#PublicationDay #Spotlight Courage Without Grace by Jeannie Zokan

I loved Jeannie’s first novel The Existence of Pity. It introduced the reader to sixteen-year-old Josie Wales, growing up in 1970s Colombia, South America.  Therefore I was delighted when Jeannie got in touch to let me know her new book, Courage Without Grace, was to be published today. Although it can be read as a standalone, Courage Without Grace continues the story of Josie but it’s now 1983 and she’s living in Washington, DC.

If you’re tempted to grab yourself a copy of Courage Without Grace, the ebook is currently available at a promotional price of only £2.15 from Amazon UK.


Courage Without GraceAbout the Book

Josie Wales doesn’t need her palm reading skills to know her lover is seeing someone else. It’s time to end it, but she’s been with Tom for seven years. And there’s something – someone – she needs to tell him about. That secret keeps pulling her back, but this time she’s determined to break it off.

To find the courage to end the relationship, Josie seeks advice from new acquaintances. But she somehow manages to make an even bigger mess of her life. When Jack, Tom’s twin and her childhood friend, comes to DC to reconnect, he helps Josie get her feet back on the ground.

Just as Josie is beginning to resolve the chaos in her life, a tragic secret from her past comes back to haunt her. Before she can move forward and have a second chance at love, she must face her grief and loss.

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Jeannie ZokanAbout the Author

Jeannie Zokan is the author of The Existence of Pity and Courage Without Grace. She grew up in Colombia, South America and after studying Library Science at Baylor University moved to Washington, DC to attend The George Washington University. Much like Josie in Courage Without Grace, she became a palm reader there.

When DC’s cold weather finally did her in, she took her motorcycle to Florida’s Gulf Coast where she now lives ten minutes from the beach with her husband and their cat. When she’s not writing or editing, she’s reading, playing tennis, visiting their two grown daughters, or practicing yoga in their garage gym.

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#BlogBlitz #Giveaway #BookReview Christmas at Ladywell by Nicola Slade @nicolasladeUK @rararesources

Christmas at Ladywell

I’m delighted to be joining a host of other book bloggers in celebrating the publication today of Christmas at Ladywell by Nicola Slade. Thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part and to Crooked Cat Books for my review copy.

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Christmas at LadywellAbout the Book

A time for spilling secrets…

Having refurbished her inherited house and upcycled her whole life in the process, Freya – now happily married to Patrick, and with a small child –  has to transform her tiny stone barn into a romantic hideaway for a mystery guest who is also looking for change. With Christmas only a week away, things don’t go according to plan…

In the past old uncertainties are resolved when an elderly woman seeks the truth of a legend on Christmas Eve and confesses to a deception; a Tudor wife listens to a story that must never be repeated and is given a precious relic that must never be displayed; and in the early nineteenth century an old woman tells a younger one the story of the hares at Ladywell.

Past and present are only a whisper apart when Freya learns of an astonishing discovery that will make Ladywell famous, but meanwhile her house is full of unexpected visitors, she has a turkey to cook – and a very special secret of her own that must be told.

Format: ebook (97 pages)                         Publisher: Crooked Cat Books
Publication date: 4th November 2019  Genre: Historical Fiction

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My Review

Christmas at Ladywell features some of the characters from the author’s book, The House at Ladywell, but has been perfectly crafted as a standalone novella so if, like me, you haven’t read the earlier book you won’t be at a disadvantage. However, like me, it may well make you decide to add The House at Ladywell to your wishlist.

Christmas at Ladywell sees Freya in the midst of preparations for the festive season, including catering for some unexpected and rather special guests. Interlaced with Freya’s present day activities are scenes from Ladywell’s past, starting in the 14th century with stops along the way in the 16th and 19th centuries. As the reader will learn, some of Ladywell’s past inhabitants have been witnesses to historic events.

There’s a real sense of history with stories, folklore and even objects handed down through the generations, especially by women. And of course, at Ladywell history is evident in the very building itself.

Christmas at Ladywell is the ideal read for a dark winter evening. It’s like a delightful Christmas potpourri with its mixture of present day festive preparations, surprise discoveries and fragrant echoes of the past.

In three words: Atmospheric, festive, engaging

Try something similar: Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase

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Christmas at Ladywell - AuthorAbout the Author

Nicola Slade is an award-winning, bestselling author of historical and contemporary mysteries and romantic fiction, all set in and around Winchester and Romsey in Hampshire – which is where she lives. The House at Ladywell – a contemporary romantic novel with historical echoes – won the Chatelaine Grand Prize for Romantic Fiction at the CIBA awards in April 2019.

She is the author of the mid-Victorian ‘Charlotte Richmond’ mysteries and the contemporary ‘Harriet Quigley’ mysteries. The Convalescent Corpse, published in November 2018, is the first in a new series, ‘The Fyttleton Mysteries’, set in 1918.

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