#BlogTour The Duke and the Imposter by Michael Stolle #BookReview @Bookollective

Delighted to be taking part in the Blog Tour for THE DUKE AND THE IMPOSTER by MICHAEL STOLLE – and my thanks to the author, publisher and Bookollective for putting it all together and letting me be part of it all!

ABOUT THE BOOK

It’s a beautiful day in the seventeenth century. Pierre, Marquis de Beauvoir, Duke of Hertford and his small family arrive for a picnic on the banks of the River Loire in the grounds of his castle of Montrésor. It is a garden Eden – beautiful and peaceful. But fate strikes and, taken by surprise, the lunch party is ambushed.

Pierre is found later by his faithful valet, barely clinging to life, but his wife and only son have vanished without a trace. Beyond consolation, Pierre is convinced that his family has been annihilated. Luckily his friends François and Armand rush to the castle from Paris to his aid – and to investigate.

The quest leads to the coast of France and then on to the shores of England, a country torn apart by old loyalties to the Stuart king and the rise of the new Puritan gentry.

As the friends come closer and closer to the viper’s nest they must find out the truth, and track down the mastermind behind the ambush, who is prepared to stop at nothing until he has taken Pierre’s place and styled himself the next Duke of Hertford. A man not known to take prisoners. Soon Pierre and his friends are not only fighting against an enemy who’s ruthless and vile, they’re racing against time, the biggest enemy of all. 

Published by Amazon

Purchase Links

Amazon UK

MY REVIEW

This is the 5th book in this series, but my 1st so don’t worry about not having read any of the others! It’s really easy to get in to and is a great mix of history and mystery, so plenty to keep you engaged and entertained from page one to the last!

Set in 17th Century England and France, you follow the story of Pierre who is in pain and struggling to remember what happened to his family while they were out having a picnic. With no sign of his wife and child he fears the worst, but calls in his friends Francois and Armand to help try and figure out what happened and how to find out if his family are alright.

As Francois and Armand start to question those around, they soon uncover sinister goings on and then have a race against time to track Marie and her son down before it is too late.

I enjoyed the duo of Francois and Armand as they would often bicker and were very funny together but they had great detective skills between them! They used their contacts in London well and it was quite good fun trying to work out who they should trust. I also like the way the story was switched too from Marie’s point of view as it showed her being so brave for her son despite not knowing what was really going on.  It soon becomes clear why they wanted the young son so badly and why they went to the lengths they did to grab him and a lot is uncovered in clandestine meetings back in London that really get to the bottom of the plot against the family.  

Set in the time of Cromwell and King Charles I, England was in turmoil so there’s always plenty going on and lots to explore in how people were behaving at that time,  and I just enjoyed the quick pace of the story, the engaging characters and a fascinating period of history!

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#BookReview The Summer of Chasing Dreams by Holly Martin

About the book

A joyously romantic, feel-good summer read that will make you laugh, cry and fall in love. Eva Blue is about to go on a trip of a lifetime, but one adventure she didn’t count on was falling in love…

Eva is quite content with her life in London. In her job as a cover designer, she works at home, and often in her cosy pyjamas. She’s happy to stay in her safe little world and not explore much outside of it.

She is the opposite of her mum, a free spirit who craved finding adventure and thrills in all corners of the world. But on the day her mum’s will is finalised, Eva finds a list of all the dreams her mum wanted to achieve in her life. Things she never did because she fell pregnant with Eva.

Eva decides these dreams will not go unfulfilled — she is going to be brave and complete them for her mum. As Eva has no experience travelling the world, she hires a guide to go with her on this holiday.

Gorgeous but rude Thor Anderson is not the person she would choose to accompany her on this journey, but somehow she gets stuck with him. As they discover the world together Eva starts to think he might not be as bad as she first thought. She is swept away by Thor’s kindness and mischievous sense of humour. But will it be a simple holiday romance or could this wonderful adventure lead to so much more?

The stunning new story from the bestselling author of The Cottage on Sunshine Beach. Discover an unforgettable romance this summer. If you enjoy reading Sarah Morgan, Miranda Dickinson and Jill Mansell, this book is for you.

Purchase Links

Amazon UK – Paperback – out now!

Amazon UK – Kindle Edition – release date 29th March 2019

MY REVIEW

If you’re looking for a way to take a trip around the world in the company of wonderful characters without having to move from your sofa, then you NEED this book in your life!! I’ve been utterly mesmerized by this book from start to finish …..and I may have fallen a little in love with Thor!! But more of him later!!

This is the story of Eva who is facing up to life without her mum. They were totally chalk and cheese in personalities – Eva is more than happy to stay indoors surrounded by what she knows and loves, whereas her mum was a life grabber! If an opportunity to do something came along she grabbed it. But the world scares Eva and you really feel for her as she starts to consider life outside her comfort zone.

When she starts clearing out the loft she uncovers a letter from her mum Juliette, that she wrote to her daughter when she was just a year old. Alongside the letter she finds a box of dreams – a list of things her mum always wanted to try, places she wanted to visit – and the combination of the letter and these bucket list items really gets to Eva and she takes a walk on the wild side and starts living life a little dangerously to fulfill some of her mums’ dreams.

She researches an escorted holiday – safety first, she won’t be travelling alone! – and soon her trip around the world becomes reality. Her first trip to the travel company she uses doesn’t quite go according to plan but allows her to meet Rebecca who will be her travel companion and she gets on well with her. Unfortunate events on the day of departure lead to a change in her companion though, and this is when Thor steps in to save the day and escort her – considering their first meeting was a little fraught to say the least, it doesn’t bode well but it’s too late to change so off they go!

What follows is just a wonderful journey through a number of countries and experiences, along with some memorable and heartwarming experiences that Eva and Thor end up sharing and it was just so delightful to laugh along with them on a number of occasions as they become the kind of characters you warm to so easily!

Thor has been on a number of these trips before, but he’s never met anyone like Eva before and he begins to enjoy the trip a little more as he’s able to relax and be himself – funny, caring….. He’s just wonderful! (see, told you I was smitten!)

There’s lovely touches throughout as Eva never forgets her mum and finds a way to include her as she works through the list of dreams which I found to be so sweet.

This was a delicious treat of a read and I would have been happy for it to be at least another 200 pages long as I just loved my time with Eva and Thor. I adored this book!!!

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My thanks to the author and publisher for the advanced copy in return for a fair and honest review.

Cover Reveal Tuesday!!

Good Morning all!! Delighted to be able to share a rather stunning cover reveal with you all today. And this is for the latest release from Christie Barlow!  The Cosy Canal Boat Dream is set to be released on 22nd August 2017 but HarperImpulse have allowed us to share this first look today.

 Are you ready??!!!  Here goes……

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Told you it was rather pretty!!  And the clock is ticking down until you can get your hands on it so here’s the Amazon link so you can pre-order NOW!!

Amazon UK

Just £1.99 to pre-order and then on the morning of August 22nd you’ll be able to start reading!! What are you waiting for?!!

HAPPY READING!!!