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Sorry We're Closed

Just a reminder to say that the blog is now officially closed but all the existing posts will still be accessible for the time being. Once again, I would like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has contributed to making this blog such a success over the past seven years.

Wendy and I will continue to post reviews on Goodreads. 


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Time for change

Over the past few months, I have found that my priorities are changing. For the last seven years, my focus has been on reading, reviewing and blogging, and all the other things I used to enjoy have very much taken a back seat. My cake-baking has been almost non-existent (much to my husband and son’s disapproval); my collection of 1930s and 1940s movies has been gathering dust, and it’s been years since I picked up a pair of knitting needles. So, with my 73rd birthday fast approaching, I thought it the perfect time to make some major changes in my life.

Firstly, Rakes and Rascals will be closing down with effect from 1st November 2019. The blog will remain live for the time being and all posts will be accessible, but there will be no new content after 1st November..

(Wendy and I will continue to post future reviews on Goodreads and Amazon)

Secondly, for the past few months, I have been experiencing a reading slump and, although I won’t be abandoning Historical Romance altogether, I feel that I want to diversify and explore other genres.

Finally, I would like to say a HUGE thank to:

All the readers and fellow bloggers who have loyally followed and supported Rakes and Rascals over the years, without whom this blog would not have been so successful.

My friend and fellow reviewer, Wendy Loveridge, for her invaluable contributions to the blog.

The authors who have contributed to and supported the blog over the years, with a special mention for those brave authors who were willing to share their most embarrassing moments in my series of “In the Spotlight” interviews.


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Retro Reviews 2

We have decided to add Retro Reviews as a new feature from 2019. We both have memories of older books that we read and loved in years gone by and will now have the pleasure of re-reading and reviewing them. Hopefully, we can introduce you to some gems from the past.

We will also be reviewing books that have been languishing on our TBR lists for far too long!




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We would like to wish everyone…

R&R - Merry Christmas 3

Carol and Wendy will be spending time with their families over the holiday period and won’t be around  until 2nd January 2019 when the blog will be up and running again. We would like to thank everyone for their continued support of Rakes and Rascals.  


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Regular visitors to the Rakes and Rascals blog will recall that we attended the first ever Historical Romance Retreat, held at the historic Davenport Hotel in Spokane, Washington State in 2016. We are excited to be attending again and, this year, it is being held at the Mission Inn, a historic Spanish-mission style hotel, in Riverside, California.

Mission Inn - courtyard

Mission Inn - Rotunda. jpg

Mission Inn - Restaurant

Once again, we will have the opportunity to mingle with lots of authors and fellow lovers of historical romance as well as hanging out with some lovely Facebook friends, both old and new.

There are exciting events to look forward to including Historical Presentations and Workshops, Afternoon Tea, a Speakeasy Club, a Highlanders and Highwaymen Gambling Night, a Book Signing and Historical Fair, culminating in a Grand Masquerade Ball on the last night.


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Organised chaos

We are now ensconced in our new apartment but, as you can see from the photo, everything is still in a state of organised chaos. We do, however, have access to the internet which means I can post on Rakes and Rascals again. Over the next few weeks, I ‘m hoping to catch up on reviewing the books I read before the move and there will be more ‘In the Spotlight’ author interviews as well.

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Moving House 2

We are moving to a new apartment after Easter and, as you can imagine everything is chaotic at the moment. Luckily, most of my books are contained on my Kindle, but my husband has a HUGE number of Railway and World War II  related books, all of which need to be packed. Then, there is my son’s VAST collection of DVD box sets which appears to cover every TV series ever produced from the original Hawaii 5-O to Mr Selfridge. Therefore, over the next few weeks, until we are settled into our new apartment, blog posts will be few and far between and I hope you will bear with me in the meantime.

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