BOOK REVIEW: OUR YANKS BY MARGARET MAYHEW.

Author: Margaret Mayhew

Title: Our Yanks

Genre: Historical fiction Saga

Publisher: Transworld

Publication date: 30 June, 2011

Book Blurb

I STILL REMEMBER THE YANKS, ALMOST MORE THAN I DO THE WAR’ A Suffolk woman.

It was August 1943 – and the inhabitants of King’s Thorpe had lived with the idea of invasion for some time – but by the Germans, not the Americans. The village had never seen anything like them before – certainly they were different with their wealth, their glamour, and their louche but romantic uniforms. Some of the older villagers, like the Brigadier, resented them on sight, others welcomed them with weak tea and fish paste sandwiches. But in some lives they were to make a long-lasting and emotional impact – most especially young Sally Barnet from the bakery, Agnes Dawe, the Rector’s daughter, and newly-widowed Lady Beauchamp from the Manor.

My Review

War is tragic. This book grabbed my attention.


I could feel for the American soldiers and I barely could understand why the older British characters in this plot disliked the “Yanks” as the soldiers were termed in the book.


The book cover was what made me to read this book. I wanted to figure out who the “Yanks” were.


Reading this book was like stepping into history. I was thankful the era of World War has been over long before I was born. I am thankful for this present century and period.


The author writes interestingly well. Human feelings and emotions will surge through you as you read this book.


I am a big fan of historical sagas so this book did a very great job in being detailed.


Such a sweet book with awesome characters that I had to be fair  in picking favourites.


5 stars rating.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are mine.

About the Author

Margaret was born in London and her earliest childhood memories were of the London Blitz.

 She began writing in her mid-thirties and had her first novel published in 1976. 

She is married to American aviation author, Philip Kaplan, and lives in Gloucestershire.

BOOK REVIEW: THE BOAT GIRLS BY MARGARET MAYHEW.


Author: Margaret Mayhew

Title : The Boat Girls

Genre: Historical Saga/ WW2 fiction

Publisher: Transworld

Publication date: 26 January, 2010

Book Blurb

It is 1943, and three very different girls are longing to do their bit for the war effort.


Frances – her life of seeming privilege has been a lonely one. Brave and strong, stifled by her traditional upbringing, she falls for a most unsuitable man


Prudence – timid and conventional, her horizons have never strayed beyond her job as a bank clerk in Croydon until the war brings her new experiences


Rosalind – a beautiful, flame-haired actress who catches the eye of Frances’s stuffy elder brother, the heir to an ancestral mansion.


The three become friends when they join the band of women working the canal boats, delivering goods and doing a man’s job while the men are away fighting. A tough, unglamorous task – but one which brings them all unexpected rewards.

My Review

The title and the cover attracted me.


I must confess, this is not my favourite book I would read usually. I have read one of the author’s book, Our Yanks. I enjoyed it so much that I carried the expectation into this book and I wasn’t satisfied.


Maybe somebody who enjoys a book full of women actively involved in helping the war will find this book worth the reading time.


I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are mine.

About the author

Margaret was born in London and her earliest childhood memories were of the London Blitz.

 She began writing in her mid-thirties and had her first novel published in 1976. 

She is married to American aviation author, Philip Kaplan, and lives in Gloucestershire.

BOOK REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY: TO LOVE A PRINCE BY RACHEL HAUCK.

About the Book

Book:  To Love a Prince

Author: Rachel Hauck

Genre:  Royal Romance

Release Date: August 11, 2020

An enchanting new royal romance from NYT bestselling author Rachel Hauck

Daffodil Caron is not a princess, even though she once dreamed of being one. After all, she grew up as a playmate to royal princes, running through the halls of Perrigwynn Palace and dining with the queen. But the day she stumbled upon a royal secret, everything changed.

Flash forward eighteen years, and Daffy’s living a sweet, non-royal life. A skilled art curator for the Royal Trust, she has friends, a flat in the heart of the city, and a handsome, successful fiancée. The last person on her mind is Gus, a prince she once called her best mate.

HRH Prince Augustus is no longer “Prince Pudgy,” as caricaturized by the press, he’s charming and gorgeous, possessing a world-famous smile. But when he’s jilted at the altar by an American heiress as millions of people around the world watched, the spare heir to Lauchtenland’s ancient House of Blue escapes, finding solace on a Florida beach.

A year as a regular bloke allows him to rethink his purpose. He’s half decided his calling is to pour pints at a tiki bar, rather than serving his country and the Family.

Until an accident on the beach with a Frisbee changes his course.

Despite his long hair and beard, Daffy recognizes her prince, and their childhood friendship is renewed. She assures Gus Lauchtenland needs him, giving him the courage to return home.

When Daffy and Gus find themselves on assignment to Hadsby Castle in preparation for his brother’s wedding, their friendship blooms into affection.

But Gus cannot, will not, trust his heart again. Daffy’s engaged. And she also remains a royal family outcast because she knows the Queen’s secret.

When affection grows into love and secrets are exposed, trust is destroyed. Gus must choose which is stronger: the lies of his past or the hope of his future. And Daffy must face every fear to prove she will forever love a prince.

“Another compelling royal story by the master of princely tales!”  Susan May Warren, USA Todaybestselling, RITA award-winning novelist

Click here to get your copy!

My Review


Begin to see yourself as a man worthy of love. Of life”. This quote warmed my heart.

I love Prince Gus and Daffy.


I have read Rachel Hauck books before and this book is totally different from others. I enjoyed this book so much. I wanted to live in the castle with the Royal Blue family.


The description in this book made me to imagine vividly. This was a glimpse to the lives of monarchy.


The book cover is just so perfect. I am rating this book 5 stars and more if I can do that.


This is the first Royal book I have read written by the author and I can’t wait to read more.
It is so clean and highly recommended to lovers of Royalty .


My favourite quotes out of many others in this book are:
I am a prince you know, and princes ride horses”. I love this quote by Prince Gus.


You deserve every dream in your heart, Daffy”.


We can love whomever we want”.


All those food mentioned in this book made my eyes bulge and my mouth water. They truly wine and dine like royalty in this plot.


I love this book so much. I felt strong emotions.


Rachel Hauck writes amazingly well. Thanks for this book. I am patiently waiting for a Prince Gus in my life.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are mine.

About the Author

Rachel Hauck is an award winning, New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author.

Her book The Wedding Dress was named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times Book Reviews. She is a double RITA finalist, and a Christy and Carol Award Winner.

Her book, Once Upon A Prince, first in the Royal Wedding Series, was filmed for an Original Hallmark movie.

Rachel has been awarded the prestigious Career Achievement Award for her body of original work by Romantic Times Book Reviews.

A member of the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers, she teaches workshops and leads worship at the annual conference. She is a past Mentor of The Year.

At home, she’s a wife, writer, worship leader and works out at the gym semi-enthusiastically.

A graduate of Ohio State University (Go Bucks!) with a degree in Journalism, she’s a former sorority girl and a devoted Ohio State football fan. Her bucket list is to stand on the sidelines with Ryan Day.

She lives in sunny central Florida with her husband and ornery cat.

More from Rachel

Hello Royal Rockstar Readers!

I’m thrilled to share To Love A Princewith you. So many of you who loved the Royal Wedding Series have asked for more royals so as I noodled over new story ideas, my thoughts drifted toward princes and princesses. What’s more romantic than a royal wedding?

This royal story, the first book in a new series, True Blue Royal, is set in a new fictional country, Lauchtenland, in the North Sea. I’m really squeezing all those oil wells currently occupying that body of water.

The beauty of royal stories is they remind us of who we really are: princes and princesses. There is always a point in the story where the royal character, as well as the commoner, must come to grips with his and her true identity! Who God says we are!

Stories are a powerful reflection of life and it’s fun to insert ourselves into the tale. While fiction employs a lot of hyperbole we can find ourselves on the page somewhere, somehow.

Thanks for going on this little tour with me and To Love A Prince. You are so vital to my story as an author. Thank you!

Yours,

Rachel

Blog Stops

Worthy2Read, September 10

Captive Dreams Windows, September 10

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, September 10

Genesis 5020, September 10

Novels Corner, September 10

Connect in Fiction, September 11

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 11

deb’s Book Review, September 11

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 11

Remembrancy, September 12

Breny and books, September 12

Texas Book-aholic, September 12

Inklings and notions, September 12

For Him and My Family, September 13

Artistic Nobody, September 13 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, September 13

The Book Chic Blog, September 13

Among the Reads, September 14

Soulfully Romantic, September 14

Ashley’s Bookshelf, September 14

Sara Jane Jacobs, September 14

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, September 15

lakesidelivingsite, September 15

All-of-a-kind Mom, September 15

Reflections From My Bookshelves, September 15

Betti Mace, September 16

Where Faith and Books Meet, September 16

Mypreciousbitsandmusings, September 16

Blossoms and Blesssings, September 16

She Lives To Read, September 17

Wishful Endings, September 17

Christian Chick’s Thoughts, September 17

Life of Literature, September 17

Life, Love, Writing, September 17

Book Love, September 18 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Maureen Timerman, September 18

Batya’s Bits, September 18

Labor Not in Vain, September 18

Bigreadersite, September 19

Hallie Reads, September 19

Jeanette’s Thoughts, September 19

Splashes of Joy, September 19

Christian Bookaholic, September 20

Musings of A Sassy Bookish Mama, September 20

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, September 20

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, September 20

Inside the Wong Mind, September 21

By The Book, September 21

Mary Hake, September 21

Godly Book Reviews, September 21

Hebrews 12 Endurance, September 22

Melissa Wardwell’s Back Porch Reads, September 22

Livin’ Lit, September 22

Writing from the Heart Land, September 22

Simple Harvest Reads, September 23 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Mamma Loves Books, September 23

Daysong Reflections, September 23

Black ‘n’ Gold Girl’s Book Spot, September 23

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Rachel is giving away a royal gift box of Pampering Princess items that includes bath balms, tea, tiara and other surprises!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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BOOK REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: THE SHOPKEEPER’S WIDOW BY IZZY JAMES.

About the Book

Book:  The Shopkeeper’s Widow

Author: Izzy James

Genre:  Christian Historical Romance

Release Date: August 21, 2020

Delany Fleet, a widowed former indentured servant living in the colonial port of Norfolk, Virginia, dreams of having an estate of her own where she will never have to compromise her freedom.

When the only man she ever loved shows up with a load of smuggled firearms, Delany is forced to leave her home and her livelihood to protect her family and property from Lord Dunmore’s raids and the conniving plots of a man who claims to be her friend.

Now, with her destiny forever altered, Delany must find a new way to happiness. Can reconnecting with her husband’s family and a former love be the path that God has for her?

Click here to get your copy!

My Review

The Shop keeper’s widow by Izzy James.
In this book, you’re going to meet fascinating characters. The two main characters, Delaney Fleet and Field Archer go way back to when they were young.


John Crawley made me twist my face in disgust.

Izzy James writes her story is a way you can follow through and experience all emotions.


This is a Christian fiction book. The book cover made me attracted to the book.


War is a nasty business, I must agree based on the plot in the book.


Themes of friendship, prayer, kindness, love and many more were addressed in this book.


In the eyes of God, all of mankind are equal. Delaney did an impressive work with the slaves under her care. I am not going to give out spoilers but you can get the real reason why I said so when you read this book.


I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are mine. 4 stars rating.

About the Author

Izzy James grew up surrounded by history and story in coastal Virginia. She still lives there with her fabulous husband in a house brimming with books.

More from Izzy

Hello! My name is Izzy James. My new book is The Shopkeeper’s Widow. It’s about freedom and second chances. I learned quite a bit of history while researching and writing this book. Did you know that the first showers began to appear in the early 1760’s? I gave Delany one of them in Shopkeeper’sjust for fun. It is not likely she would have had a shower at that time, but it is fiction and as such I thought it would be a fun detail to add. We do know that some people did rig up for themselves a semblance of a daily shower by using a bucket full of water suspended above them.

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 29

Inklings and notions, August 30

Texas Book-aholic, August 31

For Him and My Family, September 1

lakesidelivingsite, September 1

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 2

Artistic Nobody, September 3 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

deb’s Book Review, September 3

Connie’s History Classroom, September 4

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, September 5

Jeanette’s Thoughts, September 5

Ashley’s Bookshelf, September 6

Connect in Fiction, September 7

Batya’s Bits, September 8

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, September 9

The Book Chic Blog, September 9

Adventures of a Travelers Wife, September 10

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, September 10

HookMeInABook, September 11

Books I’ve Read, September 11

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Izzy is giving away the grand prize package of a a book, a can of tea and an Ingenuitea teapot!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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BOOK REVIEW: PEARL IN THE SAND BY TESSA AFSHAR.

Author: Tessa Afshar

Title: Pearl in the Sand

Genre: Biblical Fiction. Christian Fiction Romance

Publisher: Moody

Publication date: 06 October, 2020. Originally published on 1st September, 2010.

Purchase book online wherever books are sold.

Book Blurb

Can a Canaanite harlot who has made her livelihood by looking desirable to men make a fitting wife for one of the leaders of Israel? Shockingly, the Bible’s answer is yes.

Pearl in the Sand tells Rahab’s untold story. Rahab lives in a wall; her house is built into the defensive walls of the City of Jericho. Other walls surround her as well–walls of fear, rejection, and unworthiness.

A woman with a wrecked past; a man of success, of faith…of pride. A marriage only God would conceive! Through the heartaches of a stormy relationship, Rahab and Salmone learn the true source of one another’s worth and find healing in God.

My Review

Pearl in the Sand.
In the words of the writer, Rahab’s story is a story of God’s outrageous grace.


This is the first book of Tessa Afshar that I have read and I can’t wait to read others.


This biblical fiction made me to imagine alongside with the author.


Rahab as a character personalises many things apparent in a flawed human life. Her desire to join the children of Israel warmed my heart.


I will recommend this book over and over to anybody seeking for an adventure into Bible times.


I am so proud to add Biblical Fiction genre to my list of favourite book genres.


Thank you, Tessa Afshar.


This book deserves 10 stars rating. I finally got the figure of speech used in the book title “Pearl in the sand“.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Moody Publishers through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are mine.

About the Author

TESSA AFSHAR was born in a nominally Muslim family in Iran and lived there for the first fourteen years of her life. She survived English boarding school for girls before moving to the United States permanently. Her conversion to Christianity in her mid-twenties changed the course of her life forever. Tessa holds an MDIV from Yale University where she served as co-Chair of the Evangelical Fellowship at the Divinity School. She has spent the last twelve years in full and part-time Christian work and currently serves as the leader of Women’s and Prayer ministries at a church in New England.

BOOK REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: SWIFT BY R.J ANDERSON.

About the Book

Book:  Swift

Author: R. J Anderson

Genre:  Christian Fantasy

Release Date: August 18, 2020

To save her people, a wingless girl must learn to fly.

As a piskey girl born without wings and raised underground, Ivy yearns for flight almost as much as she misses her long-lost mother. But the world outside the Delve is full of danger, and her dreams seem hopeless until she meets a mysterious faery who makes her an enticing offer: If Ivy helps him escape the Delve’s dungeon, he’ll teach her how to fly.

Freeing Richard could cost Ivy her reputation, perhaps even her life. But when her fellow piskeys start to disappear and her beloved little sister goes missing, Ivy has no choice but to take the risk.

Deadly threats and shocking revelations await Ivy as she ventures into a strange new world, uncovers long-buried secrets about her family’s past, and finds that no one—not even herself—is entirely what they seem.

Click here to get your copy!

My Review

Swift is the best magical adventure I had while reading the book.
Growing up,I have been a lover of fairy tales and magic.
I have often spent hours in front of the TV watching animations and cartoons with magic especially the little people called fairies.


This is the first real book that took me on a journey to my childhood. I felt different reading about faeries and magic. I think I prefer reading magical books to watching them on TV.


The suspense and description gave me the edge-of-a seat feeling.


I am rating it 5 stars because my whole attention was grabbed from chapter one.


I would love to read more books by this author. The little girl in me rose up again to the world where faeries and magic existed.


I love the main character, Ivy. She is so endearing.


I recommend this book to all lovers of faeries and the little world of magic. I can boldly say that this book is for all age group regardless of the age.

I learnt a lot while reading this book. The most important lesson I got is, “if nobody believes in you,believe in your self.

“Anything is possible if you believe”. That’s my favourite quote from the Bible. Although this isn’t an entirely Christian fiction book by my standards but I learnt so much positive things from it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are mine.

About the Author

Born in Uganda to missionary parents,R. J. (Rebecca Joan) Anderson is a women’s Bible teacher, a wife and mother of three, and a bestselling fantasy author for older children and teens. Her debut novel Knife has sold more than 120,000 copies worldwide, while her other books have been shortlisted for the Nebula Award, the Christy Award, and the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Science Fiction. Rebecca lives with her family in Stratford, Ontario, Canada.

More from R.J. Anderson

FEAR, FAITH AND LEARNING TO FLY. What would you give to feel safe? If you could hide from all life’s dangers and anyone who might harm you, and spend your whole life in a beautiful, comfortable home surrounded by friends, family and all the necessities of life, would you?That’s the kind of place that Ivy, the teenaged heroine of Swift, has grown up in — a glittering underground complex called the Delve, where safety and protection are paramount, and young girls especially are warned not to take foolish risks. Like climbing the wall of the Great Shaft that leads to the surface, for instance. Or going outside for any reason, except for two special nights of the year. In the world of modern-day Cornwall, the converted tin mine where Ivy and her fellow piskeys live is their only refuge from scheming faeries, greedy humans, and their deadliest enemies of all, the spriggans. And since Ivy’s mother was stolen by the spriggans six years ago, Ivy knows all too well how dangerous the outside world can be.But as Ivy discovers when she stumbles on a mysterious Shakespeare-quoting prisoner in her people’s dungeon, safety isn’t everything. If “Richard” is telling the truth about what happened to Ivy’s long-lost mother, there may be more going on in the Delve — and outside it — than Ivy ever guessed. How far will she go to find the truth?When I first started writing Swift, one of the ideas I wanted to explore was how much our prejudices and false perceptions limit us. Ivy’s been taught to fear everything and everyone outside the Delve, and that her poor health and lack of wings means she will never be worthy or whole. But when she starts to ask questions and search for answers, Ivy discovers that much of what she’s always believed is a lie.What I didn’t realize until I’d finished writing the whole Flight and Flame trilogy is that in many ways, Ivy’s story parallels that of Moses in the book of Exodus. Like Moses when God first called him, Ivy doesn’t think she has anything to offer her people, or any chance of convincing the stern, suspicious piskey queen to set them free. But when Ivy learns to look beyond her fears and self-doubts and step out in faith — even if she’s not sure yet what it means or where it will lead her — extraordinary things happen and her world begins to change.

We all crave safety and security. But if we refuse to step outside our comfort zones or ever question our prejudices, our lives and hearts will stagnate. It’s only when we open ourselves up to truth and act on it, even if it’s hard or unpopular to do so, that we can truly soar.I’ve loved writing Ivy’s story. I hope you’ll love reading it, too.— R.J. Anderson (www.rj-anderson.com)

Blog Stops

Inklings and notions, August 31

Blogging With Carol, August 31

Through the Fire Blogs, September 1

Pause for Tales, September 2

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 2

Worthy2read, September 3

Texas Book-aholic, September 4

The Book Chic Blog, September 4

For Him and My Family, September 5

deb’s Book Review, September 5

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 6

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, September 7

Mia Reads, September 7

Artistic Nobody, September 8 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

For the Love of Literature, September 9

Daughter of Increase, September 9

Ashley’s Bookshelf, September 10

Simple Harvest Reads, September 11 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Vicky Sluiter, September 11

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, September 12

Adventures of a Travelers Wife, September 13

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, R.J. is giving away the grand prize package of a signed and personalized bookplate, two bookmarks, and two beautiful blank-inside notecards with artwork by Kirk DouPonce and Rory Kurtz!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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BOOK REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: A LOVE REDEEMED BY LISA JORDAN.

Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for A Love Redeemed by Lisa Jordan, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK


Title: A Love Redeemed

Author: Lisa Jordan

Publisher: Love Inspired

Release Date: August 25, 2020

Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Romance


Just-for-now could become forever…


They agreed to help each other out. No one mentioned falling in love.
Back home after losing her job, Isabella Bradley plans to stay only long enough to save her father’s diner, but she can’t do it alone. Her childhood friend Tucker Holland has the perfect solution—he will renovate the diner if she’ll be a nanny for his twins. But as Isabella and Tucker reconnect, their arrangement begins to feel a lot less temporary…

PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads| Amazon| Barnes & Noble| Book Depository |Christian Book

My Review


Sweet book!


I love Tucker and Isabella. My two favourite characters.


The book title will pique your curiosity and the book cover
is just too beautiful!


I love Bella’s determination to help people around her.

Tucker’s twins made me smile while reading the book.


All those food mentioned in this book made me hungry. I wanted to taste Claudia’s special apple meal that Tucker boasted of.


Don’t push yourself so hard, Bella. Things will come in God’s timing“. This quote encouraged me while reading the novel.


Themes of love, family, grief, second chances, career and others were explored in this book.


The love Tucker had for his kids warmed my heart. Before this book, I have read novels that were heavy on a mother’s love but this book opened my eyes to see fatherhood from Tucker’s eyes.


The author wrote a captivating great book that deserves 5 stars.


Sometimes, your job is to trust God to show up”. What a nice Christian fiction novel full of faith, love, family and others.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Heart, home and faith have always been important to Lisa Jordan, so writing stories with those elements come naturally. She is an award-winning author for Love Inspired, writing novels that promise hope & happily ever after. Happily married for nearly thirty years, she and her husband have two grown sons. When she isn’t writing, Lisa enjoys family time, good books, crafting with friends and kayaking. Visit her at http://www.lisajordanbooks.com.

CONNECT WITH LISA: Website |  Facebook | Instagram|Twitter

TOUR GIVEAWAY


(1) winner will receive a S’more Picnic Fun prize package including a canvas picnic tote with a wicker bottom along with s’more fixings and a copy of A Love Redeemed!

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight September 1, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on September 8, 2020. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.


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BOOK REVIEW: THE COLLIER’S WIFE BY CHRISSIE WALSH.

Author: Chrissie Walsh

Title: The Collier’s Wife

Genre: Historical Fiction, Saga

Publication date: 03 September, 2020

Publisher: Aria & Aries

Purchase link: Amazon

Book Description

Leeds, 1918. When Amy visits her husband Hugh at Beckett’s Park Hospital, he doesn’t recognise her. Broken after serving four devastating years in the First World War, Hugh is a shadow of the man he once was. Can he ever again be the man Amy knew and loved?

Barnsborough, 1912. The first time Hugh and Amy meet, the connection between them is instant and electric. While a librarian’s assistant and a collier might not be the most conventional pair, the two come together over a love of books that quickly turns into more. Neither suspects their families have secrets that threaten to tear them apart…

True love’s path is rarely simple… but can Hugh and Amy find their way back to each other?

My Review


I enjoyed this book. Firstly, the book cover attracted me. The title spiked my curiosity and the plot too.


I love Amy. What a strong character she is.


I love how the author made use of flashbacks to take us on the full journey of the characters in this book.
It is quite emotional, I must say.


This book is so interesting. I was immersed in each page.

Amy and Jude really came a long way and I was pleased to see their determination despite how life treated them.


I am rating this book 5 perfect stars.


The author did a very great job here.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are mine.

About the author

Born and raised in West Yorkshire, Chrissie trained to be a singer and cellist before becoming a teacher. When she married her trawler skipper husband, they moved to a little fishing village in N. Ireland. Chrissie is passionate about history and that passion and knowledge shine through in her writing.

BOOK REVIEW: A REUNION AT MULBERRY LANE BY ROSIE CLARKE.

Author: Rosie Clarke

Title: A Reunion at Mulberry Lane

Genre: General Fiction (Adult) / Hi

Publication date: 27th August, 2020

Publisher: Boldwood Books

Purchase Link – https://amzn.to/2T4OS6m

Book Description

A Reunion at Mulberry Lane
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.

My Review

A Reunion at Mulberry lane by Rosie Clarke is a book whose blurb got my attention.


Rosie Clarke writes an engaging novel where so many lives are brought out in the book.

I have read lots of books by Rosie Clarke so I was very excited to try this particular book because the author takes you on a journey and you can’t help falling deeper in love with historical sagas.


Welcome to Mulberry Lane. Themes of friendship, family and moral support among  others were navigated here.


There are lots of characters I had a hard time putting them into place. I discovered while browsing online that this book is continuation of a series. That probably explains why I had difficulty figuring out the characters.


I love Peggy and her friendship with Maureen. I love how both took their motherhood seriously while working for a living.


The book cover is beautiful, I must admit.


All those food mentioned in this book made me hungry. I was craving for an apple pie with iced bun. I would love to try that.


Mulberry Lane seems like a cozy place full of communal love. Everybody is so thoughtful.


Some quotes I love from this novel are; “…I think there must have been something in the air this Christmas…”


“A little bit of Christmas magic

I love the Christmas season in a year. I used to think extra miracles happens at Christmas.

I am rating it 4 stars. Rosie Clarke did a good job taking me on an adventure to Mulberry Lane.


I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are mine.

Author Bio

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.

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BOOK REVIEW: DREAM AGAIN BY ANN MARIE BRYAN.

Author: Ann Marie Bryan

Title: Dream Again (McIntosh brothers, Book 1)

Genre: Christian Fiction Romance

Publication date: August 20, 2020

Publisher: Victorious By Design

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Book Blurb

One random day. One burst of laughter. One perfect moment. That’s all it takes for Gianna Barrett to capture Carter McIntosh’s attention—and his heart. His whole life has been a series of miracles, so this falls right in line. If only it were that simple. The object of his desire refuses to give him the time of day. Not deterred, Carter is sure he’s ready to put his heart on the line for love. Big mistake. He isn’t quite prepared and finds himself wrestling a soul-deep hurt into submission.

“There has been an accident….” 

That devastating revelation shattered Gianna’s life, and in that one chaotic moment, everything she had was taken away. She has spent years carefully crafting her new normal, so there is no way Carter can just insert himself into her life. The fight is on but not for long. Their attraction is instant, and before she knows it, all her cynicism goes out the door. 

When Gianna learns more about Carter’s life, she gets a better understanding of her beginning. As she starts her journey to healing, she uncovers Carter’s startling secret. In the days that follow, she struggles with feelings of regret, fueling her natural tendency to retreat. But the flames of desire burn hot and it’s not easy to break their unexpected connection. As the past reaches for them, they soon realize that to move forward, they must look back. Will they allow God to be the anchor they so desperately need—before it’s too late? For all they ever wanted was to be loved.

My Review


Gia, you’re powerful. You’re special. You’re amazing. The Bible says, there is no fear in love for perfect love casts out fear…” This quote just made me smile. The verse used here is one of my favourite bible verses.


In this book, you’re going to meet Gianna and other awesome characters. I love the italicised words that shows her thoughts mentally. They made me laugh.


This book is perfect for a movie. I fell in love with Carter, how can a fictional character be descriptively handsome like that?


This book is fantastic! I need people like Carter’s friends in my life. Imagine having friends who prays for you during low times? I love the themes in this book. The prayers in this book made me alert. I love the sentence ” I hear the chains falling“. Instantly, I felt the urge to pray. This book will ignite your prayer life.


A very fantastic, amazing, perfect and all the good adjectives I need to describe this book. This Christian fiction novel carries fire. The romance is so sweet. The Christian themes are so nice anybody can read it without getting offended.


It is about you dreaming again and taking your rightful position on earth”. I mentally did a “woo-hoo” at this quote.

This book deserves 10 stars rating if I could. Ann Marie Bryan writes well.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

About the author

Ann Marie Bryan is a multi-talented leader with a passion for excellence. She is the CEO & Founder of Victorious By Design, an organization committed to providing top quality professional writing services, comprehensive personal and professional development programs and exceptional performing arts services to meet the unique needs of individuals and organizations. A Christian Fiction author, Ann Marie writes to educate, inspire and empower others. She desires to tell great stories with fascinating characters to show the awesome power of God in the lives of people and places. Her celebrated bestselling Encounters of the Heart series, blend faith and romance that test the resilience of love. Ann Marie’s greatest passion is to empower others to succeed by tapping into their God-given potential. She enjoys writing, reading, dancing, teaching, meeting people and traveling. With all the knowledge and experiences that God has so graciously blessed her with, Ann Marie is determined to make her life a ministry for the Lord. Visit Ann Marie at http://www.annmariebryan.com.