Reviewing A Last Goodbye

Good evening,

I recently finished a book that was set around World War II mostly in Scotland and my were there a lot of emotions to sort through! I would like to thank Avia Publishing for reaching out to me, this review is taking place because I’d like to share what I think and all opinions are my own.

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This book is now available for purchase and can most likely be found at your local bookstore. Two places that I usually go to find books are:

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I am also very lucky to be a part of the Blog Tour and here’s a list of those who are a part of it!

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This is a story about love, friendship, war, wilds of Scotland, and the consequences of actions.

Ellen has grown up as fairly sheltered as the only daughter of a Scottish sheep farmer named Duncan in the early 1900s. She is a sweet young girl who is close to her Dad, enjoys life on the farm and isn’t in a hurry to see what’s out in the world. Her mother died giving birth to her and she took over the domestic duties as soon as she was old enough to. Though aware of life on the farm and accustomed to working hard, she’s never traveled much further than Glasgow and her closest friend is on a neighboring farm some distance away. At the tender age of sixteen, Ellen has no inkling of what the world is like nor a very good understanding of being on the brink of adulthood and certainly little understanding of what it’s like to attract the notice of a guy.

Tom Fairclough is a young Yorkshire man who has grown up being surrounded by sheep and seeks to gain a better understanding of life as a shepherd. He happens upon a need for help in Scotland so answers the call and immediately falls in love with the countryside near Duncan’s area. He is also drawn to Ellen though has set his sights on a childhood friend whom he hopes to one day marry once he’s become more settled as a shepherd.

Life seems to be going well for both of these people from different countries and though the work is hard, it’s very satisfying for them and things seem to be slowly falling into place for Tom. As sometimes happens though, life enjoys throwing curveballs into the mix and decides to take a different approach on these two vastly different people. Tom’s hopes of his childhood friend Clara returning his affections doesn’t turn out at all and the actions he does in a fit of temper will have some serious consequences including sleeping with innocent Ellen and having a child with her.

Tom is not a very likable character to me. In the beginning he seemed like an okay person and I felt bad when he was rejected by Clara. It’s perfectly understandable to be upset by that rejection but it doesn’t excuse choosing to roll in the hay with a young impressionable girl who also happens to be the Boss’s daughter. He later thinks that Ellen trapped him into a marriage which was a cage of his own making because laying when laying with a young girl who had no inkling about birth control has a very likely chance of producing a baby. His fits of temper, physically lashing out at Ellen and later bouts of taking off without saying anything also showed what an over all jerk Tom was and this was before being sent off to fight in France during World War I.

In the midst of the turmoil that Ellen found herself going through with being a Mother and trying be a good wife to Tom, there were many changes about to happen nearby as well as being on the brink of World War I. There is talk of a reservoir being built nearby to be able to make ammunition for soldiers off fighting in France, the railroad being expanded and all able bodied men are being sent off to help fight the enemy including Tom.

Ellen finds herself trying to balance being a young Mom, life on the farm, worried about her husband who leaves on bad terms before being shipped off to France and finds herself being the unlikely nurse to a young German prisoner of war named Josef. At first she is very reluctant to help the enemy but finds herself drawn to the young man who speaks little English but is kind and tries to help out once he slowly starts feeling better. Ellen is drawn to Josef through his kindness and wishes her husband would be half as considerate. Once he’s well, Ellen can’t seem to stop herself from developing an unlikely friendship with Josef who she helps teach him English and those feelings turn into so much more particularly as the few letters her husband sends aren’t very affectionate nor does Tom send many letters.

Over the next three years there will come many changes between Ellen and Tom who become more distant as time goes on, Tom’s temper gets even worse and life becomes more complicated. As Tom pushes away Ellen with his moodiness and mixed affections, Ellen is drawn more towards Josef and realizing that sometimes the person you were meant to be with isn’t always the first person you meet.

This book kept my attention from beginning to end and I could almost picture the beautiful landscape of Scotland in the early 1900s and the terrible conditions men were facing while fighting abroad. Josef is one of my favorite characters who is such a precious, talented young man with a very generous heart. He’s just one of many people that really weren’t made to be forced to be in the military.

This story also shows how complicated things can be when two people are forced into a marriage and how unsuited married life can be especially when stuck in such a rural area. Full of beautiful scenery, the back breaking work of shepherds in Scotland in the 1900s, a dash of unrequited love and the importance of thinking before acting, it was a novel I found myself fully immersed in. I’m looking forward to reading more book by Dee!

I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I have and also want to give a good kick in the butt to Tom as much as I do.

Well that wraps up my bookish ramblings for this evening. I hope you have enjoyed them, that it’s made sense and been fairly entertaining. It’s always fun to write reviews, particularly when there’s a character or two who have really bugged me.

Until next time, happy reading!

~Meg

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Reviewing Secrets and Tea At Rosie Lee’s

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I was recently asked if I would like to join the blog tour for a recent release and of course I said yes. I have included a list of all the blogs that are participating.

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This particular was released the beginning of this month so you can go get your own copy if you so choose. So without further ado, I present to you my latest read.

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Abby Cowan is a thirty seven year old woman who owns a small cafe called Rosie Lee’s in East London that hasn’t been doing so well lately and may very well go out of business if Abby isn’t able to drum up more business. Her daughter Lucy is off to college soon, her love life hasn’t seen the light of day in years, her Dad went away mysteriously when she was fifteen and she doesn’t seem to get on too well with her Mother most days.
It’s a lot for a person to try to take on and life’s about to get even more tricky when she runs into her first love Jack Chance while helping her best friend Liv cater a party, it tilts her world on its access. His family moved without warning shortly after her Dad left and though there seemed to be a budding romance, she hadn’t heard a word from him since. Caught between wanting to give in to her libido or completely pretend she couldn’t care what he does either way, Jack isn’t about to let her go so easily this time.
Then one day Abby receives a call about her Mom that will change everything she thought about her Mom, reveal secrets that have been kept since she was fifteen including what really happened to her Dad.
It will take the strength of family and friends to help show Abby that life is just getting started for her and sometimes there’s a chance to make a go at the one that got away.

It was such a pleasure to read this book and there’s so much to take in. I loved Abby’s relationship with Lucy, Flo and Liz who all were there for her and always trying to look out for her. Abby and Lucy are Mother and Daughter but they are also very close and have formed such a wonderful bond.

I also loved how Abby and Jack just couldn’t stay away from each other for long once he was back in the East End of London. They may have led different lives but it’s obvious how crazy Jack is for Abby though I do think he could have tried harder to stay in contact in the beginning. It makes sense why Abby is reluctant to be around Jack because the feelings keep knocking her over and yet she’s scared at the thought of being hurt again.

This book was an interesting mix of funny, heartbreaking, the power of friendship, large amounts of tea and the importance of believing in yourself. I hope you’ll enjoy this story as much as I have!

Well that’s me off to bed so I can get up for work to earn money for more books! I hope you’ve enjoyed my bookish ramblings and feel free to drop in again to see what next I talk about.

Happy Reading!

~Meg

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Furyborn Review

Good evening,

Sorry I haven’t posted much lately. Life has been really busy and time has just gotten away from me this month! The good news though is that I have been reading and just recently devoured a book that I want to gush to you about.

As you can see, I’ve been taking this book just about everywhere with me just in case I had a spare moment to read. What’s not to love about a book that has a beautiful and soft cover, that new book smell and floppiness to it that only softcovers can? I do also have a love for hardcovers though which is what the book is being released as. It’s being released tomorrow as a matter of fact so you can head to the bookstore in the morning to get yourself a copy or preorder on your e-reader!

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So enough gushing, time to get on to where I tell you my thoughts. I would like to first note that I generously received an ARC of this book though this review is being posted because I want to share the love of this book and all thoughts are completely my own.

This book has been one of my most anticipated books since first hearing of it and I was so excited to be given a copy because I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. Now I can see why I wanted it so badly and I loved this book from beginning to end. I read and finished it in less than four days which is quite a feat for me and I read every moment I could because I needed to know what would happen next!

This is the story of two women (Rielle who is known by history as the Blood Queen and Eliana who is a bounty hunter that heals quickly from wounds) who are one thousand years apart in timelines so it’s rather hard to believe there’s a connection between these two very different women… and yet… sometimes the most elusive connection can lead to surprising discoveries.

Both of these women are powerful in their own rights and both also have a choice as to whether help save the world or let it burn. Sometimes the most important decisions can be the hardest because there’s a slim chance that things will work out because life is always full of surprises.

I loved that both Rielle and Eliana are fiercely protective of those they love and are not afraid to make some hard choices to protect their loved ones though in a variety of different ways.

Rielle has spent much of her life being sheltered with her father being a commander to their King though she’s had her fair share of struggles with trying to wrestle with her powers and keep it a secret for fear that she may be led to the slaughter. I liked getting to know Rielle because she’s a funny, kind, powerful and protective young woman who will do anything to keep her loved ones safe and is also very smart. She’s about to get in over her head but luckily she has at least a couple of people to count on to be there for support.

Eliana is known as the Dread of Orline and has done a number of different jobs to put food on the table and protect her brother as well as Mother. Even though she’s an assassin, I really liked her character because she’s one tough, loyal person who is loving to those she cares for and will do anything to keep them safe. The jobs are starting to wear on her though and one job gone wrong may very well be the key to her salvation.

Full of magic, intrigue, the power of love, adventure and twists… I still can’t quite wrap my head around some parts because it was all so amazing and I highly recommend checking out this book. I can’t wait to see what is in store for all the characters in the next book! Also I’d love to have my very own Chavaile and super loyal Ludivine, Simon, Remy and Audric!

So as you can see, I really enjoyed this book and I’m so grateful to have gotten the chance to read it before release day. Now to let the somewhat patient waiting begin until I can have the next book in my hands!

Thank you so much for dropping by and I hope you’ve enjoyed my bookish ramblings. Happy Reading!

Slainte

~Meg

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