#NewRelease Rosie’s #BookReview Of #Historical #Romance REDEEMING THE RECLUSIVE EARL by @VirginiaHeath_ @MillsandBoon

Redeeming the Reclusive EarlRedeeming the Reclusive Earl by Virginia Heath

4.5 stars

Redeeming The Reclusive Earl is an historical romance.

The Earl of Rivenhall just wants to hide away from the world with his battle scars, so when he discovers someone is trespassing on his land and digging holes, he’s angry.

Effie is a self-taught archaeologist and has been discovering artefacts in the abbey ruins on Rivenhall’s estate for years. She believes she is on the cusp of discovering some very important new findings, and she’s not about to let an angry earl stop her excavations.

I really enjoyed how bold Effie was when dealing with the Earl; she understood his blustering ways and challenged him when others feared his wrath. The archaeology theme was a bonus for me too as I’ve always had an interest in discovering old artefacts.

With just a handful of characters and an unusual setting this was a refreshing change from similar books in this genre which are so often set in London. I’m a fan of Heath’s stories and this is another winner for me.

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Book description

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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Rosie’s #BookReview Of #HistoricalRomance The Inconvenient Elmswood Marriage by @MargueriteKaye #TuesdayBookBlog

The Inconvenient Elmswood Marriage (Mills & Boon Historical) (Penniless Brides of Convenience, Book 4)The Inconvenient Elmswood Marriage (Mills & Boon Historical) by Marguerite Kaye

4 stars

The Inconvenient Elmswood Marriage is an historical romance and book four of the Penniless Brides of Convenience series.

This is the story of Kate, an estate manager’s daughter who married a man, only to live separately from him for the next eleven years.

Daniel Fairfax wanted nothing to do with his inheritance and was only too happy to hand the running of his estate over to Kate. For eleven years their only communication were brief letters. But when two men from the Admiralty turned up at his home seeking Kate’s help. She believed it was her wifely duty to pack a bag and go to his rescue.

Having read the previous three books in this series, I was pleased to get the chance to read Kate’s story. I enjoyed the snippets about the agricultural revolution that were slipped into the narrative and appreciated the role Kate played in restoring the estate grounds and gardens.

The romance was expected, but still worked well between the couple, even surprising me a little at times.

Overall, a fine ending to a series.

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Book description

Their marriage was a solution…
Until passion turns it into a problem!

Lord and Lady Elmswood’s convenient marriage has allowed them to live separate lives for years. Until larger-than-life Daniel almost dies and Kate must nurse the husband she barely knows back to health…and discover how maddeningly attractive he is! With the clock ticking on his departure, they disagree on everything – except the impossibility of resisting each other!

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The Inconvenient Elmswood Marriage (Mills & Boon Historical) (Penniless Brides of Convenience, Book 4) by [Kaye, Marguerite]

Rosie’s #Bookreview Of #HistoricalRomance A Wife Worth Investing In by @MargueriteKaye

A Wife Worth Investing in: Penniless Brides of ConvenienceA Wife Worth Investing in: Penniless Brides of Convenience by Marguerite Kaye

4 stars

A Wife Worth Investing In is an historical romance.

It opens with a Paris setting from 1828. Phoebe Brannagh has been studying under top chef Pascal Solignac. The only woman in his kitchens, she has dreams of opening her own restaurant. One evening she meets Owen Harrington, a young Englishman who is searching for his life purpose.

The pair agree to meet again in two years, when they will report back about their successes. Much happens in that time, and Owen does not make the rendezvous, while Phoebe’s own circumstances have changed dramatically. However, she is still determined to open her own restaurant, but, with few friends who could help, she seeks out Owen at his London home.

They agree to enter into a business venture, but is London society ready for such a bold move from a woman such as Phoebe?

I enjoyed the food theme of this book as well as Owen’s use of gymnastics, which added an unusual story thread; it worked well. I think this book would be much enjoyed by fans of this author and genre.

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Book description

A convenient proposal…

Makes a scandalous match!

Part of Penniless Brides of Convenience: Knocking on Owen Harrington’s door, impoverished and desperate, Miss Phoebe Brannagh wonders if London’s most eligible catch will recognise her. But injured and reclusive, Owen is no longer a carefree man. And he’s in urgent need of a convenient wife! Owen’s shock proposal allows Phoebe to fulfil her life’s ambition to open a restaurant…but his heated kisses tempt her to hope for a new dream – marriage, for real!

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Rosie’s #Bookreview of #Historical #Romance Secrets Of A Highland Warrior by @NicoleLockeNews @JaniceGPreston #TuesdayBookBlog

Secrets of a Highland Warrior (The Lochmore Legacy, #4)Secrets of a Highland Warrior by Nicole Locke

4 stars

Secrets Of A Highland Warrior is the final book in the Lockmore series of historical romances.

A set of four books, each steps back into history as clues to a mystery are revealed. Book one began in the Victorian era, book two is set during the Regency years, book three in Tudor times, and the final book is set in the medieval period.

So far we have been introduced to a mystical brooch, an empty crypt and a long standing family feud between two clans.

The final tale, but it could also be called the first, is set in 1293. Rory Lockmore is the only child of the current chief of the clan. He has taken men with him to Castle McCrieff, the home of their long-term enemy, to demand the surrender of land granted to them by the new English king.

Instead of the expected battle, Rory is offered a peace treaty and a marriage proposal. Is it a trap or can Rory put an end to the feud between the families?

This book is an enjoyable historical romance, but, more than that, it also provides the answer to the on-going mystery. Each story in the series has added clues and the mystery is concluded in the epilogue by Janet Preston, author of book one (His Convenient Highland Wedding). I’ve enjoyed each of the romances as I’m a fan of this genre; the mystery theme less so. However, I can see this working well as a box set.

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Book description

The key to his past…

…lies with the enemy sharing his bed!

Part of The Lochmore Legacy: a Scottish castle through the ages! Rory Lochmore had expected to wage battle, to claim land and finally secure his standing within his clan… Instead he won a wife. A McCrieff wife. Their convenient marriage could unite the two long-feuding clans forever. But can a political alliance give way to a passion strong enough to stand the secrets of the past?

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Rosie’s #Bookreview of #HistoricalRomance The Earl’s Countess Of Convenience by @MargueriteKaye

The Earl's Countess of Convenience (Penniless Brides of Convenience, #1)The Earl’s Countess of Convenience by Marguerite Kaye

4 stars

The Earl’s Countess Of Convenience is an historical romance set in 1827.

Eloise Brannagh and her sisters were taken under the wing of her Uncle Daniel’s household when their parents died in an accident at sea.

Alexander Sinclair is a friend of her uncle and he has a marriage proposal for Eloise. In just two months he needs a wife, so that he can inherit his family estates and prevent his greedy cousin’s claim. However, Alexander is wedded to his job at The Admiralty and any marriage must be in name only.

The volatile relationship of her parents has put Eloise off any thoughts of a romantic union with a husband, but Alexander’s proposal offers her financial independence that she could never hope to achieve as a spinster. She readily agrees and the pair create a story that makes their sudden marriage seem plausible. Nevertheless, this novel wouldn’t make for such an intriguing read if there was no a hitch in their plans.

I liked Eloise’s strong character and her open nature enriched the plot. I also enjoyed how she peeled away Alexander’s secrets and wore him down. A sprinkling of heated romance keeps the story interesting and Alexander’s garden surprise for Eloise was an absolute delight. What is it? You’ll have to read the book yourself to find out, my lips are sealed!

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Book description

A countess in name only…

…tempted by a night with her husband!

Part of Penniless Brides of Convenience: Eloise Brannagh has witnessed firsthand the damage unruly passion can cause. Yet she craves freedom, so a convenient marriage to the Earl of Fearnoch seems the perfect solution! Except Alexander Sinclair is more handsome, more intriguing, more everything than Eloise anticipated. She’s set her own rules for their marriage, but her irresistible husband might just tempt her to break them!

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Rosie’s #Bookreview of Regency #Romance Her Midnight Sin by @sofie_darling @SoulMatePublish

Her Midnight Sin (A Shadows and Silk Novel)Her Midnight Sin by Sofie Darling

4 stars

Her Midnight Sin is a Regency romance. Callie is a widow, who currently runs Wyldcombe Grange in Devon. It’s part of Viscount St. Alban’s estate, and one he wishes to sell off. But it’s Callie’s home and she’s poured her heart into making it turn a profit; she can’t stand the thought of losing it all. In her haste to raise the funds to buy the property herself, Callie strikes a deal with a notorious pirate.

John Nylander is a law-abiding captain of The Fortuyn. An orphan, he was raised by Viscount St. Alban’s sea-faring family. Chance circumstances and a bout of malaria have him sent to Wyldcombe Grange to convalesce. Once recovered, he admires the way Callie runs the estate; it would be just the place he would like to have for himself.

To Callie, Nylander is the very attractive enemy; a man who has the means to take away her precious home. She’ll do anything to stop that happening.

Set on the rugged coast of North Devon, this is a romance full of passion and heart-ache. I like stories with a connection to the sea and the pirate theme was an added bonus. The romance worked well and I admired Callie’s determination to keep her home. Ideal for those who enjoy this genre.

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Book description

Like a vengeful Norse god, Captain John Nylander has come from the sea to steal the only home that Callie has ever known. And that might not be all he’s after.

Can a Viking…

Orphaned as a child, Nylander has never known a real home. Now he is ready to leave the dangers of his past behind and put down the roots he has always longed for. The only thing standing in his way is a lanky aristocratic lady who is more at home on the farm than in the ballroom. And she has secrets…

And a Viscountess…

Callie, the Dowager Viscountess St. Alban, has poured all her energy into making Wyldcombe Grange her home. Managing an estate is not what she dreamed of, but her late husband’s rejection made it clear that love and a family would never be hers. Now she may lose even that to the sinfully handsome Captain. But Nylander is making her dream again…

Turn passion into love?

Nylander inspires a recklessness in Callie that she can’t control. Soon she finds herself conspiring with pirates and contemplating midnight trysts with the very Viking who has turned her life upside down. For Nylander, being with Callie embodies everything he’s always wanted—home. As midnight strikes, will all their secret, sinful dreams come true?

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#BookReview #RBRT Everybody’s Somebody by @BerylKingston @EndeavourPress #TuesdayBookBlog

Today’s second team review is from Liz, she blogs here https://lizannelloyd.wordpress.com/

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Liz has been reading Everybody’s Somebody by Beryl Kingston

Everybody's Some

In Beryl Kingston’s latest novel, we follow the life of Rosie Goodison, from the day she sets out to become a nursemaid at Arundel Castle, at the age of 12.  She is told that she is, “nobody of consequence,” but she is a strong independent girl of the early 20th century and she is determined to take on everything she can attain.  A few years later she finds a temporary job as housekeeper to two young toffs on holiday from Eton and when one of them gives her a reference to take to the RAC club in Pall Mall, she has no idea that his signature, Anthony Eden, will be of significance in the future.

On her afternoon off she meets Kitty, a young suffragette, whose brother Joe is a docker.  Soon Rosie meets them regularly, increasing her political understanding as well as enjoying trips to Music Halls.  Romance blossoms as war approaches and both Rosie’s brother, Tommy, and her sweetheart, Joe, become soldiers.  There is tragedy and there are life-changing consequences.

But we first meet Rosie in a painting in an art gallery many years later, so how did that happen?  While working at the RAC club, Rosie had made the acquaintance of a young artist who wished her to model for him and when she finds herself unemployed at a difficult time in her life, Rosie agrees.

This novel is a superb description of southern England from the turn of the century until 1939.  Through the lives of poor families in the countryside and in London, the struggle to succeed and even to survive, despite war, unemployment and hardship, is shown clearly.  Rosie’s warm, vibrant character makes each event human and I identified strongly with her hopes and wishes for her family.  She embodies the title, “Everybody’s Somebody.”

Book Description

“Life’s for real an’ you got to get on with it.”

Rosie Goodison is not one to shy away from life’s problems. Whether it’s finding work or challenging injustice, Rosie squares her shoulders, sets her chin high and faces it full on.

Born at the end of the nineteenth century, in the rural south of England and sent into service aged just twelve, Rosie quickly discovers that many good people spend their lives toiling for very little reward, whilst others ‘have it all’.

She decides it won’t be like that for her. Why can’t she ride in a car? Why can’t she work when she’s pregnant? Why can’t she live in a nice flat? Why can’t she be an artist’s model?

Whilst working as a housekeeper for two upper-class boys, Rosie starts to learn more and more about the world, gleaned from overheard conversations and newspapers left lying around. This triggers an ongoing thirst for knowledge, which shapes her views, informs her decisions and influences her future.

Rosie aspires to have a better life than that of her parents: better living conditions, better working conditions and pay, better education for her children, to be able to vote, to be able to control how many children she has…

Without realising it, this young woman is blazing a trail for all those who are to come after.

Whilst working in London, Rosie meets her sweetheart Jim, but the The Great War puts paid to their plans for the future, and matters worsen afterwards, as she, along with the rest of society, tries to deal with the horrors and losses.

This heart-warming story follows the events of the early twentieth century – the impact and horrors of WW1, the financial crisis and the rapid social and political changes that took place.

All that remains of Rosie now is a quartet of paintings in an art gallery. The artist, now famous but the model, unnamed and forgotten; nobody of consequence.

But everybody has a life story. Everybody leaves some kind of mark on this world.

Everybody’s somebody.

About the author

Beryl Kingston

I was born in 1931 in Tooting, and when I was four was enrolled at a local dancing school run by a lady called Madam Hadley, which I attended until I was eight when the war began. Because of the war my school career was – shall we say – varied. I was evacuated twice, the first time to Felpham which is near Bognor Regis and the second to Harpenden in Hertfordshire, and consequently went to ten different schools. I ended up at Streatham Secondary School, an LCC grammar run on the Dalton system, which offered a few lessons as sparking points and then required pupils to be responsible for their own learning, either in study rooms with their teachers on hand to help and advise, or on their own in the library or the school hall. It suited me to a T. Then to King’s College London, where I read English and enjoyed myself a lot, but wasn’t particularly distinguished, having other things on my mind by then.

I am proud of the fact that I was in Tooting for the first four months of the blitz, and only left it to be evacuated again when our road was bombed and our house was uninhabitable. I spent the middle part of the war in Harpenden and returned to live in London again at the end of the war at the time of the V2’s, this time without my family.

When I was just sixteen I met the love of my life, who arrived on my doorstep in Air Force blue one February evening in the coldest winter on record. Despite heavy opposition from my parents, we married three years later during my first year at King’s and spent the next 53 years 11 months and 6 days living more and more happily together. We had three much loved children and five much loved grandchildren and once I’d embarked on my career as a novelist, researched all the books together, which was great fun. We finished work on ‘Gates of Paradise’ six weeks before he died. So this publication is special to me.

I have enjoyed two careers in my life – as a teacher from 1952 to 1985 (with ten years off to bring up my family, which some might consider a third career) and as a published writer from 1980 to date. I am also, although it sounds immodest to say it, an easy and charismatic public speaker, usually unfazed by any audience no matter how big or how small or what questions they might throw at me.

In the two schools where I was head of the English department, I deliberately covered the full range of age and ability, believing that as I was paid the largest salary I should carry the heaviest responsibility. My work was filmed by KCL Education Department for use in their PGCE course and I have given talks at various colleges and schools on a variety of educational subjects, from teaching poetry to ‘tackling’ sex education. I have never subscribed to the Gradgrind theory of education which is current now, but always believed that the job of a teacher is to enable her students to learn.

I have always been a political animal, taking part in street demonstrations, walking from Aldermaston to London, involved in the 1945 election despite the fact that I was only fourteen, taking to the streets again, along with a million others, to protest against the Iraq war when I was 72.

And as a last and rather lighter touch, I was a beauty queen in 1947. It wasn’t all protests!

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