Sorry for the delay in posting up Part II of our Adventures of a Book Blogger Abroad.

I arrived back in the UK to discover that blood tests carried out before the trip had revealed that my white cells were very low and other cells were misbehaving. This is an ongoing medical condition, will spare the details but it left me with little or no energy and I couldn’t even face blogging, hence the delay with this post and my break from blogging.

Right so to start the third week of our French adventure we left the beautiful Rhône-Alpes and headed across France in the rain to the Loire Valley where we’d hired another gite. 


This one was in Brain-sur-Allonnes and whilst our gite in the Rhône-Alpes was cosy and rustique, this one was an ultra modern eco-friendly kit built house. Very chic, modern and comfortable but best of all were the chickens and goats in the garden! I’d have been quite happy to sit and watch these for a week. As long as I had a book to read too. That plan would have been thwarted though because it rained nearly every flipping day!



Because we’d extended our trip to three weeks, one date in that week was my spot on the Peter James Need You Dead blog tour. I was so thrilled to have been asked by the publisher to be a part of this tour that I nearly had a litter of kittens trying to make sure everything was right for my spot but thankfully it was and my spot and Review is Here Best of all Peter May himself dropped by and commented on my blog! Made my year 😀

Mine is the 20th May right at the bottom Mrs Bloggs’ Books. 

  • I enjoyed the latest Roy Grace thriller very much. The book was published on the 18th May. 

Noticed that Peter James and Val McDermid are popular authors in France with translated copies of their books everywhere, although not too keen on the covers.

Another blog tour date co-incided with a day in our third week and it was for the cracking Reconciliation Of The Dead: Paul Hardisty published by the fabulous Orenda Books. My spot plus Review is Here


Now for the inevitable holiday snaps from the area around Samaur in the Loire Valley.

Joan of Arc was here.
On the 15th May it was the e-book Publication date of the fabulous book by Sarah Stowell Exquisite so I celebrated the release in this village fountain! I’m on the blog tour so my Review will be published then.

Oh how I miss the variety of pâtisserie

Finished off the holiday by starting the really enjoyable House of York: Terry Tyler. (Review to come) To Purchase

Admiring all the many bottles of Champagne for sale in Le Clerc (as you do) 

One of the previous guests at the gite had left behind a copy of The Crossing Places: Elly Griffiths, so I swapped it for one of my books. Looking forward to starting this one.

Holiday over – back on the ferry at Cherbourg with thankfully a smooth crossing