That Summer at the Seahorse Hotel by Adrienne Vaughan #FridayReads

Insightful and spot on review for That Summer at the Seahorse – thank you, super book blogger Lizanne Lloyd

Lost in a good book

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An old house in an estate on the beautiful east coast of Ireland is a perfect setting for romance and mystery.  Mia Flannagan is summoned to Galty House by the sad news of the imminent death of Archie Fitzgerald, a celebrated Hollywood actor who took the place of a father for most of her troubled childhood.  During a rather distant relationship with her mother, stunning actress Fenella Flannagan, Mia was nurtured by Archie’s family and friends, but even they would never reveal the identity of her father.

Leaving the set of a disastrous film where she is in charge of the wardrobe, she is relieved to find Archie is in good form despite being weak and tiring easily.  He maintains a good relationship with his new neighbour, American hotel manager, Ross Power’ but Mia is more interested in a friendship with Pearl, the lonely, neglected niece.  Just as Mia was…

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Five Photos … with Jessie Cahalin

Love this blog from the wonderful Jessie, thank you for sharing Lizzie. Having just spent a rainy Sunday on a Norfolk beach with our two spaniels and my fabulous husband, I totally get where Jessie is coming from. We had a lovely time, I found a splodge of Norfolk mud on my notebook this morning, I didn’t wipe it off, just wrote where it came from and the date! Precious memories. X

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Sharing her five photos with us today is Jessie Cahalin. Jessie is best known to many of us in the book world as the creator of the fabulous and quirky book blog, Books in my Handbag, which is well worth a visit! However, she’s also an author in her own right, having published her debut novel,  You Can’t Go it Alone, last year. Here are Jessie’s photographs: 

‘Every day’s a bonus. Promise me, you won’t do anything you don’t want to do,’ said my father, in the last weeks of his life. My father’s advice niggled me for a decade. Knee deep in action plans, I chose to leave the rat race. Briefcase abandoned in the garage, I had the freedom to write and appreciate the simple things in life.
In work, I was always running late like the White Rabbit, in Alice in Wonderland. Now, I acknowledge the start…

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The Decline of the English Murder #RBRT #BookReview, #humor #mystery

Fabulous blog about two murder, mayhem and two stories Barb Taub absolutely loved … delighted to say, one is That Summer at the Seahorse Hotel!

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George Orwell was annoyed. The author of Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty Four said the war was probably to blame, but it seemed like you just couldn’t get a good murder anymore. His 1946 essay lists the ingredients essential to a quality crime—social class, sex, and (preferably) poisoning:

—Cover of Decline of the English Murder by George Orwell, first published February 16, 1946

“The murderer should be a little man of the professional class — a dentist or a solicitor, say — living an intensely respectable life somewhere in the suburbs, and preferably in a semi-detached house, which will allow the neighbours to hear suspicious sounds through the wall. He should be either chairman of the local Conservative Party branch, or a leading Nonconformist and strong Temperance advocate. He should go astray through cherishing a guilty passion for his secretary or the wife of a rival professional man, and should…

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Rosie’s review Team #RBRT That Summer AT The Seahorse Hotel by @adrienneauthor #TuesdayBookBlog

Wonderful review of That summer at The Seahorse Hotel, thank you Cathy!

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Today’s team review is from Cathy, she blogs here http://betweenthelinesbookblog.wordpress.com/

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Cathy has been reading That Summer At The Seahorse Hotel by Adrienne Vaughan

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With a cast of wonderfully realised characters, this story transported me to Ireland and Galty House, set in the beautifully described coastal location of Rosshaven. Archie Fitzgerald, legendary actor, is dying, but determined to depart on his own terms. He wants Mia, the daughter of his close friend and fellow actor, Fenella Flanagan, to come home to Galty House for what will be their last summer together.

I love the almost ethereal quality of the cover image which compliments the theme of the book perfectly. Reminders of a past long gone, reminiscences and repercussions play a big part in the story. Whatever happened all those years ago has been a closely guarded secret, long buried and never spoken of. But now things are changing. Fenella is…

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My #Bookreview of #Romance That Summer AT The Seahorse Hotel by @adrienneauthor

Rosie Amber’s fabulous review of That Summer at the Seahorse Hotel really hits the spot!

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

That Summer At The Seahorse Hotel is a romance set in Ireland.

It began with a summer of love for a group of five teenagers; one summer filled with carefree fun, friendship and forbidden love. Years later, world famous actor Archie Fitzgerald is dying, and he requests the return of Mia, the daughter of his best friend Fenella Flanagan, to Galty House, so he may put his life in order before it ends.

Mia has always loved Galty, spending her childhood here with Archie, his sister and the eccentric housekeeper, while her mother worked away. She arrives to find Archie upbeat, spending his money freely and refusing to go down quietly. However, there are undercurrents of tension; too many people want to know what Archie’s will contains.

There is a lot to keep Mia preoccupied:…

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Staying in with Adrienne Vaughan

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I’m so excited to welcome Adrienne Vaughan to Linda’s Book Bag today. Adrienne has been an author whose books have been on my radar for some time so I’m thrilled she has agreed to stay in and tell me about one of them.

I’m also really excited that Adrienne has offered blog readers a very special giveaway and you’ll find details at the bottom of this blog post.

If you’re an author who’d also like to stay in with me to tell me about one of your books, please click here for more details.

Staying in with Adrienne Vaughan

Welcome to Linda’s Book Bag, Adrienne. I’m delighted you’re here. Thank you for agreeing to stay in with me.

Delighted to be staying in with you Linda, especially as the weather in early March had me housebound and rifling through my bookshelves searching for something to warm me up and dream of…

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#AuthorInterview with Lizzie Lamb @lizzie_lamb @newromantics4 #Romantic #Fiction

Fantastic interview with one of my favourite authors …

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Today on Love Books Group Blog, I am delighted to have a special author interview feature with Lizzie Lamb. Welcome to the blog Lizzie, thank you so much for sharing your beautiful post and photographs with us today.

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After teaching her 1000th pupil and working as a deputy headteacher in a large primary school, Lizzie decided to pursue her first love: writing. She joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s New Writers’ Scheme, wrote Tall, Dark and Kilted (2012), followed a year later by Boot Camp Bride. Although much of her time is taken up publicising her novels she published a third SCOTCH ON THE ROCKS in July 2015. It achieved Best Seller status within two weeks of appearing on Amazon. Her latest novel Girl in the Castle was published in 2017 and reached #3 in the charts. Lizzie is a founding member of indie…

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That Summer at the Seahorse Hotel by @adrienneauthor ~ Contemporary #Fiction #RBRT #NetGalley #TuesdayBookBlog

A wonderful review from the fabulous book blogger Cathy Ryan … thank you!

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Author: Adrienne Vaughan

Published: January 2018 by The Paris Press

Category: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance, Book Review

Mia Flanagan has never been told who her father is and aged ten, stopped asking. 

Haunted by this, she remains a dutiful daughter who would never do anything to bring scandal or shame on her beautiful and famously single mother. 

So when Archie Fitzgerald, one of Hollywood’s favourite actors, decides to leave Mia his Irish estate, she asks herself – is he her father after all?

With a cast of wonderfully realised characters, this story transported me to Ireland and Galty House, set in the beautifully described coastal location of Rosshaven. Archie Fitzgerald, legendary actor, is dying, but determined to depart on his own terms. He wants Mia, the daughter of his close friend and fellow actor, Fenella Flanagan, to come home to Galty House for what will be their last summer together. 

I…

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The New Romantics @newromantics4 perfect for Valentine’s Day!

Fabulous blogger and great mate Cathy Murray shine a spotlight on the New Romantics Press …

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If you love reading romance novels

have you met the New Romantics?

In 2012 four writers:

Adrienne Vaughan,
Lizzie Lamb,
Mags Cullingford
and June Kearns

(all members of the Romantic Novelists’ Association)

decided to take destiny into their own hands and found

The New Romantics Press.

I’ve read nearly all the novels published by The New Romantics Press and enjoyed every one.

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Fast forward to 2016 and with ten romantic novels published between them, The New Romantics produced a compilation of samples to introduce their writing to new audiences.

Although I’d read novels by June Kearns and Lizzie Lamb already, I downloaded Take a chance on us and got to know Mags Cullingford and Adrienne Vaughan too.

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Take a Chance on us is a great way to try out each of the writers’ individual styles and get a flavour of the wealth of content…

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#GuestPost: That Summer at the Seahorse Hotel …the journey! By Adrienne Vaughan @adrienneauthor

Fabulous blogger Sharon Booth takes me back the New York …

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Today, I have a special guest post on the blog. One of my favourite authors and all-round-lovely-person Adrienne Vaughan joins us, to tell us some “behind the scenes” stories from when she was writing That Summer at the Seahorse Hotel.  Sadly, she doesn’t mention the time she met Aidan Turner – in the name of research, obviously – so there are no pics of him. Other than that, it’s a great post! 😉 Enjoy. 

My new novel, That Summer at the Seahorse Hotel has taken me on quite a journey and I’ve loved every minute of it!

Adrienne pictured with Dalkey Island in the distance, one of the inspirational settings for her new novel That Summer at the Seahorse Hotel

I write longhand in spiral bound notebooks, starting from back to front, you see I’m left-handed and it seems to feel more natural that way. Working from the back…

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