BROOK COTTAGE BOOK TOURS PRESENTS A KISS FROM FRANCE BY SUSAN HUGHES 12 – 23 OCTOBER 2015

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Genre:  Historical Fiction/Romance

Release Date: 19 July 2015 p/back; 29 July 2015 e-book

Publisher:  Silverwood Books

ABOUT THE BOOK

London, 1917. Lizzie Fenwick is young, ambitious, and in love. At least, she thinks A Kiss from France Cover Image2 1she’s in love with the soldier who answered the note she concealed in a box of ammunition shells. She spends her days filling shells with TNT, and her nights dreaming of the mysterious Harry Slater.

Eunice Wilson knows the exact moment her marriage to Jack began to fracture. He refused to enlist, and their patriotic neighbours never let her live it down. Now he’s been conscripted and she can’t help but feel regret for shunning Jack before his departure.

As separate tragedies cause Lizzie to make hard choices and Eunice to cope with loss, the two women are unsure how to adjust when peace finally returns. Little do they know that an earlier war-time betrayal will force Lizzie and Eunice to confront everything they knew about friendship, loyalty, and love.

A Kiss From France is a historical fiction romance novel set in London’s East End during World War I. If you like compelling human stories, believable female protagonists, and the suspense and intrigue of war-time London, then you’ll love this heartfelt tale of two women who yearn to feel alive in a broken world.

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MY REVIEW

For me this was a winner from the first page.  A great story, well written with a true feeling for the period. There’s everything here: love, guilt, loss, betrayal and a lot of sadness – so have the tissues handy!

Lizzie, Eunice and Peggy all work together in a munitions factory in London. Eunice’s husband Jack has gone off to war, conscripted after he refused to volunteer – something that has angered and humiliated her.  Lizzie has slipped a note into a box of ammunition.  The note has been responded to by soldier Harry Slater and now he’s coming home on leave to see her.  Lizzie is looking forward to meeting him and seeing if he measures up to her romantic vision. And Peggy is a girl who lives for the moment.  In her words ‘we could all be dead tomorrow.’

The book follows these three characters, although Lizzie and Eunice take the lion’s share of the story as their lives become caught up in a most unexpected and ultimately tragic way.

I really couldn’t put this book down and as I reached the end I was sure how it was all going to finish. I have to say I was surprised when I’d reached the last page and the outcome was quite different.  I’m not sure what the author’s plans are but I would love to see a sequel.  A fabulous read – thank you!

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I would like to thank the author and Brook Cottage Books for providing a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Susan Hughes grew up near a small mining village in Northumberland, England. When she didn’t have her nose in a book and, careless of the class and gender expectations of her upbringing, she was climbing trees, catching water boatmen in a jar from a nearby burn or go-karting round country lanes with the kids next door before taking herself off to University.

A career in the City of London during the frenetic ‘Big Bang’ boom of financial de-regulation was followed my marriage, children and a desire for a change of gear. A move to the rural West Country enabled her to raise her sons near the coast and indulge her penchant for visiting stately piles while finding time to keep up her reading habit.

After she found a handful of WW1 silk postcards among her grandmother’s possessions, the romantic greeting on one of them inspired her to weave a story around its imagined sender and recipient. It became her first novel, A Kiss from France. She is now working on her second book send in inter-war London.

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14204035.Susan_Hughes

Website: www.susanhughes.net

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BROOK COTTAGE BOOK TOURS PRESENTS THE REINVENTION OF MINI FINNEGAN BY WHITNEY DINEEN 5 – 16 OCTOBER 2015

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Thirty-four year old, Mimi Finnegan is the third of four daughters and in her eyes, by far, the most unremarkable. She has no singular accomplishment that can stand up to any of her sisters. And if that isn’t enough, she is the only single sibling in her family.

Mimi’s sisters decide that it’s time she gets serious about husband hunting, so they begin a campaign to find Mr. Right for her. Considering her most recent dating encounters include a night club owner who stuffs bratwurst in his pants and a WASPy trust fund baby, living happily under his mother’s thumb, Mimi is more than ready to meet THE ONE. Enter celebrated British novelist Elliot Fielding. 81K-6BWEe8L._SL1500_

Sexual tension and anger heat up between the duo and it isn’t until Mimi discovers that Elliot is almost engaged to another that she realizes she is head-over-heels in love with him.

The journey will make you laugh, cry and want to pull your hair out from frustration! Mimi eventually learns that she is quite remarkable in her own right and never needed to worry that she lived in her sister’s shadows.

The Reinvention of Mimi Finnegan is the perfect laugh-out-loud, feel good book for any woman who has ever felt that she wasn’t good enough.

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MY REVIEW

The Reinvention of Mimi Finnegan begins with a crisis: Mimi has just been told she has a bunion. She has spent her life in awe of her three beautiful and successful sisters: sisters who tell her the one thing she has that they do not is beautiful feet.  Leaving the doctor’s surgery she tries to cope with this crisis the way she does best: by eating.

Growing up feeling she’s not as perfect as her sisters Mimi seeks comfort in food.  She yo-yos between losing weight and fighting overwhelming cravings for all the wrong foods.

When best selling British author Elliot Fielding enters Mimi’s life it doesn’t take long for her to realise he is THE ONE. Full of energy and determination she embarks on a mission to lose weight and glam up all in the cause of snaring Elliot, even though he already appears to be involved with the sylph-like Beatrice.

The result is an entertaining story filled with so many twists and turns including Mimi enlisting the help of gorgeous advertising executive Richard Bingham in her efforts to snare Elliot.  Things get complicated when Richard declares his love for her and then Elliot drops a bombshell, destroying any hope of them ever being together.

I loved this book and all the characters in it, especially Mimi’s old school friend Kevin who provides her with unfailing support throughout all her trials and tribulations.

So who does Mimi eventually end up with?  Does she continue to pine away for the unattainable Elliot or ride off into the sunset with Richard?  Well you will need to read the book yourself to find out.  And please do read it; it’s great entertainment from cover to cover. The writing is smooth and witty, the situations which Mimi not only to gets  herself into, but involves others in as well, makes for some laugh out loud moments.  A well deserved five star review.

I would like to thank the author and Brook Cottage Books for providing a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

 

ABOUT WHITNEY DINEEN

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While attending the University of Illinois in Chicago, Whitney Dineen was discovered by a local modeling agent and began an unexpected career as a plus-size Ford model. She modeled in New York City before moving to Los Angeles with her husband. When she wasn’t modeling, she was in the kitchen, baking delights to share with friends. Soon, her friends began asking her to send baskets of her wonderful candies and cookies to business associates, agents and production studios. Word spread like wildfire, and the rest, as they say, is history. Whitney’s sensational creations are still in great demand by her loyal celebrity clientele (www.WhitneysGoodies.com). During “The Hollywood Years,” Whitney was bitten by the writing bug and started creating characters that are inspired by strong women with a great sense of humor. In addition to her love of chick-lit, Whitney has also written a series of adventure books for middle readers The first of which, Wilhelmina and the Willamette Wig Factory is available now.  Whitney and her husband, Jimmy, have relocated to the beautiful Pacific Northwest to raise their children, chickens and organic vegetables.

Her first rom com, She Sins at Midnight recently won 2015 Reader’s Favorite silver medal in chick-lit and Mimi was #1 or #2 in humor satire on Amazon for over 2 weeks.

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website: http://whitneydineen.com/

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