Philippa Gregory – The Taming of the Queen

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Book Title: The Taming of the Queen

Author: Philippa Gregory

Pages: 425

Blurb: Why would a woman marry a serial killer? Because she cannot refuse?

Kateryn Parr has no choice when Henry VIII – a man who has buried four wives – commands her to marry him.

As a young widow with a secret lover, Kateryn knows full well the danger she faces. But Henry adores his new bride and her trust in him grows as she unties the royal family, creates a radical study circle at the heart of the court, and rules the kingdom as regent.

But is it enough to keep her safe? An independent women with a mind of her own, and the first women to publish under her own name in English, Kateryn is an easy target for those who accuse her of heresy. The punishment is death by fire and the king’s name is on the warrant.

From an author who has described all of Henry’s queens comes a deeply intimate portrayal of the last: a women who longed for passion, power and enlightenment at the court of a medieval killer.

Review: I love reading, watching and learning more about the Tudor era. It is my favourite time in history. I have read many books fiction and non-fiction about the Tudors by a variety of authors. This is my second I have read by Philippa Gregory. The sixth and finally Queen of Henry VIII is not one that I know well. However, after reading this I know have a soft spot for the Queen.

Philippa brings to live the Tudor court in all its glamour, liars, cheaters and lovers. Even with some knowledge of how history plays out the story still keeps you gripped right up until the end. It is just like a thriller but written so you feel intimately involved. This book has also helped me to understand more about the arguments of religion happening at that time. Something that has confused me in the past.

I feel from reading this book that I have gained a better understanding of that time by a cleverly written book, with historical facts written into a story that is fascinating to read.

A must read for all Tudor fans or who love a good historical novel.

Link: See below where you can find this brilliant book and more by Philippa Gregory.

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Alexandra Potter, The Love Dective and Love from Paris

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Book Title: The Love Detective

Author: Alexandra Potter

Pages: 359

Blurb: Meet Ruby Miller. A writer who makes happy-ever-afters happen. Until she discovers her fiancé is a lying cheat and loses her faith in love. So when her sister invites her on a beach holiday to Goa to forget about him, Ruby jumps on a plane…and into an extraordinary adventure.

Stolen bags, a runaway sister and a handsome American stranger sweep Ruby into a magical mystery tour across India. Amid fortresses and fortune tellers, and a whirlwind of weddings, she uncovers fascinating stories of love, lost and found.

But as the mysteries deepen, secrets are revealed that turn Ruby’s life upside down. And what started as a journey to find her sister, becomes a journey to find herself – and love – again.

 

Book Title: Love from Paris

Author: Alexandra Potter

Pages: 360

Blurb: When new boyfriend Jack stands her up at the airport, Ruby Miller dries her tears, jumps on the Eurostar and heads to Paris. She thinks she’s going there to visit an old friend and have a total break from romance. But the city of love has other ideas.

A locked apartment where time has stood still, a bundle of long lasting love letters and a flirtatious French lawyer sweep Ruby into a mystery that spans three0quarters of a century. Who is the author of the letter? Why did the owner of the apartment close up the shutters and flee Paris before the war? And what secret was she hiding?

As the mystery deepens, Ruby turns love detective but it’s not long before the ghosts of the past throw her own love affair into jeopardy.

Review for both books: Alexandra Potter is one of my favourite authors and I have and love all her books. These are her latest and so far a two part series although you can also read them as stand alone novels.

Ruby Miller is a great character, loveable, funny, and smart. She is someone who could be you or me. Someone to relate to.

This story is full of mystery, adventure, surprise and love. The idea of the story captured me. Someone who goes around solving the mystery of love.

The first book The Love Detective is based in India. Alexandra’s writing makes it sound so magical and romantic. India is not somewhere I have wanted to go to but now I do. The story is about Ruby getting over love to find true love with a little magical help from the amazing landscapes and people in India.

The second book Love from Paris is my favourite of the two due to the mystery that is part of the story. Letters found and they tell one half of a love story in a romantic setting kept exactly the same as when the love started in the past. Through solving the mystery and reuniting family, Ruby gains a new understanding of love which in turn helps her romance out.

These a two stories that are perfect for everyone who believes in love or who wants to believe again.

Links for both books: See below where you can find The Love detective to buy and Love from Paris.

A Parcel for Anna Browne

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Book Title: A Parcel for Anna Browne

Author: Miranda Dickinson

Pages: 501

Blurb: Anna Browne is an ordinary woman living an ordinary life. Her day job as a receptionist in bustling London isn’t exactly her dream, yet she has everything she wants. But someone thinks Anna Browne deserves more…

When a parcel addressed to Anna arrives, she has no idea who has sent it. Inside she finds a beautiful gift- one that is designed to be seen. And so begins a series of incredible delivers, each one bringing Anna further out of the shadows and encouraging her to become the women she was designed to be.

As Anna grows in confidence, others begin to notice her – and her life starts to change. But who is sending the mysterious gifts, and why?

Review: This book was a gift and it turned up just like all the parcels Anna receives. December 25th around 6:00 in the morning I looked under the tree and there ready to be opened was a brown parcel with red ribbon. I was excited as it was the size of a book and felt like one too. Once opened I was looking at A parcel for Anna Browne by Miranda Dickinson. The Christmas present was from my mum, who had already read the book and knew I would love it.

I started reading this book straight away, that was my Christmas planned. Once I began reading it was then that I realised the significance of how the parcel had been wrapped. My mum bringing the story to life.

I love a book with a mystery to it and this has one and romance to boot my favourite combination. Throughout the book it keeps you guessing about the identity of the giver, as soon as you think you know then you find out it isn’t that person and you are back to square one, I didn’t get it right and it is such a surprise when you find out who it is.

This book makes you realise that the most simple things can make you happy and bring a confidence into your life that you already had but helps it to the survive. From the beginning to the end Anna Browne is a changed women and all her dreams come true as she made them happen by having the confidence.

Such a feel good book.

Link: Below is where you can buy this book.

 

Our Song by Dani Atkins

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Book Title: Our Song

Author: Dani Atkins

Pages: 503

Blurb: He’s the love of her life. He’s your husband.

David has lived life to the full. He fell in love with Ally at university.

Ally walked away from David at the Snowflake Ball nine years ago and tried to forget. She is now married to Joe.

Charlotte fell in love with David at first sight. She has never forgotten Ally and suspects David feels the same.

Joe fixed Ally’s broken heart and built a family with her.

Four lives, interwoven in many more ways than they know.

Over the course of one night, everything will change.

Review:

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This is a very special book to me, it is the first book that I got a review published in. This happened via Dani Atkins herself, who contacted some of her fans and sent them a copy of the book before publication, she then asked them to submit a few lines reviewing the book. Together with her publisher they would choose some to publish in the final print of the book.

Mine is right at the top! Just a few lines but I am published in a book with my name and I’m so happy. It’s such a reward for being a fan of Dani’s.

Here is my full review of the book.

This is an extraordinary story. Four people, four lives all linked together by the past and brought together in the present which changes their futures forever.

I loved all four characters, all different and so well written they become 4d. The whole book is like that, you really believe you are there with them, watching them act the story out right in front of you. It is a sign of brilliant writing and a great storyteller. All of Dani Atkin’s previous books have been just like that too.

The story follows these four characters in the present and their past, giving you the chance to gain a great understanding of their personal stories and how that will effect the present and future lives. It is a great romance, it will make you laugh in parts and cry in others. It keeps you guessing right up until the end so you have know idea how it will end. The two female characters both love the same man but in different times of their lives. All four of them are brought together by tragedy and however that one night plays out will change their lives and bring them together forever.

My favourite part is when Joe and Ally’s son comes to see Joe and (don’t read this part if you do not want a spoiler) when he says goodbye to his dad. It made me cry. It is such an emotional part of the story and pulls at your heart strings.

This is by far one of my most favourite stories that I have ever read. I am very much looking forward to the next of Dani Atkin’s books.

Link: Buy this book below

Also see my interview with Dani Atkins Here