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Sarah’s Vignettes Literary Lowdown ~ 10-16 February 2020

Welcome to this week’s round-up of book life at Sarah’s Vignettes.

Keep scrolling to get the lowdown on what’s been going on here at Sarah’s Vignettes, the books I’ve been adding to my shelves, and other bookish delights.

~ On the blog ~

Win 60 books!

As this year is the Romantic Novelists Association 60th Anniversary and this week has been Romance Reading Week, the RNA has launched a group on Facebook to celebrate. The Romantic Fiction Book Club is a warm and cosy place for readers of romantic fiction to engage with other readers, bloggers and authors of romantic fiction, not just those members of the RNA.

The group launched on Valentine’s Day and to mark this the RNA has collaborated with publisher 0ne More Chapter to giveaway 60 romance novels to members of the Romance Fiction Book Club! Once you’ve joined the group, all you need to do is enter the giveaway to be in with a chance to win.

You can find out all about the great books in the giveaway, how to join the Romance Fiction Book Club and enter the giveaway here.

~ On my bookshelf ~

I’ve added 1 book to my shelf this week.

I’m taking part in a blog tour next month for Jack & Bet, Sarah Butler’s latest novel, which is out in digital and hardback on 5th March 2020. I am really looking forward to reading it. Not only is Sarah Butler a new author to me but also I’m struggling to think of many books I have read with elderly principal characters. I could probably count them on one hand.

Jack & Bet by Sarah Butler

Even the longest marriages have their secrets . . .

Jack & Bet by Sarah Butler

Jack Chalmers is a man of few words, married to a woman of many. He and Bet have been together for seventy years – almost a lifetime – and happily so, for the most part.

All Jack and Bet want is to enjoy the time they have left together, in the flat they have tried to make their home. Their son Tommy has other ideas: he wants them to live somewhere with round-the-clock care, hot meals, activities. Bet thinks they can manage just fine.

When they strike up an unlikely friendship with Marinela, a young Romanian woman, Bet thinks she has found the perfect solution – one that could change Marinela’s life as well as theirs. But this means revisiting an old love affair, and confronting a long-buried secret she has kept hidden from everyone, even Jack, for many years.

Tender, moving and beautifully told, Sarah Butler’s Jack & Bet is an unforgettable novel about love and loss, the joys and regrets of a long marriage, and the struggle to find a place to call home.

~ On my bedside table ~

A Springtime to Remember by Lucy Coleman

I’ve just started reading A Springtime to Remember by Lucy Coleman. Watch out for my review on 5th March.

A Springtime to Remember by Lucy Coleman

Paris and the Palace of Versailles have always meant a lot to TV producer Lexie. Her grandma Viv spent a year there, but her adventures and memories were never discussed, and Lexie has long wondered why they were a family secret. 

When work presents the perfect excuse to spend Springtime in Versailles, Lexie delves into Viv’s old diaries and scrapbooks, and with the help of handsome interpreter Ronan, she is soon learning more about the characters that tend to the magnificent gardens, now and in the past.

In amongst the beauty and splendour of the French countryside, a story of lost love, rivalry and tragedy unfolds.  Can Lexie and Ronan right the wrongs of the past, and will France play its tricks on them both before Lexie has to go home? Will this truly be a Springtime to Remember…

Let Lucy Coleman sweep you away with this perfect feel-good love story.


What books have you been reading and buying this week? Let me know by leaving a reply in the box below.

Until next week, happy reading!

Books · fiction · Giveaway · Other Bookish Things · Promotional Post · Romantic Novelists Association

Would you like to join the #RNA60 Romantic Fiction Book Club Facebook Group and win 60 Romantic Novels from 0ne More Chapter? @RNATweets @0neMoreChapter_ #RomanticFictionBookClub #RomFicBookClub

Happy Romance Reading Week! As it was Valentine’s Day on Friday, it is the perfect week to celebrate romance books.

The Romantic Novelists Association is celebrating it’s 60th anniversary this year and to mark this amazing occasion, the RNA has launched a new Facebook group, the Romantic Fiction Book Club. The group is a warm and cosy place for readers of romantic fiction to engage with other readers, bloggers and authors of romantic fiction, not just those members of the RNA.

What better way to start off the launch than with a competition! Run in conjunction with the publisher 0ne More Chapter, members of the Romantic Fiction Book Club group have the chance to win a fantastic bundle of 60 romantic novels, donated by 0ne More Chapter. There are also 60 runners up prizes of one book from a selection of 60 RNA authors. That a total of 61 prizes up for grabs! That’s great odds to win a book!!

I am going to stop talking now for a couple of minutes so you can take a look at the amazing books up for grabs!

RNA 60 Romantic Fiction Book Club Valentine's Day Launch Competition
RNA 60 Romantic Fiction Book Club Valentine's Day Launch Competition
RNA 60 Romantic Fiction Book Club Valentine's Day Launch Competition
RNA 60 Romantic Fiction Book Club Valentine's Day Launch Competition
RNA 60 Romantic Fiction Book Club Valentine's Day Launch Competition
RNA 60 Romantic Fiction Book Club Valentine's Day Launch Competition
RNA 60 Romantic Fiction Book Club Valentine's Day Launch Competition
RNA 60 Romantic Fiction Book Club Valentine's Day Launch Competition
RNA 60 Romantic Fiction Book Club Valentine's Day Launch Competition

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning these wonderful books is to join the Romantic Fiction Book Club here on Facebook and then enter the One More Chapter and RNA Diamond Anniversary Book Giveaway here.

The competition is running from 14th February until 29th February. Full details of how to enter can be found on the Romantic Fiction Book Club page. Extra entries can be claimed by subscribing to RNA and 0MC social media channels. UK entries only.

Good luck!!

If you’d like to find out more about the Romantic Fiction Book Club and how it came about, RNA author Jane Cable has written this article for Frost Magazine.

Blog Tours · Books · Glynis Peters · Promotional Post

Happy Publication Day! The Orphan Thief by Glynis Peters (@_GlynisPeters_) ~ @0neMoreChapter_ ~ @annecater #RandomThingsTours #BlogTour

Happy Publication Day to international bestselling author Glynis Peters! Her second novel The Orphan Thief is out in paperback today.

I am delighted to be a part of this promotion blog tour celebrating The Orphan Thief and my thanks to Anne Cater for the invitation to take part.

Scroll down to find out more about The Orphan Thief , where you can purchase the book from (no affiliate links in this post) and to read a little about Glynis Peters.

~ Publisher’s Description ~

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?

~ Where to find The Orphan Thief ~

The Orphan Thief by Glynis Peters

The Orphan Thief by Glynis Peters is out now! It’s available from all good bookshops as well as at Amazon UK, Amazon US and can also be found on Goodreads.

~ 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.

Connect with Glynis at:

~ Follow the tour ~

Be sure to drop by the other stops on the The Orphan Thief blog tour!

The Orphan Thief Blog Tour