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Another wonderful visit to Winsford Green

A-Christmas-Miracle-CoverA Christmas Miracle by Ruby Moone

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I want to go back in time and live in Winsford Green with the wonderful bunch of characters who’ve found a home there.

Darley Hall isn’t quite Winsford but it’s close by and there’s a whole bunch of fabulous people living there too!

This post Regency historical series from Ruby is one of my absolute favourites, each instalment has brought a pairing who’ve managed to be together on a way which works for the time period.

Here is no different and I fell hard for Alfie Hope, the somewhat rough around the edges but pure of heart Estate Manager who has held together a family of those who love outside the barriers of society.

Jocelyn Devereux was a perfect partner for Alfie, a genuinely good man who’d served his country and needed a place to recoup.

Together they bumbled their way into friendship and more and I eagerly cheered them on every step of the way.

Ruby also teased me with an appearance from the fascinating Major and I am desperately hoping we get his story soon!

And, as ever, the Parson and other residents of Winsford were on hand to show how wonderful village life can be when you have the support of your community.

More please Ruby, always more!

#ARC kindly received from the author via GRR Tours (although I had it pre-ordered anyway 😉)

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Release Blitz: The Quid Pro Quo by A.L. Lester

The Quid Pro Quo | A.L. Lester

Bradfield Trilogy #2

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Release Date: November 20th, 2021

Publisher: JMS Books

Editor: Lourenza Adlem

Word Count: 50,000 words

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Blurb

Village nurse Walter Kennett is content with his makeshift found-family in tiny Bradfield. However one midsummer morning a body is found floating in the village duck pond, dead by magical means.

Detective Simon Frost arrives in Bradfield to investigate a inexplicable murder. The evidence seems to point to Lucille Hall-Bridges, who lives with doctor Sylvia Marks and nurse Walter Kennett at Courtfield House. Simon isn’t happy—he doesn’t believe Lucy is a murderer but he’s sure the three of them are hiding something. In the meantime, the draw he feels toward Walter takes him by surprise.

Walter is in a dilemma, concealing Sylvia and Lucy’s relationship and not knowing how much to tell Frost about the paranormal possibilities of the murder. He isn’t interested in going to bed with anyone—he’s got a complicated life and has to know someone really well before he falls between the sheets. He’s taken aback by his own attraction to Detective Frost and angry when Frost appears to twist the spark between them to something transactional in nature.

Will Walter be satisfied to stay on the periphery of Lucy and Sylvia’s love affair, a welcome friend but never quite included? Or is it time for him to strike out and embark on  a relationship of his own?

The second in the Bradfield trilogy, set in the Border Magic universe. With a transm/m couple.

Excerpt

As Simon was replacing the device on the telephone table a pretty young woman put her head out of a door at toward the end of the hall. “Sylv!” she said, “Do you want tea? I’ve boiled the kettle.” and then when she realised he wasn’t who she thought he was, “Oh, I do beg your pardon! I thought you were Dr Marks!”.

“She’s still in the surgery,” Simon nodded across the hall.

The woman emerged into the hall. “Lucille Hall-Bridges,” she said, extending a hand. “I’m a friend of Sylvia’s. I help with the house.”

Simon took her hand in his. Her grip was sure and warm. “Detective Frost,” he replied. “Nice to meet you, Miss Hall-Bridges. She had a recent bruise running from her jaw to just below her eye, entering the black-and-purple stage.

“I’ve made a pot of tea,” she was saying. “I don’t know whether anyone will want any, but I do like to feel useful and tea is so…normal-making, isn’t it?”

He nodded, slightly bemused at her chatter. “Yes, indeed,” he said. “Very normal.”

She gave a perfunctory tap on the surgery door, opened it and disappeared inside without waiting for a response. “Sylv, Walter, I’ve made tea. Would you and your detective like to come into the drawing room?” Her voice faded, presumably as she joined them in the examination room.

There was a pause. Then, “Oh!” he heard her say. “Oh.” She sounded a little shocked. “What’s happened to her hands?” she asked.

“Scraped on the bottom on the pond I think,” Simon heard Dr Marks say. “She was face-down in the water.”

“Oh.” Miss Hall-Bridges’ voice was small. “Sylvia…there’s…she’s…I can feel…do you think…?” Her voice trailed off and Dr Marks spoke over her, clearly away they might be overhead.

“Let’s not worry about that now, shall we? The policeman is sending her down to Taunton to a postmortem. You go and take the tea-things into the drawing room. We’ll just cover her up.”

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About The Author

Writer of queer, paranormal, historical, romantic suspense, mostly. Lives in the South West of England with Mr AL, two children, a terrifying cat, some hens and the duckettes.

Likes gardening but doesn’t really have time or energy. Not musical. Doesn’t much like telly. Non-binary. Chronically disabled. Has tedious fits.

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Ruby’s latest visit to Winsford Green is an adrenaline packed romance

the schoolmasters spyThe Schoolmaster’s Spy by Ruby Moone

My Rating: 5 of 5 stars

I absolutely adore Ruby Moone’s historical writing and with her latest visit to the world of Winsford Green, she has absolutely excelled.

Alien Office spy Mark Dexter is everything I want in a book boyfriend. He’s principled but capable of doing what needs doing if it means protecting the State.

He’s a little bit battered by life, the youngest son of a Viscount who always hated him because he wasn’t his actual father, he’s had a lonely and somewhat wild life.

The only comfort he found was at boarding school where Felix Brook was one of the few schoolmasters who took notice and cared enough to engage him in his education.

Felix is an absolute gem of a man. There isn’t a huge age gap between them, Felix was a young schoolmaster at Hestingley’s, but he’s so shy and hides his passions away – until Dexter comes back to an Old Boys event while investigating the new headmaster.

I won’t go into the plot, suffice it to say it absolutely worked for me, the trickery, intricacies and careful way the narrative unfolds is a headrush, filled with adrenaline and adventure.

Both Mark and Felix have the very things which make them who they are tested – Dexter’s loyalty and Brook’s role as an educator – and for a while it looks like there will be no way out.

But Ruby skillfully manipulates the story so that all ends up with a race to the truth and an ending which is firmly grounded in the realities of life in 1815 for two men who love men.

An absolutely wonderful return to Winsford Green and now please can we have the Major and Mr Edwards’ story and what’s going on with the Marquess of Winsford and Dexter’s boss at the Alien Office Ruby?!

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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