A YEAR OF LIGHT AND SHADOWS by @HelenaFairfax #Anthology #SundayBlogShare


A Year of Light and Shadows by Helena Fairfax
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Four Point Five Stars.

A Year Of Light and Shadows is a three book anthology, the stories all connecting and following on.

Book 1: Palace Of Deception. Set in the fictional southern Europe principality of Montverrier, this is the tale of Scottish actress Elizabeth Smith, who has been offered a summer job impersonating a missing Princess. She must take the place of Princess Charlotte at a royal investiture ceremony. For five weeks Elizabeth is housebound at the castle learning her character role. Full time bodyguard Léon, rarely leaves her side and they become good friends.

Book 2: The Scottish Diamond. Elizabeth and Léon return to her home town of Edinburgh, Elizabeth to her drama school where they rehearse for Macbeth and tries to find a job. An exhibition at the castle of the famous “Scottish Diamond” offers Léon work, until once again they find themselves embroiled in the plans of the Royal family of Montverrier.

Part 3 is a short story. A Question by Torchlight. Hogmonay celebrations in Scotland and Elizabeth fears she will lose Léon. Can the Italian ever settle in dreary Scotland?

This is a captivating and well written set of stories and is a quick read at just 179 pages in total.

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Book Description

Three spell-binding romantic mysteries in one romance boxed set 
Book One: Palace of Deception 
From the heat of the Mediterranean…. 
When the Princess of Montverrier goes missing, Lizzie Smith takes on the acting job of her life. Alone and surrounded by intrigue in the Royal Palace, she relies on her quiet bodyguard, Léon. But who is he really protecting? Lizzie…or the Princess? 

Book Two: The Scottish Diamond 
To the heart of Scotland… 
Home in Scotland, Lizzie begins rehearsals for Macbeth and finds danger stalking her through the streets of Edinburgh. She turns to her former bodyguard, Léon, for help…and discovers a secret he’d do anything not to reveal. 

Epilogue: A Question by Torchlight (A Short Story) 
A story of mystery and romance… 
The approach of Hogmanay in Edinburgh means a new year and new resolutions. Lizzie and Léon have put their year of danger behind them. But something is still troubling Léon, and Lizzie fears the worst…

About the author

Helena Fairfax

Helena Fairfax writes engaging contemporary romances with sympathetic heroines and heroes she’s secretly in love with. Her novels have been shortlisted for several awards, including the Exeter Novel Prize, the Global eBook Awards, and the I Heart Indie Awards. Her first novel was a contender for the UK’s Romantic Novelists’ Association New Writers’ Scheme Award.
Helena is a British author who was born in Uganda and came to England as a child. She’s grown used to the cold now, and these days she lives in an old Victorian mill town in the north of England, right next door to the windswept Yorkshire moors. She walks this romantic landscape every day with her rescue dog, finding it the perfect place to dream up her heroes and her happy endings.
You can find out more about Helena by subscribing to her newsletter at http://eepurl.com/bRQtsT All new subscribers receive a FREE copy of her novella Palace of Deception

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Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT A Way From Heart To Heart by @HelenaFairfax

Today’s team review comes from Amanda, she blogs at https://ajbookreviewclub.wordpress.com/

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Amanda has been reading A Way From Heart To Heart by Helena Fairfax with Brook Cottage Books



I have not read or heard of Helena before so i was please to have another new author to read

WOW what i have i miss out on what a talented author once I started to read i really couldn’t put it down i was hooked  i was so caught up in the relationship between Kate and paul 

This book so good Helena done a brilliant job at showing us all her character weakness and strengths you really do keep to know them so well   She goes so in dept i felt this pulls you into their life’s so well my heart when out to them 

Kate husband was killed in Afghanistan  Kate world was turned up side down how would she cope ? she got to be strong for George her son he was so young he need his mum 

Paul was Stuart best friend  they were both were very good journalist and paul was George god parent he was going to see George once a month to take him out but i felt him and Kate did  not really like each or did they ?  They relationship seem a bit strained    Why?      

I found Paul a great character but i felt he was a  bit detached at times a bit hard to read or was he trying to hide his feelings for kate ? Both were grieving both cope differently i felt 


Kate worked with a great charity she was throwing her self into it she was supporting disadvantage teenagers she wanted some publicity in pops paul he going to help and support them but some other not so nice journalists pick up on Kate being a model and try to run a bad story about her 

I not telling you more i want you to read

Soon Kate and Paul start to feel more for each other which i was so happy about were you? 

I felt this book was about love, friendship, grief, loss , learning to cope with a loss and trying to rebuild your life and maybe find love again i was so grip by the brilliant storyline 

Helena got a great way of bringing her characters to life i felt all their love , pain and loss they become my friends i felt Helena had such a wonderful love and passion for them 

This book so well written it got a very sad under 

Tone but the main plot so warm and uplifting i loved it 

I enjoy the background to the characters i found it so interesting i was glued to this book i read in two nights 

You will be on the edge of your chair with this book i was guessing what was going to happen i just wanted them to be happy and take the plunge  

I found this so warm to read i really enjoy it a brilliant tale of love 

I would like to thank Brooks Cottage tour for letting me be part of this book tour i also read as part of  Rosie’s Book Review team    

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