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Saturday, April 4, 2020

RRR presents... A QUESTION OF COUNTRY by Sue Parritt - SPOTLIGHT!

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


Today, we're joining Rachel's Random Resources to bring the bookish spotlight to a title now making its may through the blogosphere.  It's a book that will have you questioning whether the real world is indeed better than living in a fantasy.  Ready or not, here comes today's title in the spotlight...


A Question of Country
by
Sue Parritt

About the book...
On Christmas Eve 1969, a letter from Australia House, London, brings welcome news for newly-weds Anna and Joseph Fletcher.

Young and idealistic, Anna falls passionately in love with their adopted land. Seven months later, an unexpected event causes their life to take a stressful turn.

Years pass, and Anna retreats to a fictional world she has created. But when a different challenge presents itself, does she have the courage to take the risk… or will she take refuge in fantasy?



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About the author...


Originally from England, Sue worked in university libraries until taking early retirement in 2008 to concentrate on creative writing. Since then she has written short stories, articles, poetry, a short TV drama script and seven novels: 

Sannah and the Pilgrim, first in a trilogy of a future dystopian Australia focusing on climate change and the harsh treatment of refugees from drowned Pacific islands. Odyssey Books, 2014. Commended in the FAW Christina Stead Award, 2014.  Pia and the Skyman, Odyssey Books, 2016.  Commended in the FAW Christina Stead Award, 2016. The Sky Lines Alliance, Odyssey Books, 2016.
 
Chrysalis, the story of a perceptive girl growing up in a Quaker family in swinging sixties’ Britain. Morning Star Press, 2017 

Re-Navigation recounts a life turned upside down when forty-year old Julia journeys from the sanctuary of middle-class Australian suburbia to undertake a retreat at a college located on an isolated Welsh island. Creativia Publishing, 2019.

Feed Thy Enemy, based on Sue’s father’s experiences, is an account of courage and compassion in the face of trauma as a British airman embarks on a plan that risks all to feed a starving, war-stricken family. Creativia Publishing, 2019.

A Question of Country explores the migrant experience through the protagonist’s lifelong search for meaningful identity. Next Chapter (formerly Creativia Publishing), 2020. 

Sue’s current project, working title: Twenty-eight Days, first in The Doorkeeper series, is set in Southern Australia in 2100. It deals with overpopulation and extended life expectancy in an increasingly climate-challenged world and the inhumane solutions adopted by a government determined to rid Australia of unproductive citizens. 

Passionate about peace and social justice issues, Sue’s goal as a fiction writer is to continue writing novels that address topics such as climate change, the effects of war, the treatment of refugees, feminism and racism.  Sue intends to keep on writing for as long as possible, believing the extensive life experiences of older writers can be employed to engage readers of all ages.


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Special thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for the chance to bring this tour to you. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, this promotion, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. Be sure to check out the rest of tour for more bookish fun!



Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!


Wednesday, April 1, 2020

PRE BOOK BIRTHDAY BUZZ: Feels Like Falling by Kristy Woodson Harvey!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


Post number two of the day, and it sees us spreading a bit of pre book birthday BUZZ for the latest release from author Kristy Woodson Harvey!  Now, I had another of her titles on my "to read" list, but I never had a chance to actually indulge (yet).  When I saw this upcoming release land in my inbox, I knew I couldn't pass it up.  It just called to me, between the cover, and the synopsis, and having flicked the final epage on my eARC just yesterday, I can honestly say I'm SO GLAD it did!  Ready or not, here comes today's title in the spotlight...


by
Kristy Woodson Harvey
9781982117702
Gallery Books
RELEASE DATE:  April 28th, 2020


About the book...
It’s summertime on the North Carolina coast and the livin’ is easy.

Unless, that is, you’ve just lost your mother to cancer, your sister to her extremist husband, and your husband to his executive assistant. Meet Gray Howard. Right when Gray could use a serious infusion of good karma in her life, she inadvertently gets a stranger, Diana Harrington, fired from her job at the local pharmacy.

Diana Harrington’s summer isn’t off to the greatest start either: Hours before losing her job, she broke up with her boyfriend and moved out of their shared house with only a worn-out Impala for a bed. Lucky for her, Gray has an empty guest house and a very guilty conscience.

With Gray’s kindness, Diana’s tide begins to turn. But when her first love returns, every secret from her past seems to resurface all at once. And, as Gray begins to blaze a new trail, she discovers, with Diana’s help, that what she envisioned as her perfect life may not be what she wants at all.



AMAZON  |  B&N  |  BAM  |  INDIEBOUND


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8 Best Beaches In North Carolina To Spend Your Vacation - The ...

Having not read this author's work before, I wasn't entirely sure what I was stepping into, but boy, oh boy, did I enjoy my time on the North Carolina coast!

The dual story line between Gray and Diana keeps you captivated with every flick of the page.  You can't help but fall in love with them both, cringe at their missteps, cheer at their successes, and be humbled by the hardships they've each faced.  They are not the same, and yet they share the same experience...the HUMAN experience.  The kindness they show each other, the friendship that grows, the hard times they tackle together, and the dreams they can't believe may turn into realities, endear them to you even more.  

I loved Gray for her tenacity in business, yet innocence in love.  I loved the fact that she would fight tooth and nail to keep her business HER business, as well as for the presence of her son in her life.  My heart felt full when she had another chance at love (OMG...Andrew...I never thought I'd find their connection appealing with the younger man, slightly older woman couple, but he was definitely a keeper!), but her hesitation kept it at arm's length, leaving the HEA uncertain to say the least (FYI...there IS a HEA, but it may not be exactly as you suspect!).  I loved Diana for her present self, grown from a past that was life changing to say the very least.  I loved how once she made up her mind, she stuck to whatever path she decided, but wasn't so hardheaded that she wouldn't listen to friend founded wisdom when necessary.  She kept chasing her tightly held dreams even when all looked lost and wasn't above employing a little subterfuge if the situation was dire.  She was a good egg, and a wonderful friend to boot....and honestly they were both just what the other needed at this massive junction in their lives.

All in all, a FABULOUS read that I couldn't recommend more!  It'll make the perfect add to your summer reading list, and a great way to escape self-quarantine and then some!




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About the author...


Kristy Woodson Harvey is the bestselling author of six novels, including The Southern Side of Paradise, Slightly South of Simple, and the forthcoming Feels Like Falling. A Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s school of journalism, her writing has appeared in numerous online and print publications including Southern Living, Traditional Home, USA TODAY, Domino, and O. Henry Magazine. Kristy is the winner of the Lucy Bramlette Patterson Award for Excellence in Creative Writing and a finalist for the Southern Book Prize. Her work has been optioned for film, and her books have received numerous accolades including Southern Living’s Most Anticipated Beach Reads, Parade’s Big Fiction Reads, and Entertainment Weekly’s Spring Reading Picks. She blogs with her mom Beth Woodson on Design Chic, and loves connecting with fans on KristyWoodsonHarvey.com. She lives on the North Carolina coast with her husband and son where she is working on her next novel.



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Gallery Books (gallerybooks) - New York, NY (86 books)


Special thanks to Bianca at Gallery Books for the eARC for review (THANKS!).  For more information on this title, the author, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is set to release April 28th, 2020 via Gallery Books, so mark your calendar or pre order your copy today!

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!



RRR presents... REDEEMING THE RECLUSIVE EARL by Virginia Heath - REVIEW + GIVEAWAY!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


Today, we're joining ranks with Rachel's Random Resources to shine a light on the latest release from author Virginia Heath.  I gotta say, she is one of my FAVORITE Historical Fiction authors, as her stories are more than just "John, Susan" endeavors.  They have stories beyond the potential romance, they have characters that you want to know, and they have witty banter you can't help but smile through, laugh at, or read aloud simply to share the humor infused situation or gem of phrase.  So, bookmarks up to you, Virginia Heath, for always providing us with new titles we can count on to entertain, enchant, and be fabulous recommendations!  Speaking of which, let me get back to today's title in the spotlight and book of choice...


Redeeming the Reclusive Earl
by
Virginia Heath
Mills & Boon

About the book...
His heart is a fortress… And she’s trespassing!
After losing all he holds dear in a horrific fire, Max Aldersley, Earl of Rivenhall, shuns the world—until he catches Effie Nithercott digging holes on his estate! He banishes the intrepid archaeologist and the unsettled feelings she rouses within him. But she returns even more determined and infuriatingly desirable than before! He wonders just how deep she’s prepared to dig—so far she’ll reach the man beneath his scars?





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Oh me, oh my...how I do LOVE a good Historical Romance, and my experience with this author's work remains the same.  You can dive right into the story, get to know the characters and their "charms" (or lack thereof...hello Mr. Grouchy Earl!), me captivated by the events unfolding, all while holding your breath (as best you can in between the giggle and guffaws!) as to whether they will or won't see the potentially fabulous duo they could be!

Effie was such a treat!  A woman who know her own mind, takes the things seen as drawbacks to others and embraces them, while not shying away from what she wants, what she desires, what she needs...and yes, all that can be taken anyway you want...at least as the story progresses.  Mr. Grouchy Earl that I referred to previously is the new man about Rivenhall and a grousier man you've never met.  However, if you look a little closer, you'll see that he wears his pain on his sleeve.  He carries his guilt like a well loved friend...but this friend left its mark on him in ways he never wished, and can never escape...or can he?  It seems a certain precocious woman unafraid to speak her mind has gotten beneath his skin and despite his best efforts, he's been unable to forget her.  *sighs*  It's not a love at first meet romance, but that unusual meet cute definitely lays the groundwork for something more, whether they like it or not!

Do yourself a favor and jump on board the fandom train behind this author's work...you'll be OH so glad you did, and this latest release is just another example of the fabulousity that awaits you!



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About the author...


When Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Despite that, it still takes her forever to fall asleep.






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YOUR CHANCE TO WIN...
1 of 2 x e-copies of Redeeming the Reclusive Earl 
(Open INT)

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.




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Special thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for the chance to bring this tour to you as well as the ebook for review. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, this tour, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now, so click on over to your favorite online retailer to snag your copy today! Be sure to check out the rest of the tour for more bookish fun.


Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!


Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Caffeinated PR presents... HISTORICAL SERENADE: Seven Tales of Romance - SPOTLIGHT!


Today I am excited to share the release of Historical Serenade: Seven Tales of Romance. This collection of historical romances will transport you from the comfort of your home. For a limited time you can own the digital edition for 99 cents. It is also available for Kindle Unlimited. Learn more, order your copy, and enter the celebratory giveaway!

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Historical Serenade: Seven Tales of Romance 

From authors Lane McFarland, April Holthaus, Barbara Bettis, Dawn Marie Hamilton, Karen Muir, Ria Cantrell, and Ruth A. Casie comes a collection of Historical and Time Travel Romances. Let them serenade you with their spell-binding tales filled with danger, deception, revenge, honor and passion as we take you back in time on a journey spanning the Medieval Highlands through England’s Golden Age to North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains.

HEART OF THE HIGHLANDS: THE RAVEN by April Holthaus
As the king’s personal guard, Eamon MacLeish’s loyalty has never been questioned until a mysterious lass seeks an asylum for a crime, she claims she did not commit. Adelyn Scott would welcome death over marriage but had no idea her wish would come true when she discovers her husband’s body on the night of their wedding. As Adelyn and Eamon piece together clues surrounding her husband’s murder, Eamon must choose between his loyalty or his heart.

SILVERHAWK by Barbara Bettis
Seeking revenge again his father, Sir Giles kidnaps the man’s young betrothed, only to find himself thwarting her repeated escape efforts. Lady Emelin won’t let a blasted mercenary destroy her last chance at a home and family, yet when she learns they must track down English traitors, she reluctantly assists. Eluding searchers and enemies like, Giles and Emelin discover that their past goals don’t matter; only a future together will do.

JUST WITHIN A HIGHLAND MIST by Dawn Marie Hamilton
A trio of pesky pixies have plans for Gregor MacLachlan’s heart. While hunting, a wayward shot from his bow nearly hits a strange lass who appears as if by magic. Emily Smith follows a child in her care onto a forbidden mound in the woods and wakes in a strange bed, in a place and time not her own. Can she find love in the arms of the dark-eyed stranger who becomes her champion?

DAGGER’S DESTINY by Karen Muir
In Medieval England, after Lady Katherine de Grey’s family is murdered, she is rescued by a childhood friend, Sir Richard Weston, and they are forced to marry. Richard resents the edict and intends to petition for an annulment. But, Katherine has other plans. With each caress of her dagger, she empowers herself to fight for her destiny. All she has to do is convince her new husband that the woman he truly desires is already his wife.

TO LOVE AN IMPOSTOR by Lane McFarland
Disguised as Nicholas Barlow, a ruthless, old businessman during the day, the Flintlock Brigand’s leader at night, and Captain Randolf, in between, Nicholas ruins constables who failed to show Bristol’s orphans mercy. Diana Fleming, daughter of Bristol’s wealthiest gentry, returns to beg her father for help raising of ten orphaned children, but instead discovers her father died because of Nicholas Barlow. Now penniless and desperate, she’s determined to destroy the man who murdered her father.

CELTIC PERIL by Ria Cantrell
Tom Callum landed a spot with Celtic Storm as the lead singer and front man. When he reaches Scotland, he is drawn to seek his heritage and uncover the mysteries of his past. He is fascinated with a painting of a girl, Jenna Brandham of the Clan MacCollum, who lived more than six hundred years ago. Jenna tugs at his long forgotten memory. Tom will soon be plunged into a world of intrigue, deception and peril. The past and present collide in an adventure that brings danger at every turn. Only love will give Tom the strength he needs to thwart an attempt on King Richard’s life. Will Tom be able to survive his leap into the past? Will he be able to survive his return to the present, only to leave his heart behind?

THE MAXWELL GHOST by Ruth A. Casie
Traitors, deception, murders and ghosts run rampant at Caerlaverock Castle. Jamie Collins and Laura Reynolds, long-time friends find their destinies intertwined with hidden passions, but all is in jeopardy when Laura becomes the murderer’s next target. Jamie will find he needs some ghostly assistance to save Laura and declare his love. No magic…a love that lasts an eternity.


99 cent Boxed Set

 7 Romances 

Available in Kindle Unlimited 
Returns to $4.99 price April 30th, 2020



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Monday, March 30, 2020

RRR presents... POINT OF NO RETURN by Tanya Jean Russell - SPOTLIGHT + GIVEAWAY!!

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.
 

Today, we join Rachel's Random Resources to shine a spotlight on a Romantic Suspense title from author Tanya Jean Russell.  It's a stand alone release in the Cabin Crew series, and it's just waiting for you to discover, so let's get this party started!  Today's title in the spotlight is...


by
Tanya Jean Russell
Evernight Publishing

About the book...
Jake Williams has been undercover as a captain at Great Britain Air for months and he's beyond frustrated. Tasked with finding the airline insiders who are smuggling chemical weapons into the country, he's getting nowhere fast.

Bree Phillips has spent her whole life wanting to travel and experience life outside of the small village she grew up in, but her family needed her. Now, years later than planned, she is finally joining her best friend to work for Great Britain Air, and her adventure is beginning.

Jake knows he is better off alone, it keeps him sharp and focused, but despite his efforts to keep Bree at a distance, she is drawn further and further into his world. Both have to ask themselves whether some risks are worth taking.




AMAZON  1  |  2
KOBO  |  B&N  |  SMASHWORDS


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About the author..


Tanya Jean lives in England with her award winning performer husband, Fisher Stevens, and their two teenage boys.

​She has always loved (been obsessive about) books, and has an embarrassingly huge and ever growing pile of things that she just 'has' to read, next to her bed. 

​The Cabin Crew Series, Broken Trust & Point of No Return, allowed her to combine her love of writing with her experiences of working in the airline world.

She squeezes her writing (daydreaming...) around her family and her day job , and is convinced that chocolate & diet coke should be considered a well-balanced diet.


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YOUR CHANCE TO WIN...
1 of 2 ecopies of Point of No Return!
(Open INT)

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.





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Special thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for the chance to bring this tour to you. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, this promotion, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. Be sure to check out the rest of tour for more bookish fun!



Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!


Sunday, March 29, 2020

RRR presents... BEYOND THE YEW TREE by Rachel Walkley - EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY!

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


Today, we're joining forces with Rachel's Random Resources to bring you a stop along their current tour featuring the work of Rachel Walkley.  We've got a spotlight to shine and an excerpt to share, so without further ado, I give you today's blog tour guest...


by
Rachel Walkley


About the book...
Whispers in the courtroom.
Only one juror hears them.
Can Laura unravel the truth by the end of the trial?
 
In an old courtroom, a hissing voice distracts shy juror, Laura, and at night recurring nightmares transport her to a Victorian gaol and the company of a wretched woman.
 
Although burdened by her own secret guilt, and struggling to form meaningful relationships, Laura isn’t one to give up easily when faced with an extraordinary situation.
 
The child-like whispers lead Laura to an old prison graveyard, where she teams up with enthusiastic museum curator, Sean. He believes a missing manuscript is the key to understanding her haunting dreams. But nobody knows if it actually exists.
 
Laura is confronted with the fate of two people – the man in the dock accused of defrauding a charity for the blind, and the restless spirit of a woman hanged over a century ago for murder. If Sean is the companion she needs in her life, will he believe her when she realises that the two mysteries are converging around a long-forgotten child who only Laura can hear?
 
Ordinary women.
Extraordinary experiences.


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Extract 3:

Laura is a typical officer worker, and what could possibly upset her nice routine of life? Well, for starters, she’s a juror on what she assumes will be a boring case of fraud, except she’s beginning to doubt that, and to top it all, ever since the trial start in the old courthouse in Lincoln Castle, she’s been hearing whispers in the court room. By the fifth day of the trial, she’s realising something more sinister is happening to her.

Laura had woken up, breathless, heart thumping against her breastbone. The unnatural images remained embedded in her waking thoughts, unlike normal dreams, and they saturated her emotions with horror. But the experience wasn’t quite like a paralysing panic attack, not in the way she remembered those bad spells. The bizarre scene belonged in a theatre or cinema, played out for her, an audience of one.
The dream, always the same, like an episode repeating itself on a loop, was too vivid in its details to forget, so it lingered on and became part of her memories. She lay there, fatigue defeated by the rigours of adrenaline, and convinced that if she managed to doze off again, the nightmare would rematerialise. What bothered her the most was that, throughout the macabre scene, she had heard noises like the ones in the courtroom – hissing, tiny squeaks, and a high-pitched whine. However, she now knew they weren’t anything to do with a fly or any other small creature. She was hearing a voice: distorted, quiet, and infantile; the incomprehensible whispers of a young child, possibly a girl.
Shivering feverishly, she pulled the duvet up to her chin and stayed stiff until dawn, then she got up and dressed. The aching diminished during breakfast. She hadn’t sneezed or blown her nose, so she ruled out a cold. She moved around her house, avoiding the things that were Marco’s, and came to the conclusion that she needed a major distraction. More importantly: how to escape the dreams?




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About author Rachel Walkley...




Aspiring writer who pens Women's Fiction and magical tales about family secrets.

What else?

 An East Anglian turned Northerner - almost.
Information professional, always.
Biologist, in my memories.
Archivist, when required.
Amateur pianist and flautist.
Reluctant gardener.
Scribbler of pictures.
And forever.... a mother and wife.
Oh, not forgetting, cat lover!




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CHANCE TO WIN
...one copy of The Last Thing She Said
or The Woman of Heachley Hall!
(Open INT)
(If the winner is in the UK then it will be a print copy, otherwise International winner is e-book)

Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.







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Special thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for the chance to bring this tour to you. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, this promotion, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. Be sure to check out the rest of tour for more bookish fun!



Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!


Saturday, March 28, 2020

RRR presents... SUMMER IN PROVENCE by Lucy Coleman - REVIEW + GIVEAWAY!

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


Today, we're teaming up with the ever fabulous Rachel's Random Resources to bring you another FABULOUS tour set to whisk you away to places you've only dreamed, with characters you won't soon forget.  That's right, my friends, this is one for the wish or to-read list and it's the perfect escape from whatever life is throwing your way.  Ready, set, let's take a gander the GORGEOUS cover gracing today's blog tour guest and ebook of choice...


Summer in Provence
by
Lucy Coleman

About the book...
Is a change as good as a rest?

When married couple Fern and Aiden have a windfall, their reactions could not be more different. While Fern is content to pay off their mortgage and build a nest egg before starting a family, her husband is set on traveling the world.

Fern’s not much of a back-packer so, before she knows it, the idea of a ‘marriage gap year’ takes shape. And, as Aiden heads off to the wilds of Australia, Fern chooses the more restful Provence for her year out.

Set amidst the glorious French scenery, Ch√Ęteau de Vernon offers a retreat from the hustle and bustle of normal life, and Fern agrees to help out in return for painting lessons from the owner – renowned, but rather troubled, painter Nico.

 As their year unfolds in very different ways, will the time apart transform their marriage, or will it drive Fern and Aiden even further apart…

Let Lucy Coleman whisk you off on a heart-warming, sun-drenched and magical French adventure.





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Lavender, Heart, Wood, Soap Heart, Love, Romantic

This is the story of two people finding themselves in the most untraditional way possible, and while the ultimate goal may have been bringing them closer together, the outcome may have been the biggest unknown of their married lives.

When I first started reading this one, I admit...I was enchanted by the cover.  I mean, just look at it!  It's simply gorgeous, and that gave me warm feelings about the story I was about to entertain.  When I began getting to know Fern and Aiden, I was curious...just what was going on with this couple who seemed to have distance in their hearts?  Then the windfall happened, and I considered their problems, if money bound, would be banished...but things went deeper than that.  There were wounds on one side that while never intended, still existed, and the restlessness that built within them came bursting out in an exasperating rush. 

A gap year?  In a marriage?  I was beyond flabbergasted...actually, I was probably AS flabbergasted as Fern, but with a lot more words coming out of my mouth regarding the whole idea.  I mean, who DOES that?  Who truly loves the other person, but wants to step away from them for a year?  I get he had wanderlust, and I get she had a fear of flying that inhibited that in some fashion, but my word!  I was just blown away.  Then, things started happening, at least for Fern, because the viewpoint we truly get the clearest image of is through her eyes, and it was...enlightening.  She found herself in so many little ways, and unlocked so many larger doors that were creating obstacles, while lifting several pieces of the world from her weary shoulders...my mind circled back to the original suggestion/steps that created this "opportunity".  Would it be a good idea?  Or would the changes they were both bound to experience not simply drive them apart, but make it clearer as to why they seemed to be growing in that direction anyway? 

It was a conundrum, and I could only stay along for the ride to find out just how things played out.  Along the journey, we meet so many souls seeking their own solace, understanding, and new beginnings that one can't help but be moved by not only their stories, but the steps they've taken to find their paths again.  The tortured artist, the unheard youth, the guilt ridden heart, the haunted widow...all of them, good, giving, and kind hearted people, just needing to find a connection, along with their own voices once again.  It gave the story a true feeling of togetherness, and provided a wonderful fullness to everything experienced.





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About the author...



From interior designer to author, Linn B. Halton - who also writes under the pen name of Lucy Coleman - says 'it's been a fantastic journey!'

 Linn is the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels - including Summer on the Italian Lakes, Snowflakes over Holly Cove, The French Adventure and A Cottage in the Country. She is represented by Sara Keane of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.

When she's not writing, or spending time with the family, she's either upcycling furniture, working in the garden, or practising Tai Chi.

Living in Coed Duon in the Welsh Valleys with her 'rock', Lawrence, and gorgeous Bengal cat Ziggy, she is an eternal romantic.

Linn is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association and the SoA and writes feel-good, uplifting novels about life, love and relationships.


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CHANCE TO WIN...
...a signed paperback of 'A Springtime to Remember'
and a Boldwood Tote bag!
 (Open INT)

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