#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.

Giveaway Prize - corpsecover3plusshoutTo complete the celebrations there’s a giveaway (open internationally) with a chance for one lucky person to win a .mobi or .PDF copy of Nicola’s book, The Convalescent Corpse. Enter via Rafflecopter here.

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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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#BookBlitz #BookReview The Summer Springsteen’s Songs Saved Me by Barbara Quinn

The Summer Springsteens Songs Saved Me

I’m delighted to be joining in the celebrations to mark the second book birthday of The Summer Springsteen’s Songs Saved Me by Barbara Quinn.  Thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part.

If you missed it first time around, you can read my thoughts on the book below.

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TheSummerSpringsteen'sSongsSavedMeAbout the Book

Coming home to catch her husband with his face between the long, silky legs of another woman is the last thing Sofia expects – and on today of all days. So, after scratching an expletive into his Porsche and setting the cheating bastard’s clothes on fire, she cranks up her beloved Bruce and flees, vowing to never look back.

Seeking solace in the peaceful beachside town of Bradley Beach, NJ, Sofia is determined to start over. And, with the help of best friends, new acquaintances, a sexy neighbour, and the powerful songs of Springsteen, this may be the place where her wounds can heal. But, as if she hasn’t faced her share of life’s challenges, a final flurry of obstacles awaits.

In order to head courageously toward the future, Sofia must first let go of her past, find freedom, and mend her broken soul.  Watch the book trailer here 

Format: Paperback, ebook (280 pp.) Publisher: Lakewater Press
Published: 24th October 2017             Genre: Women’s Fiction

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20 Things To Love About The Summer Springsteen’s Songs Saved Me

  1. Phoebe – The smelliest, laziest but most lovable pooch in the world
  2. Jerome – Two words: poetic justice
  3. Coincidence or fate? – A sexy, unattached man living right next door
  4. Living the fantasy of moving to the beach
  5. Dumping a jerk (see 2)
  6. Taking control of your life and moving on (see 2)
  7. Proof positive there’s a Springsteen for every occasion and every mood – he really can read your mind!
  8. Being rescued and being a rescuer
  9. The genius that is ‘Yappy Hour’
  10. Female friendships and solidarity
  11. Getting in shape
  12. Ditching the mismatched, slightly faded undies you should have replaced years ago
  13. Revenge is a dish…best painted somewhere
  14. Appreciating craft and artistic skills
  15. There are clambakes outside of the musical Carousel?
  16. Spirit of community
  17. Baking as therapy
  18. Having a great business partner who’ll do more than their fair share
  19. Summer by the sea
  20. An isolated sandbar….

BarbaraQuinnAbout the Author

Barbara Quinn is an award-winning short story writer and author of a variety of novels.

Her travels have taken her to forty-seven states and five continents where she’s encountered fascinating settings and inspiring people that populate her work.

Her many past jobs include lawyer, record shop owner, process server, lingerie sales clerk, waitress and postal worker. She’s a native New Yorker with roots in the Bronx, Long Island, and Westchester. She currently resides with her husband in Bradley Beach, NJ and Holmes Beach, FL. She enjoys spending time with her son and his family and planning her next adventure. She wants to remind everyone that when you meet her, SHE’S NOT SHOUTING, SHE’S ITALIAN.

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