Author Spotlight Interview Giveaway

Author Spotlight: Interview with Denise Deegan, and Giveaway!

I recently took part in the blog tour for Through the Barricades by Denise Deegan, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I LOVED it. I reached out to the author to ask if she would like to be interviewed on my blog, and she said yes!

Don’t forget to enter the GIVEAWAY for a chance to WIN a paperback copy of the book (open INT!).

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Review: Through The Barricades & Giveaway!

She was willing to sacrifice everything for her country. He was willing to sacrifice everything for her

“Make a difference in the world” are the last words Maggie Gilligan’s father ever says to her. They form a legacy that she carries in her heart, years later when, at the age of fifteen, she tries to better the lives of Dublin’s largely forgotten poor.

“Don’t go getting distracted, now” is what Daniel Healy’s father says to him after seeing him talking to the same Maggie Gilligan. Daniel is more than distracted. He is intrigued. Never has he met anyone as dismissive, argumentative… as downright infuriating.

4.5* Read!

Author Spotlight Maria Fiorato Interview Giveaway

Author Spotlight: Interview with Marina Fiorato & Giveaway!

I recently read and reviewed The Double Life of Mistress Kit Kavanagh, and I LOVED it, giving it 5* (which everyone knows is a rating that I rarely give!). I contacted the author, Marina Fiorato, who kindly agreed to be interviewed, and her Publisher has also offered a copy of the book for me to give away (open to UK & Ireland residents only)!

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Review: The Dark Days Club

London, April 1812. 18 year old Lady Helen is on the eve of her debut presentation to the Queen. Her life should be about gowns and dancing, and securing a suitable marriage. Instead, when one of her family’s housemaids goes missing, Lady Helen is drawn to the shadows of Regency London. 

There, she finds William, the Earl of Carlston. He has noticed the disappearance, too, and is one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of powerful demons that has infiltrated every level of society. But Lady Helen’s curiosity is the last thing Carlston wants—especially when he sees the searching intelligence behind her fluttering fan. Should Helen trust a man whose reputation is almost as black as his lingering eyes? And will her headstrong sense of justice lead them both into a death trap?

4* Read!

The Double Life of Mistress Kit Kavanagh Book Cover

Review: The Double Life of Mistress Kit Kavanagh

Of all the dangers she faced, the greatest was discovery… When Irish beauty Kit Kavanagh’s husband is taken to be a soldier, Kit enlists in the Duke of Marlborough’s regiment, disguised as a man, to follow him across war-torn Italy. Risking her life in battle, she forms a close bond with her wry and handsome commanding officer, Captain Ross.

But even when she dresses once more as a woman to evade capture, the war is not over for Kit. She catches the eye of the scheming Duke of Ormonde, who recruits her to spy upon the French. Torn between Captain Ross and her husband, and under the orders of the English Crown, Kit’s life will be in more danger now than on any battlefield.

5* Read!

Jam and Roses Book Cover

Review: Jam and Roses

Three sisters are growing up in 1920s Bermondsey – the larder of London – with its bustling docks, its spice mill, tannery and factories. Southwells jam factory is where many of the girls work. And Milly Colman knows she’s lucky. At Southwells she can have a laugh with her mates. She’s quick and strong and never misses a day’s work. She needs to be. Because at homes things are very different.

The Colman household is ruled by the tyrannical rages of the old man – her father. Often Milly feels she is the only thing protecting her mother and younger sisters from his murderous violence. At least autumn hop-picking in Kent gives all the Colman women a heavenly respite. But it is here, on one golden September night, that Milly makes the mistake of her life and finds her courage and strength tested as never before.

2.5* Read!

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Review: The Proposal

1958. At eighteen, Georgia Hamilton is sent to London for the Debutante Season. Independent, and with secret dreams to be a writer, she has no wish to join the other debs competing for a husband. But when tragedy strikes, her fate appears to have been sealed.

2012. Hurrying to meet her lover, Amy Carrell hopes tonight will change her destiny. And it does – but not in the way she imagined. Desolate and desperate to get out of London, she accepts a position as companion to a mysterious stranger, bound for Manhattan – little knowing she is about to unlock a love story that has waited fifty years to be told. And a heart waiting to come back to life…

5* Read!

Go Set A Watchman Book Cover

Review: Go Set A Watchman

Maycomb, Alabama. Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch, “Scout”, returns home from New York City to visit her ageing father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise’s homecoming turns bitter-sweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town and the people dearest to her. Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt.

2.5* Read!

Review: The Nightingale

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, published May 2015 by Pan Macmillan. Read: June 2015 Genre: Adult/Historical/Romance Source: Purchased #Pages: 440 Get It Now: Wordery Goodreads Synopsis: France, 1939. In the quiet, rural village of Carriveau, Vianne says goodbye to her husband as he heads for the Front. The invading Nazi soldiers have arrived in droves with their trucks and tanks. […]

Review: To Kill A Mockingbird

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, (my edition) published June 2010 by Arrow Books Read: April 2015 Genre: Young Adult/Classics/Historical Source: Purchased #Pages: 309 Get It Now: Wordery Goodreads Synopsis: ‘Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.’ A lawyer’s advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird […]

Review: All The Light We Cannot See

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, published May 2014 by Scribner. Read: January 2015 Genre: Adult/Literary/Historical Fiction Source: Library #Pages: 448 Get It Now: Wordery Goodreads Synopsis: Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks. When she is […]

Review: Life After Life

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson, published 2014 by Black Swan (Random House). Read: October 2014 Genre: Adult Fiction/Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Historical/Literary Fiction Source: Purchased #Pages: 622 Get It Now: Wordery Goodreads Synopsis: What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right? During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is […]

Review: The House of Eliott

The House of Eliott by Jean Marsh, published January 2011 by Pan Macmillan. Read: August 2013 Genre: Historical Fiction Source: Purchased #Pages: 304 Goodreads Synopsis: Left penniless after the death of their father, independent Beatrice Eliott and her beautiful younger sister, Evangeline, brave wicked relatives, scandal, tyranny, and poverty to build a successful fashion establishment, The House of Eliott. The […]