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Cover Reveal – A Postcard From Paris By Alex Brown

A Postcard From ParisAlex Brown has revealed the beautiful cover to her second book in the ‘Postcard series’ called ‘A Postcard From Paris’.

What the back cover says –

Annie Lovell is keen to put the spark back into her life and when her elderly neighbour inherits an abandoned Parisian apartment she goes to Paris to discover more. Her curiosity takes an unexpected turn on discovering a bundle of secret diaries hidden within the walls, detailing the life of a young English woman, Beatrice Crawford, who volunteered in 1916 to nurse the soldiers in the fields of France.

Captivated by the romantic City of Light, Annie realises first appearances are not always as they seem. Following Beatrice’s journey from the Great War, through the Roaring Twenties and to a very different life in Nazi-occupied Paris, Annie must piece together the events from the past, if she is to fulfil the legacy that Beatrice left for her to find…

I absolutely adored ‘A Postcard From Italy’ so I’m looking forward to reading this one!

You can pre-order ‘A Postcard From Paris’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 15th April 2021.

My Writing Space – Alex Brown

Alex Brown Writers Space

Alex Brown, author of the Carrington’s series as well as her recent book called ‘A Postcard From Italy’ invites us to see her writing space and what a pretty one it is!

My office overlooks woodland, but because I also live very close to the sea I often hear the soothing sound of seagulls. To the side of my desk is a vintage Dansette record player so I can listen to my beloved Northern Soul records while writing and bookcases run along one wall where I’ve recently added my new book for 2019, ‘A Postcard From Italy’.

Alex Brown Writers Space

I’m very superstitious and must light a candle and have my ‘lucky writing poncho’ close by before I start writing, you’ll see it’s currently over my chair in this hot weather, but I’ll be wearing it as soon as winter comes.

Alex Brown Writers Space

You can buy Alex’s latest book called ‘A Postcard From Italy’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

A Postcard From Italy By Alex Brown

A Postcard From Italy‘A Postcard From Italy’ is the latest book by Alex Brown.

Grace Quinn loves her job at Cohen’s Convenient Storage Company, finding occasional treasure in the forgotten units that customers have abandoned. Her inquisitive nature is piqued when a valuable art collection and a bundle of letters and diaries are found that date back to the 1930’s. Delving deeper, Grace uncovers the story of a young English woman, Connie Levine, who follows her heart to Italy at the end of the Second World war. The contents also offer up the hope of a new beginning for Grace, battling a broken heart and caring for her controlling mother. Embarking on her own voyage of discovery, Grace’s search takes her to a powder pink villa on the cliff tops overlooking the Italian Riviera, but will she unravel the family secrets and betrayals that Connie tried so hard to overcome, and find love for herself?

It’s been a well since I read a book by Alex Brown and I forgot how lovely it is to curl up with one of her stories and how they can transport you off to another land and forget about all your worries.

In her latest book we meet gentle and kind Grace, who’s been taken for a ride by her domineering and horrible mother called Cora and her possible boyfriend Phil, letting people walk all over her and tell her what to do, she finds solace in her job where she gathers information in a storage company. One day, she’s given the task of sorting out a storage unit belonging to a glamorous woman called Connie and she finds herself on a mission to find out what became the infamous Connie. This journey takes Grace on an adventure to Italy, where she not only uncovers Connie’s life but also finds herself looking at her own life as well, along with the help of the handsome Ellis.

I loved this book, the combination of the exotic location as well as the endearing characters made this a really good book to get stuck into. I loved Grace and often sympathised with how people treated her but as the story progresses we see her blossom and grow in confidence which is really lovely reading.

The story is seen from the perspective of both Connie and Grace which gives the story an interesting slant. Connie is wonderfully glamorous and the Italian setting adds an exotic element to the tale.

Wonderfully written and vividly picturesque, ‘A Postcard From Italy’ is romantic and heartwarming story about life discoveries and starting over. I adored it!

You can buy ‘A Postcard From Italy’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Alex Brown Reveals New Book – The Wish

The WishAlex Brown has revealed her new book for 2018 called ‘The Wish’.

What the back cover says –

Sam Morgan knows he messed up with his wife Chrissie and daughter Holly – he wasn’t there when they needed him most, but now he’ll do anything to put his family back together again. Until then, he’s back living in the picture-postcard village of Tindledale.

Jude Darling is coming home for good this time. She’s taking over the antique shop in Tindledale, the place where she grew up and she’s going to make sure she’s there for her friend, Chrissie, and Goddaughter, Holly. They certainly need her right now.

As for Holly, there’s only one thing she wants and it’s not the sort of thing you can buy in a shop. She might be thirteen years old, but Holly still believes in wishes, and perhaps if she wishes hard enough, this one might come true…

Sounds like a lovely story to look forward to this Summer.

You can pre-order The Wish from Amazon and will be available from good bookshops from 17th May 2018.

Not Just For Christmas By Alex Brown

'Not Just For Christmas‘Not Just For Christmas’ is a Christmas short story by Alex Brown.

Kitty, who runs the Spotted Pig Tea-rooms in the picturesque village of Tindledale, thinks she’s come to terms with her husband Ed’s death on active duty. When she learns that Ed’s army dog, a black Labrador named Monty, is being retired and needs rehoming, it awakens her heartache once more. Amber runs the pet parlour, but her love of dogs extends to rescuing abandoned pooches and now her tiny cottage is overflowing with homeless hounds. The only answer is to open a proper rescue centre but where will the money come from? Kitty knows she could never take on Monty – it would be too painful, but with more than one dog needing a home this Christmas, is a miracle too much to hope for?

‘Not Just For Christmas’ sees the return of our favourite fictional village, Tindledale and Alex treats us to a sweet and festive story that will tug at the heartstrings of the coldest of hearts.

In this short tale, we meet single mother Kitty, who hasn’t quite got over the tragic death of her husband Ed who was killed by a landmine. Now four years after his death and with only her daughter Teddie for company, she misses Ed dearly and finds it hard to even think about him. But when Mack, Ed’s best friend in the army returns into her life, asking her to home Monty, the dog that Ed trained whilst in the army, she begins to see a brighter side to life, as the dog introduces her feelings and friends into her life. Meanwhile pet lover, Taylor can’t say no to any stray four legged friends and employs the help of Monty to help raise funds for a pet shelter in the village.

With being just 80 pages long, this story is the perfect story to curl up with, the characters are sweet and entertaining and it’s a nice return to a village that I’ve come to love. As a dog lover, I loved Monty and the found the history and background of training working dogs to be quite fascinating. Kitty and Mack are two lovely leads as they tentatively get to know each other, knowing that the main thing they have in common is Ed and it’s sweet the stories that they share about him.

A short but incredibly sweet story that embodies everything about Christmas, love, festive cheer and goodwill to all men and animals, ‘Not Just For Christmas’ is an emotional tale that will leave you all warm and fuzzy inside.

You can buy Not Just for Christmas (A Short Story) from Amazon