*BLOG TOUR* A New Life for Ariana Byrne by Liz Hurley


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Happy Valentines Day everyone! I am so excited to bring you my review of A New Life for Ariana Byrne by Liz Hurley as part of her amazing blog tour, on a day full of love!

What happens after all your dreams come true?

Ariana Byrne knows how to survive. After becoming guardian to her four little sisters after their parents died when she was only eighteen, she had to grow up quickly. Now she’s in her twenties, stuck in a loveless marriage to Greg, trying to make ends meet for her young twins, William and Leo.

So when Ari is told that she’s actually the Right Honourable Lady de Foix, Countess of Hiverton, owner of a sprawling estate in the village of Saxburgh in Norfolk, her first instinct is laughter. Surely the girl who has to choose between food and keeping the lights on isn’t really rich beyond her wildest dreams?

She knows how to take care of her sisters and her children, but how on earth can Ari take care of an entire village? Can she fight off the circling land developers from Saxburgh, and stop her in-laws from grabbing all the money for themselves?

And while she’s struggling to settle in and settle down, she’s making new friends and new mistakes. Trusting her gorgeous neighbour, Sebastian Flint-Hyssop, may be the biggest one of all…

She’s swapped sink estate for country estate…but can a girl from inner city London learn how to become a Lady?

Take a trip to Hiverton Manor for the most uplifting novel of 2020 – guaranteed to put a smile on your face! Fans of Jenny Colgan, Trisha Ashley and Carole Matthews will love this romantic, feelgood read.

Ariana Byrne has had many tough times in her relatively short 28 years of life.  Losing her parents at such a young age, and then fighting hard to keep her younger sisters together when the authorities thought it best to separate them.  Giving up her own dreams in order to be the best sister she could be, then the best wife she could be to Greg, and the best mother she could be to her twin sons, Leo and William.  After ten years of struggling without the support of her beloved parents, Ari unexpectedly finds herself a Countess, and wealthy at a time when she had struggled to put food on the table.

If you want a novel that knows how to draw you in then this is the novel for you.  A lot happens in the first four chapters. A LOT.  Sometimes you wonder how so much could happen to one person in such a short space of time, but you can’t help but follow the story through to see how Ari deals with the cards she has been dealt. Ari is a character who has given up everything for those around her, and there isn’t a more deserving character to receive the title and riches that she receives.  Obviously they come with their own set of problems, (the most obvious being that she had family the whole time, but they just didn’t care about her or her sisters) but watching her deal with them all is inspiring.  This is not your standard chick-lit or romance novel – of course there is romance, but this novel is more about the strength of a woman when facing adversity.  How she has spent her whole adult life fighting for what she believes to be right, regardless of the consequences for herself.

I loved this book.  I loved the characters, I loved that there were so many strong female personalities, and I wanted to know how they would deal with the issues that were presented to them.  The village setting was perfect, a real contrast to Ari’s humble beginnings in the diverse London street she lived on. Everything about this novel was fab, and I am so pleased that Liz Hurley will be continuing the story of the Byrne sisters – I can’t wait to read the next installment!

Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖 📕

Thank you so much to Liz Hurley and Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to be a part of this fabulous blog tour, and for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

Author Bio 

When I grew up I wanted to be an underwater archaeologist or an astronaut but I ended up in a library. Everyone laughed as I’m not a naturally quiet person but I loved it. I went on to become a professional librarian for the money and the glamour. Not finding quite enough of either my husband and I set up a bookshop.  We didn’t find much there either so I started writing. Now I have loads of money and glamour but only in the pages of my books! In the meantime I dive and look at the stars.

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*BLOG TOUR* New Beginnings at Glendale Hall by Victoria Walters

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I am very excited to bring you my review of Victoria Walters New Beginnings at Glendale Hall as part of the excellent blog tour run by Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources!

Two weddings and a baby…but who will get their happy ever after?

Emily Prescott’s life isn’t going to plan. Her dreams of starting a family with fireman boyfriend Greg and opening up her own bakery in London feel like they will never come true. So when a wedding invite arrives from her oldest friend, Beth Williams, Emily is thrilled. Not only will she get to return to her childhood home in Scotland, but best of all – Beth wants her to bake the wedding cake!

However, her excitement is cut short when she discovers that Greg has cheated on her. Devastated by his betrayal, Emily flees to Glendale Hall, Beth’s grand estate in the Highlands, and tries to distracts herself with helping with the wedding plans, but that’s not easy when Greg keeps hounding her to forgive him. Then she’s introduced to Glendale’s new young and handsome vicar Brodie, and things become even more complicated.

When Emily discovers that Greg’s betrayal runs deeper than she imagined, she finds herself with a whole host of decisions to make, especially when she discovers her long awaited dream is finally being fulfilled – at exactly at the wrong time…

Escape to Scotland and fall in love with this gorgeous and inspiring romance from the bestselling author of Coming Home to Glendale Hall! The perfect feel-good read for fans of Holly Martin, Heidi Swain, and Jill Mansell.

Emily Prescott cannot wait to attend her oldest friends wedding in Scotland.  She is excited to return to the village she grew up in, and she cannot wait to introduce her boyfriend Greg to her friends.

In the weeks before they are due to leave, Emily discovers that Greg has cheated on her. Distraught, she leaves immediately, seeking refuge at Glendale Hall.  She throws herself into helping Beth with the wedding and planning a beautiful cake for the happy couple.  Her life becomes even more complicated when she is introduced to the young and handsome new vicar in Glendale, Brodie.  However, as Greg’s betrayal deepens, Emily finds herself alone facing the most unexpected life decisions.

Full disclosure – I have not read Coming Home to Glendale Hall.  But now I will!  Having not read Coming Home to Glendale Hall though I can confirm that it is not necessary in order to enjoy this novel because I loved it!  It was easy to read, but packed full of likeable characters.  Glendale was the perfect setting, it was the kind of friendly village that makes you really want to live there.  There are very few surprises in this novel, but that isn’t why I chose to read it.  As far as chick-lit goes, this one is definitely up there! This is an ideal read for a Sunday afternoon with a hot chocolate and piles of cake!

Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖

Thank you to Victoria Walters and Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to be a part of this blog tour, and for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

Author Bio

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Victoria Walters writes up-lifting and inspiring stories. Her moving debut novel THE SECOND LOVE OF MY LIFE was chosen for WHSmith Fresh Talent and shortlisted for an RNA award. Victoria was also picked as an Amazon Rising Star. Her heart-warming new novel SUMMER AT THE KINDNESS CAFE is available to download now.

As well as being an author, Victoria also works as a Waterstones bookseller and buys far too many books there. She lives in Surrey with her cat Harry (named after Harry Potter). Victoria is not only obsessed with books but loves buying slogan tops, mugs and notebooks, and posting them all on Instagram.

You can discover more about Victoria – and find pictures of Harry the cat – by following her on Instagram at @vickyjwalters, on Twitter at @Vicky_Walters or by visiting her blog at:https://victoria-writes.com/.

*BLOG TOUR* When Adam Met Evie by Giulia Skye

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I am thrilled to bring you my review of When Adam Met Evie by Giulia Skye, as part of the blog tour arranged by the fabulous Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources.

When former Olympic Swimmer, Michael Adams—now Canada’s hottest reality TV star— insults his fake showbiz wife on social media, he escapes the ensuing scandal and jumps on the first flight to Australia. Desperate to experience ordinary life again—if only for a few weeks—he becomes “Adam”, just another tourist traveling through the Outback. But with a reward out for his safe return and his fame’s nasty habit of catching up with him when he least expects, he needs a better disguise… and he’s just found it.

Sweet and scruffy British backpacker, Evie Blake, is taking a year out of her busy London life. Tired of lies and liars, she’s looking for adventure to heal her broken heart. So when the hot Canadian she meets at the campground offers to be her travel partner through Western Australia’s wild Kimberley region, she grabs the chance, unaware he’s got the world out looking for him.

He’s just a down-on-his-luck traveler, right?

Michael Adams is famous.  Very famous.  To the outside world he has it all – the glamorous wife, lucrative sponsorship deals – everything a man could want.  However after the ultimate social media scandal, he goes underground, disappearing to Australia where one of his close friends and former Olympic swimming rivals lives.  When he finds himself at a loose end for six weeks, he decides to go incognito, travelling the Outback as backpacker Adam, hoping for some anonymity.

Evie Blake has always wanted to travel, and plans a long trip with her boyfriend Zac to get away from the stress they had been facing in their relationship, hoping to reconnect again.  When Evie unexpectedly finds herself in Australia alone, she seeks adventure to help her fix her broken heart.  When she finds herself faced with the incredibly attractive Adam, she throws caution to the wind, agreeing to travel the wilderness in Western Australia with him.

Adam and Evie are both lost souls trying to find their way again in the chaos of their lives.  The Australian Outback is the perfect setting for them, as they each seek peace and tranquility, giving them both the time to find what they are looking for.  What neither of them expect is to find each other.  Adam’s (or Michael’s) secret could prove too much for them though when the time comes for truth is finally revealed.

This is such a lovely story.  Both Adam and Evie are really interesting, well-rounded characters.  Adam is fascinating, as his life highlights how our public persona can hide who we really are, and what we are really feeling.  Evie is another great character, heartbroken not just because of the breakdown of her long term relationship, but also her anguish at not yet being a mother.  They are both so lost, but in a really believable, relatable way.  In addition to the characters, the setting is perfect.  Giulia really captures the beauty and remoteness of the Australian Outback – I genuinely enjoyed following their travels, and it has given me the bug for visiting there myself!

I am more than happy to recommend this novel – its an ideal book if you want to satisfy your own wanderlust from the comfort of your own home!  I look forward to reading the next novel in in Giulia Skye’s “Take a Holiday” series!

Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖 📕

Thank you to Giulia Skye and Rachel at Rachels Random Resources for inviting me to be a part of this wonderful blog tour, and for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

Purchase Links:

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/When-Adam-Evie-Giulia-Skye-ebook/dp/B081HDK38Y/

US – https://www.amazon.com/When-Adam-Evie-Giulia-Skye-ebook/dp/B081HDK38Y/

Author Bio

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Italian-born Giulia Skye spent her childhood watching classic Hollywood films and thinking up her own romantic stories. After two decades working in TV production, she knew turning those stories into novels would be much more enjoyable – and far cheaper – than turning them into films. She still keeps her hand in TV production but is at her happiest being a stay-at-home mum, spending time with her family, growing her own vegetables and conjuring up sizzling stories about sexy heroes meeting fiesty heroines who aren’t always as they at first appear. When Adam Met Evie is her first novel, Book 1 of her “Take a Holiday” series.

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*BLOG TOUR* The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen by Ada Bright & Cass Grafton


Today it is my pleasure to bring you my review of The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen by Ada Bright and Cass Grafton as part of their fabulous blog tour!

When a time travelling Jane Austen gets stuck in modern-day Bath it’s up to avid Janeite Rose Wallace to save her… because she’s the only one who knows that Jane exists!

Rose Wallace’s world revolves around all things Austen, and with the annual festival in Bath – and the arrival of dishy archaeologist, Dr Aiden Trevellyan – just around the corner, all is well with the world…

But then a mysterious woman who bears more than a passing resemblance to the great author moves in upstairs, and things take a disastrous turn. Rose’s new neighbour is Jane Austen, whose time travel adventure has been sabotaged by a mischievous dog, trapping her in the twenty-first century.

Rose’s life is instantly changed – new home, new job, new friends – but she’s the only one who seems to have noticed! To right the world around her, she will have to do whatever it takes to help Jane get back home to write Rose’s beloved novels. Because a world without Mr Darcy? It’s not worth living in!

As you may well be aware, Pride and Prejudice is my favourite book.  It is the book that I insist upon reading at least once a year – it’s like your favourite, comforting jumper that you can’t help wearing as often as possible!  For that reason, Jane Austen fan fiction intrigues me, so I couldn’t help but jump at the chance to read this novel.  The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen centres around Rose Wallace, an avid Jane Austen fan living and working in Bath.  For the first time, she is preparing to throw herself into the annual Jane Austen festival with her best friend Morgan who is visiting from America, costumes and all!  When Rose spots a mysterious woman, things take an expected turn with Rose’s life changing in ways she could never imagine.  Finding herself in a new life that she never wanted, where Jane Austen’s books never existed, Rose will do whatever it takes to put life right!

This is a novel full to the brim with Jane Austen – there are plenty of book references for the avid Jane Austen readers amongst you! The story centres predominately around friendship.  The friendship between Rose and Morgan, that grew from a mutual love of Jane Austen into so much more.  The friendship between two sisters, Jane and Cassandra Austen.  The friendship between Rose and her boss James.  Of course we have some romance thrown in for good measure – not just for Rose, but for Morgan too.  So many beautiful relationships to follow!

I am more than happy to recommend this novel.  It is perfect for fans of Jane Austen, but it also has some lovely characters who are both relatable and likeable.  If you looking for something light but enjoyable to read, grab yourself a glass of red, a blanket and an armchair, and give this novel a read.

Purchase Links

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Particular-Charm-Miss-Jane-Austen-ebook/dp/B07P6VPMFZ

Amazon.com – https://www.amazon.com/Particular-Charm-Miss-Jane-Austen-ebook/dp/B07P6VPMFZ

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Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖

Thank you to Ada Bright and Cass Grafton, along with Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review, and for inviting me to be a part of this fabulous blog tour!

Author Bios

Ada and Cass
Cass Grafton
A proud bookworm since childhood, Cass writes the sort of stories she loves to read – heart-warming, character driven and strong on location. Having moved around extensively and lived in three countries, she finds places inspiring and the setting of her novels often becomes as much a part of the story as her characters.
She has an over-active imagination, is prone to crying with happiness as much as she is at sadness, but when it comes to her writing she leans heavily towards the upbeat and insists on a happy ever after. As one of her favourite authors, Jane Austen, once wrote, ‘let other pens dwell on guilt and misery’.
Cass loves travelling, words, cats and wine, and enjoys them in any combination. She currently splits her time between Switzerland, where she lives with her husband, and England, where she lives with her characters.

Ada Bright
Ada has lived all her life in Southern California, which makes her intolerant to any weather above or below 72 degrees Fahrenheit. She grew up much more fond of reading than sports or socializing and still tends to ignore everyone she loves, all her responsibilities and basic life needs when she’s in the middle of a book.
She is luckily married to a handsome and funny man who doesn’t mind that the laundry never gets put away and she has three amazing children. Ada spent over a decade as a photographer before dedicating herself to writing, though she still believes that life should be documented well and often.
There is nothing she loves more than a good, subtle love story whether it be in real life, tv, movie, theatre or book form… well, except cake. She also really loves cake.

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*BLOG TOUR* Christmas in Chamonix by Sasha Wagstaff

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It is my pleasure to help kick off the blog tour for Sasha Wagstaff’s Christmas in Chamonix!

When life goes downhill… head to the snow-capped Alps for roaring fires, apres-ski and festive romance.

Lily Jackson loves Christmas. She also loves her childhood friend Jamie, but when her plan to kick-start their romance goes drastically wrong and her job gets her down, Lily decides it’s time to make changes. A job opens up in snowy Chamonix and egged on by her best friend Imogen, Lily decides to go for it.

As Lily settles in with the eccentric Devereux family at their gorgeous boutique ski hotel, she starts to confront her past. But when she meets handsome ski instructor Luc, who hates Christmas, Lily might have taken on more than she can handle.

Can Lily make a new life – with or without skis? And can she get Luc to see how truly romantic Christmas can be?

A heart-warming, feel-good romantic comedy, perfect for fans of Holly Martin, Carole Matthews and Tilly Tennant.

Lily Jackson is in love.  She has spent a long time dreaming about her best friend Jamie, and after finally plucking up the courage (assisted by some serious alcohol!) she confesses all to him.  When things do not to plan (in fact they couldn’t really have gone much worse!), Lily finds herself accepting a job offer in Chamonix as a sports masseuse at a small boutique ski hotel.  As a non-skier she is rather dubious about the local sporting activity, but throws herself into her new life, helpfully aided by her best friend Imogen.  Her rather handsome ski instructor Luc may cause her a few issues though…

This is the perfect Christmas novel.  Despite living in a England, in a place where we NEVER get snow at Christmas, it still seems as though snow is essential to making the season feel more Christmassy! This is probably why I love Christmas novels so much – they give me something that I just don’t get in real life!  Christmas in Chamonix gives us plenty of snow, love and French food! What a perfect combination!  Lily is a great character, who when faced with what can only be described as severe embarrassment, finds herself pushing forward into the unknown!  She takes the opportunity to make significant changes in her life which introduces her to new people and she opens herself up to new experiences.  She does something that I think we all either wish we had done, or hope we would do if the opportunity arose.  The love story within the novel is an added bonus if i’m honest – what I enjoyed most was watching Lily learn more about herself and those around her.

This is a great Christmas novel, and as the Christmas trees start to go up around us and the wine starts to flow more easily in this festive season, this is the perfect novel for your down time.  Grab yourself a copy and let me know what you think!

Purchase Link – https://lrd.to/christmas-in-chamonix

Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖

Thank you to Sasha Wagstaff and Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to be a part of this blog tour, and for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

Author Bio

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Sasha Wagstaff learned foreign languages, and imagined she might eventually get a glamorous job speaking French. After climbing her way up the banking ladder, Sasha started idly mapping out the beginnings of a novel on an old laptop. When she realised her characters were more real to her than dividends and corporate actions ever could be, she left her job to become a writer. She also writes under the pseudonym of Ella Harper.

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*BLOG TOUR* Magic Under The Mistletoe by Lucy Coleman


I am very excited to bring you my review of Magic Under The Mistletoe by Lucy Coleman as part of her blog tour.

Christmas and romance are in the air…

It’s December 23rd and while everyone else is rushing home for the holidays, workaholic Leesa Oliver is dreading switching on her out-of-office for the festive season. And it seems her equally driven boss, Cary Anderson, isn’t relishing spending Christmas at his family’s country estate either.

So together, they draft an unexpected Christmas contract: They’ll spend half of the holidays with each other’s families, pretending to be a couple. Leesa knows the insufferably good-looking Cary will make her Christmas more bearable, but what happens after the last of the mince pies have been eaten…?

Leesa signed off on a sensible business agreement, but somewhere, amongst the fairy lights and carols something seems to have changed… It seems there might just be some magic under the mistletoe this Christmas!

Leesa Oliver is a workaholic.  As the owner of Dynamic Videography, Leesa thrives on using her creativity to help organisations sell themselves and their causes.  Her hard work is slowly paying off and she finds herself becoming busier, and winning herself some awards.  Her work brings her to the attention of Cary Anderson, an equally driven CEO who requires her services to create a promotional video for his own company.  Neither Leesa or Cary have the time or inclination for a personal life after having both been burnt in the past.  As a result, they are both dreading returning to their homes for the festive season with their well meaning, but sometimes interfering families.

After a particularly long flight home from Sydney together, Leesa and Cary find themselves drawing up a contract which will see them getting through the holidays together, in the hope that it will make their time with their families a little easier, relieving the expectations placed upon them.

Well….I loved this novel!  I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked it up, but wow!  Leesa and Cary are both intricate characters, both of whom are scared of giving up their hearts to anyone but equally worried about disappointing their families.  Their contract provides them both with the perfect opportunity to please their loved ones whilst protecting themselves.  The setting of this novel is beautiful and it is full of Christmas – perfect for this time of year. I cannot recommend this novel enough – find yourself a blanket, grab a glass of wine and snuggle up!

Purchase Link – http://smarturl.it/MagicUnderMistletoe

Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖 📕

Thank you to Lucy Coleman and Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to be a part of this blog tour, and providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

Author Bio

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From interior designer to author, Linn B. Halton – who also writes under the pen name of Lucy Coleman – says ‘it’s been a fantastic journey!’

Linn is the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels and is excited to be writing for both Aria Fiction (Head of Zeus) and Harper Impulse (Harper Collins); she’s represented by Sara Keane of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.

When she’s not writing, or spending time with the family, she’s either upcycling furniture or working in the garden.

Linn won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award; her novels have been short-listed in the UK’s Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards.

Living in Coed Duon in the Welsh Valleys with her ‘rock’, Lawrence, and gorgeous Bengal cat Ziggy, she freely admits she’s an eternal romantic.

Linn is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Society of Authors. She writes feel-good, uplifting novels about life, love and relationships.

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*BLOG TOUR* Country Lovers by Fiona Walker

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Today it is my pleasure to bring you my review of Country Lovers by Fiona Walker.

They say you should never go back, but glamorous Ronnie Percy did just that, to the home she ran away from with her lover.

But not everyone is finding it easy to forgive and forget.

Daughter Pax, fighting for custody of her small son as her own marriage disintegrates, is furious to have to spend New Year’s Eve waiting for some stranger her mother has invited to help run the family stud farm.

Even more annoyed is the staunchly loyal stud head groom, Lester. Does Ronnie think he’s lost his touch with the horses? And anyway, who is this so called Horsemaker, Luca O’Brien? Why does he seem to be running away from something? And what is the true story of his relationship with grey stallion Beck, once destined for the Olympics, now broken and unrideable, screaming his anger from the Compton Magna stables.

Passionate, sexy, gripping, laced with her trademark wisdom and humour, this is bestselling Fiona Walker at her dazzling best.

Ronnie has finally returned to her home after many years away.  Her less than forgiving family are unable to forget her running away, leaving them all behind.  Despite the lack of support from her family, Ronnie is keen to make her mark on the family business, and the first thing on her agenda is to bring in Luca O’Brien, the Horsemaker.  A man with his own past, Ronnie’s family, particularly her daughter Pax, are less than keen on having him around at a time of turmoil in her own life.

Despite this novel being the second in Fiona Walker’s Compton Magna series, I am pleased to confirm that it can be read as a standalone. It is full of engaging characters and colourful storylines all whilst being set in the beautiful Cotswolds.  What’s not to love! I am more than happy to recommend this to you all!

Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📕

Thank you to Vicky at Head of Zeus for inviting me to be a part of this tour, and for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the author






Fiona Walker is the author of eighteen novels, from tales of flat-shares and clubbing in nineties London to today’s romping, rural romances set amid shires, spires and stiles. In a career spanning over two decades, she’s grown up alongside her readers, never losing her wickedly well-observed take on life, lust and the British in love. She lives in Warwickshire, sharing a slice of Shakespeare Country with her partner, their two daughters and a menagerie of animals.

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