Saturday 30 October 2021

Blog Tour - The Halfpenny Girls at Christmas - Maggie Mason



I couldn't wait to rejoin Alice, Marg and Edith to find out how their stories would progress. Best friends since they were little and affectionately known as The Halfpenny Girls, these three girls, now young women, they have been there for each other through good times and bad.

Life is still full of ups and down for the trio, Alice is expecting her first child with husband Gerald and Edith is making plans for her wedding to Philip but life is still a struggle for Marg despite her good friends looking out for her. With Christmas fast approaching and the potential prospect of another war on the horizon will the girls and their families be able to pull together and stay strong?

I love reading at any time of the year, but now with the night's drawing in, I can't wait until the time comes to pull the curtains and shut out the real world to curl up and lose myself in another world and what better place to escape to than Blackpool with old friends?

The Halfpenny Girls at Christmas is another enthralling novel which centres on family and friendship with characters that are so captivating I almost wish I could be a Halfpenny Girl! I really enjoyed seeing how the girls are maturing and dealing with whatever life throws at them. Every character is written so vividly it's easy to feel compassion for them and also making them difficult to forget.

Maggie Mason is an exceptional wordsmith who has truly mastered her craft of story telling. Each book is an absolute delight to read and would make a wonderful addition to any saga loving bookworm's library. 

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With kinds thanks to Francesca Banks at Sphere Books for my review copy.

Sunday 17 October 2021

Blog Tour - Hollywood Bilker - Leopold Borstinski


Time is ticking by and it's now the 1960's and having made a dramatic escape from Cuba, Alex Cohen is back in America.

Alex has moved into a different world - one where he is rubbing shoulders with Hollywood legends like Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra at glitzy parties. He is the 'go-to' guy for those extra special items that will ensure all the guests have a good time and they know that Alex will always be discreet. Moving in these circles gives him the opportunity to be a part of, or influence several pivotal moments in American history but he's not always a willing participant.

Alex knows that he's not getting any younger, and while he has fleetingly thought about retirement in the past, he knows that now is the time to start putting things into place to ensure that he and his family have enough money to live comfortably and in the style that they've become accustomed to. Spending quality time with his family is something that hasn't always been a priority in Alex's life and he needs to change that before it's too late.

Hollywood Bilker is another fabulous addition to this exceptional series from Leopold Borstinski. Once again we're given a glimpse into the underground world of crime cleverly combined with real life historical events which makes for exhilarating reading. The story flows seamlessly and the writing is, as always, insightful and captivating. This would be perfect for fans of  historical fiction and crime as well as anyone with an interest in American history and gangsters. 

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                                                  About the author

Photo courtesy of Leopold Borstinski

Leopold Borstinski is an independent author whose past careers have included financial journalism, business management of financial software companies, consulting and product sales and marketing, as well as teaching.

There is nothing he likes better so he does as much nothing as he possibly can. He has travelled extensively in Europe and the US and has visited Asia on several occasions. Leopold holds a Philosophy degree and tries not to drop it too often.

He lives near London and is married with one wife, one child and no pets.

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With kind thanks to Zoe at Zooloo's Book Tours for my stop on the tour and author Leopold Borstinksi for my review copy.