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GIVEAWAY – 3 copies of This Changes Everything : ROME

20th June 2021

We are delighted to offer 3 copies of “This Changes Everything” by Helen McGinn, novel set largely in ROME.

3 copies of This Changes Everything

Sisters Annie and Jess are used to their mother Julia being spontaneous. But when Julia announces she’s flying off to Rome to meet her first love Patrick, whom she hasn’t seen for fifty years, it’s an adventure too far. So, her daughters decide the only way to keep Julia safe, is to go too – without actually telling their mother she has chaperones!

Julia and Patrick’s love story was everything – epic, once-in-a-lifetime, with a tragic ending and life-long consequences. First love is hard to forget, but sometimes, just sometimes, life delivers a chance to rewrite your story.

As the eternal city of Rome works its magic, old secrets, old friends and old loves become new possibilities and new dreams. And when the four travellers return home, nothing will ever be the same again.

Join Helen McGinn for a timeless, joyous, unforgettable journey through love, family, and long-forgotten dreams.  A novel to hold to your heart and treasure, perfect for fans of Elizabeth Noble, Cathy Kelly and JoJo Moyes.



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The novel is set in Rome and I have loved learning a little Italian over the last 18 months – it’s been hard work but quite rewarding! And very useful when eventually I get to Italy again. So. Here’s the question for this week:  Which language, money and time and talent no object, would you love to learn and why? Tell us in the comments below and the first three names chosen at random will be sent a copy. Enter by Saturday 3rd July and this giveaway is UK ONLY,

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  1. User: Tina Hartas

    Posted on: 07/07/2021 at 5:14 pm

    The winners are:
    VJ Feefeecat
    Hayley Cox


  2. User: Katherine McDonald

    Posted on: 03/07/2021 at 8:33 pm

    Chinese – because it is so difficult!


  3. User: Hayley Cox

    Posted on: 03/07/2021 at 6:01 pm

    I would like to learn how to speak Italian – I would love to visit Italy one day after all the stories my Mum told me when I was young about her travels there and being able to speak the language would be amazing!


  4. User: EllieMF

    Posted on: 03/07/2021 at 2:34 pm

    I’ve started trying to learn a little korean. I love the language and I a fan of their tv dramas and music.


  5. User: andyi

    Posted on: 03/07/2021 at 2:30 pm

    Spanish. I would love to live there one day.


  6. User: Smithy77

    Posted on: 03/07/2021 at 8:21 am

    Would love to read this book


  7. User: aspella

    Posted on: 02/07/2021 at 10:33 pm

    I’d like to learn Manx because it’s the language my ancestors used.


  8. User: Jennie Stallard

    Posted on: 02/07/2021 at 8:03 pm

    id like to learn one of the asian languages such as urdo as we have so many people in our country with a different first language I’d like to be able to speak one too.


  9. User: Sheena Read

    Posted on: 02/07/2021 at 5:56 pm

    Even before this competition I wanted to go to Italy and for that I would need to learn Italian


  10. User: Rosiej

    Posted on: 02/07/2021 at 4:48 pm

    I have a limited knowledge of Italian and would love to learn it to become bilingual and be able to read Italian literature in Italian


  11. User: Tortoisefriend

    Posted on: 02/07/2021 at 11:47 am

    I would love to be able to speak Polish I know lots of polish people and would love to be able to understand what they are saying.


  12. User: lcorrall88

    Posted on: 02/07/2021 at 11:41 am

    I’d love to learn Japanese. Such a fascinating language and would mean I would understand anime.


  13. User: Patricia Avery

    Posted on: 02/07/2021 at 10:15 am

    I’d love to speak French fluently. I took it for O Level in the 1960s but back then the emphasis was on reading and writing the language .and conjugating verbs, I hated it. We rarely spoke it. We have spent many happy summers in Brittany and I know enough to get by but not hold a proper conversation


  14. User: joanne1973

    Posted on: 02/07/2021 at 7:03 am

    I’d love to learn Spanish, my husband & I are working hard to try and buy a small property in southern Spain where we can spend winters during our retirement


  15. User: Iris

    Posted on: 02/07/2021 at 6:34 am

    I would love to learn Italian, I know the basics and understand quite a bit but to be able to speak it fluently would be great


  16. User: Patricia Barrett

    Posted on: 02/07/2021 at 12:40 am

    Spanish, as it’s such a widely used language.


  17. User: webkin

    Posted on: 01/07/2021 at 7:25 pm

    Italian because I love Italy.


  18. User: Mandywes2101

    Posted on: 01/07/2021 at 6:35 pm

    Spanish – such a universal language and helpful for holidays in so many places!


  19. User: Amy

    Posted on: 01/07/2021 at 2:10 pm

    chinese! i just lvoe how the language sounds!


  20. User: lisa

    Posted on: 30/06/2021 at 6:16 pm

    German for travelling through Europe


  21. User: Pat Healy

    Posted on: 30/06/2021 at 3:04 pm

    Portuguese. We love to go on holiday to Madeira and would love to be able to speak the language.


  22. User: jeanniev1

    Posted on: 30/06/2021 at 6:39 am

    I would love to learn Japanese having visited and experienced the beauty of the small area I toured through. We were made so welcome I was embarrassed at only being able to say ‘hello’, ‘thankyou’ and ‘please’. Hoping to return one day and would be delighted to talk more to the locals.


  23. User: Posycosy

    Posted on: 29/06/2021 at 6:53 pm

    I’d love to learn Italian, to make up for how very little I knew when I went on honeymoon to Italy many years ago. It’s such a beautiful, exuberant language & it would be wonderful to converse with locals, who are such amazing characters!


  24. User: POJ

    Posted on: 29/06/2021 at 11:22 am

    Welsh! I would love to be able to speak Welsh, because it’s a very lyrical, beautiful language.


  25. User: smith106

    Posted on: 29/06/2021 at 10:16 am

    I would love to learn Greek Greece is my favourite country it’s a beautiful place to visit and the locals are so friendly


  26. User: Rich Tyler

    Posted on: 28/06/2021 at 10:03 pm

    I’d love to learn chinese, it’s SO HARD though!


  27. User: AD65

    Posted on: 28/06/2021 at 9:29 pm



  28. User: Riddler

    Posted on: 28/06/2021 at 7:59 pm

    French, I have never been good at languages, but maybe I’ll use french


  29. User: Aesop58

    Posted on: 28/06/2021 at 7:06 pm

    Would love to Speak Italian


  30. User: yoeydavis

    Posted on: 28/06/2021 at 6:58 pm

    Italian would be my first choice. I just love how the language sounds.


  31. User: Emma Harvey

    Posted on: 28/06/2021 at 6:34 pm

    French because my parents are now living out there!


  32. User: Sallyanne Gooch

    Posted on: 28/06/2021 at 4:11 pm

    I’d love to learn how to speak Japanese. Unfortunately i don’t have the memory to learn a new language.


  33. User: Joy Turner

    Posted on: 28/06/2021 at 3:30 pm

    I would love to learn Spanish as it would be useful in so many different countries.


  34. User: mellyjt

    Posted on: 28/06/2021 at 2:44 pm

    I’d love to learn Spanish so when Im on holiday I can speak the to locals


  35. User: spacebeagle

    Posted on: 28/06/2021 at 11:23 am

    Chinese. I’d love to be able to understand what they are really saying.


  36. User: Katrina Adams

    Posted on: 28/06/2021 at 8:05 am

    I would love to learn latin. No particular reason why, I just always thought it sounded cool. If money, time and skill were no object, I would love to learn multiple languages.

    Currently I’m learning Spanish and really enjoying it.


  37. User: spice

    Posted on: 27/06/2021 at 9:37 pm

    Would love to speak Spanish so I could visit my brother and chat with the locals


  38. User: sxhamilt

    Posted on: 27/06/2021 at 9:35 pm

    Latin, as it the origin of most English words


  39. User: Heather N

    Posted on: 27/06/2021 at 9:33 pm

    Japanese – I’d love to go to Japan one day and it would be great to know the language


  40. User: debwh142

    Posted on: 27/06/2021 at 7:44 pm

    Spanish – I started to learn it years ago but gave up so would love to try again


  41. User: redfox5

    Posted on: 27/06/2021 at 7:40 pm

    Japanese. I loved Japan so much and it would have been nice to be able to say more than ‘hello’ and ‘thank you’!


  42. User: Tess P

    Posted on: 26/06/2021 at 5:54 pm

    Italian – I have Italian heritage but the language was never passed down


  43. User: Margaret Gallagher

    Posted on: 26/06/2021 at 1:57 pm

    Greek – the language of love and heritage


  44. User: Helen Clayton

    Posted on: 26/06/2021 at 1:37 pm

    Greek. I love the islands but I never seem to recall more than a few polite words no matter how I try..and nothing as exotic as Greek classes in my little corner of Wales!


  45. User: I like reading

    Posted on: 26/06/2021 at 1:06 pm

    Hello, I would really like to learn Arabic. I think it is such a beautiful language and I would love to be able to speak it.


  46. User: kaygerken

    Posted on: 25/06/2021 at 4:14 pm

    French because some of my family live there and it would be so useful to be able to speak the lingo when we visit – when we are allowed to visit again!!


  47. User: stoolballgirl

    Posted on: 25/06/2021 at 10:27 am

    Italian! It is such a romantic language and I am hoping to travel to Pisa, Florence, Siena and Chianti later this year for a delayed 60th birthday trip!


  48. User: Becca0706

    Posted on: 24/06/2021 at 10:37 am

    Spanish! My mam did a spanish degree and spent a year living in Madrid, so I’d love to be able to speak to her in spanish.


  49. User: eshaah1

    Posted on: 24/06/2021 at 2:58 am



  50. User: Marjorie Mallon

    Posted on: 23/06/2021 at 8:08 pm

    I’d like to learn Portuguese as I am planning to move there later this year and write full time!


  51. User: Rachel Hall

    Posted on: 21/06/2021 at 8:46 am

    I enjoyed learning German and got a GCSE it in. I found it easier than French and wish I had carried on learning it so that I could skim a newspaper or magazine article and get the gist of it etc. For no particular reason other than my own satisfaction.


  52. User: Michie

    Posted on: 21/06/2021 at 7:16 am

    I would love to be able to speak French as we are planning our move to the country for later this year!


  53. User: VJ Feefeecat

    Posted on: 21/06/2021 at 6:19 am

    I already speak fluent Spanish so I would love to learn to speak Japanese just to be totally different and I would love to visit there one day ❤️


  54. User: MiriamSmith

    Posted on: 21/06/2021 at 5:51 am

    Latin – started it at school and loved it but it wasn’t offered on the curriculum any further.


  55. User: lapsapchung

    Posted on: 21/06/2021 at 5:08 am

    I’d love to learn Spanish. My son in law’s lovely parents are Panamanian, and although they speak pretty good English I would love to be able to talk to them in their own language


  56. User: philatel

    Posted on: 20/06/2021 at 10:35 pm

    I would love to “brush up” on my schoolgirl French – my best friend lives in France and it would be great to be able to converse with her children and friends.


  57. User: Viviana

    Posted on: 20/06/2021 at 6:10 pm

    Spanish as my granddaughter lives in Peru and they speak Spanish there.


  58. User: Treesy

    Posted on: 20/06/2021 at 6:05 pm

    I’d love to learn Spanish in the hope of a sunny holiday x


  59. User: Leah Tonna

    Posted on: 20/06/2021 at 5:59 pm

    Maltese, so I could understand my husband’s family’s posts on Facebook. After 50+ years of marriage I still know only a few words.


  60. User: Lisa

    Posted on: 20/06/2021 at 5:37 pm

    I’d love to learn Welsh. I’ve lived in North Wales for 32 years but I still haven’t fully grasped the language.


  61. User: Andrea Hedgcock

    Posted on: 20/06/2021 at 5:34 pm

    I would love to learn German. I did try teaching myself years ago but lacked dedication. Mainly as my mother is German.


  62. User: Gertie58

    Posted on: 20/06/2021 at 5:31 pm

    Portuguese because I love to holiday there


  63. User: Janine

    Posted on: 20/06/2021 at 5:15 pm

    I’d learn Greek as my son has moved to Cyprus x


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    • User: noklingm@hotmail.com

      Posted on: 28/06/2021 at 9:11 am

      Would love to speak Spanish. We seem to go to Spain a lot and I would feel a lot more part of the scene if I could speak the language.


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