#BlogTour #Extract: The White Cross by Richard Masefield @LoveBooksGroup @RedDoorBooks #TheWhiteCross #HisFic

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I’m very excited to be on the blog tour for The White Cross by Richard Masefield today to have a great a extract to share with you.

The White Cross is available now in ebook and paperback, purchase your copy of the book here.

Before I share my extract with you here is a little bit about the book.

Book Synopsis:

Set in the late twelfth century at the time of King Richard I’s crusade to win back Jerusalem from the Saracens, The White Cross deals with timeless issues – with the moralities of warfare and fundamental religion, the abuse of power, the heights of martial fervour and the depths of disillusionment The writing pulses with life, capturing the sights and sounds, the very smells of medieval life. At the novel’s heart is the relationship between Garon and Elise – the story of an arranged marriage which rapidly develops into something deeper, to challenge a young husband’s strongly held beliefs and set him on a long and painful journey to self-realisation, to break and finally restore a woman’s spirit as she battles for recognition and for justice in a brutal man’s world. And then there is the Berge dal becce; a character who is surely more than he appears? The only way to uncover all the secrets of The White Cross is to read it!

Extract:

PROLOGUS

Fontevraud, Anjou: July 1189
 
ATONEMENT
‘Holy Shit!’
Six startled nuns, their Abbess and the Primate of all England cast up their eyes to cross themselves as the obscenity rings through the Abbey Church.
‘God’s eyes and limbs!’ Duke Richard adds profanely, as stooping to enter the low crypt he clamps his mouth to breathe as little as he can of its polluted air.
Tall candles cast giant shadows across the walls and ceiling of the chamber; five candles to represent the wounds of Christ, with between them on a pinewood
trestle his father’s naked corpse. Henry, the second king of England of that name, has always seemed the kind of man who never would grow old and die. But having
done so anyway is not a pretty sight. From its breastbone to its genitals the old king’s body has been opened like an oyster. Where a proud paunch once rose, a stinking cavity now gapes; and from the buckets on the floor containing his internal organs the stench of putrefaction rises.
For a long moment Duke Richard stares down on his father’s ruin. Henry gutted on a slab, he thinks disgustedly, then turns on the three men whose task he’s interrupted. ‘Cover it,’ he barks at the lay brothers who’ve been charged to purify the royal remains for burial. ‘Cover it and then get
out!’ And fumbling with the foetid buckets, hurrying to drape the corpse in the plain cloak it’s worn for its last journey down from Chinon, the embalmers tread on
each other’s heels to scramble up the narrow stairs.
To leave the live king with the dead one.
‘Stinking vultures! Cringing, shitting little jackals!’ Duke Richard saves the main force of his anger for the old man waiting for him in the abbey nave; a thin, round-
shouldered figure in the black and white pied robe of a Cistercian abbot. ‘God’s teeth, those creatures stink of Henrys entrails!’ The Duke’s metalled boots ring on the flags as he strides forward. ‘They claim the Body Royal is indestructible, yet stink to heaven of his guts!’
‘The bodies of all men from the lowest peasant to the greatest emperor are subject to corruption of the flesh, my son; death comes to all of us in time.’ Archbishop Baldwin of Canterbury turns back his cowl to show the kindly, undernourished face of a committed Christian, its tonsured cranium already freckled with the spots of age.
‘I’m sure the Abbess would have spared you this, if you’d but thought to…’
‘I tried to fold his arms onto his chest, what’s left of it,’ the Duke interrupts him. ‘But they were set. Dear God, I
had to break them, man; and when I looked into his face, his eyeballs moved! I tell you that my father’s eyes moved in his skull and black blood trickled from his nose!’
‘You broke his joints?’ A second shock. But Baldwin
hurries on to tell the Duke that, distressing as they are, such things have no significance. ‘No, none at all.’ He pats the
royal sleeve placatingly. ‘Involuntary emissions are by no means unusual I believe in the embalming process.’
 
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‘My father cursed me on his deathbed. You heard him, Baldwin; the old fox blames me for his fall.’ The Duke spits violently and with a hand that trembles, wipes the spittle
from his tawny beard. ‘By Christ, if I know aught of Henry he’s cursing me from the road down to hell!’ Which maybe isn’t so far from the mark, the old archbishop thinks, remembering how desperately the
son and father fought each other for control of Aquitaine; how Richard leagued with France and his own brother, John, to wrestle from King Henry an empire
great as Charlemagne’s – to leave the poor man in the end with only England and six foot of soil at Fontevraud in which to lay his bones. No, when it comes to treachery there isn’t anyone more dangerous to kings than their own relatives, Baldwin tells himself; and how could anyone, and least
of all the man before him, forget King Henry’s frightful deathbed malediction:
‘I curse the day that I was born! I curse my devil’s brood of sons! I call on Heaven to curse Richard’s soul! May God and all His saints deny it its eternal rest until I
am avenged!’ ‘My son, it is from recognition of our sins and our imperfect nature that we achieve enlightenment,’
Baldwin says aloud with a deliberately disarming smile. Which rather brings us to the point, he dares to think; a princely penitent, a priest and a religious house – the three conspire. Now is the time and place for Richard to repent his sins, recant his shocking oaths on God’s anatomies, and kneel before me in a state of true
contrition.

 

About The Author:

Richard Masefield comes from a family of writers – John Masefield was his cousin – and with a love of animals and the outdoors he decided at a young age that he would farm and write, if necessary both at once. It took years of hard work before Richard could realise his dream, and in fact his first published novel was written while milking a herd of Friesian cows. He still lives on his farm in Sussex with his wife Lee and together they spend as much time as possible with their large family of children and grandchildren.

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#BlogTour: The First Prehistoric Serial Killer by Teresa Solana @TeresaSolana1 @bitterlemonpub @annecater #ShortStories #RandomThingsTours

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Book Synopsis:

An impressive and very funny collection of stories by Teresa Solana but the fun is very dark indeed. The oddest things happen. Statues decompose and stink out galleries, two old grandmothers are vengeful killers, a prehistoric detective on the verge of becoming the first religious charlatan trails a triple murder that is threatening cave life as the early innocents knew it. The collection also includes a sparkling web of Barcelona stories–connected by two criminal acts–that allows Solana to explore the darker side of different parts of the city and their seedier inhabitants.

My Review:

Firstly I have to say I don’t read an awful lot of short stories but found the blurb for this book very intriguing. I wasn’t disappointed as The First Prehistoric Serial Killer is a selection of very original, dark yet funny stories that I thoroughly enjoyed.

There wasn’t any connection between the stories but that wasn’t confusing as each story in brilliantly told and developed so the reader soon let’s go of any previous stories or characters.  Most of the stories are from a woman’s point of view but all show a different points of view or a different slice of society which made from a very interesting read.

My favourite, ironically, was The First Prehistoric Serial Killer and But There Was Another Solution which is the last book, though all the stories were good in their own right.

This is the first book by this author I have read and I’d definitely be interested in reading more from her in the future.  If you like clever stories full of black humour then you’ll love this book.

Huge thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the blog tour and for my copy of the book.

About The Author:

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Born in Barcelona in 1962, Teresa Solana lives in Oxford. She has written several highly acclaimed novels. ‘A Not So Perfect Crime’, the first in the Borja and Eduard crime series, won the 2006 Brigada 21 Prize for the best Catalan crime novel. Since then, she has published five more novels. Author of many articles and essays about translation Teresa Solana has also written children’s books. Peter Bush is an acclaimed translator from Spanish and Catalan, known for his translations of Leonardo Padura, Juan Goytisolo and Josep Pla.

 

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#BlogTour: Do Not Disturb by Claire Douglas @DougieClaire @BTUkatie @MichaelJBooks #5Stars #CreepyThriller

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Book Synopsis:

Could your dream home be your worst nightmare?

After what happened in London, Kirsty needs a fresh start with her family.
And running a guesthouse in the Welsh mountains sounds idyllic.

But then their first guest arrives.
Selena is the last person Kirsty wants to see.  It’s seventeen years since she tore everything apart.

Why has she chosen now to walk back into Kirsty’s life?
Is Selena running from something too?
Or is there an even darker reason for her visit?

Because Kirsty knows that once you invite trouble into your home, it can be murder getting rid of it . . .

Do Not Disturb is available in ebook and paperback now, purchase your copy here.

My Review:

Claire Douglas has written another fantastic book which is really thrilling, deliciously creepy and utterly brilliant.

From the start I was drawn into the story with a fantastic opening chapter.  The general atmosphere in the book makes you think anything could happen at any time which kept me on my toes.  The pace is quite fast from the beginning and got faster throughout the book as the story progressed.

As I might have mentioned I love the idea of starting anew somewhere and running a B&B really appeals to me so I felt for Kirsty when her dreams started to go wrong.  The fact she tries hard to hold everything together and keep everyone happy made me warm to her as did her obvious love for her kids.  I found myself hoping for a good ending for her even though I had a feeling early on that this wouldn’t happen.

The book goes back and forth between time periods, gradually building up a picture of the characters and their history.  There were lots of twists and turns which definetly kept me on my toes as some were very unexpected.

This is the fifth book by this author and the fifth I’ve read.  I’m so excited that her stories keep getting better and better.

Huge thanks to Katie from Michael St Joseph for my copy of this book and for inviting me onto the blog tour. If you like fast paced, creepy thrillers you’ll love this book.

About The Author:

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Claire Douglas has worked as a journalist for fifteen years writing features for women’s magazines and national newspapers, but she’s dreamed of being a novelist since the age of seven. She finally got her wish after winning the Marie Claire Debut Novel Award, with her first novel, The Sisters, which was followed by Local Girl Missing and Last Seen Alive, both Sunday Times bestsellers. She lives in Bath with her husband and two children.

#BlogTour: Bad by Chloé Esposito @ChloeJEsposito @MichaelJBooks @BUTKatie

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Book Synopsis:
She stole the life she wanted. Now someone wants to steal it back . . . 

Alvie Knightly may be waking up in the Ritz, but her life is no bed of roses.

Firstly, she has the mother of all hangovers.

Secondly, her beautiful, spoiled twin sister Beth has just been found dead in Sicily – and the police want Alvie for questioning.

And thirdly, Alvie’s hot new boyfriend has vanished with every penny of the millions they stole from Beth.

But he picked the wrong girl to mess with.

Alvie will pursue her ex to Rome in a game of cat and mouse that only one of them can survive.

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned . . .

But can Alvie get revenge before her crimes catch up with her?

Bad is also to buy now and you can purchase a copy here.

My Review:

Bad is another fabulous glimpse into the madcap life of Alvie.  If possible I enjoyed this book even more than the first as I was more aware of what the book was about and the style it was written in.

This is definitely one of those books that you have to just go with the flow as otherwise you could end up very confused.  The book is so fast paced and has a lot of a action in it that seems to happen all at once so it’s difficult to catch your breath at times.  It’s a huge whirlwind of sex, money and drugs which was higher enjoyable.

I didn’t particularly warm to Alvie in the first book but I actually warmed to her in this one which surprised me.  She comes across a lot more confident and seems to have found her ideal career as a hit women.  She’s also very funny and often had me in stitches with her witty remarks and fabulous descriptions.  Alvie calls a space a spade and I really loved her for it.  I actually found myself feeling a little sorry for her at times about losing the money and a guy she was really i to do found myself cheering her along on her journey to get it back, which was an huge whirlwind of an adventure!

Some of the content in the book is quite risque and the author doesn’t hold back from describing things as they are.  If you are easily offended this might not be the book for you.

This is the second book in the series but I do think that it could be read as a standalone as the first book is recapped quite well at the beginning.

Huge thanks to Katie from Michael St Joseph for inviting me onto the blog tour and for my copy of this book.  If you like fun, sexy and different books  then you’ll love this series.

About The Author:

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Chloé Esposito is from Cheltenham and now lives in London. She has a BA and MA in English from Oxford University, where her dissertation focused on 19th-century feminist writers. She has been a senior management consultant, an English teacher at two of the UK’s top private schools and a fashion stylist at Condé Nast. She is a graduate of the Faber Academy and is now writing full-time.

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#BlogTour: The Promise by Michelle Vernal @MichelleVernal @rararesources #ThePromise

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Book Synopsis:

Two women from different generations brought together by another’s wrongdoing.

When British backpacker, Isabel Stark happens across a car accident on a lonely stretch of road in the South Island of New Zealand her life changes forever. The sole passenger, Ginny Havelock asks her to make a promise before she passes away—to find Constance and to say she’s sorry.
Isabel’s a lost soul who’s been drifting through life unsure of where she fits, and the promise she made in New Zealand haunts her upon her return to the United Kingdom. Her only clue as to finding Constance lies within a conversation held at Ginny’s funeral. It takes her to the Isle of Wight.
In the 1940’s sixteen-year-old Constance’s life on her island is sheltered until the death of her brother; Ted brings the reality of war crashing down around her. He leaves behind his pregnant young widow Ginny. When Constance meets a handsome Canadian Airforce man, she’s eager to escape her grief and be swept up by first love. It’s a love which has ramifications she could never envisage.
When Isabel and Constance’s paths finally cross will Ginny’s last words be enough for Constance to make peace with her past? And in fulfilling her promise will Isabel find a place she can call home?

My Review:

The Promise is a beautifully written book about how one woman’s past can help another woman’s present.

It was lovely to read about the journey Isabel finds herself on discovering the tragic love story that happenned. I enjoyed reading about how the investigation into the past helped Isabel get better and helped her to sort through things.

It did take me a few chapter to get into this book mainly as the chapters are fairly short and the quick timeline switch took a little while to get into but after that I was hooked.  I discovered I really kijli the characters, especially Isabel and I wanted to keep reading to find out if she got the answers she wanted.

This is the first book by this author I have read and I’d definitely be interested in reading more from her.  Huge thanks to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for my copy of this book and for inviting me onto the blog tour.

About The Author:

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Michelle Vernal live’s in the garden city of Christchurch, New Zealand. She’s always written, but it was only after her first son was born that she decided to attend a creative writing course at Canterbury University. Oh the guilt dropping him at pre-school so she could learn the basics of story writing, but oh the joy of having conversation to contribute other than the price of nappies that week! The first piece she ever penned post course was published by a New Zealand parenting magazine. She went on to write humorous; opinion styled pieces of her take on parenting, but when the necessity for being politically correct got too much, she set myself the challenge of writing a novel. Six books later and a publishing deal with Harper Impulse here she is.

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#BlogTour: Open Your Eyes by Paula Daly @PaulaDalyAuthor @TransworldBooks @annecater #OpenYourEyes #RandomThingsTours

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Book Synopsis:

Haven’t we all wanted to pretend everything is fine?

Jane doesn’t like confrontation. Given the choice, she’d prefer to focus on what’s going well, the good things in life.

But when her husband, Leon, is brutally attacked in the driveway of their home, in front of their two young children, Jane has to face reality. As he lies in a coma, Jane must open her eyes to the problems in her life, and the secrets that have been kept from her, if she’s to find out who hurt her husband – and why.

Maybe it’s time to face up to it all. Who knows what you might find . . .

Open Your Eyes by Paula Daly is available in all forms now and you can purchase your copy here.

My Review:

Ive been a huge fan of Paula Daly for a while and boy oh boy does she know how to write a good thriller!

The thing the most struck me about Open Your Eyes was how realistic it seemed.  This is a story that seemed like it could actually happen, to anyone at any time which was a little freaky to realise and will make me look over my shoulders when on my drive way in future! The little, everyday, disputes that the author includes at the beginning were a brilliantly addition to the narrative as they helped add to the tension and the aforementioned real feel of the book.  I’ve had these arguements with my husband and similar ones, regarding parking, with our neighbours.  It did make me chuckle to read about how Jane and Leon dealt with things.

I warmed to Jane from the start and she was my favourite character in the book.  She seemed to be a woman with a big heart who obvious loves her kids and tries to be nice to her neighbours.when possible.  The reader is privy to her personal thought in the book and they, along with her observations are often hilarious which helps bring some light relief to the book.

This was a gripping read for me which I couldn’t put down.  I found myself sneaking away from the kids, desperate to read a few more pages.  There are numerous twists and turns throughout the book which I didn’t guess and kept me on my toes.  The tantalising way everything is revealed is brilliantly done and I was on the edge of my seat trying to find out where the story was going to go.

Paula Daly is the author of six books and I’m proud to say I’ve read them all.  She is fast becoming one of my favourite authors as when you read one of her books you knowing you are going to get a fantastic read!

Huge thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Transworld books for my copy of this book.  If you like realistic, gripping thrillers that you can’t put fodo you’ll love this book.

About The Author:

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Paula Daly is the critically acclaimed author of four novels. Her work has been sold in fifteen countries, shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger Crime Novel of the Year, and her books are currently being developed for television. She was born in Lancashire and lives in the Lake District with her husband, three children and whippet Skippy.

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#BlogTour: The Unlikely Heroics Of Sam Holloway @headlinepg @annecater @rhysthomashello #UnlikelyHeroics #RandomThingsTours

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Good evening everyone! I’m thrilled to be on the blog tour for this wonderful book tonight.  Huge thanks to the lovely Anne for understanding when I was unable to post earlier due to one child going on antibiotics, one having potential chicken pox and not being able to type due to a very painful hand with infected excema.  As someone said it never rains it pours.  I’m typing with one finger so apologies for any typos.

Book Synopsis:

Sam Holloway has survived the worst that life can throw at you. But he’s not really living. His meticulous routines keep everything nice and safe – with just one exception…

Three nights a week, Sam dons his superhero costume and patrols the streets. It makes him feel invincible – but his unlikely heroics are getting him into some sticky, and increasingly dangerous, situations.

Then a girl comes into his life, and his ordered world is thrown into chaos … and now Sam needs to decide whether he can be brave enough to finally take off the mask.

Both hilarious and heart-warming, this is a story about love, loneliness, grief, and the life-changing power of kindness.

The Unlikely Heroics Of Sam Holloway is available now in ebook and paperback, you can buy a copy of both here.

My Review:

Wow this was a gorgeous book.  It managed to be heartbreaking and heart warming at the same time.

Firstly it’s hard not to fall in love with Sam.  I knew I liked him from the first page and soon fell in love with his unique personality and his way of looking at things.  He’s such a sweet, geeky character that I just wanted to wrap him in cottonwool and give him a hug.  I loved his misguided attempts to be a superhero and how he ends up helping a few of them as I felt this really showed the type of person he was.  Throughout the book Sam shares some parts of his childhood with the reader which are heartbreaking to read about.  I was always the odd one out at school so I really felt for Sam at these moments.

This is just the perfect book to sink into and lose yourself in for a few hours.  Sam’s fairly organised and normal (superhero antics aside) life is rocked by a girl’s arrival.  It was fantastic to read about his journey into the unknown and his attempts to let his guard down.  This wasn’t a particularly fast paced book but it was a hugely enjoyable one that would make a great book club read as I think there will be lots to discuss.

Huge thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Headline my copy of this book.

About The Author:

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Hi, I’m Rhys and it’s nice to meet you. I’m a writer from Wales and have to date published three novels. My most recent is The Unlikely Heroics of Sam Holloway – a story about a boy called Sam, his superhero alter ego The Phantasm, and a girl called Sarah.

My other two books are The Suicide Club, which is a coming of age story set in 2004, and On The Third Day, an apocalyptic adventure story that imagines a disease that dissolves hope – a kind of old school,  Old Testament kind of apocalypse that exists beyond science.

I live in a city called Cardiff with my partner Amy (who is a much more successful writer than I am) and my three cats, Henry, Sheldon and Aniseed.

In the day time I work at Cardiff University’s School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, helping the incredible researchers there get the word out about what they’re doing. They inspire me every single day.

Twitter, Insta, FB: @rhysthomashello

http://www.rhysthomashello.com

 

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#PromoTour: One Endless Summer by Laurie Ellingham @laurieellingham @rararesources #99pEbook #EndlessSummer

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Good morning everyone I’m pleased to be on the promo tour for One Endless Summer by Laurie Ellingham today.

The One Endless Summer ebook is at the fantastic price of 99p this summer, perfect for downloading and reading on the beach or by the sea!  You can put your copy of the ebook, or paperback, by clicking on the ‘buy’ link below.

To try and entice you further, here is a little bit about the book.

Book Synopsis:

Three best friends.
Three continents.
Three months to live.

How long can you keep a secret?

Three best friends are embarking on an all-expenses paid trip of their dreams. The only catch? Every moment will be documented on film.

Lizzie is finally ready to embrace adventure for the very first time. It’s their last three months together, but it is Lizzie’s time to finally start living!

Jaddi is known for her stunning looks, flirtatious attitude and many conquests. But Jaddi has a secret and on this last trip together she needs to decide whether her best friends will ever know the real her.

Samantha has always been the ‘grown up’ of the group, the one with a five year plan. What Lizzie and Jaddi don’t know is that Sam is trapped, and her perfect life isn’t quite what it seems…

As they trek across the globe Lizzie, Jaddi and Samantha must come to terms with loss, love and trusting one another. But will it all be too late…

‘Speechless at just how breathtaking this book really is.’
Rachel Gilbey

’Mind-blowing, enchanting, heart-breaking, moving, spell-binding and emotional.’
The Writing Garnet

’This is a remarkable book, incredibly uplifting. The perfect summer read.’ Brew and Books Review

About The Author:

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When I am not running around after my two children, my husband, our cockerpoo Rodney, or just plain running, I love nothing more than disappearing into the fictional world of my characters, preferably with a large coffee and a slab of chocolate cake to hand.

I have a First Class degree in Psychology and a background in Public relations, both of which help me in everything I do.

Thank you for your interest. You can follow me on Twitter – @laurieellingham – find me on Facebook – Laurie Ellingham Author – visit my website – http://www.laurie-ellingham.com – or email me at info@laurie-ellingham.com

 

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#BlogTour: The Girl In The Letter by Emily Gunnis @EmilyGunnis @headlinepg @annecater #TheGirlInTheLetter #RandomThingsTours

 

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Book Synopsis: 

A heartbreaking letter. A girl locked away. A mystery to be solved.

1956. When Ivy Jenkins falls pregnant she is sent in disgrace to St Margaret’s, a dark, brooding house for unmarried mothers. Her baby is adopted against her will. Ivy will never leave.

Present day. Samantha Harper is a journalist desperate for a break. When she stumbles on a letter from the past, the contents shock and move her. The letter is from a young mother, begging to be rescued from St Margaret’s. Before it is too late.
Sam is pulled into the tragic story and discovers a spate of unexplained deaths surrounding the woman and her child. With St Margaret’s set for demolition, Sam has only hours to piece together a sixty-year-old mystery before the truth, which lies disturbingly close to home, is lost for ever…

Read her letter. Remember her story…

The Girl In The Letter is available in ebook and paperback now, the ebook is currently the only 99p.  You can purchase a copy of both here.

My Review:

Wow this was a stunning read! I really can’t believe this was a debut novel, the book is so well written and paced perfectly that makes it very hard to put down.  I instantly felt involved in the characters lives and stories and wanted to know more about them.

This is an incredibly poignant and emotional story made even more so because it is true.  The events in this book actually happened, unmarried women were treated this way and their babies were taken from that which is truly heartbreaking to read about.  The mind boggles as to how these people got away with this awful treatment of so many young women and worse how their loved ones let it happen.  The author has clearly done her research into these homes and doesn’t sugar coat anything for the reader,  which might be a bit if a trigger for some people.  J certainly found myself crying at parts.  I thought, niavely, that such stuff only happened in Ireland so I was shocked to learn it was common in England too.

This story is very gripping and their were lots of twists which surprised me and made me keep reading long into the night.  Sam’s investigation was well described and I really enjoyed reading about her emotional journey.  Sam handled the situation with great sensitivity but didn’t allow herself to be put off the story which I really admired about her.

As mentioned above, this unbelievably is Emily’s debut novel and I really look forward to reading more from her.  I will definitely be recommending this book to everyone as I think it is a very important book for everyone to read.

Huge thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Headline for my copy of this book via Netgalley.  If you like gripping, emotional reads about a harrowing part of Britain’s history then you’ll love this book.

About The Author:

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I’ve wanted to be an author since my mum, Penny Vincenzi, got her first book deal when I was 13. We’d spend hours walking and talking about the worlds her characters inhabited and unpicking any plot dead ends she’d found herself in. I absolutely loved it – this is what I wanted to do!Fast forward 30 years and I’ve discovered it’s a great deal harder than my mother made it look! But still, here I am.

After graduating I wrote scripts and had two episodes of BBC Doctors commissioned but didn’t like all the input from Script Editors and Producers. So, while I worked in various PA jobs I decided to go for it and just kept learning as much as I could until I sold my debut novel, The Girl in the Letter, which is published on eBook on 1st August 2018 and paperback in April 2019. I really hope you enjoy it, and my follow-up novel which I’m busy researching now!

I live in Sussex with my husband Steve and our two beautiful girls, Grace and Eleanor.

If you’d like to get in touch please visit me on Twitter @EmilyGunnis, Instagram @emilygunnis and Facebook @emilygunnisauthor.

And if you do read my book, I’d love to know what you think.

Keep reading!

Love Emily x

 

(Biography taken from Amazon author page)

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#BlogTour: Sunset Over The Cherry Orchard by Jo Thomas @jo_thomas01 @headlinepg @annecater #CherryOrchard #RandomThingsTours #PureEscapism

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Good morning I’m very excited to be kicking off the blog tour for Sunset Over The Cherry Orchard by Jo Thomas.

Sunset Over The Cherry Orchard will be published on the 9th August in ebook and paperback.  You can pre-order your copy here.

Book Synopsis:

It’s time for Beti Winter to dance to her own beat.

After three failed engagements Beti is in desperate need of a fresh start. What better place than the sun-drenched hills of southern Spain?

But it’s not all sangria and siestas. Beti finds work on an old Andalusian cherry farm where there are cherries to be picked, trees to be watered and her fiery boss, Antonio, to win over.

As the sun toasts her skin, Beti finds herself warming to the Spanish way of life. Embracing the art of flamenco, she discovers there is much to learn from the dance of passion. She just has to let loose and listen to the rhythm of her heart.

My Review

Sunset Over The Cherry Orchard is a book of wonderful escapism which was a great summer read for me.

As I might have mentioned before, moving away and starting anew has always appealed to me, so I really enjoyed following Beti’s journey as she tries to start a new life in Spain.  The author has a fabulous way of describing the scene so I can really imagine it in your mind.  I loved the descriptions of sunny Spain and the beautiful sounding Cherry Orchard.  It sounds like a great place to live and work and I found myself a little jealous of Beti getting to be there.

I really liked Beti, she was definitely a character that it’s easy to get behind.  At the beginning I felt for her as it must have been very hard to see your dreams go up in smoke, especially when it’s because of someone close to you.  I felt she was very brave picking herself up and starting again in a new place.  I especially loved the descriptions of her learning flamenco dancing as it’s something that I’ve always been a little fascinated by and I’d love to try.

This is a fantastic book to just relax and fully lose yourself in.  I quickly warmed to Beti and I wanted to keep reading to find out what happens to her.  As mentioned above I also loved the setting and wanted to drink in as much of Cherry Orchard Farm as I could.

This is the first book by this author that I have read and it definitely won’t be my last as I really enjoyed reading it.

Huge thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Headline for sending me a copy of this book.  If you like books that offer pure escapism with some wonderful descriptions and brilliant characters then you’ll love this book.

About The Author:

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Jo Thomas worked for many years as a reporter and producer, first for BBC Radio 5, before moving on to Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and Radio 2’s The Steve Wright Show. In 2013 Jo won the RNA Katie Fforde Bursary. Her debut novel, The Oyster Catcher, was a runaway bestseller in ebook and was awarded the 2014 RNA Joan Hessayon Award and the 2014 Festival of Romance Best Ebook Award. Jo lives in the Vale of Glamorgan with her husband and three children.

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