off the blog tour for Stormy Days on Mulberry Lane by Rosie Clarke

I love reading historical fiction and was delighted to join the blog tour and read the next in the saga by Rosie Clarke.

My Review

I have only recently discovered this series, historical fiction set in London is one of my favourite locations to read about and this book did not disappoint.

Peggy is one of those rare gems you hear about when stories from during the war are told, who went out of their way to help people. In this story her legendary kindness continues as she settles into life back in the lanes with her husband and twins. Mulberry Lane is full of feisty, passionate women who will do anything to help their own. This story is tinged with sadness throughout, it feels so real as you read and it just reinforces the awe I hold for women of this generation.

A superbly told story that has left me keen to know what comes next for these ladies as yet again the balance shifts as life keeps evolving.

Book Blurb

London 1950
Peggy Ronoscki is happily settling into life running her guesthouse on Mulberry Lane, surrounded by close friends and family. Life just seems too good…
But then disaster strikes.
Pip, her beloved son is left in a coma following a devastating car crash and a young girl collapses in the market leaving Peggy no option but to nurse her back to health.
As things begin to go awry, Peggy worries she has brought trouble to her doorstep?
Can her life ever return to normal? Or has Peggy’s good nature led her astray?

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.

Social Media Links


Newsletter Sign Up: http://bit.ly/RosieClarkeNewsletter

http://www.rosieclarke.co.uk

https://twitter.com/AnneHerries

http://bookbub.com/authors/rosie-clarke

Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation to help with the cover reveal and for all the wonderful books you invite us to read.

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Kel x

Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Historical Fiction

Pop over to my blog and check out my review for The Tobacco Lane Girls by Lizzie Lane

Today I am sharing my review for The Tobacco Lane Girls, I love historical fiction and was delighted to receive a copy of this to read and review. This is my first book by Lizzie Lane and I can’t wait to read more.

My Review

The 3 M’s were the leading ladies in this story as Britain is on the verge of World War II. Set against the backdrop of Bristol, I really enjoyed meeting these wonderful characters and reading this story.

The storyline depicted what life was like for these young girls and their families as war broke out and how obligation often overcame a woman’s dreams. We are lucky to live in a time where we have freedom of speech and movement and reading this story really helped reflect that despite a shocking 9 months for most that Britain has faced worse.

I look forward to reading more by Lizzie Lane as I loved this story and its wonderful and colourful characters.

Book Blurb


Bristol 1939.School leaver Maisie Miles suspects her father, a small-time crook, has an ulterior motive for insisting she gets a job at the W. D. & H. O. Wills tobacco factory but keeps it to herself.

She’s befriended by effervescent Phyllis Mason and kind-hearted Bridget Milligan who take pity on her and take Maisie under their wing.

But beneath their happy go lucky exteriors they all harbour dreams and worries about what the future holds.

Engaged to be married Phyllis dreams of romance and passion but when it comes there are dire consequences.

Bridget seemingly the level headed one harbours a horror of something unspeakable that she cannot easily come to terms with.

There’s great comradeship at the tobacco factory, and with the advent of war everything is about to change and even the closest friendships are likely to be strained.

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Lizzie Lane is the author of over 50 books, a number of which have been bestsellers. She was born and bred in Bristol where many of her family worked in the cigarette and cigar factories. This has inspired her new saga series for Boldwood The Tobacco Girls, the first part of which will be published in January 2021.

Where to find Lizzie Lane on Social Media
Newsletter Sign Up: http://bit.ly/LizzieLaneNewsletter

http://instagram.com/baywriterallatsea

http://bookbub.com/authors/lizzie-lane

https://www.facebook.com/jgshaddick

http://twitter.com/baywriterallat1

Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation to help with the cover reveal and for all the wonderful books you invite us to read.

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Kel x

Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Historical Fiction

Happy New Year! I am kicking off 2021 with a review for The Smugglers Wife by Evie Grace

After reading previous books in this historical fiction saga, I was really excited to be invited to join the blog tour and flew through it in just a couple of days.

My Review

I am really enjoying the Smugglers series by Evie Grace, set in a local town to me Deal in Kent.

In this story you see Louisa & Jason continuing to earn an honest living whilst Grace’s attention is once again caught by Black Dog who is struggling to stay on the right side of the law when it comes to smuggling.

A story that captured my attention, that has lots of changes of direction and once again captures how it would have been for the men and women during this time period. As the women build friendships to help them in these tough times, the men need to stay one step ahead of the law to keep them out of the Gaol.

I loved the exploration of Romney Marsh during this story. I live on the Romney Marsh and it was great to see it accurately described and see landmarks referred to during this story as well as the rolling mist that creates such poor visibility.

A story I loved beginning to end and that left me on tenderhooks so that I just had to keep reading to see what Grace and her families fate would be.

Book Blurb

Kent, 1815

Her heart led her to him, but will loyalty be enough to make her stay . . .

When the beautiful but naïve Grace Lennicker falls for Isaiah Feasey, son of a rival smuggling family and owner of a local tavern, her sisters try to intervene. But as tensions grow, there is another suitor also hoping to win her hand in marriage, the dashing and more favourable Albert Enderby, a young lieutenant in the Revenue.

Grace is unwittingly drawn back into the world of smuggling that her sisters fought hard to leave behind, and as violence erupts, she finds herself unable to stand by, knowing the rival gangs will kill anyone who stands in their way.

When her husband becomes involved, Grace is forced to make a difficult decision – turn him in and risk her life, or stay loyal and risk the lives of those she loves . . .

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

About the author: Evie Grace was born in Kent, and one of her earliest memories is of picking cherries with her grandfather who managed a fruit farm near Selling. Holidays spent in the Kent countryside and the stories passed down through her family inspired her to write her Maids of Kent trilogy. Evie now lives in Devon with her partner and dog. She has a grown-up daughter and son. She loves researching the history of the nineteenth century and is very grateful for the invention of the washing machine, having discovered how the Victorians struggled to do their laundry.

Many thanks for the invitation to read and review your latest release.

Massive thanks to everyone who has stopped by to visit my blog, please remember to like and share to help spread the book love far and wide!

Have a great day

Kel x

Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Historical Fiction

Today I am delighted to be sharing my review for the wonderful – Harpers Heroes by Rosie Clarke

Today is my spot on the blog tour for the wonderful historical fiction series Harpers Heroes by Rosie Clarke. I read this a couple of weeks ago and it was a fitting book to have read to commemorate Remembrance Day, set in World War I.

My Review

I am loving the Harper Girls series, in this fiction story we spent some time on the frontline with Maggie and her new friends as well as spending time in the Harper store, it was great to revisit old characters that you’ve loved but also get to know new ones. A story that is reminding you what life was like for everyone during WWI, the war that should have only lasted a few months.

I love historical fiction especially the early 1900’s to late 1950’s and this story is a wonderful reminder of what the men and women sacrificed and the constant heartache experienced during these times. There is joy and heartache within these pages, the descriptions and smells from the frontline are vivid and make it drive home the impact of what our great grandparents would have experienced either in their childhood or as young adults.

I can’t wait for the next book to be released to see what comes next for these wonderful characters. A highly recommended read that I really enjoyed.

Book Blurb

From the bestselling author of the Welcome to Harpers Emporium and The Mulberry Lane Series.


The Harpers Girls come face to face with the harsh reality of the cruelty of war.


Oxford Street, London 1915

Sally Harper quietly battles to keep Harpers afloat in the difficult days of the war, whilst husband Ben is working all hours for the War Office.

Beth Burrow is fighting concern for her husband Jack, now at sea with the Merchant Navy, and the fear she may never see him again and be blessed with a child.

Driven to exhaustion, Maggie Gibbs, is now working as a nursing assistant on the battlefields in France. With the everyday horrors of the casualties of war to contend with she suffers her own personal tragedy when her fiancé’s plane ditches in the sea.

Can the Harpers Girls and their loved ones survive the perils of war and find a path to future happiness?

A heart-warming saga following the lives, loves and losses of the Harpers Girls. Perfect for fans of Nadine Dorries, Pam Howes and Dilly Court.

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.

Social Media Links


Newsletter Sign Up – http://bit.ly/RosieClarkeNewsletter

Website – http://www.rosieclarke.co.uk/

Bookbub – http://bookbub.com/authors/rosie-clarke

Twitter – https://twitter.com/anneherries

Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation to help with the cover reveal and for all the wonderful books you invite us to read.

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Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Historical Fiction

Today we are taking a trip to Mulberry Lane as I join the blog tour for A Reunion on Mulberry Lane by Rosie Clarke #rachelsrandomresources #mulberrylane #blogtour #backablogger @rararesources @anneherries

I love historical fiction and this story is written around my favourite era and I was excited to pick up my copy and start reading.

My Review

Rosie Clarke has a wonderful way with words and I loved visiting the ladies of Mulberry Lane again. I haven’t read all of the books in this series but they are all written as stand alone reads as well. It was great to visit the lovely selection of characters dotted between Mulberry Lane and Devon.

I love reading a book that just sweeps you along and after the first few chapters introduce you to everyone, I was catapulted into a Christmas at Mulberry Lane. Christmas is one of my favourite times of year as I love the family time and this book really focused on family and it’s importance throughout.

Another wonderful read from Rosie Clarke set in the years following World War II as Britain started to recover. I love the attitudes of Peggy, Sheila and Rose in this story and how they don’t shy away from a bit of hard work and have nothing but admiration as they paved the way for later generations.

Book Blurb

A brand NEW festive read from Rosie Clarkes’ bestselling Mulberry Lane series.


1949

Peggy and Able Ronoscki’s seaside cafe in Devon is thriving and their twins Fay and Freddie are growing up fast.

To pursue her daughter’s destiny, Fay must train in London and Peggy is faced with a dilemma of moving the family back to London once more.

Meanwhile, Peggy’s elder daughter Janet has her own troubles. She fears her husband is having an affair and Is desperately unhappy.

Peggy is torn two ways and can only hope that a reunion with her friends at Christmas can help resolve her problems.

Available to purchase here

Meet Rosie Clarke

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.

Social Media Links

http://bit.ly/RosieClarkeNewsletter

www.twitter.com/anneherries

http://www.rosieclarke.co.uk

http://bookbub.com/authors/rosie-clarke

Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation to help with the cover reveal and for all the wonderful books you invite us to read.

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Thanks for visiting Love the Smell of a Book today and I hope you have a great day!

Kel x

Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Historical Fiction

Today I am joining the blog tour for The Golden Maid by Evie Grace and sharing my review as well as an extract from this great historical fiction read!

I hope everyone is enjoying a relaxing Sunday, today I am joining the blog tour for The Golden Maid and sharing an extract with you all as well to provide that little bit more temptation to purchase this great read.

 

My Review

I really enjoy historical fiction and jumped at the chance to read this story based in Deal which is a local town to me in 1812. Although the era is slightly earlier that what I normally read with it being based so close to home I was keen to jump in.

I really enjoyed reading this story about the smugglers of Deal and getting to know the Lennicker girls. The laws were so different in this era and the way that justice was delivered was also very different and it all added to this story and made me keen to keep reading.

A wonderful insight to how life would have been for a lot of families, I found that once I had gotten to know Winnie and Billy the pages were flying by and I was hurtling towards the end even though I had no idea how it would end up for these apparently jinxed young lovers.

Book Blurb

Deal, Kent, 1812

Eighteen-year-old Winnie Lennicker yearns for a peaceful life as a respectable married woman. However, when she becomes involved in her family’s free-trading operations and caught by the Revenue, she is sent before the magistrates. Forced to confess that she is with child, now more than ever, Winnie is determined to give up smuggling. But the only way she can support herself and her unborn child is to carry on.

An opportunity presents itself to carry despatches on behalf of British agents and spies, and gold for Wellington’s army. Needing the money, Winnie can’t afford to refuse, but the journey across the Channel is treacherous. When Winnie discovers the despatches she’s carrying aren’t what they seem, she’s determined to right her wrongs in the hope of achieving her dream and leaving the free trade behind for good.

Available to purchase here

I am also sharing an extract with you today, to entice you further to read the story of Winnie and her sisters.

Extract from The Golden Maid

Having left the herring to rouse in salt for a few hours the same evening, it was after dark by the time Winnie went back into the hang, a small extension attached to the rear of the cottage. Using sticks as spits, she hooked the silver fish by the gills along their length, then clambered up the ladder to hang them in the dark chamber above her head where the timbers were tarred with oil and smoke from years of use. After climbing down again, she fetched a candle and touched its flame to the pile of oak shavings, coaxing them into a quiet smoulder.

 She watched a curl of smoke rise into the air and snake its way around the deeply forked tails of the row of fish, transforming them into bloaters. By morning, the skins would have turned to gold and their flesh grown soft, gamey and ready to eat – just as Billy liked them. 

Winnie dashed a hot tear from her cheek as she remembered their neighbour’s son, a boy with dirty knees and a twinkle in his eye, whose father had gone to sea a few weeks after he was born and was never heard of again. They’d called him ‘carrot top’ and ‘big ears’ and teased him mercilessly about his freckles and the holes in his shoes until Ma had given them a stern telling-off. Mrs Fleet, his mother, struggled to get by, and Ma used to give her their broken bloaters while Pa took Billy out fishing. 

She recalled one occasion when they had returned from a fishing trip. Billy, who could only have been about nine or ten, had dragged a bucket of fish into the house.

 ‘It’s the best catch I’ve ever seen,’ he’d grinned, his eyes lit up with joy. ‘Mr Lennicker says I can take some ’ome to Ma to sell them fresh from the barrer.’ 

’Ow many ’errin’ did we bring back?’ Pa said, bewildering him. 

Winnie, who was eight at the time, had known that he couldn’t count to more than the sum of his fingers and toes. She’d watched him put the basket down, put his finger to his mouth and stare towards the ceiling, thinking.

 ‘Well, lad?’ Pa had said. 

‘There’s one missin’,’ he’d said, and Pa had roared with laughter.

 Winnie had thought that Billy might burst into tears, but he hadn’t.

 ‘You’re a smart one,’ Pa had chuckled, and Billy had started laughing too. ‘Mrs Lennicker will l’arn you some ’rithmetic. I’ll tell you ’ow to count ’errin’ into warps, long hundreds, cran baskets and lasts.’ 

Billy hadn’t been entirely attentive to his studies, preferring to be down on the beach with the other shore boys than in the parlour with Ma, but he had learned his numbers and a little reading and writing. 

Mr and Mrs Lennicker had taken him in when he was orphaned at fourteen by his mother’s untimely death. He had become a good companion to their father, the son he’d never had. At first Winnie had been jealous of the time he spent with Pa, but her feelings had altered, and she had fallen for him.

About Evie Grace

One of my earliest memories is of eating cherries in an orchard with my grandfather and his faithful black Labrador. I was born in Kent and lived there until my family moved to Devon, but we visited regularly, and every Christmas grandparents sent us a box of Cox’s orange pippins, each apple wrapped in newspaper. I remember seeing the oasts and hop gardens, and walking round Canterbury, throwing pebbles into the river and being scared by the sight of the ducking stool on the wall of the Old Weavers House.
After leaving school, I qualified as a vet and worked in small animal practice. I’d always loved reading, and decided to turn my hand to writing fiction. In 2002, I won the Harry Bowling Prize which was set up in memory of Harry Bowling, the ‘King of Cockney Sagas’. I met my wonderful agent, Laura, at the prize-giving and with her support, my writing career took off.
Having had fourteen books published, I began writing about the Three Maids of Kent, a Victorian family saga, inspired by the stories passed down by my grandparents and great-grandparents who lived in and around Canterbury, Selling and Faversham. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed researching the Victorian era – it’s been a real voyage of discovery, finding about nineteenth century tattoos, how to use a tinderbox and the effects of industrialisation on the rural way of life.
In between writing and working as a vet, I’ve brought up a family and looked after various pets. I’ve settled in Devon now that my children have grown up and gone off to university.
Would I have liked to have been living in Victorian times? Only as a wealthy gentleman in good health, I think!

‘Half a Sixpence’ is the first novel in a brand new series, a Victorian family saga set in East Kent. The Three Maids of Kent series follows the fortunes of three generations of women from the hop gardens and orchards of rural Hernhill and Dunkirk, to the breweries of Faversham and streets of Canterbury.

Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation to help with the cover reveal and for all the wonderful books you invite us to read.

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Thanks for visiting Love the Smell of a Book today and I hope you have a great day!

Kel x

Many thanks for the invitation to read and review your latest release.

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Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Historical Fiction

If you love historical fiction, pop over to my blog and read my review for Rose’s Choice by Chrissie Bradshaw #rachelsrandomresources #backablogger #blogtour @rararesources @chrissiebeee

Today I am joining the blog tour for Rose’s Choice. I love historical fiction and this book was set at the end of World War II and is a superb first book in the Colliery Rows series.

My Review

Rose’s Choice was my first book by Chrissie Bradshaw and I flew through it as the words flowed together so effortlessly.

I felt as if I was sitting on the sidelines watching as life unfolded for Rose and her family. Set during World War II this story follows a coal miner’s daughter Rose and their family, it takes your through their highs and lows as they work hard to survive the war and forge a path forwards in the aftermath.

A story of heartbreak after heartbreak that makes you want to hug Rose and her younger brothers. I loved how the story took unexpected twists as I kept reading and I didn’t feel like I could predict what would happen next to Rose and her family as I kept reading.

A book brimming with wonderful characters, who all chip in and help eachother. Community spirit was at an all time high in this era and this coal miner’s family reflect wonderfully how family and friends pull together. A wonderful insight into what life was like for a coal miner and their family.

I loved this story and am pleased it is book 1 of a saga as I can’t wait to read the next one!

Book Blurb

Rose’s Choice – a heart-wrenching wartime saga of love, family and secrets.

Rationing, bombing, disease and pit disasters are part of Rose Kelly’s World War 2 childhood. When the spirited coalminer’s daughter discovers a family secret, she makes a choice that overshadows her teenage years.

Rose tries to make the most of post-war opportunities but family tragedy pulls her back to a life in the colliery rows. She relinquishes her bright future for domestic duties because her family comes first. Will family ties get in the way of her dreams?

Purchase Links

Amazon UK

Amazon US

About the Author

Chrissie, 2016 winner of the Romantic Novelist’s Elizabeth Goudge writing trophy, is a seasoned tea drinker and a tenacious trainer of her welsh terrier, Oscar. She has always loved match-making a book to a reader. Writing the kind of book she loves to read takes this a step further. She has written two contemporary sagas, A JARFUL of MOONDREAMS, a contemporary story about family relationships, secrets and how dreams can come true, and THE BARN OF BURIED DREAMS, a contemporary story about two sisters who are struggling after the death of their mother. ROSE’S CHOICE is her first historical saga and is set where Chrissie lives in Northumberland.

When she is not writing or reading, you will find Chrissie walking Oscar on the beautiful Northumbrian coastline, travelling or spending time with her family and friends.

Social Media Links

Chrissie enjoys tweeting to readers on @ChrissieBeee

Her instagram account is chrissie_bradshaw_author

Her blog is http://www.chrissiebradshaw.com/

and she has a Chrissie Bradshaw author page on Facebook.

She would love to hear from readers.

Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation to take part in the blog tour for this wonderfully written historical saga.

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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!

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

Maiden-Mother-Murderer

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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