Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan #HistoricalFiction @CKeeganFiction #Novella

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Published: October 2021 by Faber & Faber

Category: Historical Fiction, Irish Fiction, Novella

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It is 1985, in an Irish town. During the weeks leading up to Christmas, Bill Furlong, a coal and timber merchant, faces into his busiest season. As he does the rounds, he feels the past rising up to meet him – and encounters the complicit silences of a people controlled by the Church.

Bill Furlong, a coal and timber merchant, was born in 1946 of a young single mother who worked as a domestic for Mrs Wilson, a wealthy Protestant widow. Bill’s mother’s family wanted nothing to do with her but Mrs Wilson, a kind woman, let them both continue living with her and took young Bill under her wing when his mother died.

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Stand Out Reads of 2021 #Books #Reading #TuesdayBookBlog

This year wasn’t a particularly good one, not the books themselves but my reading. The year started off horribly, losing my lovely Finn. Then it was the advent of the dreaded virus, coupled with moving house. The motivation to read came and went and I haven’t read nearly as many books as usual.  And Flynn came into our lives and my time wasn’t my own! 

The following are snippets from the books that stood out for me this year. If you’d like to read the full review please click on the title.

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#GuestPost ~ Christina Courtenay #author of Tempted by the Runes #HistoricalRomance #Giveaway @PiaCCourtenay @rararesources

I’m delighted to welcome Christina Courtenay with a guest post and giveaway as part of the blog tour organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.

Tempted By The Runes

In the 860s AD when the Vikings first started to settle on Iceland, it was completely uninhabited. There had apparently been a few Irish monks who had somehow made their way there to live in isolation, and possibly the odd ship that had been blown off course, but unlike most other places that were colonised, the newcomers didn’t have to fight anyone for possession of the land. It was just there for the taking. That must have been an amazing feeling!

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#PublicationDayPush ~ Snow-Kissed Proposals by @JenniAuthor and @ElisabethHobbes #FestiveShorts #HistoricalRomance @rararesources

Welcome to the publication day push for Snow-Kissed Proposals, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources.

Snow-Kissed Proposals

My Thoughts

The Christmas Runaway

The Christmas Runaway finds Fiona MacKay lost in the Scottish Highlands, soaked through by the relentless drizzle and wearing uncomfortable new ankle boots. She had acted impulsively, running away from what she considered an unbearable suituation at home, deciding to visit her friend Mhairi in the hopes of making her father see sense. Her maid, Emily, and luggage were waiting at the train station, and now here was this unkempt stranger offering to take her to her destination. She should have listened to Emily and stayed the night in Aberdeen but she’d been too stubborn.

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#BlogTour #Extract ~ Love and Lavender: A Mayfield Family Romance (Book 4) by @JosiSKilpack #HistoricalRomance #AustenprosePR @ShadowMountn #TuesdayBookBlog

I’m delighted to be sharing an extract today from Love and Lavender, a Regency romance, for my stop on the blog tour.

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First here’s what the book is about…

Title: Love and Lavender: A Mayfield Family Romance (Book 4)

Series: Proper Romance

Author: Josi S. Kilpack

Genre: Historical Romance, Regency Romance, Inspirational Fiction

Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing (November 2, 2021)

Length: (320) pages

Format: Trade paperback, eBook, & audiobook 

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#BookTour Spotlight Feature ~ Every Word Unsaid by #KimberlyDuffy #HistoricalFiction @Bethany_House #AustenprosePR

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Title: Every Word Unsaid: A Novel

Author: Kimberly Duffy

Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery & Suspense, Inspirational Fiction

Publisher: Bethany House (November 2, 2021)

Length: (368) pages

Format: Trade paperback, eBook, & audiobook 

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#BookTour Spotlight Feature ~ The London House by @Katherine_Reay #HistoricalFiction #AustenprosePR @HarperCollins @harpermusebooks

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The London House: A Novel

Author: Katherine Reay

Genre: Historical Fiction, Women’s Fiction

Publisher: Harper Muse (November 2, 2021)

Length: (368) pages

Format: Trade paperback, eBook, & audiobook 

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Taming the Highlander (Scottish Relic Trilogy #2) by May McGoldrick #HistoricalFiction #Fantasy

Taming the Highlander is the second book in a trilogy I enjoyed listening to a few years ago.

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My Thoughts

Fifty years previously four small pieces of a stone relic, the Wheel of Lugh, were brought to Scotland. Each fragment held a special gift but together, the four pieces would hold a terrible power if they were to fall into the wrong hands. The bearers of the tablets had sworn an oath, to travel to the farthest reaches of Scotland to keep the pieces of the relic separate.

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Desire & Deceit (The Victorian Detectives Book 9) by Carol Hedges ~ #BookReview for #RBRT @carolJhedges #TuesdayBookBlog

58621177._SX318_Author: Carol Hedges

Published: July 2021 by Little G Books

Category: Historical Crime Fiction, Victorian, Book Review

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It is 1868, and the body of a young man has gone missing from the police mortuary at Scotland Yard, an event that has never happened before. Who was the mysterious corpse, and why was he spirited away in the night? These are the questions baffling Detective Inspector Stride and Detective Sergeant Cully as they set out to uncover the truth.

London during 1868 is experiencing the hottest summer on record, wilting under the relentless heat and resulting odours. Detective Inspector Leo Stride, feeling the lack of his daily caffeine from the usual coffee stalls holders who have forsaken London for the much cooler countryside, is summoned along with his colleague DS Jack Cully to the morgue. There was a problem. A body had gone missing.

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#MiniBlogBlitz #GuestPost from M W Arnold @Mick859 #HistoricalFiction @rararesources

I’m delighted to welcome M W Arnold with a guest post for my slot on the 5 Day Mini Blog Blitz organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.

Wild Blue Yonder

Hi Cathy and thank you very much for letting me on to your ‘Between the Lines’ Blog. I’m so happy you’re part of the blog tour for ‘Wild Blue Yonder’, the second book in my ‘Broken Wings’ series.

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