Book Review: The Moon Almanac A Month-by-Month Guide to the Lunar Year by Judith Hurrell #TheMoonAlmanac @Summersdale @JudeHurrell @RandomTTours

Synopsis

When can you spot the Hunter’s Moon, a Smiling Moon or a Pink Moon? How can the phases of the moon help your garden grow?
What influence does the full moon have on hamsters, coral and skylarks?

Navigate the rhythms of the night sky with this evocative collection of poetry, prose and precious wisdom. Illuminating the moon’s influence on the natural world and its depiction in folklore and the arts, The Moon Almanac will open your eyes to the wonders of our brightest celestial neighbour.

My Review

As someone who is spiritual, who is fascinated by the moon, can spend many hours staring at it and who is woken naturally when there is a full moon in the sky, I find myself wanting to learn more about it. When I received an e-mail about this book I jumped at the chance to be on the blog tour. I have been looking for an almanac like this for a while but was unsure where to start, especially as the books I have seen on this topic I have not bonded with but this changed when I saw this book.

The book is packed full of information some of which was familiar to me but a lot of which was new to me. The book starts with a short introduction on how to use the book, a chapter explaining the phases of the moon and the remaining chapters represent the months in the year and the role the moon plays in each month. I loved how there was information on the importance of the moon in different cultures, religions and traditions. This is a book that can be read in one sitting or used as a reference guide throughout the year, which is how I will be using it. I loved that the book was full of information, gorgeous illustrations and poetry.

This is a lovely little hardback book that would make the perfect gift for those who want to learn more about the moon, the lunar cycle or for those who are spiritual or would like to explore their spiritual side.

Author Bio

Judith Hurrell is a freelance writer who lives in Buckinghamshire. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her in nature, going on about the sky, the sea, the earth and the trees to her family and dogs. She was inspired to write this book after joining a women’s circle, which meets every month to mark and celebrate the 12 phases of the lunar cycle.

Book Review: Knightfall by Ann Denton @AnnDentonAuthor @KellyALacey @lovebookstours @igbooktours

Synopsis

Want to kill my sister? You’ll have to go through me first.

I will stop you.

Even if it means I have to go back to the palace.

Even if it means I have to take back the crown I left behind.

Even if it means I have to face the four men I left at the altar.

I will take on them and their anger.

I will take on anything to save Avia.

Because the kingdom needs her.

The kingdom needs a good queen.

Not a cursed one. Not me.

If I can’t save her, then the kingdom will fall. Because I can’t rule.

I’m a walking death sentence for anyone who gets too close…

If you like romance, mystery, and laughter, this book will keep you up all night. Get it today!

Buy Links https://amzn.to/3ndJ0H8

My Review

Princess Bloss is the heir of the kingdom of Evaness, but is currently working as a waitress having used a spell to disguise who she truly is. Bloss ran away from Evaness 4 years ago and two days before her coronation as Queen of Evaness. Not only did Bloss run away from her kingdom and her destiny but she also left behind her four soon to be husbands/knights who were chosen by her mother each for their unique qualities. Her husbands/knights included Quinn the spymaster, Connor the son of a Duke and Bloss’ best friend, Ryan the half giant and a general in the Evaness army and Declan the half human half fae. When Bloss hears a plot to kill her sister Princess Avia she knows she must save her sister. When Bloss returns to Evaness her mother arranges a bonding spell to stop Bloss leaving again and the spell cast means that she has to always be within five metres of one of her husbands. Bloss’ goal is to save her sister, give her sister the throne and free herself from the bonding spell. Will Bloss succeed?

Having read some of the author’s other books I was really looking forward to this one and I was not disappointed. There is something about the way the author writes that grabs you from the first page, captures your attention and pulls you into a new world. The world building was amazing and full of magic. As a main character I loved Bloss. She is a bad ass; confident, sassy, fiery, feisty but at the same time she is smart and intelligent. She knows what’s best for her kingdom on an everyday scale but also on a larger political scale. I found Bloss’ power once it was revealed very fascinating as she has the power to transfer the feeling of peace to others. Although it sounded like quite a pleasant power the effects on Bloss herself when she used it was devastating.

As for her husbands/knights it’s hard to choose one over the other and it’s easy to see why Bloss doesn’t have a preference. Each husband has their own unique quality and as the story progresses she bonds with each one individually. One thing is certain each husband cares for Bloss deeply. Knightfall is a reverse harem book which was intense and did include some spicy moments. The book ending on a jaw dropping cliff hanger so I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

If you love fantasy books then you need to add this to your list.

Book Review: The Return of Hester Lynton by Tony Evans #ReturnOfHesterLynton @tonyevansUK @lume_books @RandomTTours

Synopsis

Victorian England’s most celebrated lady detective returns in ten new brain-teasing mysteries.

With scheming fraudsters, corrupt doctors, devious forgers and terrible murderers afoot, Hester Lynton, and her trustworthy assistant Ivy Jessop, have their work cut out for them. But amidst the dirt and deprivation of 1800s London, our investigative duo will stop at nothing to catch their criminals.

The Return of Hester Lynton is a collection of ten absorbing cosy detective stories, perfect for fans of Sherlock Holmes, Mrs Gladden and the Lady Hardcastle mysteries.

My Review

Do you like detective stories set in the Victorian era then look no further because this is the book for you.

This is a book of ten short stories which follow detective Hester Lynton and her assistant and colleague Ivy Jessop as they investigate cases brought to them by members of the public and the police. Not to forget Mrs Parsons the house keeper. Each story was fascinating, absorbing and cleverly written. Hester and Ivy deal with a variety of cases involving helping a client obtain their inheritance which involved the use of a book code, missing people, missing jewellery, a famous painting, and famous people including Oscar Wilde. As these are short stories you could read one per day or if you’re like me the book can be read in one sitting as I was captivated by the writing and intrigued by the cases. At times it felt like I was investigating the cases alongside Hester and Ivy. I have to say that I loved both Hester and Ivy. They are clever, strong, independent women. I have always been a fan of Sherlock Holmes and I always wondered what if Sherlock Holmes and Mr Watson had been female. My questions had been answered in Hester and Ivy as they are exactly what I had imagined.

I definitely want to read more about Hester, Ivy and more from this author as I am now a firm fan of the characters, stories and the author. This is a book that I will definitely be reading again.

Author Bio

Tony Evans is a full-time writer. His print publications include eighteen adaptations of classic novels published by Real Reads Ltd. His eBooks include the Hester Lynton mystery series and the Jonathan Harker mystery series. Tony has also written student guides for Hamlet, Dracula and The Murder of Roger Ackroyd: all published by ZigZag Education. He lives with his wife in the Yorkshire Dales.
Follow him on Twitter: @tonyevansUK

Book Review: Beauty And The Reclusive Millionaire by Rachael Stewart @rach_b52 @rararesources @HarlequinBooks

Synopsis

An unforgettable Greek escape…with the man she never forgot!

A-list actress Catherine Wilde has it all, but behind closed doors she is fighting personal battles. So the chance to escape to the private Greek island of her best friend’s brother, Alaric, offers the tranquility she craves. Except seeing Alaric again sets her heart rate soaring. Life might have changed him, but he can still make her feel alive—and when the torch she once held for him reignites, it’s impossible to ignore!

Purchase Link – https://mybook.to/BeautyAndRecluse

My Review

Meet Catherine Wilde, a famous actress and known to the world as Kitty. In order to escape current news about her that is spreading like wildfire she escapes to a private Greek island which is owned by her best friend’s brother Alaric. Alaric and Catherine use to be very close but drifted apart. She became an actress and moved to LA and Alaric was involved in an accident and following that he locked himself away from the world on his own private island. Catherine has been tasked by his sister to check on him and to try and bring him back to his family and friends, a world he is now estranged from. Catherine and Alaric have not seen each other in 10 years, how will they react to seeing each other again and spending time together on a secluded island?

From the first page I was swept away to an amazing Greek island filled with everything I would love i.e. sun, warmth, an amazing house, good food and a handsome book boyfriend. I adored the connection between Catherine and Alaric. There was just something about them from their first meeting that just made sense and it was clear that there was a deep connection between them even though they’d not spoken in years. Catherine and Alaric are very similar. He has closed himself away from the world and Catherine is surrounded by people but she herself is truly lonely. Both of them have scars from recent events both physical and metaphorical and are trying to heal themselves and each other. Catherine although confident shows her vulnerable side but only to Alaric who she quickly realises is a tortured soul and a shadow of his former self. So it becomes her mission to find glimpses of the old Alaric that she fondly remembers. Alaric’s house sounded amazing and the fact that he had a library as well was a bonus. I mean the man had his own private island and a library, what more could a girl want!

This was a truly amazing read that gave me Beauty and the Beast vibes from the outset and as that is one of my favourite films I knew I would love this book. The storyline was on point, the characters had intense chemistry and the location was perfect. I read this book in a few hours because frankly I just couldn’t put it down and I wanted to know what would happen next. I was cheering the characters on from the outset.

If like me you love romance novels that will sweep you away then I would highly recommend this book and its author!

Author Bio

Rachael Stewart adores conjuring up stories, from heartwarmingly romantic to wildly erotic. She’s been writing since she could put pen to paper as the stacks of scrawled-on pages in her loft will attest to. A Welsh lass at heart, she now lives in Yorkshire with her very own hero and three awesome kids, and if she’s not tapping out a story, she’s wrapped up in them or enjoying the great
outdoors.

Social Media Links:
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Book Review: Toni’s Blind Date By Rosie Dean @RosieDeanAuthor @rararesources

Synopsis

Toni Spielman and Will Thomas have no plans to date — anyone — but when fate throws them together on a TV dating show, they have to smile, pretend, and rethink their plans.

Purchase Link – mybook.to/Tonis_Blind_Date

My Review

Toni’s dad produces a dating show and she is working as a production assistant to help out. Will is a contestant and after a blip before the show starts Toni has to fill in as a contestant. When they are matched Toni and Will set off for a romantic holiday skiing in Val Thorens where they get to know each other. Can Toni and Will find love in front and behind the cameras?

As soon as I picked up this book I felt like I was reading about an episode of Blind Date which is a show I truly loved. I liked the fact that the setting of this book was around a dating show which made it unique for me and fun to read. This was an easy read which I enjoyed picking up after a long day at work. The storyline was well written and I really liked the characters of Will and Toni. Both are nursing broken hearts after splitting from their partners and in Toni’s case she has been through an event that she is still struggling to cope with. The romance between the two characters was just so sweet. One of my favourite parts was when they managed to escape the cameras and finally spend some time together.

The perfect romance novel to read on a weekend!

Author Bio

Rosie writes romantic fiction with a sense of humour and, sometimes, a sense of the ridiculous; because we all know life and love aren’t exactly how we’d like them to be.

She has won a Readers’ Choice Award from Ancient City Romance Authors (part of Romance Writers of America) and been a finalist in the 2017 Maggie Awards for Excellence.

Before writing novels, Rosie wrote training courses and marketing copy for the corporate world – a far cry from teaching Art and Pottery, where her career began.
She lives on the Isle of Wight, within sight and sound of the sea, with her partner and her dog.

Social Media Links –
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Facebook http://www.facebook.com/RosieDeanWriter
Twitter http://twitter.com/RosieDeanAuthor
Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/RosieDean
Amazon (Author Page) http://www.amazon.com/Rosie-Dean/e/B00GML9CU0
BookBub http://www.bookbub.com/authors/rosie-dean
Pinterest https://www.pinterest.co.uk/RosieDeanAuthor/isle-of-wight/

Book Review: Batting For Charlie by Belinda E. Edwards @BooksByBelinda @lovebooksgroup @lovebookstours

Synopsis

At 23, India may be starting out in the world of work, but she has talent and big ambitions. So when the opportunity comes along to lead on a project for a new client, she throws herself into it. With so many opinions about what she should do, will she ever find her own way forward?

Can India keep her cool and work out who is or isn’t supporting her? Can she survive both professionally and romantically?

Professional cricketer Charlie leaps at the chance to take on some promotional work for a new start-up fitness brand to fill the gap in his finances. But it means having to confront his past and work with someone he may not have had the best start with. He has his own family worries going on and he doesn’t really have the time for anything else in his life.

Can he stay out of the tabloids long enough to keep his promises? Can he start again with India?

Life is a challenge when love comes with the job.

My Review

India works as a PA at Bentley & Bentley. When they are approached to support the launch of a new product called Gym Away and are looking for a sports person to promote it, India inadvertently blurts out the name of Charlie Robertson a famous cricketer. Charlie aka Charlie Whiskey Romeo isn’t a stranger to India. She first met him at a New Year’s Eve party some years ago and due to a misunderstanding they never spoke again. Now they will be spending more time together on the project will they become closer? Can India make the project a success?

I really enjoyed this book. There’s something about a second chance romance that I truly love and is a genre that I will never be tired of. I loved the storyline, it was well structured and included some surprises along the way. To start with it took me a while to warm to India but I gained a whole new respect for her when she stood up for herself in the meeting in front of her boss and basically said it as it was. It’s very clear that she wasn’t appreciated in her job and the talent she bought to the organisation which her colleagues saw as a threat. Charlie just sounded perfect: sweet, caring, strong and dreamy. The chemistry between Charlie and India was just so cute and was clearly there despite the fact they’d not talked properly for years. I adored the text messages that they would send each other and the way Charlie would take care of India was so adorable even when India was trying to put distance between them.

A must for fans of second chance romances and no you don’t need to know anything about cricket to love the story.

Book Review: Snow-Kissed Proposals by Jenni Fletcher and Elisabeth Hobbes #snowkissedproposals @JenniAuthor @ElisabethHobbes @rararesources

Synopsis

A snowy Victorian Christmas – Two festive short stories!

In The Christmas Runaway by Jenni Fletcher: wilful, independent heiress, Fiona MacKay, impulsively runs away to a remote Scottish tower where she’s trapped in the snow with equally headstrong, deliciously dishevelled Angus Drummond.

In Their Snowbound Reunion by Elisabeth Hobbes: fifteen years ago, Amy Munroe and Anthony Matthews were cruelly parted, and each blames the other. When Amy becomes Anthony’s new housekeeper, their passion is reawakened!

Purchase Link – getbook.at/SnowKissedProposals

My Review

In The Christmas Runaway, Fiona is visiting her friend Mhairi at Windy Towers in Aberdeen when she comes across Angus. Fiona’s first impression of Angus is that he is dishevelled; a drunkard and nothing close to a gentleman. Angus’ first impression of Fiona is that she’s uppity, prim and proper. It quickly transpires that Angus is Mhairi’s brother and when they are both stranded together during a heavy snow storm will they find common ground.

I am a big fan of Jenni Fletcher because she’s a brilliant author. This was a smashing read and I loved everything about it. It’s a story where two characters form an opinion on the other based solely on their first meeting. They both definitely judge a book by its cover. I liked both Fiona and Angus as characters especially because they both challenge each other’s opinions and behaviour.

In Their Snowbound Reunion, Amy and Anthony were more than mere acquaintances when he abruptly left and Amy was heartbroken to find out he’d become engaged to another woman. 15 years later, Amy as a housekeeper in the home of Anthony’s late aunt which he has just inherited on the understanding that their paths will never cross. When Anthony pays an unexpected visit how will they react to seeing each other and will the truth of what happened 15 years ago that ore them apart finally come to light.

I was really intrigued to find out more about how and why Amy and Anthony became estranged which was slowly revealed throughout the book. To begin with they both seemed to dance around the subject, each thinking that it was the other who was at fault until the truth was finally revealed. Elizabeth Hobbes is a new author to me but I would really like to read more from her as this was a brilliant read.

On the whole I really enjoyed both of these short stories and although I say short stories they did feel like full length novels in their own right. I loved the characters, storylines and settings. There was clearly tension between the two couples when they first meet. In Fiona and Angus’ case there was an enemies to lovers concept and in Amy and Anthony’s case there was a second chance romance concept.

A book to read on a cosy winter night at Christmas.

Author Bio

Jenni Fletcher is the award-winning author of 15 historical romances. She has been nominated for 4 RoNA Awards and won the Libertà Books Shorter Romantic Novel Award in 2020. She lives in Yorkshire with her family and can be contacted via Twitter @JenniAuthor.

Elisabeth’s writing career began when she finished in third place in Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write contest in 2013. She was offered a two-book contract and consequently had to admit secret writing was why the house was such a tip. She is the author of numerous historical romances with Harlequin Mills & Boon covering the Medieval period to Victorian England, and a Second World War romantic historical with One More Chapter. She lives in Cheshire because the car broke down there in 1999 and she never left.

Social Media Links –
@JenniAuthor
https://www.facebook.com/JenniFletcherAuthor
@ElisabethHobbes
https://www.facebook.com/ElisabethHobbes

Book Review: On a Night Like This by Lindsey Kelk #onanightlikethis @LindseyKelk @fictionpubteam @RandomTTours

Synopsis

Within days of wishing she could change her life, Fran Cooper is acting assistant to a celebrity, on a yacht in the Mediterranean, and en route to a tiny Italian island and the glittering Crystal Ball, along with the world’s rich and famous.

When she – quite literally – bumps into a handsome American called Evan, a man able to keep his cool in the face of chaos, the magic really begins.

Evan makes her a promise: no last names, no life stories, just one unforgettable night. Yet Evan belongs at the Crystal Ball and Fran is a gatecrasher. They may be soulmates, but their homes are an ocean apart, and their lives a world apart. They’ll never meet again – unless, on a night like this, everything can change forever…

My Review

Fran is stuck in a bit of a rut in both her personal and professional life. When she attends an interview or a temp PA role for a VIP and asks to sign an NDA she doesn’t realise what she’s getting herself into. After she gets the job it transpires that she is to be a PA to the very famous singer Juliette and accompany her to the Crystal Ball where Juliette will be performing. She very quickly realises that Juliette is a bit like Jekyll and Hyde. One minute she’s Fran’s best friend and the next she’s a complete nightmare. Fran has been hired as a glorified babysitter rather than a PA. When Fran attends the Crystal Ball her life will change forever. She is thrown into a world of glitz and glamour. Then she meets Evan. Will Fran find her happily ever after?

I haven’t read a book by this author in a very long time and after reading this book I question why it’s taken me so long to pick up a book by this author. This was the perfect Cinderella read. The storyline was perfect. It was funny, enchanting and heart-warming all at the same time. I looked forward to finishing work every day so I could return to this book. The fairy godmother moment between Fran and Rachel was one of my favourite parts when Fran is getting ready for the Ball. It was very Cinderellaesqe. The dress sounded gorgeous and was topped off with a pair of trainer’s which felt very Fran like and true to something her character would do. Fran has quickly become one of my favourite characters. When Fran meets Evan it was like something straight out of a fairy tale and the time they spent together was so sweet. Evan (big dreamy sigh) sounds like the perfect book boyfriend i.e. dreamy, handsome and funny. My only wish would be to conjure him from the pages of the book.

The Juliette bible sounded brilliant and her drunken antics with Fran had me in fits of laughter. Fran definitely has the patience of a saint when she has to deal with Juliette’s demands. At the same time it was good to see Fran stand up for herself. This is more than just a Cinderella type story; this is Fran’s story of finding out who she really is, putting herself first for a change and not letting people walk all over her. By the end of the book Fran is transformed and we meet a very different version of the character that we were introduced to at the outset.

For all fans of Lindsey Kelk and if you’re not a fan after reading this you will be.

Author Bio

Lindsey Kelk is a Sunday Times bestselling author, podcaster and prolific tweeter. Born and brought up in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, Lindsey has written sixteen novels for adults, including the I Heart series, the Girl series, and the children’s book series, Cinders and Sparks. A fan of lipstick, pro-wrestling and cats, she now lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Jeff, and their two cats.

Book Review: Starry Skies in Ferry Lane Market by Nicola May #starryskiesinferrylanematket @nicolamay1 @rararesources

Synopsis

When Star Bligh got pregnant at the age of sixteen, she thought her life was over. Now thirty-three, mother to Skye and owner of the successful jewellery stall in Ferry Lane Market in Hartmouth, Cornwall, she wouldn’t change a thing about it.

Well, maybe one. A few months ago she fell hard for American visitor Jack, but then he left without even saying goodbye and ever since she has struggled to get him out of her head. Until the handsome, roguish Conor turns up and sweeps her off her feet. But then one day, Star is shocked to bump into Jack. He’s back in Hartmouth to tell her why he left – but is she ready to listen?

As things get more complicated with her love life, another revelation threatens to turn the lovely world she has built for her and Skye upside down. But could this be the one thing that will make it complete?

Purchase Links
UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Starry-Skies-Ferry-Lane-Market/dp/1529346487
US – https://www.amazon.com/Starry-Skies-Ferry-Lane-Market/dp/1529346487

My Review

This book centres around Star who we first meet in Welcome to Ferry Lane Market. Star is the owner of a jewellery shop where she sells and designs her own jewellery. When visiting her mother, her mother consults her tarot cards and crystal ball and she sees two men coming into Star’s life. One that will break her heart and the other that will shake Star’s heart to the core. A few months ago Star had a brief fling with Jack and then he left without contacting her again, he didn’t even say goodbye. This is something that Star has never got over and Jack is never far from her mind. When Conor arrives he quite literally sweeps Star off her feet. But then unexpectedly Jack makes a reappearance. For the first time in many years Star will put herself first. But who will she choose: Jack or Conor and which person will they play in the prophecy.

This is the second book in the Ferry Lane Market series. I read the first book Welcome to Ferry Lane Market in July 2021 and I absolutely adored it. I couldn’t wait to return as it sounds like such a warm and enchanting place. Star was a character that intrigued me from the first book. Star’s shop sounds amazing and definitely a place I would want to visit and I loved her spiritual side. When the reader meets Star’s mother its clear where Star gets her spirituality from. As a character I really liked Star. Although she’s been through a lot i.e. having her daughter Skye when she was 16 years old, the history with Skye’s father and her absentee mother Star comes across as a very strong character who is determined to succeed and make a good life for both herself and her daughter. I loved the relationship that Star has with her Aunt Flo which was adorable as they are more like mother and daughter than Star is with her biological mother. When mentioning Aunt Flo it’s hard to forget about Boris, the swearing budgie who always has something to say even if it’s a tad rude but hilarious. Although the story in this book is about Star there are also other storylines in the background involving other characters which I really enjoyed. As for Jack and Conor they both sounded adorable.

There is a short introduction to the next book in the series Rainbows End in Ferry Lane Market which I can’t wait to read. This book can be read as a standalone however I would highly recommend reading the first book in the series as it is brilliant and it introduces you to characters such as Kara and Billy who featured in the first book.

Author Bio

Nicola May writes ‘chick lit with a kick’ and is the internationally bestselling author of
eleven romantic comedies. All have l appeared in the Kindle bestseller charts. The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay became the best-selling Kindle book in the UK across all genres in January 2019 and March 2020 respectively. It was also the second best-selling eBook of 2019 in the UK. Nicola’s books have also been sold in many languages.
Social Media Links – @nicolamay1 @hodderbooks – Twitter
@author_nicola @hodderbooks Instagram

Book Review: An Italian Scandal by Cecil Cameron #AnItalianScandal #CecilCameron @HarperNorthUK @RandomTTours

Synopsis

A captivating story of romance, passion and adventure set in nineteenth century London and Italy.

London 1859. Carina Temple has put away the stifling black crepe demanded by the death of her father – but with it she has also cast aside society’s expectations of what a single young lady should be and do.

When Carina’s uncle summons her to Belgrave Square to inform her that her reputation is ruined, thanks to a certain Lord Danby, he tells her that she must travel to Italy until the gossip recedes and a suitable match can be found for her.

But Italy is a tempestuous place – her grandmother and cousins soon tell her of the fault lines between the states and the dangerous rebels fighting for freedom. Chief among these is Ben Mavrone – and when he and Carina meet, he distrusts her society pedigree, and she considers him a violent extremist.

When trouble comes to Carina’s door, it is Ben who saves her – reluctantly – and as they go on the run, they must learn to understand each other to stay alive.

Meanwhile back in England, Carina’s family has plans for the life Miss Temple should lead – if she ever returns…

An Italian Scandal is based on Cecil Cameron’s own family history and is perfect for fans of the Bridgerton series.

My Review

18 year old Carina is under the care of her uncle Oliver after the recent death of her father. When Carina’s friendship with Lord Danby (a married man) becomes the gossip of London, Carina’s uncle decodes to send Carina to her maternal grandmother in Palermo, Sicily in the hopes that she can return once the scandal is forgotten about. However, Carina’s stay in Italy will not be a play where she can lay low as Italy is in the midst of the Italian Unification. When Carina meets one of the rebels, Ben her life will never be the same again.

I was really looking forward to reading this book as it was pitched as a historical romance and I really enjoyed it. Carina is a very independent, forward thinking and fiery character so it was hard not to like her. She was like a modern day woman trapped in the body of a character in the 1800s. Carina is a budding poet and I enjoyed getting a glimpse into her poems and what inspires her when she writes. When Carina meets Ben there are clearly sparks between the two. Although they are from different backgrounds they have a recognition in that they both have a rebellious streak. Ben realises from the outset that Carina is like no other woman that he has met and clearly has a mind of her own.

I knew very little about the conflict in Italy at this time, but it was written perfectly. There was enough information to set the scene without making the storyline too heavy. It did prompt me to do some more research into the time the book was set which added more context to the story for me.

A must read for those who enjoy the historical romance genre.

Author Bio

Lady Cecil Cameron OBE grew up on the Scottish border near Jedburgh, daughter of the Marquis and Lady Lothian. Her grandmother came from Naples and is the inspiration behind her writing. Cecil read renaissance history at London University and subsequently worked for Save the Children in Vietnam and the UK. Married to the Chief of Clan Cameron, she was made an OBE in 2002 for services to children.