Book Review The Family Divided (The Guernsey Novels, #4) by Anne Allen

Book Review

The Family Divided (The Guernsey Novels, #4) by Anne Allen

This is the fourth novel in the series I have read so far and once again Anne Allen brings to life the beautiful Island of Guernsey. The story is linked back to previous characters; it is almost like meeting an old friend again.

The protagonist, Charlotte appeared in the third book ‘Guernsey Retreat’ this time returning back to ‘La Folie’ a health retreat for a spot of pampering and a chance to look forwards in her life after the breakdown of her marriage. She is financially wealthy but emotionally starved of her mothers love, something she finds difficult to understand.

Although not looking for a new relationship, she meets divorcee, Andy who is troubled by his family history and is desperate to understand the truth. Here the story links back to the time of the German Occupation, when his grandfather, Edmund was branded a traitor and informer. Andy is determined to discover the truth about Edmund. Charlotte who is a publisher with desires to write her own novel assists Andy with research into his grandfathers past. In doing so, not only does she discover the truth, but also falls in love with Andy.

There is a lot of eating and drinking in this novel, with mention of a number of restaurants and very descriptive locations.
I found the story of Edmund and his brother Harold interesting which highlighted sibling rivalry and how it can get out of hand. The character of Harold was well developed, I hated him from the moment he was introduce.

I was a little confused about the relationship between Louisa and Paul and would have liked more depth into their situation. Louisa’s father Malcolm and his new lady friend were a breath of fresh air. I like the way that these stories stand alone, yet are a series.

I very much enjoyed reading this well written descriptive novel and I have rated The Family Divided Five Stars.

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The Guernsey Novels

Anne Allen’s fascinating book series, The Guernsey Novels, comprises six standalone novels. All the stories in her novel series, take place predominantly on the island of Guernsey and are linked by characters popping up from one book to another.

They provide an ongoing story of a ‘village’ spread, so far, over 6 years. Each book is standalone with fresh new lead characters with their own links to the German Occupation during World War 2, having an impact on the present.

The Guernsey Novels are a mix of mystery, family drama, and love story and influenced by the author’s love of the island where she spent many happy years. Guernsey itself is always a main character in the books, offering a gorgeous backdrop to all the sorrows, joys and tragedies she describes.

The Guernsey Novels are available from all leading bookstores:

Book #1 Dangerous Waters

Book #2 Finding Mother

Book #3 Guernsey Retreat

Book #4 The Family Divided

Book #5 Echoes of Time

Book #6 The Betrayal

About the Author Anne Allen

Anne Allen, author of The Guernsey Novels

Anne Allen lives in Devon, by her beloved sea. She has three children and her daughter and two grandchildren live nearby. She was born in Rugby, to an English mother and Welsh father. As a result she spent many summers with her Welsh grandparents in Anglesey and learnt to love the sea.

Her restless spirit has meant a number of moves which included Spain for a couple of years. The longest stay was in Guernsey for nearly fourteen years after falling in love with the island and the people. She contrived to leave one son behind to ensure a valid reason for frequent returns.

By profession Anne was a psychotherapist but has long had creative ‘itches’, learning to mosaic, paint furniture, interior design and sculpt. At the back of her mind the itch to write was always present but seemed too time-consuming for a single mum with a need to earn a living. Now retired from the ‘day job’, there’s more time to write and Anne has now published six books in The Guernsey Novels series. She will be publishing her seventh novel later in the year.

To find out more about Anne visit her website: you can also find her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Blog Tour Organised by The Globeflower Agency Ltd

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Sailing the seas aboard the ‘Queen Victoria’

My husband and I are regular cruisers, having sailed on a number of large ships around the Mediterranean, Atlantic and the Baltic Sea. Not forgetting our inland waterway adventures on our slightly smaller vessel. ‘Speckled Hen’.

We have now returned from our recent trip aboard the Queen Victoria, our first voyage with Cunard. This was a short cruise over to Amsterdam where we enjoyed an extended stay, due to poor weather conditions which kept us in dock. Actually, I was quite relieved not to be sailing in the rough sea, for despite the many times I have sailed, my sea legs are prone to get a little wobbly at times and my stomach somewhat delicate.

Queen Victoria cruise ship

While aboard, we met many interesting people, from a variety of backgrounds which enriched our stay aboard ‘Queen Victoria.’ As a gesture of good will, I left a signed copy of my Debut novel ‘Alice’ dedicated to the staff and crew. This is now in the Library and hopefully will be travelling around the world.

Queen Victoria library

When we docked at Southampton, we travelled over to Dover to spend a few days with our very good friends John and Sandy, whom we met on a holiday a few years previous. Knowing that we were confined to dock in Amsterdam instead of travelling to the designated port of Zeebrugge and our intended trip to Bruges. They booked a ferry the following day and off we went again, this time over the channel on ‘The Pride of Kent’ car ferry.  Off we travelled to the amazing city of Bruges with its picturesque medieval architecture, pretty streets and canals. You’ve guessed it. Yes! Once again we were on the water, this time on a tourist canal boats enjoying the city from a different perspective. 

It occurs to me that my husband and I were both born under the right sign of the Zodiac. We are Pisces and Cancer both water signs. How great is that.

I do hope that you are all enjoying the end of spring. Official summer begins on June 21st, I wish for you all to have an amazing summer. Don’t forget the sun protection.

Mercia Marina Maker’s Market – May 2017

I would like to say a huge thank you to Mercia Marina in Willington, Derbyshire for hosting the Makers Market on Sunday May 28th and giving me the opportunity to promote my debut novel Alice. Despite a cloudy start to the day I was surrounded by a sea of sunny faces as all of the stall holders pulled together to make the event a success.

The open mic session which was set close to my pitch was an absolute pleasure to listen to, and as the sun broke through the clouds in the afternoon and the crowd of visitors increased. I enjoyed meeting lots of interesting people, including other authors and would be writers.

The event takes place on the last Sunday of the month from May until September, so watch this space. I hope to return again at the end of August.

Hope you all enjoyed the bank holiday weekend, whatever you were doing.

Mercia Marina - KL Loveley - photo 3


Mercia Marina - KL Loveley - photo 1


Mercia Marina - KL Loveley - photo 2


Mercia Marina - KL Loveley - photo 4

Alice Blog Tour – April 2017 – Summary

The Alice – April 2017 blog tour has ended, and I am very grateful to all the book bloggers who took the time to read my novel ‘Alice’, review it and host me on their websites. The blog tour was organised by Emma Mitchell, further details about her services can be found on her website.

Here is a list of all the book bloggers who participated, and links to their blog posts:

Bits About Books

Bookalicious Travel Addict

Swirl and Thread

The Stationery Geekette

Bliss She Wrote

Kristin’s Novel Café

By the Letter Book Reviews

Feminisa Libros Reviews

My Reading Corner

Novel Deelights

Short Book and Scribes

Jen Med’s Book Reviews

Truly Madly Cuckoo

Ali The Dragon Slayer

Mrs Blogg’s Books

Caro Emerald is a shining jewel

Having purchased the tickets ten months previous (so has to be sure of getting a seat). My husband and I were excited to finally arrive at the Nottingham Royal Concert Hall to see Caro Emerald, otherwise known as Caroline Esmerelda Van der Leeuw. Her outstanding performance was faultless throughout. She wowed the audience with an electrifying mix of old and new songs, all delivered to perfection in her off- beat, and relaxed style.

The supporting band were extremely talented, creating a mix of light jazz and pop music with a distinctive style.  The concert hall was packed and as the shyness of the audience ebbed away, many were on their feet, dancing and clapping. When Caro announced that it was her birthday, the crowd roared their greetings as everyone sang the birthday song.

Caro Emerald

This was my first Caro Emerald concert, after encouragement from my husband who attended her performance last year at the same venue. I will certainly be keeping a check on the website for her return to Nottingham.

Do you like Caro Emerald ? Let me know via Twitter or Facebook !

Alice Blog Tour ~ Day 9, 10 & 11 ~ Roundup

Blog tour day 9: Tuesday 25th April

Thank you to Karen at My Reading Corner blog who hosted my guest post about my road to publication, including this Q&A

Q. What do you do the night before?

On the eve of the publication date of my debut novel ‘Alice’, I was working the late clinic in the GP Surgery where I am a Practice Nurse. It had been a very long day, so upon arriving home, I spent a cosy, relaxing evening with my husband. I also kept checking in with my Marketing Manager, who was hard at work promoting me across social media. During the evening, I received lots of well wishes from family and friends.

Thank you also to Kirsty at Novel Deelights who read and reviewed my novel Alice, here is a quote from her book review.

Raw and highly believable!


Blog tour day 10: Wednesday 26th April

Thank you to Nicola at Short Book and Scribes for hosting me on her blog, and for featuring an author Q&A including the question below.

Q. Who would be at your dream dinner party (alive, dead or fictional)?

My late father so I could enjoy one more meal with him. Also my mum so that she could enjoy the same pleasure. My husband and Winston Churchill for I would enjoy listening to their conversation. Billy Connolly and Oscar Wilde for their wit and exuberance. Jane Austin and Charlotte Bronte, so that I can pick their brains in a literary sense of course.

Blog tour day 11: Thursday 27th April

Thank you to  Jen Med’s Book Reviews for hosting my ‘Road to publication’ (part 2) including, the question below:

Q. How long did it take from them to get it out to the public?

In November 2015 I was offered a contract and the book was published on 31st January 2017.


Blog Tour – Next hosts

Friday 28th ~ Truly Madly Cuckoo

Saturday 29th ~ Ali – The Dragon Slayer

Sunday 30th ~ Mrs Bloggs’ Books

What does the word spring mean to you?

What does the word spring mean to you?

This thought crossed my mind as I was driving through my village late one afternoon, admiring the beauty of the blossom trees on the route home. They are truly amazing at this time of year, quite astounding in fact. They are dotted around my village and in the many gardens that I pass on my way. Along the High Street are three identical trees in blossom and look quite stunning as I turn left onto the road.

spring - cherry blossom

This made me think about the great English poet ‘William Wordsworth’, what a fortunate surname he had being a poet, as words are worth a great deal to all mankind. I diversify. The English Romantic Movement in poetry began with the Lyrical Ballads (1798) by William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Wordsworth wrote about the mystical celebrations of nature. His most famous ‘The Daffodils’ is one of my favourites, however he wrote, ‘Lines Written In Early Spring’ another poem dedicated to the beauty of nature.

The birds around me hopped and played,

Their thoughts I cannot measure-

But the least motion which they made,

It seemed a thrill of pleasure.

William Wordsworth

Spring this year began on 20th March. The transition from winter to spring is marked by the days getting longer, the temperature rising and the plants blossoming, as I have witnessed today. We can enjoy our spring season officially until 21st June, when the season changes once again as we transcend into summer.

I wish you all a very enjoyable spring season.

What do you enjoy the most about this amazing season, of new birth and new growth?

Let me know via Twitter or Facebook !


Alice Blog Tour ~ Day 6, 7 & 8 ~ Roundup

Blog tour day 6: Saturday 22nd April

Thank you to Sarah Hardy for hosting me on her blog ‘By the Letter Book Reviews’ on day 6 of the Alice blog tour.

Character Spotlight – Sally

My character Sally was highlighted on ‘By the Letter Book Reviews’ blog, including the following introduction:

I would like to introduce Sally as my character in the spotlight. Sally is entirely a new fictional character. Sally was a single mum, who sadly lost her only son Zak, under tragic circumstances. We first meet Sally when she kindly agrees to let Alice rent out her canal boat while she is working on an assignment in the Netherlands. Sally works as a Social worker.  However fate returns Sally sooner than expected and this turn of events helps to save Alice from possible death. Their friendship, takes them on a journey of recovery and a new future for Alice.

Blog tour day 7: Sunday 23rd April

Thank you to Kerry Parsons of ‘Chat About Books’ blog who hosted me on day 7 of the blog tour.

Kerry featured extract 3 from my novel Alice so please make sure you read extracts 1 & 2 over at Bookalicious Travel Addict & Kristin’s Novel Café first.

The extract includes this quote:

Despite the battering her trust had taken, Alice never lost faith in the idea of love. She had considered herself to be happily married once, and she was not disillusioned with men; just the one that had mattered to her.

Blog tour day 8: Monday 24th April

Thank you very much to Aileen of ‘Feminisia Libros Review’ blog for reading and reviewing my novel Alice.

Here is what she says:

The author portrays Alice’s alcoholism realistically, and her character was easy to empathise with.  It is no surprise after what she was went through that she finally snaps.  The book is quite dark and dramatic in parts as it travels to the deepest parts of Alice’s mind, however it is still readable, and I found it hard to put the book down.

Aileen, ‘Feminisia Libros Review’

Blog Tour – Next hosts

‘My Reading Corner’ and Novel Deelights are both kindly hosting me on day 9 of the Alice blog tour, which has been organised by Emma Mitchell FPR.

Alice Blog Tour ~ Day 3 & 4 ~ Roundup

Blog Tour Day 3: Wednesday 19th

Thank you to The Stationery Geekette and  Bliss She Wrote for hosting me on day 3 of the blog tour.

Alice Book Excerpt

The Stationery Geekette  featured an excerpt from my novel, including this sentence:

It was one of the many bones of contention building up and festering inside Alice, eating away, waiting to erupt any day now.

Book Review

Bliss She Wrote provided an honest constructive review of my novel.

First of all, kudos to K.L. Loveley for writing this book, it’s on a bit of a hard topic

Day 4: Thursday 20th April

Alice book excerpt

Thank you to Kristin’s Novel Café for hosting me on day 4 of the blog tour and for featuring an excerpt from my novel Alice, including the paragraph below

That night as she tossed and turned in bed; all she could think about was the pain of betrayal which was striking deep into her heart like a physical blow. She tried to close her eyes, but sleep eluded her. A million thoughts turned around and round in her head, a mix of emotions tumbled around in the pit of her stomach, anger, pain and abandonment

Cats and Contours will be hosting me on day 6 of the Alice blog tour, which has been organised by Emma Mitchell FPR.

Alice by K.L loveley

‘Alice’ is available from: Amazon, Waterstones and other leading book stores!