Tuesday, June 8, 2021

“If it’s all the same to you, I’ll have that drink now.” #Loki #Marvel

 

“If it’s all the same to you, I’ll have that drink now.”





Oh come on, we all knew Loki didn't die— he is one of the best characters in Marvel, and I am not just saying that because I might be a tiny bit infatuated with Tom Hiddleston (don't tell my husband) but because Loki is so unpredictable and so much fun. So really, tomorrow cannot come soon enough. Forget my to-read list, tomorrow evening I will be sat in front of the telly watching Loki. If it is anything like WandaVision or The Falcon and the Winter Soldier then I am going to be hooked. Super excited!! 

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Sunday, June 6, 2021

Just because there is a manual it does not mean you need to buy a tank!

You know how my husband always likes to tinker away with cars - in fact, the Haynes Manuals are the only books he reads. So who thought a visit to the tank museum would be a good idea? Hands up, yes that was me. I thought I could maybe get him into history by visiting a museum where he just might appreciate the exhibits. Now he wants to buy a tank. Give me strength!


But there were some pretty impressive tanks at the museum, and I loved their journey through the trenches of World War 1. It is certainly worth a visit. 

The Tank Museum gets a thumbs up from me and from my husband. I just hope I can convince him that we really do not need a tank!! I am now very suspicious of any packages that are addressed to him, it would not surprise me if he builds a tank by stealth! I would not put it past him, although how he is going to get the Continuous track past me remains to be seen. He will probably get it delivered to his mums!! 





Thursday, June 3, 2021

On tour with The Coffee Pot Book Club - Read my #BookReview of Sisters at War by Clare Flynn #HistoricalFiction #WW2 @clarefly @maryanneyarde

 

We are heading back to the 1940's today. It is with the greatest of pleasures that I introduce you to Clare Flynn and and her exceptionally great novel, Sisters at War.


Sisters at War

By Clare Flynn


1940 Liverpool.


The pressures of war threaten to tear apart two sisters traumatised by their father’s murder of their mother.


With her new husband, Will, a merchant seaman, deployed on dangerous Atlantic convoy missions, Hannah needs her younger sister Judith more than ever. But when Mussolini declares war on Britain, Judith's Italian sweetheart, Paolo is imprisoned as an enemy alien, and Judith's loyalties are divided.


Each sister wants only to be with the man she loves but, as the war progresses, tensions between them boil over, and they face an impossible decision.


A heart-wrenching page-turner about the everyday bravery of ordinary people during wartime. From heavily blitzed Liverpool to the terrors of the North Atlantic and the scorched plains of Australia, Sisters at War will bring tears to your eyes and joy to your heart.

 

 


I will begin yet another review by saying, oh my goodness, the cover is beautiful. I barely skimmed the blurb, agreeing to read this book because of the image I was presented with, and I must say, I do not regret this decision even the smallest bit.

Hannah Kidd is married to Will, who spends the majority of this book away at sea. He is a merchant seaman, and working on a ship is his contribution to the war effort. No matter how much Hannah may worry about him when he’s not there, it seems that finding a job on land is out of the question.

The household Hannah is in is a bit of a motley crew. The owner of the house is Sam, whom she was briefly illegally married to after their fathers forced together the union. When Hannah and Judith’s father, an abusive man who preached religion to get his own way, killed their mother, Sam took Hannah and Judith in, giving them a place to stay. Although deep down a caring, lonely woman, the fourth inhabitant, Nance, takes Hannah for granted, sitting back and letting Hannah do all the housework, and cook the meals. And then there is Will, who, although isn’t home much, completes the mismatched family.

I adored Will and Hannah. They are such a beautiful couple, and it was utterly heartbreaking when Will kept leaving for sea, and Hannah would watch the telegraph boy out the window, breathing a sigh of relief when he would continue past her house without stopping. Hannah is the most selfless person imaginable, and continuously gives up things for other people, namely her sister and Nance. I didn’t like Nance all that much, she put herself first and was extremely tactless about every situation anyone else found themselves in. I couldn’t quite make my mind up about Hannah’s sister, Judith. While she has had a very traumatic childhood, and the events of this story only add to that trauma, Hannah has suffered through almost exactly the same, and yet she is expected to keep going while Judith shuts down, making her sister take over. I understand that such a scenario was likely to make Judith react so, but she is so selfish towards Hannah that I had a hard time liking her.

If you have read this book, (if not, you need to!) you are aware about the scene I am about to talk about. I was sat with my hand over my mouth, not wanting to read on for fear of what would happen, but also need to continue because I needed to know what would happen. My husband happened to walk into the room at this moment, as I was sat, curled up on the sofa under a blanket, with tears streaming down my face. At first, he thought something was wrong in real life, but when he noticed my ereader, he sighed, rolling his eyes, and mumbled something along the lines of ‘why read it if it upsets you’ as he left the room again. He did return and bring me a cup of tea, but he does not, and could not, understand the emotional turmoil of this book.

I am a firm believer that if a book has the ability to make you cry, it is a good book. If I read a bad book, I’m likely just to put it down and not show any emotional response to it, other than disgust at the waste of my time it was. This was a good book. In fact, it was more than that. It was beautiful, tragic, heartbreaking – it can cause laughter and sobbing, potentially at the same time.

If you don’t have this book, and/or haven’t read it – what are you waiting for? Did you even read my review? Go and buy it right now!


received my copy of this book from The Coffee Pot Book Club, but you can grab yours from your favourite online bookshop HERE!!!


Clare Flynn

Clare Flynn is the author of thirteen historical novels and a collection of short stories. A former International Marketing Director and strategic management consultant, she is now a full-time writer. 

Having lived and worked in London, Paris, Brussels, Milan and Sydney, home is now on the coast, in Sussex, England, where she can watch the sea from her windows. An avid traveler, her books are often set in exotic locations.

Clare is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a member of The Society of Authors, ALLi, and the Romantic Novelists Association. When not writing, she loves to read, quilt, paint and play the piano. 

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Tuesday, June 1, 2021

On tour with The Coffee Pot Book Club – Read my #bookreview of The Sterling Directive by Tim Standish #HistoricalThriller #AlternateHistory #BlogTour #CoffeePotBookClub @timstandishuk @maryanneyarde

 

Please join me in welcoming historical fiction author, Tim Standish, onto Oh look, another book. Tim is taking his book, The Sterling Directive, on tour with The Coffee Pot Book Club and I am so excited to be taking part in the tour because his book is fabulous!!


It is 1896. In an alternative history where Babbage’s difference engines have become commonplace, Captain Charles Maddox, wrongly convicted of a murder and newly arrested for treason, is rescued from execution by a covert agency called the Map Room. 

Maddox is given the choice of taking his chances with the authorities or joining the Map Room as an agent and helping them uncover a possible conspiracy surrounding the 1888 Ripper murders. Seeing little choice, Maddox accepts the offer and joins the team of fellow agents Church and Green. With help from the Map Room team, Maddox (now Agent Sterling) and Church investigate the Ripper murders and uncover a closely guarded conspiracy deep within the British Government. Success depends on the two of them quickly forging a successful partnership as agents and following the trail wherever, and to whomever, it leads. 

An espionage thriller set in an alternative late 19th-century London.




As you may well know, I could drop one end of my to-read list from the top of a flight of stairs and it would reach the bottom and then some. This means that I often forget what a book is about and go into it blind. This one, however, I didn’t. I kept repeating the phrase ‘Victorian era with computers’ to myself, which made me incredibly excited to read this book.

Charles got himself into a bit of trouble a few years ago, wherein he ended up as the main suspect of murder and was told he could either join the army for ten years or be put to death. Unsurprisingly, he took the option that meant he didn’t die, and was shipped off to fight. With a few years still left, Charles’ father fell ill and Charles snuck back into London to try and see his father before his imminent demise. He has a very eventful welcome home, finding himself in a duel, then heading to Cooper’s, a place that can only be described as a fancy brothel, only to then be faced with a raid to the building that ended up with him in handcuffs.

Luckily, for him, the cell he was put in was only under the Thames, which apparently was no challenge for the agency calling themselves the Map Room to break him out and recruit him, in exchange for a pardon, allowing him to stay in the country and escape the notice of the police. They have a directive that they want him to help with – to investigate Jack the Ripper. New information has come to light, that there may not be just one man, but two working together to create the Ripper, and such information needs investigating.

Charles takes on the name ‘Sterling’ and works with another agent, Church, in the investigation. I must say, Church was one of my favourite characters, if only for his love of tea. He gets very upset when there is no tea, and, despite his distaste for coffee, he seems to end up drinking it quite often. Being British, I can assure you that this is not a stereotype, but almost an everyday occurance when there is a lack of tea available.

I also really liked Patience, who is an angsty computer hacker, who seems to spend all her time locked away in a room with a computer, getting up to one thing or another that is incredibly helpful to the Map Room, and an inconvenience to anyone else. Patience reminded me of Shuri, the Black Panther’s sister, if anyone has seen that movie.

A couple of times, I found myself doing some research as to when certain things were invented. For certain, in the Victorian times, there was no such thing as a card reader, they weren’t invented until the 1960s, so this book is definitely an alternative history novel. Somehow, though, this didn’t hinder the story at all. I liked the fact that it was modern day, minus mobile phones and internet, in the Victorian times. It created a world that I am accustomed to (not that I am accustomed to airship raids, but you get what I mean) in a historical setting and it was incredibly easy to get lost in the pages.

There is plenty of mystery and action in this book, which make you not want to put it down to do things like sleep because you want to keep on reading. This, unfortunately, poses an issue, as I like sleep and I already have an overactive child who likes waking up far too early. My usual early(ish) nights turned later and while my husband kept trying to get me to go to bed, I ignored him to keep reading. Eventually, he realised that tempting me with hot chocolate was the way to go, and I put the book down in favour of hot chocolate in bed, with tiny marshmallows.

All in all, this is a really entertaining and interesting book, with a good helping of murder and some mystery, action and technology used to season it to taste. I loved reading this book, and would recommend it to anyone wanting a good read, which doesn't demand too much historical knowledge to understand!


I received my copy from The Coffee Pot Book Club, but you can grab yours at your favourite book shop, Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon CA, Amazon AU, Barnes and Noble, Waterstones, Audio.

Tim Standish
Tim Standish grew up in England, Scotland and Egypt. Following a degree in Psychology, his career has included teaching English in Spain, working as a researcher on an early computer games project, and working with groups and individuals on business planning, teamworking and personal development.
He has travelled extensively throughout his life and has always valued the importance of a good book to get through long flights and long waits in airports. With a personal preference for historical and science fiction as well as the occasional thriller, he had an idea for a book that would blend all three and The Sterling Directive was created.

When not working or writing, Tim enjoys long walks under big skies and is never one to pass up a jaunt across a field in search of an obscure historic site. He has recently discovered the more-exciting-than-you-would-think world of overly-complicated board games.

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Sunday, May 30, 2021

On tour with The Coffee Pot Book Club - ESSEX - Tudor Rebel (Book Two of the Elizabethan Series) by Tony Riches #Tudors #HistoricalFiction #BlogTour #CoffeePotBookClub @tonyriches @maryanneyarde

 Please join me in welcoming historical fiction author, Tony Riches, onto Oh look, another book. Tony is taking his book on tour with The Coffee Pot Book Club and I am so excited to be taking part in this tour. But that is enough from me. I think it is time to read an excerpt!





ESSEX - Tudor Rebel 
(Book Two of the Elizabethan Series)
By Tony Riches

Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex, is one of the most intriguing men of the Elizabethan period. Tall and handsome, he soon becomes a ‘favourite’ at court, so close to the queen many wonder if they are lovers.

The truth is far more complex, as each has what the other yearns for. Robert Devereux longs for recognition, wealth and influence. His flamboyant naïveté amuses the ageing Queen Elizabeth, like the son she never had, and his vitality makes her feel young.

Robert Devereux’s remarkable true story continues the epic tale of the rise of the Tudors, which began with the best-selling Tudor trilogy and concludes with the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.


Richmond Palace, April 1588

Anthony Bagot shook Robert awake. ‘A royal messenger is here, my lord. He says it’s urgent.’

Robert rubbed his eyes and cursed at the sound of Bagot pouring cold water from his ewer into the wash bowl. For a moment it seemed he was back in his attic rooms at Cambridge. Then he realised something serious must have happened. 

‘What reason did the messenger give for waking me at such an ungodly hour?’

‘Only that Her Majesty requires your presence.’ Bagot looked at him, as if he were going to make some comment but thought better of it. ‘I’ll fetch a fresh shirt, my lord.’

Robert clambered from his comfortable bed and splashed cold water in his face. He could be in trouble. Since the incident at North Hall he no longer took the queen’s goodwill for granted. If he needed a reminder of how the queen could turn on her most devoted subjects, he need look no further than his own mother and stepfather.

Bagot helped him dress in his best doublet. Rich food and good living meant the gleaming silver buttons were harder to fasten each time. 

‘You’ve never been summoned so early in the morning, my lord. Do you think the Spanish war fleet have been sighted?’

‘If they have, I shall ask the queen’s permission to fight alongside my stepfather at Tilbury.’ He brightened at the prospect. ‘Her Majesty can’t refuse if the beacons burn along the coast.’

The dawn tide on the choppy River Thames was in their favour as the surly boatman rowed him upriver to Richmond Palace. Robert frowned as a dead rat floated past. The river had seemed cleaner when he was a boy, but now the rapidly growing population treated it as an open sewer. 

A red-liveried footman led Robert to the queen’s private apartments, and Elizabeth’s ladies made a discreet exit as he entered. The queen was dressed simply, in black embroidered with silver stars, with a necklace of glistening pearls. She looked up at Robert with tired eyes, and gestured for him to sit close to her.

‘A letter has been delivered from Lord Admiral Howard.’ She handed the square of unsealed parchment to Robert.

He unfolded the note, written in a confident hand. 

‘For the love of Jesus Christ, madam, awake thoroughly and see the treasons round about you against Your Majesty, and your realm, and draw your forces round about you, like a mighty Prince to defend you. Truly, madam, if you do so there is no cause to fear, if you do not there will be danger.’

‘I am plagued by vivid nightmares.’ She spoke softly, as if making a confession. ‘I dreamed the Spanish sailed up the Thames into the heart of London, and there was nothing we could do.’

Robert refolded the letter, and looked into her dark-brown eyes. ‘Your fleet guards our coast, and our militia is defending the estuary at Tilbury.’

She stared at him without speaking for a moment. ‘There is still hope of peace. Our ambassador in Paris has been sent to tell the Duke of Parma we might surrender Flushing, if he will agree terms.’ Her tone suggested she was beginning to have doubts.

‘I fear it is too late for diplomacy.’ Robert saw his chance. ‘Let me assemble my company, and join the Earl of Leicester.’ He held his breath, and stared into her dark eyes as she considered his request.

She took the Lord Admiral’s letter and read aloud. ‘Draw your forces round about you, like a mighty Prince.’ Her mood seemed to brighten at the thought. ‘We understand why you wish to fight. We shall accompany you, and your place is at our side.’

Robert Devereux’s remarkable true story continues in ESSEX- Tudor Rebel, the epic tale of loyalty and love and adventure follows Robert from his youth to his fateful rebellion.

If you are like me and would like to buy a copy of this book you can find it over on Amazon, and the best news ever, you can read it on #KindleUnlimited!

Tony Riches

Tony Riches is a full-time UK author of best-selling Tudor historical fiction. He lives in Pembrokeshire, West Wales and is a specialist in the history of the Wars of the Roses and the lives of the early Tudors. Tony’s other published historical fiction novels include: Owen – Book One Of The Tudor Trilogy, Jasper – Book Two Of The Tudor Trilogy, Henry – Book Three Of The Tudor Trilogy, Mary – Tudor Princess, Brandon – Tudor Knight and The Secret Diary Of Eleanor Cobham. 
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Wednesday, May 26, 2021

On tour with The Coffee Pot Book Club - Read my #BookReview of The Cotillion Brigade by Glen Craney #HistoricalFiction #BlogTour @glencraney @maryanneyarde


We are heading back in time to the American Civil War today. It is with the greatest of pleasures that I introduce you to Glen Craney and his exceptionally great novel, The Cotillion Brigade (A Novel of the Civil War and the Most Famous Female Militia in American History).



The Cotillion Brigade 
(A Novel of the Civil War and the Most Famous Female Militia in American History)
By Glen Craney


Georgia burns.

Shermans Yankees are closing in.

Will the women of LaGrange run or fight?


Based on the true story of the celebrated Nancy Hart Rifles, The Cotillion Brigade is an epic novel of the Civil Wars ravages on family and love, the resilient bonds of sisterhood in devastation, and the miracle of reconciliation between bitter enemies.


Gone With The Wind meets A League Of Their Own.”

-- John Jeter, The Plunder Room


1856. Sixteen-year-old Nannie Colquitt Hill makes her debut in the antebellum society of the Chattahoochee River plantations. A thousand miles north, a Wisconsin farm boy, Hugh LaGrange, joins an Abolitionist crusade to ban slavery in Bleeding Kansas.


Five years later, secession and war against the homefront hurl them toward a confrontation unrivaled in American history.



I have always been fascinated with historical fiction books that are based on the lives of real people. Yes, I am aware quite a few historical fiction books are like this, but just think of the amount of research that goes into these books! Therefore, when I realised that this book was based on the Nancy Harts, not that I had heard of them before, but they sounded interesting, I jumped to ask to read this book.


I must admit, for my History lessons at school, I am quickly learning that I did not cover many historical periods at all. Coming into this book, I did not know much about the Civil War at all, other than what I had learned when watching North and South, although I haven’t watched it for a long time and only really did so because I was in the Patrick Swayze phase of my late teens. That being said, it proves that you do not really need to know what is going on to understand this book. Everything is explained wonderfully!


I will tell you who the Nancy Harts were, considering it was their name that made me want to read this book. The Nancy Harts were a militia, consisting solely of the women left behind in the town of LaGrange when all the men went off to war. LaGrange was a railway town, which gave the Yankee’s a clear way in, practically a path to follow, and the Nancy Harts were determined to protect their town against Yankee invaders. Now, doesn’t a militia made up entirely of women sound wonderful? Imagine coming into a town, thinking you could pass right through, for all the men were away at war, and coming face to face with a bunch of angry women with guns, all trained to the same standard you are and prepared to fight and kill you to keep their town safe. If I had to face such a sight, I think I would turn around and go around the town instead. The Nancy Harts was set up by Nancy (surprise, surprise) and half of this book is focused on her, and her life as the Civil War started, and throughout the years it continued. 


The other half of this book is that of Hugh LaGrange (yes, he has the same surname as Nancy’s town is called – some might call that a bad omen.) Hugh’s life changes drastically throughout this novel. He is a farmer, then a teacher, then a Private, ending up as a General. His experiences with women was very entertaining, for he doesn’t seem to have much luck with any of them. They either break his heart or trick him, and I am not sure which of these he took worse. Something I found interesting is that he taught his Calvary unit infantry fighting styles, which I thought would have been common sense – what if they fell off their horse?! I had been blissfully unaware that the fighting styles were different. Obviously, one has a horse and one doesn’t, but even the orders are different, and infantry had different ways of moving than Calvary does. 


A lot of emphases is put on the different battles, and generals, that appear in this book. There are a lot of names that, if you know the era, would probably stick out to you, but to me, they were just characters. There was one name, James Buchanan, that popped out to me, and it wasn’t until I searched the name that I realised I wasn’t recognising the historical figure, but the character from Marvel, Bucky Barnes, The Winter Soldier. I had a bit of a giggle over that.


I absolutely loved reading about the battles, and Nancy’s formation of the Nancy Harts, and, although the chapters are very long, and it was difficult for me to sit down long enough to get through a chapter each time (children demand attention, time and someone to listen to them rabbit on about everything) this book thoroughly entranced me and I didn’t want to put it down.

  

received my copy of this book from The Coffee Pot Book Club, but you can grab yours from Amazon Uk, Amazon US, Amazon CA, Amazon AU, Kobo, iBooks, Barnes & Noble.

 


Glen Craney

A graduate of Indiana University School of Law and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Glen Craney practiced trial law before joining the Washington, D.C. press corps to write about national politics and the Iran-contra trial for Congressional Quarterly magazine. In 1996, the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences awarded him the Nicholl Fellowship prize for best new screenwriting. His debut historical novel, The Fire and the Light, was named Best New Fiction by the National Indie Excellence Awards. He is a three-time Finalist/Honorable Mention winner of Foreword Magazine’s Book-of-the-Year and a Chaucer Award winner for Historical Fiction. His books have taken readers to Occitania during the Albigensian Crusade, the Scotland of Robert Bruce, Portugal during the Age of Discovery, the trenches of France during World War I, the battlefields of the Civil War, and the American Hoovervilles of the Great Depression. He lives in Malibu, California.

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Thursday, May 20, 2021

Saving Grace: Deception. Obsession. Redemption. (The Ropewalk series, Book 2) by H D Coulter #BookReview #HistoricalFiction #BlogTour #CoffeePotBookClub @coulter_hd @maryanneyarde

 

am so excited to share my review of Saving Grace: Deception. Obsession. Redemption. (The Ropewalk series, Book 2) by H D Coulter Thank you so much to The Coffee Pot Book Club for your invite to take part in this tour.




Saving Grace: Deception. Obsession. Redemption.

(The Ropewalk series, Book 2)

By H D Coulter


Beacon Hill, Boston. 1832.

“You are innocent. You are loved. You are mine.”

After surviving the brutal attack and barely escaping death at Lancaster Castle, Beatrice Mason attempts to build a new life with her husband Joshua across the Atlantic in Beacon Hill. But, as Beatrice struggles to cope with the pregnancy and vivid nightmares, she questions whether she is worthy of redemption.

Determined to put the past behind her after the birth of her daughter Grace, Bea embraces her newfound roles of motherhood and being a wife. Nevertheless, when she meets Sarah Bateman, their friendship draws Bea towards the underground railroad and the hidden abolitionist movement, despite the dangerous secrets it poses. Whilst concealed in the shadows, Captain Victor Hanley returns, obsessed with revenge and the desire to lay claim to what is his, exposes deceptions and doubts as he threatens their newly established happiness.

Now, Beatrice must find the strength to fight once more and save Grace, even if it costs her life.



I do so love series, and when I was offered the chance to read this book, after reading book 1, I was ecstatic. Book 1 ended on a cliff hanger, and when I finished reading it, this book was still only on Preorder. You can understand how upset I was. Nonetheless, I was asked if I wanted to read this one, I agreed with maybe a little too much enthusiasm, and as soon as I received my copy, I put on the kettle and sat down.

Once again, the cover is absolutely gorgeous. What else can I say? Anyway, let us get onto the story…

Bea suffered dreadfully in the last book, and she finally ended up with the good guy – the simply delightful Joshua Mason. That doesn’t mean everything is sunshine and daisies, though, as she has to deal with the repercussions of the trauma she experienced. On top of the nightmares and constant fear, she is also pregnant. This should be a wondrous occasion, but considering the circumstances of the pregnancy, Bea has to learn to love the child. She repeats the mantra “You are innocent. You are loved. You are mine.” to her child, for the baby has done nothing wrong and knows nothing of how she came to be. 

In the last book, I sang Joshua’s name to the skies in praise. He was the perfect gentleman, he loved Bea with all his heart and would do almost anything to keep her safe. In this one, however, it seems his patience has started to run thin. Not only does he have to contend with the baby (I don’t want to spoil anything, so read it and you’ll understand), but he wants his wife to be the woman he fell in love with. Instead, she has changed and, after all this time, it seems that it is not her that doesn’t want to show affection, but him instead. The Joshua in this book is not the young man I fell in love with in the last book, but a grown man in charge of a household, with responsibilities. Maybe it’s just that he didn’t have these responsibilities in the last book, but in this one, he has grown what I would call short, and his patience is waning. In case you could not tell, I did not like Joshua as much in this book as I did in the last.

With a new book comes a new set of characters and, since Bea and Joshua have moved to Boston, we get many interesting characters to read about. I absolutely loved Sarah. She is employed as a servant in Bea and Joshua’s house, but she becomes more like Bea’s sister. She is such a nice woman, always wanting to do as much good as she can. She was an absolute delight to read about, although reading her backstory almost made me cry.

One big theme in this book is Bea’s child, Grace. I have a child myself, so I will relate her experiences to mine as best I can. Grace is born via a cesarian because Bea was bleeding - why she is bleeding is never explained, but one can assume it was because of an intrapartum haemorrhage caused by a low lying placenta or quite possibly the placenta had ruptured - we are not given any details, (only that the cord was wrapped around the baby's neck,) but if this were the case Bea would most certainly have died. Neither did she die of shock which was the leading cause of C-section fatalities. Then there was the small issue, of stitching Bea up. I did a quick Google search and I discovered that until the 1870s they did not use stitches to close the open womb up, so goodness knows how anyone survived such an operation. If Bea was bleeding so heavily, and by the way, it was described she was, then surely she would have had her womb removed - how else would the bleeding have been stopped? I think a little more research was needed for this scene to make it more viable. Also, when Grace is a couple of months old, she looks at Bea in a lovely new dress in awe. I don’t know about other people’s children, but my child never cared about what I was wearing, but rather if they could get access to my breasts for dinner!

I really enjoyed reading this book, if I overlook the birth of Grace, and, much like Book 1, it ends with a cliff hanger. Except this cliff hanger is in the middle of an extremely intense scene, wherein someone might be dead, or they might not be. I don’t know. Book 3 isn’t out for ages. What am I supposed to do as I wait?!


I received my copy from The Coffee Pot Book Club, but you can grab yours from Amazon UKAmazon US and a host of other online bookshops via this universal link!

Ropewalk; Rebellion. Love. Survival (The Ropewalk Series, Book 1) will be on offer at 0.99 on ebook during the tour. Pick up your copy on Amazon UKAmazon US and this universal link!


H D Coulter
Hayley was born and raised in the lake district and across Cumbria. From a young age, Hayley loved learning about history, visiting castles and discovering local stories from the past. Hayley and her partner lived in Ulverston for three years and spent her weekends walking along the Ropewalk and down by the old harbour. She became inspired by the spirit of the area and stories that had taken place along the historic streets.

As a teacher, Hayley had loved the art of storytelling by studying drama and theatre. The power of the written word, how it can transport the reader to another world or even another time in history. But it wasn't until living in Ulverston did she discover a story worth telling. From that point, the characters became alive and she fell in love with the story.

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“If it’s all the same to you, I’ll have that drink now.” #Loki #Marvel

  “If it’s all the same to you, I’ll have that drink now.” Oh come on, we all knew Loki didn't die— he is one of the best characters in ...