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UK GIVEAWAY! – 5 copies of The Portuguese House by Pamela D Holloway, set in GOA

10th November 2019

Giveaway – we have 5 copies of The Portuguese House by Pamela D Holloway, set in Goa. It’s a really good read.

5 copies of The Portuguese House by Pamela D Holloway

After being badly let down by her husband, writer Liz O’Malley takes a holiday in Goa, in India. To her surprise she falls in love with the place, the people and an old, somewhat derelict, Portuguese house. To her sister’s equal surprise she buys the house and employs local people to return it to its former impressive glory.

At a social event she meets the widowed British Ambassador and there is a definite frisson. The beginning of a romance is shattered when one of his two sons is taken ill. The situation is further complicated when the Ambassador moves to Paris, and a wealthy German divorcee targets him for her next marriage.

Meanwhile Liz is offered a book tour of the United States and has further adventures there, accompanied by an extremely lively P.R. from her publishing house. But will it be possible for her romance to be re-kindled, and will she find happiness in her new home in the Portuguese house?

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  1. User: Tess P

    Posted on: 23/11/2019 at 5:52 pm

    I’m reading Doris Lessing’s “The Sweetest Dreams”. Set in Hampstead, London in the 1960s and whilst the place references are not overt, it feels VERY “60s London” in style and atmosphere. Really enjoying it.


  2. User: Patricia Bowley

    Posted on: 17/11/2019 at 2:39 pm

    I’ve just finished reading ‘Secrets of the Homefront Girls’ by Kate Thompson. A thoroughly enjoyable read. It’s about the Lavender girls who worked in Yardley’s based in Stratford, East London during the second world war from 1939. Very descriptive of that area and the damage done during the bombing.


  3. User: Claire Harris

    Posted on: 16/11/2019 at 1:43 pm

    Still stuck on The Other Daughter by Shalini Boland! Been reading a few paragraphs over the past 3 weeks, when I first came into hospital!
    Very weird that I cannot read books in hospital, but I’m back home, I know I’ll be back to 3 books or so a week!


    1 Comment

    • User: tripfiction

      Posted on: 18/11/2019 at 2:30 pm

      Great psychological thriller! Hope you get back to reading soon!


  4. User: Reading all over the world

    Posted on: 16/11/2019 at 12:26 pm

    Hello, at the moment I am reading ‘Monsieur Montespan by Jean Teulé about the husband of one of King Louis the 16th’s mistresses. It is very strong in location of 17th century france.


  5. User: Alyson Read

    Posted on: 16/11/2019 at 7:55 am

    I am reading Twelve Nights, set in a remote Italian castle complete with torture museum and snow blizzards! Very strong on location!


  6. User: sararose

    Posted on: 13/11/2019 at 6:22 pm

    I have been reading an M C Beaton’s Murder book which is set in the Cotswolds. It really was pretty ludicrous with bodies ending up in steak pies but at least it was fairly big on location! It was a book group choice and we all decided never to read any more! Apparently M C Beaton is actually Marion Chesney and is well into her eighties!


    1 Comment

    • User: tripfiction

      Posted on: 18/11/2019 at 2:09 pm

      I’ll keep it off my list then 🙂 Such a shame when a book club book isn’t great – good for conversation though!


  7. User: Helen Marshall

    Posted on: 11/11/2019 at 10:59 pm

    How To Be Both by Ali Smith. I’ve just started but enjoying. The family are currently in Italy admiring art.


  8. User: Linda Rumsey

    Posted on: 11/11/2019 at 10:48 pm

    The Plains of Passage by Jean M Auel. Very strong on location for prehistoric Europe!


  9. User: Lesley Morton-Evans

    Posted on: 11/11/2019 at 6:16 pm

    The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri – an incredibly moving and well-written book which is most definitely big on location. I was fortunate to see & listen to the author speaking at the Beverley Festival of Words.


    1 Comment

    • User: tripfiction

      Posted on: 11/11/2019 at 7:54 pm

      Definitely one of the best books I’ve read this year! It’s amazing!


  10. User: julier

    Posted on: 11/11/2019 at 9:21 am

    The stray cats of Hons – brilliant on location yet heartbreaking


    1 Comment

    • User: tripfiction

      Posted on: 11/11/2019 at 2:14 pm

      This is really high up on my list to read! Thanks for confirming that I should 🙂


  11. User: Claire Harris

    Posted on: 10/11/2019 at 10:27 pm

    I’m reading ‘The Other Daughter’ by Shalini Boland, a psychological thriller set in the West Country & London…but could be anywhere!


  12. User: philatel

    Posted on: 10/11/2019 at 9:16 pm

    Rick Stein’s Secret France. I know it’s a cookery book but there are beautiful photos of France and the dishes – also a paragraph to read before each recipe. Lovely book.


  13. User: Andrea Hedgcock

    Posted on: 10/11/2019 at 8:34 pm

    The Reluctant Mage by Karen Miller – fantasy but so strong on a landscape that’s sickened and slowly dying, and felt by the Mage.


  14. User: Rachel Hall

    Posted on: 10/11/2019 at 8:13 pm

    Long Bright River by Liz Moore set in the opioid rife neighbourhood of Kensington, Philadelphia and the setting is practically a character!


    1 Comment

    • User: tripfiction

      Posted on: 11/11/2019 at 1:21 pm

      Love that setting is practically a character! One to put on the list to read for sure!


  15. User: Leah Tonna

    Posted on: 10/11/2019 at 8:06 pm

    I’m reading The Good Girl by Fiona Neill, supposedly set in Norfolk, a county I love. This story could be set anywhere at all…. very little sense of location. Rather disappointing.


  16. User: Miriam Smith

    Posted on: 10/11/2019 at 7:21 pm

    The Memory Wood by Sam Lloyd, set in a creepy forest, not strong on location but can vividly picture it all.


  17. User: Daniel Smith

    Posted on: 10/11/2019 at 7:18 pm

    I’m reading a Bear Grylls survival book that isn’t strong on location but is atmospheric


  18. User: Janine Phillips

    Posted on: 10/11/2019 at 6:15 pm

    I’m reading One Minute Later, Susan Lewis, set in a fictional location Kesterley on Sea x


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