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“Love’s Legacy” Review

Hello Friends!

I have been away from reviews, and that’s because life has been a crazy mess with good and bad times. I have been reading a lot though and the book I’m reviewing today is part of the good time I had this year.

Love’s Legacy“, written by Natalie Kleinman, is a Historical Romance, published on 9th March 2022.

I want to thank Natalie Kleinman for the eCopy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Synopsis

Can young love heal the wounds of the past…?

When her father — a countryside reverend — dies suddenly, young Patience Worthington is left with no home and little money. In urgent need of support, she is forced to seek out her estranged uncle, a viscount at the vast Worthington Place.

Patience arrives to find that her uncle has died and that the current viscount is her cousin, Gideon. After hearing her plight, he agrees to give her a home on the Worthington estate.

However, when Patience and Gideon learn the cause of the long-standing rift between the two sides of the family, they quickly begin to clash. Now too proud to accept his accept the viscount’s charity, Patience soon leaves Worthington Place to seek shelter with her late mother’s relatives in Bath.

With her kindness and beauty, Patience is an instant success in Bath society and regularly crosses paths with Gideon. Despite their differences, they enjoy each other’s company and form a tentative friendship.

But when dark secrets once again threaten their growing bond, the cousins begin to wonder whether they can ever leave the shadows of the past behind…

Purchase Link: Amazon


About the Author

Natalie’s passion for reading became a compulsion to write when she attended a ten-week course in creative writing some sixteen or so years ago. She takes delight in creating short stories of which more than forty have been published, but it was her lifelong love of Regency romance that led her to turn from contemporary romantic fiction to try her hand at her favourite genre. Raised on a diet of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer, she is never happier than when immersed in an age of etiquette and manners, fashion and intrigue, all combined into a romping good tale. She lives on the London/Kent border, close to the capital’s plethora of museums and galleries which she uses for research as well as pleasure. A perfect day though is when she heads out of town to enjoy lunch by a pub on the river, any river, in company with her husband and friends.

Natalie is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association, the Society of Authors and the Society of Women Writers and Journalists.

Social Media Links: Facebook | Website | Twitter | Instagram


My Review

This isn’t the first novel I have read of the genre (historical romances in a regency setting) nor is it my first Natalie Kleinman’s book. And it was my honor to read and review this story.

Has we follow Patience Worthington, after her life turns upside down when her father – the Reverend in the countryside – dies, we go on a journey of discovery and it’s almost felt like I was her companion, trying to willed her to a good path and going through the journey no matter what.

Then there is Lord Gideon, the handsome new Viscount, that decides to help out Patience by offering her a place to stay. That’s what family does, right?

But things don’t always go well, and that dynamic and excitement of each interaction between the characters, specially Patience and Gideon, was just amazing and got me going.

Natalie Kleinman did a beautiful job in grabbing my attention with the strong personality that Patience had and how the setting took me to a time and place, with some set of rules that are different from what we are used to, and yet, I could understand the characters motivations, and the social dynamics.

I have always enjoyed this author’s writing and creativity with her plots and characters. This book had those elements and I really had a good time in my breaks at work, exactly what I needed it.


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“Her Legendary Highlander” Review

Hello friends!

I know it’s a new year (Happy New Year! Happy 2022!).

I can’t say I’m completely back, but I will try and review more. This year’s first review is of a historical romance I read last year.

“Her Legendary Highlander“, written by Nicole Locke, is a Historical Romance, part of the Lovers and Legends series published on December 2021 by Mills&Boon Historical.

Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Synopsis

Her rugged prisoner

…becomes her fiercest protector

Capturing legendary Highlander Malcolm of Clan Colquhoun was Andreona’s last chance to win her tyrannical father’s respect. Instead he orders them both to be killed! Resigned to her devastating role as the family outcast, she and her prisoner escape and continue on his quest to return a treasured heirloom. They find solace in their unexpected passion, but haunted by a lifetime of betrayals, will either dare to hope it could last beyond their journey?


About the Author

Nicole discovered her first romance novel in a closet, where her grandmother, the godmother in the romance black market, was Nicole is the author of Harlequin/Mills and Boon Lovers and Legends Historical series. If she isn’t working on the next book, she can be reached at NicoleLocke.com, Facebook, and Twitter!


My Review

Nicole Locke has this big series that I have been fascinated by and this book is part of it.

In this novel we follow Highlander Malcolm of Clan Colquhoun and the lovely Andreona. And this enemies-to-lovers romance was different and fun.

I always have a good time reading historical romances because things never go according to plan and that is exciting. To see the characters go from page to page, trying to follow a path for it to completely fall apart.

Finding out about Andreona’s past was interesting because it made her action understandable and it also made me love her more because she felt real. Not only that, but uncovering what was happening with her and the rest of the cast was fantastic. And then there was Malcolm, the a protector.

A rollercoaster of emotions and events in a setting we can only read or dream about, with realist and brilliant characters that grabbed my attention from page one.

Overall, loved the story and it was yet another fantastic book for the series.


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“The Viking’s Stolen Princess” Review

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Ready for another review.

The Viking’s Stolen Princess“, written by Sarah Rodi, is a Historical Romance, published on 25th November 2021, by Mills & Boon/Harlequin.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Sarah Rodi for the eCopy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Synopsis

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A kidnapped royal…

Could be the Viking’s undoing!

After Brand Ivarsson of Kald abducts Anne of Termarth on the eve of her wedding, the Viking’s consumed with only one thing: revenge against her loathsome betrothed. But confronted with the stunning princess, so foreign to his world, Brand’s captivated not only by her beauty, but by her spirit and her kindness. Is Anne his prisoner…or is she the one who’s captured his scarred heart?

Author Content Warning: There is an attempted forced seduction against the heroine but not from the hero and it’s not mentioned graphically.


My Review

Brand Ivarsson of Kald and Lady Anne of Termarth… Two characters in a historical romance novel written by a new-to-me author.

I love viking historical romances. Not that I have read many in that subgenre, but it’s something I always found fascinating, nevertheless, this book was lovely.

It had a plot that I have seen, the abduction of the main female character, yet it had other elements in the story that made me excited to keep reading and learning how the characters came to that moment.

Loved Anne and Brand’s connection and how vengeance turned into surprise and into love. How a prisoner actually capture the heart of her abductor.

Overall, it was amazing and I enjoyed it a lot.


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“Beauty and the Reclusive Millionaire” Review

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Very late review. My week hasn’t been the best, thankfully, romances are always there to help me and my mood. And I hope this recommendation helps you too.

Beauty and the Reclusive Millionaire“, written by Rachael Stewart, is a Contemporary Romance, published on 1st December 2021, by Harlequin Mills & Boon .

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Rachael Stewart for the eCopy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Synopsis

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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 Links: Amazon

Author Content Warning: PTSD, Miscarriage, Eating Disorder, Loss of loved one


About the Author

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Rachael Stewart adores conjuring up stories for the readers of Harlequin Mills & Boon and Deep Desires Press, with tales varying from the heartwarmingly romantic to the wildly erotic.

She’s been writing since she could put pen to paper as the stacks of scrawled on A4 sheets in her loft will attest to, and the lovingly bound short stories that her father would run off at work and proudly share out with his colleagues. Thinking it was a pipe dream to be published one day, she pursued a sensible career in business but she was really play-acting, achieving the appropriate degree and spending many years in the corporate world where she never truly belonged. Always happiest when she was sat at her laptop in the quiet hours tapping out a story or two. And so here she is, a published author, her full-time pleasure, a dream come true.

A Welsh lass at heart, she now lives in Yorkshire with her husband and three children, and if she’s not glued to her laptop, she’s wrapped up in them or enjoying the great outdoors seeking out inspiration.

Social Media Links: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter


My Review

I love Rachael’s books. They are the kind of books that are snacks for me. Not only do I read them with easy, but they give me substance to go on in life. And this romance was just what I needed.

A Greek setting, a private island, an actress and a millionaire. What could go wrong? Nothing, because Rachael Stewart wrote a beautiful novel with sexy times, likeable characters… the connection between Alaric and Catherine was lovely and exciting, and I love the romance that grow between them.

Overall, once again she didn’t not disappoint me and it was fantastic. One of those books I know I can reread whenever I get in the mood for romance and need those classic stories.


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“The Knight’s Convenient Alliance” Review

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Are you ready for the second book review?

The Knight’s Convenient Alliance“, written by Melissa Oliver, is a historical romance, the fourth book in the Notorious Knights series, published on 25th November 2021 by Harlequin Mills and Boon.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, Melissa Oliver for the eCopy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Synopsis

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The only man who’s tempted her…

Now poses as her husband!

When an injured knight arrives on Brida O’Conaill’s doorstep, the village assumes he’s her long-lost husband. But her only previous connection to Sir Thomas Lovent was an intense shared moment at a tournament years ago. Brida maintains the pretence while she nurses him, yet once he’s back to full, virile health, she cannot reveal Thomas is not her husband—or that she’s unmarried!—when everyone is expecting them to act like husband and wife…

Purchase Links: Amazon


About the Author

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Melissa Oliver is from south-west London where she writes historical romance novels. She lives with her lovely husband and daughters, who share her passion for decrepit, old castles, palaces and all things historical.

Melissa is the WINNER of The Romantic Novelist Association’s Joan Hessayon Award for new writers 2020 for her debut, The Rebel Heiress and the Knight.

When she’s not writing she loves to travel for inspiration, paint, and visit museums & art galleries.

Social Media Links: Facebook | Twitter


My Review

Melissa Oliver is turning into one of my favorite authors in this genre, and I’m always excited about her new books.

In the one we continue the Notorious Knights series with Brida O’Conaill and Sir Thomas Lovent. We have met our lovely staring characters in the previous book and I have to say that I was curious about them and their story.

The plot on this novel, the marriage pretense, it was very interesting and fun to read about. The way the characters acted and the connection they had in each scene. It was unconventional and yet emotional and intriguing. I wonder how thing would go, would they me discover, how would they react.

Overall, I won’t reveal spoilers about the ending or even the development of the story, but it was amazing. I loved it! It was different, with all it’s secrets, background story and drama, and just what I needed. I’m quite a historical romances addict and this book hit the spot for me.


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“A Leap of Faith at the Vineyard in Alsace” Review

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Are you ready for a new book review? I have two today, and this is the first one.

A Leap of Faith at the Vineyard in Alsace“, written by Julie Stock, is a Contemporary romance, the third book in the Domaine des Montagnes series, published on 25th August 2021.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, Julie Stock for the eCopy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Synopsis

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It’s winter at The Vineyard in Alsace, and wedding bells are in the air

How do you know when you’re ready for love?

Ellie Robinson has spent her life running from commitment following the breakdown of her parents’ marriage when she was young. She doesn’t believe in happy ever afters and the last thing she wants is to settle down in one place when she could be travelling the world.

Having moved from place to place throughout his childhood, Henri Weiss now calls the vineyard in Alsace home, and he loves the stability the vineyard and the people on it give him. While he enjoys travelling, it’s always good to come home again.

Following an extended travelling trip together, Ellie and Henri find their differences more marked than before, despite their love for each other being even stronger. Then a series of shocks in Ellie’s personal life throws things into turmoil, leaving Ellie unsure as to how to get everything she wants. And Henri facing the loss of the future he has dreamed of.

Can Ellie and Henri reconcile their very different desires and take a leap of faith on their love for each other? Will they get the happy ever after they’ve both been longing for?

Escape to The Vineyard in Alsace once again for this uplifting, romantic read and enjoy Christmas at Domaine des Montagnes.

Purchase Links: Amazon


About the Author

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Julie Stock writes contemporary feel-good romance from around the world: novels, novellas and short stories. She published her debut novel, From Here to Nashville, in 2015, after starting to write as an escape from the demands of her day job as a teacher. A Leap of Faith at the Vineyard in Alsace is her eleventh book, and the third in the Domaine des Montagnes series set on a vineyard.

Julie is now a full-time author, and loves every minute of her writing life. When not writing, she can be found reading, her favourite past-time, running, a new hobby, or cooking up a storm in the kitchen, glass of wine in hand.

Julie is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and The Society of Authors. She is married and lives with her family in Cambridgeshire in the UK.

Social Media Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter


My Review

Although this is part of a series and I just jumped to the story, I had too check it out and read it.

For those that don’t know me, I have a big family, and most of my paternal family is in France. I have some cousins in the Alsace area, and I have visited it, so I was interested to see what the author had for us in terms of scenery.

In this book we follow Ellie and Henri as they go on a trip to the lovely vineyard in Alsace. They both want different things. They both have problems, they both have to work on a balance of what they what, what they need and what they are willing to change. They both are realistic and I felt as if I knew them personally.

The story was powerful. Lots of love and friends, in a beautiful place. Drama and taking chances. The idea of settling down versus running from commitment. In the end we will see if their faith in each other and in their love is enough to find that balance. And isn’t that life?


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“Snow-Kissed Proposals” Review

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Today, after a long day os work, I’m finally here to share my review of this lovely book.

Snow-Kissed Proposals“, written by Jenni Fletcher and Elisabeth Hobbes, is a Historical Romance that contains two novellas, published on 25th November 2021 by Mills & Boon.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, Jenni Fletcher and Elisabeth Hobbes for the eCopy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Synopsis

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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!


About the Author

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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.

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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.


My Review

Two stories, one book. Two Christmassy stories in a historical romance genre. In The Christmas Runaway by Jenni Fletcher and In Their Snowbound Reunion by Elisabeth Hobbes. I love Jenni Fletcher and Elisabeth Hobbes’ books, so I was very excited to see what these stories would bring. And… Get ready for the Holiday because this book will put you right back on that festive spirit.

A runaway woman, a handsome Scottish man. The all brother of her best friend love story. Jenni Fletcher bring us Fiona and Angus in a brilliant novella that as both romantic, exciting, fun and full of bickering and attraction.

Childhood sweethearts in a lovely romance. Elisabeth Hobbes brings us Amy and Anthony, in a story that talks about misunderstandings, second chances and love.

Both novellas had unique characters that I loves. Enemies to lovers and Second chances, both were amazing in the setting and time period of the book. I loved that in a way I could relate to the characters and that I could understand why things had happen.

Both authors were brilliant, and despite being very much independent stories, they complemented one another with their themes of Love, friendship, chances and changes. Plus the warmth of the story and characters.


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“War Clouds Over Blackberry Farm” Review

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Are we ready for a review? Well, I have been reading and review lots of historical novels, and tonight is another one.

War Clouds Over Blackberry Farm“, written by Rosie Clarke, is a Historical fiction, Saga novel, the first book in a new series, published on 4th November 2021, by Boldwood Books.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Rosie Clarke for the eCopy of this book, via NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Cambridgeshire – March 1939

As the clouds of war begin to gather in Europe, the Talbot family of rural Blackberry Farm will be torn apart, just as so many families all over the world will be. Life will never be the same again.

Whilst in London, the Salmons family will feel the pain of parting and loss.

Brought together by war, the two families become intertwined and, as the outlook looks bleak, they must draw on each other’s strength to fight through the hard times.

Lizzie Johnson and Tom were sweethearts until a mistake caused a terrible rift. Lizzie takes herself off to London to heal the pain in a glamorous new job but she still loves Tom. His pride has been hurt – but deep down inside Tom still cares. Can they find happiness before their chance is gone and the whole word is swept into the terrible madness of war?

Purchase Links: Amazon


About the Author

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Rosie Clarke is a #1 bestselling saga writer whose most recent books include The Mulberry Lane series. She has written over 100 novels under different pseudonyms and is a RNA Award winner. She lives in Cambridgeshire. Rosie’s brand new saga series, Welcome to Harpers Emporium began in December 2019.

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My Review

Rosie Clarke bring us a brand new series, introduced with this book. A book in the WWII era about family, friendship, love and how the times of war affects the community. I love historical novels in that saga subgenre because of how it always have that sense of community and understanding. The characters could be our family members and these could be the stories our grandparents told.

As we get to know the families and the main characters we get to follow in this journey, we are also introduce to the rural ton of Blackberry Farm and also the context of the WWII at that time. I could help myself, I as very curious to know what would happen next. I wanted happiness for the characters and my heart was with them from beginning to end.

Overall, I enjoyed it, and since it was the start of a new series, it made sense that not everything was resolved or even uncovered, and I can’t wait for the next book.


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“A Mother’s Story” Review

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Historical Novels is a genre I have been discovering more and more. There are a lot of subgenres and a lot of possibilities because history is a vast thing for us. Tonight I bring a review of one of those books.

A Mother’s Story“, written by Maggie Christensen, is a historical fiction novel, was published on 2nd November 2021.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Maggie Christensen for the eCopy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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A lost child. A mother’s grief. A daughter’s journey.

In Scotland, in1941, as WW2 increases in ferocity, Rhona Begg goes against her parents’ wishes and enlists in the ATS—a decision that brings with it heart-breaking consequences. After the war, weighed down with regret and grief, Rhona receives news that has the power to change her life.

Across the ocean in Australia, Nell Duncan worries about her husband who is fighting in the Far East. When she receives the dreaded news that he is missing in action, her world collapses. The end of the war brings changes to Nell’s life, but her dream of bearing a child is no longer possible and she grieves for what might have been.

In 1971, when Joy Baker gives birth to her daughter, she begins the journey to discover her ancestry. What she finds shocks her to the core and propels her on a journey to the land of her birth.

Three women. Three mothers. Three astonishing stories.

From wartime Scotland to present day Australia. A Mother’s Story is an emotion-filled sweeping family saga.

Purchase Link: Amazon


About the Author

Maggie Christensen

After a career in education, Maggie Christensen began writing contemporary women’s fiction portraying mature women facing life-changing situations, and historical fiction set in her native Scotland. Her travels inspire her writing, be it her trips to visit family in Scotland, in Oregon, USA or her home on Queensland’s beautiful Sunshine Coast. Maggie writes of mature heroines coming to terms with changes in their lives and the heroes worthy of them. Her writing has been described by one reviewer as like a nice warm cup of tea. It is warm, nourishing, comforting and embracing.

From the small town in Scotland where she grew up Scotland, Maggie was lured to Australia by the call ‘Come and teach in the sun’. Once there, she worked as a primary school teacher, university lecturer and in educational management. Now living with her husband of over thirty years on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, she loves walking on the deserted beach in the early mornings and having coffee by the river on weekends. Her days are spent surrounded by books, either reading or writing them – her idea of heaven!

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My Review

I love the idea of follow the characters as they go on a journey to uncovering their past and their family. I love the ancestry aspect of the story and I would love to one day do an ancestry test and learn more about my family and maybe find the lost half-sister that my grandmother has out there. That been said, I was very curious to read this book an learn more about how the characters connect.

As we follow Rhona, Joy and Nell in their own personal story, we go to Scotland an Australia. The idea of motherhood and family… War times and more present times in a dual time line that go us not only emotional, but intrigued by the story and how everything is uncover.

Set in beautiful places, with powerful and realistic characters, this novel made me emotional and curious at each chapter. As the synopsis says “Three women. Three mothers. Three astonishing stories. That’s what got me going, that’s what I love. I love that the story was about these women and about their families.


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Blog Tour · Reviews

“I’ll Be Home For Christmas” Review

Hello Friends!

The author’s whose book I’m reviewing today is one I know thanks to this blog tours.

I’ll Be Home For Christmas“, written by M.W. Arnold, is a historical fiction novel, set in WWII, is the Third Book in The Air Transport Auxiliary Mystery Club Series – Broken Wings Series, published in October 2021.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and M W Arnold for the eCopy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Synopsis

I’ll Be Home For Christmas Cover

A mysterious key left by her murdered sister, leads Air Transport Auxiliary pilot Betty Palmer on a journey of discovery and danger. Given up to an orphanage upon birth, the parents she’s long thought had no part in her life force themselves back in, purely out of greed and self-preservation.

Penny’s life is unexpectedly turned upside down by a potentially life-changing situation, which causes her wounded husband to question their marriage. No-one seems safe in this year of turmoil in the middle years of the war, as some relationships face breaking point whilst others become stronger.

Kidnap, crashes and dogfights, the girls of the Air Transport Auxiliary Mystery have never faced such dangers. To survive may not be enough as they must find the strength to rise above the most trying times yet of their lives.

Purchase Link: Amazon


About the Author

M W Arnold Author Photo

Mick is a hopeless romantic who was born in England and spent fifteen years roaming around the world in the pay of HM Queen Elizabeth II in the Royal Air Force before putting down roots and realizing how much he missed the travel. He’s replaced it somewhat with his writing, including reviewing books and supporting fellow saga and romance authors in promoting their novels.

He’s the proud keeper of two cats bent on world domination, is mad on the music of the Beach Boys, and enjoys the theatre and humoring his Manchester United-supporting wife. Finally, and most importantly, Mick is a full member of the Romantic Novelists Association. Wild Blue Yonder is the second novel in his Broken Wings series and he is very proud to be a part of the Vintage Rose Garden at The Wild Rose Press.

Social Media Links – Twitter | Facebook | Instagram


My Review

Quick note: For those that don’t know this series I recommend you start with “A Wing and a Prayer”, as this book is the third book in the series.

As we follow our amazing friends, the women of the Air Transport Auxiliary Mystery Club, life continue after the previous book. I love reading historical novels set during any of the WW in this saga subgenre, because of the sense of community. In this story, there is that, plus the context of the plot, and the characters background.

There is still mystery and action, and despite knowing the characters and their life, I still was surprised. They felt like family members that I got to spent vacation with. Not a tropical setting, but the historical aspects that the author used took me to another place and time, which was just as good for me.

Overall, it was amazing to go back to this series and see where the story would go next. The danger, the mystery, the resilience and the action that got things going and got me curious and focus at each page.


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I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

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Love,

Jess