The Break Up
Fiction, Romance , Women's Fiction
March 26, 2020
Lara and Theo are meant to be. They just don’t know it yet… Lara loves her job as a wedding planner. She gets to organise other people’s perfect days and make sure nothing ever goes wrong. Theo loves his job as a jazz musician, working unpredictable hours and giving other people great nights out. Lara knows she’s got high standards. But there’s nothing wrong with getting things right… so why has it stopped her finding Mr Right? Theo knows people think he’s a bit scruffy, a bit too laid back. But there’s nothing wrong with setting your own pace… if only he could find someone who wanted to live life at his speed. It’s okay, though. Lara gets to come home in the evening and have heart-to-hearts with her greedy grey cat Fluffy. And Theo can come home in the early hours and unwind with his loyal cat Satchmo. What they don’t know is that it’s the same cat. And when they find out – standing in the street in their pyjamas, both on the hunt for their lost pet – sparks of the wrong sort will fly… A wonderfully warm will-they-won’t-they romantic read that will have you laughing one minute and crying the next. If you’re a fan of Jill Mansell and Carole Matthews, A Cat Called Cupid is the love story you’ve been waiting for. What readers are saying about Tilly Tennant: ‘I loved every minute of it… I was glued to my Kindle for a few days that's for sure!… A really brilliant read that will leave you hooked even after a few pages.’ The Cosiest Corner, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Bloody brilliant… I loved being back with the characters… Oh I just enjoyed everything about it!’ I Love Reading, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Put a smile on my face!… I've LOVED it!… the most heart-warming of stories… loving every single page… drawing you in and not letting you go until the end of the very last page… totally captivated!’ Chat About Books, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘I was hooked! Every chapter left me wanting to carry on reading. My housework and family have pretty much been neglected whilst I have read this!… This is the perfect holiday read, or lazy Sunday afternoon read or that perfect distraction to a dreary weekday commute.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘I absolutely loved it. The story weaves together a tale of love, friendship, trust, desire and so much more. I will be reading more by this talented author.’ Haven’t Got a Clue, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘I just want to say how fantastic this book is… If you’ve not read any books by this author, why the heck not?! Do it now… you won’t regret it! I just love love loved it.’ StefLoz Book Reviews, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Sweet cat story with human servants.
As cat owners know, many cats will tour neighbours and wander quite long distances. If, by any chance, someone starts to feed them, then they will visit regularly.
Cupid aka Fluffy (aka who knows how many names) is such a cat. Starting life as a stray means wandering was already in his behaviour patterns.
Fighting over who owns such a Wanderer is also common. The simple answer is don't feed cats that are in good condition.
The Secrets Of Lord Lynford
(The Cornish Dukes, Book 1)
Fiction, (Mills & Boon Historical)
December 26, 2019
He’s destined never to marry She might change his mind... Eaton Falmage, Marquess of Lynford, is an expert at distracting himself from the painful truth which means he’ll never wed. Seducing mining widow Eliza Blaxland seems the perfect diversion. Until he learns Eliza guards her heart as fiercely as her hard-won independence. He longs for more, but that would mean confessing his secret…and risk losing her forever!
This is an historical romance but written in a very different style and subject matter.
It does however, reemphasise the issue with marriage and property ownership of the Victorian ages and before. It wasn’t until The Married Women’s Property Act 1870 that women were allowed to keep their earnings rather than hand them over to their husband or father. But this was not enough, so in 1882 The Married Women’s Property Act was passed and now:
wife could hold her own wages and investments independent from her husband.
wife could inherit up to £200.00 in her own right and keep the money.
wife could keep property inherited from her next of kin as long as it was not a
wife could inherit and hold rented property.
the husband and wife could be made liable to support their children.
In 1893 an Act was passed that entitled married women the same
rights to their property as unmarried – and by the way, this Act also applied
to formally engaged couples. There were further Acts of Parliament in 1964 and
1970 to revise the earlier Acts and make them uptodate.
In the Novel, we have a widow who by virtue of the death of her
husband and the presents he had gifted her before, had become the majority
shareholder in a Mining Corporation and thus Chairman. As you can imagine, this
did not sit well with many of the other men on the Board who held shares as
they did want to be governed by a woman. They did not believe that women knew
enough about business and that their place was in the home having babies. So a
power struggle ensued. This was the time when Cornish mining reached its height, before foreign
competition depressed the price of copper, and later tin, to a level that made
the extraction of Cornish ore unprofitable. The areas of Cornwall around Gwennap and St
Day and on the coast around Porthtowan were among the richest mining areas in the world. And copper
had been mined and tin traded, in Cornwall since around 2000BC. At its height
the Cornish tin mining industry had around 600 steam engines working
to pump out the mines (many mines reached under the sea and some went down to
great depths). This boom went on until the late1800s as lead was also
discovered in these mines and around, but by 1880 the boom was failing and
mines began to shut down. [Wikipedia]
In the meantime, we have our Lord who had had measles as a teenager.
It is a rare complication of measles that can cause sterility in
males if there is severe testicular inflammation, although sterility is more
often caused by mumps of course. So a romance between these two was an issue –
firstly she was Trade; secondly she was older than him; and thirdly he believed
she would want more children. And our widow was very wary about the prospect of
marrying again as then she would lose control of her business and fortune and
her daughter’s future.
I thought this was an interesting story told with great style
and even though it lacked humour it was rich in snippets about just how the
Victorian world was developing in the Sciences and investigations of the