Apr 11, 2015

Welsh Week: The Little Book of Lost Hearts by Valerie-Ann Baglietto

Blurb

Introducing Fools Castle, a forgotten village about to be remembered.

Nothing much happens around here, but that suits Antoinette Ellis perfectly. She wants the cocoon the small Cheshire village provides. Fate has taken too many of her loved ones, and all she has left is her brother Sawyer, and their late sister’s daughter Tabitha. Antoinette gave up her future to look after her young niece, but her sacrifice hasn’t gone unnoticed.

When a stranger called Rufus moves into the grim, grey house opposite her cottage, odd things start to happen in Fools Castle. He admits he’s not the person he appears to be, but he won’t reveal who he really is. And what secrets lie within that little old book of his, which no one is allowed to look inside?

A miracle is long overdue, but the season for miracles is just around the corner...

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Review

Nettie lives in a quiet little village, which is exactly what she wants. She's raising her niece who needs stability and a safe environment. Nettie has lost so much, but for Tabitha she keeps going, she's her number one priority. Her brother lives nearby, he's also a single parent. Together they offer everything they have to give. 

When Rufus moves into a cottage that used to be empty Nettie visits to say hello and to get to know her new neighbor. They instantly become friends and because of Rufus Nettie's life is becoming a lot nicer. She has someone to talk to and she could certainly use a good friend. Only Rufus isn't going to stay. Will Nettie open her heart and focus on what she wants for a change?

The Little Book of Lost Hearts is a wonderful winter story. It's a lovely contemporary fairytale and I liked it a lot. The setting is beautiful, I could picture the village and everyone in it so well. Even though Nettie and her brother have suffered they keep going. Nettie is such a strong person and she's very sweet, but she's also given up the idea that she can ever be really happy again. When Rufus appears things gradually start to change. He doesn't want to say who he really is and I had a lot of fun guessing. 

Even though this is a holiday story I think it's perfectly suitable to read at any time of year. It's a wonderful story and a terrific, sweet and lovely fairytale.

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The publication date of Valerie-Anne Baglietto's new book is June 24th:


Author information

Valerie-Anne Baglietto was born in Gibraltar, but came to England when she was three. She wrote and illustrated her first book when she was four. Pure fiction, about a little boy whose mother's nose was incredibly long and spiral-shaped. The writing bug had bitten. In 2000 she won the Romantic Novelists' Association's New Writer's Award for her debut novel THE WRONG SORT OF GIRL. After three more romantic comedies published by Hodder & Stoughton, life with her young family took over.

Nowadays, Valerie-Anne writes contemporary fairy tales for grown-ups, set in picture-book Welsh villages inspired by her gorgeous surroundings. ONCE UPON A WINTER was an Amazon UK bestseller, reaching #1 in both the Contemporary Fantasy and the Fairy Tale charts. Her latest releases are THE TROUBLE WITH KNIGHTS IN SHINING ARMOUR and THE LITTLE BOOK OF LOST HEARTS. She also has a short story, GENIE OF THE ROCK, in the BELINDA JONES TRAVEL CLUB SUNLOUNGER anthology, and a new one, PANDORA AND THE MUSIC BOX, out this summer in SUNLOUNGER 2.

Valerie-Anne lives in North Wales with her husband, three children and a headful of plot lines. She contributes to the Novelistas Ink blog and is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association.

Website: http://valerie-annebaglietto.com
Blog: http://novelistasink.blogspot.co.uk
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/valerie.anne.baglietto
Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/valerieannebagliettoauthor
Twitter: @VABaglietto

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I'm giving away:
1 x The Little Book of Lost Hearts and Once Upon a Winter.
3 x The Little Book of Lost Hearts


I will contact the winner via email. If I don't get a reply within 60 hours the prize will go to someone else. All of my giveaways are international.   
 

34 comments:

  1. I love fairy tales because they usually have a HEA.

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  2. This sounds great. Nice to hear of new authors.

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  3. Fairy Tales Build Emotional Resiliency, Cross Cultural Boundaries, Teach Story, and Give Parents Opportunities to Teach Critical Thinking Skills.

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  4. I like the fact that most of the times we have a 'Happily Ever After' ending in fairy-tales..

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  5. i like the magical feeling ^^ but it works only with those ending with a happy end^^ ( i hate the fairytail from christiansen for example, too sad)

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  6. I like the lessons that we can learn from a fairy tale, and the happy endings :)

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  7. I love the magic that's involved and I do love a good happily ever after!

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  8. I love the magical suspense and mystery.

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  9. I love the magical surroundings and the fact that even if the don't end up like you wanted them to, you'll always learn an important lesson.

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  10. I love everything that includes magic, it's just different from the usual day. Also, fairy tales always have a good lesson at the end

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  11. I like that fairy tales take you to another world.

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  12. I like fairytales because they're set in a world where everything is possible and you can find your happily ever after without worrying about what happens after the kiss!
    eleonorerigby24(at)yahoo(dot)it

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  13. They take you to a magical world

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  14. I love fairy tales because in the end you have nothing to worry about!

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  15. The happy endings.

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  16. The true stories behind them, they're often a lot darker than the ones we read our children!

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  17. They often send a message, encourage thought to make use of the message/s.

    Rachel Craig

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  18. I think we all need a little magic in our lives, the feeling that despite all the grey, there are little sparkles out there just waiting to be discovered.

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  19. Another lovely giveaway. I like fairy tales because of the make believe, fantasy into another world, and usually with happy endings and morals.
    Amanda. x

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  20. Magical Moments, Prince Charmings and The Happy endings. :)

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  21. Fairy tales teach children mixed messages, which is what the real world does... unfortunately, they do teach that karma is real, which oftentimes, it isn't...

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  22. I like that fairytales build a fantasyland of our own.

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  23. I will always have a soft spot for fairytales because I grew up reading them. Also, most of them have happy ending so it's super satisfying as a child. But when I get older, there are adult versions of fairytales for me to enjoy too!

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  24. fairytales make me dream and believe in magic :)

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  25. i love that it doesnt limit your imagination and its helps to make the human mind grow and brings so many possibilities and happiness to kids lives and adults. fairytales are what i love <3 i still believe in fairies and mermaids.

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  26. Fairy tales are everybody's childhood, they remind me of a time where I thought anything was possible, anything was achievable! Even reading fairy tales now brings back the memories and the imaginative mind that I used to have! :)

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  27. Historical fantasy magical heartwarming and happy endings sums it up

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  28. Historical fantasy magical heartwarming and happy endings sums it up

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  29. happy endings and cute characters!

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  30. I love fairy tales mostly because I am dreamer who likes happy ends and believes in them and because they are really magical !

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