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Blog Tour – ‘The Wheelwright Girl’ and ‘The Ambulance Girl’ by Tania Crosse ~ @Books_n_all @JoffeBooks @TaniaCrosse

I am absolutely thrilled to be taking part in this blog tour.  I have been following Tania Crosse on social media for quite a while now and am always happy to share her posts.  I love the sound of her books, so when I heard that a couple of them were being republished and that there was going to be a blog tour I jumped at the chance to take part.  I would like to thank the author for making me aware of this blog tour and Jill Burkinshaw of Books ‘n’ All Promotions for inviting me to participate.

‘The Wheelwright Girl’ and ‘The Ambulance Girl’ were republished by Joffe Books on the 4th February 2020 and are available as eBooks.  Here is a little bit more about both books.


Book Blurb

A compelling wartime saga about a spirited young woman seeking happiness on her own terms.

Perfect for fans of Nadine Dorries, Rosie Goodwin, Dilly Court, Freda Lightfoot and Catherine Cookson.

Originally published as Wheels of Grace.


Dartmoor, 1914. Grace Dannings is a farmer’s daughter. But that’s never stopped her wanting more.

She dreams of making her mark as a London Suffragette. Too bad she’s still stuck in Walkhampton, the sleepy village where she was born.

As a child, she could escape to the wheelwright’s mill. Spellbound, she’d watch labourers hammer white-hot iron and timber into wagon wheels.

Now she’s a woman and nothing about the village feels like home. The men are brutish, the women afraid of change. Her best friend is trapped in an abusive marriage, yet no one seems to care.


Perhaps she could have married Martin, the mill owner’s son. But society says she’s not good enough. So Grace must find a new dream.


When World War One breaks out, no one in the village escapes untouched. Grace wants to be part of the war effort.

When the wheelwright’s men leave for the front, Grace immediately volunteers to fill in. The move raises eyebrows in the village.

But Grace has her sights set on a fulfilling new vocation. And she’s not about to stop for anything — or anyone. But at what cost to her own happiness?

A poignant, sensitive and intensely moving account of one village’s war and the endurance of those who wait at home for news of their loved ones.


‘The Wheelwright Girl’ can be purchased from Amazon UK:-



Book Blurb

A compelling wartime saga of love, loss and self-discovery at the battlefield’s edge.

Perfect for fans of Nadine Dorries, Rosie Goodwin, Dilly Court, Freda Lightfoot and Catherine Cookson.

Originally published as Teardrops in the Moon.



Dartmoor, 1914. Twenty-four-year-old Marianne Warrington is in danger of being left on the shelf. That’s what her mother says and that’s precisely how she wants it.

She has her future mapped out and it doesn’t include marriage or babies. Instead, she vows to devote herself to rearing horses on her parents’ farm.


Then World War One breaks out and the Warringtons’ peaceful existence is shattered forever. Amid the chaos, Marianne seizes her chance to prove she’s more than just a spinster.

When her brother leaves for the battlefield, Marianne is determined to follow. She signs up to serve as an ambulance driver in war-torn France. There, she witnesses unimaginable horrors.

Yet there’s one face she can’t banish from her thoughts. It belongs to Major Albert Thorneycroft: a handsome and perplexing stranger who means more to Marianne than she’d care to admit.


As the war rages on, a battle ensues between Marianne’s head and heart, testing her resolve like never before.


TANIA CROSSE weaves blissfully human stories with impeccable research, giving her characters all the complexity and colour of real life. Tania has been shortlisted for Best Romantic Saga in the 60th annual RoNA Awards.



I know you spend many hours researching your subject and this truly shows by the way you bring your stories to life. I can never put the book down! I have always enjoyed your books – particularly the Devon ones as it gave us “up country folk” an insight into Devon life and its social history. Can’t wait for the next one now!!” H.

Highly recommend this read. Moments of tragedy are uplifted by a sense of empowering and inspiring strength from the main characters. The narrative is brilliantly authentic and every emotion that is expressed by the characters is mirrored in the reader’s heart.” Cindy

I now look forward to reading more from this brilliant author.” John H.

“Tania Crosse is an excellent story teller. She tells a story of how tragedy turns to happiness in the most unexpected way. ” S.J.

“This is the first book I’ve read by Tania Crosse, but it won’t be the last. I started this just before bedtime, feeling rather sleepy, and then just couldn’t stop reading. I loved everything about this heartwarming story and will look out for all future books by this author. Highly recommended.” Sarah M.


‘The Ambulance Girl’ can be purchased from Amazon UK:-



Both books sound great and I am really looking forward to reading them.



About Tania Crosse

Historical novelist Tania Crosse was born in London and lived in Banbury Street, Battersea, where her two most recent titles are set. However, at a very young age the family moved to Surrey where Tania’s love of the countryside took root. She always enjoyed reading and has composed stories ever since she could hold a pen. After studying French Literature at university, she devoted twenty years to bringing up her family. But her passion for writing never left her, and side by side with her in-depth research into Victorian social history, she began to pen her novels in earnest as her family grew up.

When Tania discovered Morwellham Quay, the restored Victorian copper port and now living history museum in Devon, she fell in love with this magical place and felt a spiritual compulsion to create a story that would illustrate life there in times gone by. This led to the publication of her debut novel, ‘Morwellham’s Child’, and now Tania has fourteen published titles with which to thrill her readers.

Tania has now completed her series of novels illustrating the rich history of Tavistock and the surrounding area of Dartmoor from Victorian times to the 1950’s. She is now working on a series of Twentieth Century stories set in London and the south east. She draws very much on her own experiences of life to create her books. She hates being catagorised as a writer of historical romance. The history comes first, she insists, and the human tales develop from her research. The characters lead harsh, demanding lives and their stories are often cruel and harrowing.

Tania has been happily married for forty five years and claims she would never have achieved her success without her husband’s support. They have three grown up children, two grandchildren and three grand-dogs!



Website – http://www.tania-crosse.co.uk/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/TaniaCrosse

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/TaniaCrosseAuthor

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1797249.Tania_Crosse


Blog Tour – ‘The Orphan Thief’ by Glynis Peters ~ @annecater @0neMoreChapter_ @_GlynisPeters_

‘The Orphan Thief’ by Glynis Peters is being published in paperback on the 23rd January 2020 by One More Chapter and is also available as an eBook and Audiobook.  It is a pleasure to be taking part in this blog tour today together with a number of fellow book bloggers.

I would like to thank Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting me to participate.

Carry on reading to find out more about ‘The Orphan Thief’.


Book Blurb

From the international bestselling author of The Secret Orphan

When all seems lost…

As Hitler’s bombs rain down on a battered and beleaguered Britain, Ruby Shadwell is dealt the most devastating blow – her entire family lost during the Coventry Blitz.

Hope still survives…

Alone and with the city in chaos, Ruby is determined to survive this war and rebuild her life.  And a chance encounter with street urchin Tommy gives Ruby just the chance she needs…

And love will overcome.

Because Tommy brings with him Canadian Sergeant Jean-Paul Clayton.  Jean-Paul is drawn to Ruby and wants to help her, but Ruby cannot bear another loss.

Can love bloom amidst the ruins?  Or will the war take Ruby’s last chance at happiness too?


Doesn’t it sound great?  ‘The Orphan Thief’ can be pre-ordered from Amazon UK:-



About Glynis Peters

Glynis Peters, lives in Dovercourt, Essex, England.

She married her school sweetheart in 1979, and they have three children. They also have three grandchildren, with another due in the spring of 2019, the year of their ruby wedding Anniversary.

In 2014, Glynis was short-listed for the Festival of Romantic Fiction New Talent Award.

In 2018, HarperCollins/HarperImpulse published her novel, The Secret Orphan. The novel rose to several bestseller positions within a few months of release.

When Glynis is not writing she enjoys fishing with her husband, making greetings cards, cross stitch and the company of her granddaughters.

Her grandson lives in Canada, and it is for that reason she  introduced a Canadian pilot into The Secret Orphan.



Website: http://www.glynispeterauthor.co.uk/

Twitter : @_GlynisPeters_

Author Page on Facebook

Instagram @glynispetersauthor

‘A Place Called Winter’ by Patrick Gale

A Place Called Winter

‘A Place Called Winter’ is being published on 24th March of this year by Tinder Press.  I was very kindly sent a proof copy to read and review.  Set in the 1900s this novel is loosely based on a story in Patrick Gale’s own family.

Harry Cane is the elder son of a well-off Edwardian family.  When Jack his younger brother is born, their mum sadly passes away.  Jack and Harry grow up together and are protective of each other.  Harry is so painfully shy that he stammers whereas Jack is confident and has an idea about what he wants to do in his life.

Years later Harry gets married and has a child, but little does he know what is around the corner.  His life is totally turned upside down when he has an illicit and dangerous affair.  The shock of being discovered and the risk of being arrested costs him everything and he is forced to abandon both his wife and child.  Harry signs up for emigration to the newly colonised Canadian prairies and sets off on his travels to set up home on a plot of land near the town of Winter.  For Harry this is going to be a big challenge as he has never worked before.  The threats of war, an evil and sadistic man and madness seem to reveal in Harry an inner strength he never knew he had.

I loved ‘A Place Called Winter’ and I really liked the way this story was set out.  The first time you meet Harry he is in an asylum and then soon after is moved to a therapeutic community called Bethel.  That of course immediately intrigued me. I was desperate to know how he ended up there but found I had to wait for quite a while to find out.  That didn’t put me off though.  The storytelling was absolutely amazing and the descriptions throughout were wonderful.  I could really picture the scenes in my head.

It is clear that Patrick Gale has done a lot of research for this book.  He has put pen to paper and created an incredible novel complete with flawed characters.  This is an intense story of secrets, sexuality and finding love.  I think this could be one of the big books of this year.

Until last year I had never heard of Patrick Gale.  Having read ‘A Place Called Winter’, I am now determined to read more of his novels.

I give this book 5 out of 5.

‘Volunteer’ by Gary McElkerney

VolunteerWrite Path NI Limited were looking for people to review ‘Volunteer’.  They are holding a fundraising night on the 15th March 2014 during which they will also be celebrating the publication of this novel.

Born and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Gary McElkerney has done voluntary first aid work in Nicaragua, Hungary and Ethiopia.  The experiences Gary had gave him the idea for this book.

It is summer and Chris Johnston, a 22 year old university student from Belfast, has signed up to lead a team of young volunteers travelling to Ethiopia where they are to help build houses for charity.  Whilst there, Chris has an argument with the leaders.  He doesn’t feel appreciated and when a seemingly better opportunity comes up he abandons the team and travels north to work for Medical Aid Africa in a clinic.  He then agrees to join their make-shift ambulance crew in a bid to find the excitement and adventure he’s been searching for on the frontline.  However, he finds that life is very different off the beaten track.

Consumed by fear, Chris is terrified especially when he experiences the true horrors of war.  His dreams of heroism and adventure turn into a nightmare and he feels as if he has failed.  Chris returns home with the mental scars of war which will take some time to heal.

When I first started reading this novel I didn’t know if I would really enjoy it, but I was soon hooked.  Although ‘Volunteer’ has been written as fiction, it is actually based on what Gary went through and you would be forgiven for mistaking this as a non-fiction book.  The writing throughout was so good and the descriptions were excellent.

‘Volunteer’ tells it how it really is.  Though there is some humour, this is a heartbreaking story which will shock you.  It paints a good picture of what life is really like in Ethiopia and the terror innocent people have to go through.  Even children get caught in the crossfire, something which really shouldn’t be happening in this day and age.  A powerful read, ‘Volunteer’ is a stark reminder of how fortunate we really are.

I give this book 5 out of 5.

‘Tan’ by David Lawlor

When David Lawlor asked me if I would like to review his book I was more than happy to as I love discovering new authors.  I also enjoy reading historical fiction and am always keen to learn more.

The story begins in Balbriggan, Ireland in 1914.  Liam Mannion is accused of a crime he didn’t commit and is forced into exile.  He travels to England where he enlists and goes to war in France.  Five years later Liam is back in England, with nightmares of his battlefield memories.  He finds employment in a Manchester cotton mill but prejudice and illness soon leave him without work.  Starving and roaming the streets, Liam is rescued and enlists in a new military force called The Black and Tans, who are heading to Ireland.  He is posted to the town he originally fled from.

Whilst Liam has been away, things have changed drastically.  His childhood friends have joined the republican cause, while his brother has allied himself to the Crown forces.  Liam struggles with his own conflicted feelings about his duty to the ruthless Tans and loyalty to his friends.  He also comes face to face with the man who spread lies about him all those years ago.

As soon as I began reading the first chapter I knew that this book was for me and that I was really going to enjoy it.  It was exciting from the start and full of action throughout.  This is a very believable story and it gives you a good idea about what Ireland was like in those days.  Liam really showed his bravery especially when he found himself a bit too close to his enemies.  I also like how each chapter has been divided into several sections so that you get to know what is happening in all parts of the story, without having to wait too long.

If you like historical fiction I truly recommend this book.  But I warn you, you’ll find it very hard to put down.  Reading ‘Tan’ has left me with a thirst for more by this author.

I give this book 5 out of 5.

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