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Meeting at St Pancras

The Day We Meet Again Book Cover The Day We Meet Again
Miranda Dickinson
Fiction, Romance,
HarperCollins UK, Avon
September 5, 2019
384

Their love story started with goodbye…

The brand-new novel from The Sunday Times bestselling author, Miranda Dickinson.

‘We’ll meet again at St Pancras station, a year from today. If we’re meant to be together, we’ll both be there. If we’re not, it was never meant to be . . .’

Phoebe and Sam meet by chance at St Pancras station. Heading in opposite directions, both seeking their own adventures, meeting the love of their lives wasn’t part of the plan. So they make a promise: to meet again in the same place in twelve months' time if they still want to be together.

But is life ever as simple as that?

This is a story of what-ifs and maybes – and how one decision can change your life forever…

The old film about the strangers that meet at the train station and fall in love is re-imagined here as a modern love story.

Two people travelling in opposite directions but who meet and fall in love (lust?) at St Pancras  station whilst waiting for their delayed trains. They talk and agree to some rules about how they will communicate during the following year. But they break these rules as their communications become more intense. And of course, they have agreed to meet again at the end of the year, in the same place, to continue their journeys together this time.

But life is never as straight forward as that, which is why I liked this story. Most traditional stories would have had them meet and all would be well. But as we know, real life is not as romantic as this.

The writing style was pleasant and the story was well crafted. It was enjoyable if not high literature.

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Let’s travel the world!

Lady Traveller's Guide To Happily Ever After Book Cover Lady Traveller's Guide To Happily Ever After
(Lady Travelers Society, Book 4)
Victoria Alexander
Fiction, victorian, Historical
HarperCollins UK, Mills and Boon Historicals
August 27, 2019
384

Can she find her Happily Ever After... #1 New York Times bestselling author

For the past seven years, Viola Branham has enjoyed the luxury of traveling the world as an independent woman, and confining her awkward past to a distant, if painful, memory. But now she has been summoned home to England over a stipulation in the will of her late uncle, the Earl of Ellsworth, one that decrees she lose everything unless she reconciles with the man who broke her heart and ruined her life—her husband.

This was a lovely book, well written and Victorian times, were not missish about sex nor innocent – as was said – women share, even their most intimate moments….

We have independent women who are not afraid to go off and find out about the world with no men in tow or to ‘protect’ them, but are happy to take trains, ferries and other forms of transport to go to, what were then considered, tricky places to reach such as Egypt. To learn languages and to make friends – even risqué friends.

It is a romance and we do have the normal ups and downs of the genre but it is written in such a way as to make it believable that the characters would act that way.

I liked Violet from the start and gradually fell for James – the winks did it for me… I could just visualise them.. which is the sign of a good story-teller. I look forward to reading more from Victoria Alexander.

Ps – the book cover shows Regency dress, Violet wears a bustle! We are in Victorian times in this book.

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How to get a Princess

The Princess Plan Book Cover The Princess Plan
A Royal Wedding, Book 1
Julia London
Fiction, Historical Romance, Victorian Mystery
HarperCollins UK
November 19, 2019
400

Passion. Intrigue. Love. “This is a perfect historical romance” – Sunday Times Bestselling Author Sarah Morgan “The gorgeous characters and the wit and charm made this a book I simply didn’t want to put down. I was willing Eliza and Sebastian on to their fairytale happy ending!” – Nicola Cornick

London’s high society loves nothing more than a scandal. And when the personal secretary of the visiting Prince Sebastian of Alucia is found murdered, it’s all anyone can talk about, including Eliza Tricklebank. Her unapologetic gossip gazette has benefited from an anonymous tip off about the crime, forcing Sebastian to ask for her help in his quest to find his friend’s killer.

With a trade deal on the line and mounting pressure to secure a noble bride, there’s nothing more dangerous than a prince socialising with a commoner. Sebastian finds Eliza’s contrary manner as frustrating as it is seductive, but they’ll have to work together if they’re going to catch the culprit. And soon, as temptation becomes harder to ignore, it’s the prince who’ll have to decide what comes first—his country or his heart.

Well, what can we say about this book? Very different from any other historical book and I love the Gazette – and the chaotic household of the Judge and the sisters, and all their escapades.

Of course, there is also a Prince and a Trade Deal, else how would there be a Princess? But a Prince can’t marry a Commoner especially one that has been outed as in Society as being deceived badly by the man she thought was her fiancée. But they didn’t quite know just how far she had gone with her fiancée or matters would have been even worse.

Eliza has a strange habit for women of that period – she repairs clocks. Which is a very fiddly task indeed and she has courage and a certain amount of bravado as she believes she is no longer a marriage prospect which enables her to be rather more cavalier about her behaviour.

I liked these sisters and I am sure that there will be more books about them, but starting with Eliza was good. Nicely written with lots of plots and some twists and fun. And some reality as to how people would have really lived if they were middle-class rather than society

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Off to an Island – for Love

The Nurse's Christmas Temptation Book Cover The Nurse's Christmas Temptation
(Mills & Boon Medical)
Ann McIntosh and Traci Douglass
Fiction, romance
HarperCollins UK
October 3, 2019
192

She didn’t plan on celebrating Christmas… Can he change her mind? Nurse Harmony Kinkaid grabs the chance to spend Christmas working on a remote Scottish island. Without her beloved grandmother, the season won’t be the same. But her organized world is thrown off balance by her fierce attraction to daredevil Dr. Cameron MacRurie. He’s her complete opposite – she’d be foolish to fall for him. Yet as Christmas lights begin to shine, Cam becomes a temptation impossible to ignore…

A male doctor and a female nurse – meet up as she becomes his surgery and community nurse on a fictional small Scottish island.

An island that is mad about Christmas! Completely bonkers with decorations, events, lights and the works to attract tourists and improve the economy of course.

The usual storyline emerges and the two fight their attraction but…

One thing that didn’t ring true is that if they make so much fuss about Xmas, and it brings so many tourists that they have to put up tents in back yards, why then is the hotel able to find rooms at no notice for a large family gathering? Surely it would be booked up months in advance – if not years… our experience with hotels shows us that the best are booked years in advance! Would spoil the story if course if there was no room at the Inn! But would be more in keeping of the season… Nicely written and enjoyable in its type.

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Floating or Drowning?

Woman in the Water Book Cover Woman in the Water
Katerina Diamond
Mystery Thriller Murder
Harper Collins, Avon Books

When a woman’s body is found submerged in icy water, police are shocked to find she is alive. But she won’t disclose her name, or what happened to her – even when a second body is discovered. And then she disappears from her hospital bed. Detectives Adrian Miles and Imogen Grey follow their only lead to the home of the Corrigans, looking for answers. But the more they dig into the couple’s lives, the less they understand about them. What’s their connection to the body in the river? Why have other people they know been hurt, or vanished? And can they discover the dark truth of their marriage before it’s too late? Smart, shocking and twisty – perfect for fans of Cara Hunter and Karin Slaughter.

I really thought I knew how this would end about three-quarters of the way through, but I was so wrong!

The ending is a 5 star for me, but overall, I thought the story needed tightening up and a general edit, which is why it gets a 4.

For once this police procedural demonstrates just how long it can take to solve a murder. The intricacies of police procedures that must be followed and the fact that people don’t always work through the night, but go home at 5 and come in at 9 even when they are trying to solve a murder. Much more realistic.

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