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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

With Love For Romantic Books - True Colours by Elly Redding - Book Review, Interview & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

Saul was the love of Kate's life and even though they haven't seen each other for three years she still isn't over him. He broke her heart when she found him in his office together with a half naked assistant. When Saul asks Kate to attend his sister's wedding it's the first step of a more permanent way back into her life. Kate is a successful interpreter with her own business and Saul needs her skills because of an important client in Majorca. It's an offer Kate can't refuse, but is it wise to spend so much time with a man who can deeply hurt her?

Saul is determined to convince Kate to give him a second chance. Kate reluctantly agrees to spend some time with him again, but that doesn't mean he will easily break through the walls she's built around her heart. Saul only has a short time to convince her of his good intentions and his love for her, so he can win her back. Will he succeed or is it impossible for Kate to ever trust him again?

True Colours is a wonderful love story. I immediately liked Kate. She's stubborn in a sweet way, she's kind and courageous and she's endearing. Saul is strong, physically and mentally, and he's protective of Kate. He knows how to get what he wants and he's a fighter. He doesn't walk away from a challenge and I admired that about his personality. He's a good man, but he's also unpredictable and passionate. These two sides of his character are fascinating and I enjoyed reading about his plans to win Kate's heart once more. There are plenty of sparks between them and there's a deep meaningful connection, which instantly made me love their story.

Elly Redding has a lovely elegant writing style. It's perfect for a romantic book. True Colours is a book that made me smile from the start. I liked the happy vibe and the game of pushing and pulling the main characters are playing with each other is fantastic. The story is captivating, beautiful, heartwarming and amusing. I couldn't put it down and read it in one sitting. True Colours is a fabulous sparkling romantic story. I highly recommend this very special book.


True Colours is the perfect choice for readers who love wonderful romantic stories that will make them happy.

About Elly Redding

I’ve always lived with a dream or two bubbling away in my head. Whether it was tap dancing to the golden ‘Oldies’, or dashing through a forest, pursued by felons, my imagination has always sent me soaring to a world where almost anything could happen. Only it would have been very lonely, if I’d been there all by myself. So I created a hero, someone to share my adventures with, to make my soul sing and my heart miss more than a beat or two.

And so my love of romance was born.

Suddenly it was music and movement with a tall, dark stranger; a chase through Georgian England with a George Clooney lookalike at my side. It was fun. It was exciting. It was addictive.

Of course, along the way, things have changed. I’m no longer the star but the author, as my characters demanded their own space; to live in today’s world and tell the story their way. Of course, there will still be problems. After all, tap dancing isn’t as easy as it looks. Nor is falling in love. I hope, though, that with a little humour, a little understanding, and a lot of love, my characters will overcome any obstacle which I can throw at them, and find their happy ever after!

Apart from writing, my career has spanned from the vocational (nursing) to the commercial (running a specialist translation company).

Enjoy : *Family, friends and conversation * Walks by the sea, feeling the spray against my face, and the wind as it brushes away those cobwebs of city life * Scottish Colourists * Georgian drinking glasses * Reading (if only I had more time!) * Watching films, preferably romance but definitely not horror (too much of a coward) * Travelling (the list is still too long!) * Music (from classical to rock) * Property renovation (why does it always cost more than we budget?) * Oh, and tap dancing. Well, some dreams do come true, although any thoughts of sharing the floor with the modern equivalent of Fred Astaire are sadly a little premature. I still have to graduate from Beginners!

Thank you for sharing my world. It started in London, moved to Hertfordshire and is now firmly ensconced in Bedfordshire. Who knows where it will take me and my family next?




1 Could you tell us a bit about yourself?

I can’t remember a time when I’ve not been busy scribbling away, creating a fantasy world all of my own. Whether it was escaping from villains or falling for heroes, my drawers are full of notepads, of happy ever afters. Only, sometimes, love doesn’t go quite as smoothly as we’d like. Who would have guessed that Shakespeare’s Juliet was only faking her death? Certainly not poor old Romeo. Or that Leo and Kate would have such a short time together, before the appearance of a whopping great iceberg? What if we could alter fate, or at least their destiny?

With this in mind, I started writing screenplays, where I did just this. Then, one sunny afternoon, whilst watching my children play tennis, I decided to write my very first romance novel. I was thrilled when ‘True Colours’ won the New Talent Award at the Festival of Romance in 2014 and equally delighted to have it published last year by SilverWood Books.

It has certainly been a dream come true for me!

2 What makes your heart beat faster?

A love story which sizzles, where the attraction leaps out at you from the pages, or the screen, telling you in massive neon lights that these two people are meant to be together. That, despite everything that fate can throw at them, they will get their happy ever after.

3. If you could create the perfect romantic day what would it look like?

I would spend it with the man I love. We would escape to a quiet spot, overlooking the sea, where we’d sit and watch the waves (having checked the weather reports first, of course). We would set our phones to silent and tell ourselves over and over again that we mustn’t peep. And the first one who cracks has to buy lunch, at our favourite restaurant at the top of a cliff. What could be more perfect than that?

4. Who are your favorite romantic couple?

This is so difficult. Mr Rochester? Mr Darcy? And why am I only thinking of male contenders? Stop this right now, Elly, and think about the women! So, who would I choose? I think it would have to be Captain Frederick Wentworth and Anne Elliot in ‘Persuasion’. I love giving characters a second chance, and I’m so glad Jane Austen felt the same way too, as these two certainly deserved one. After eight years apart, they still adore each other. How romantic is that!

5. Could you describe what romance means to you?

Romance is not all champagne and flowers. It is the pain, as well as the attraction, of falling in love. The chemistry may be immediate, it may take a little longer to flourish, but it will draw two people together, until they are no longer part of the world, they are the world, at least to each other. It is the power, the sheer mystical majesty of that feeling, I love to write about. We may not all have our happy ever afters, but it’s wonderful to dream, and to hope that it might, just might, happen to us.

6. Do you find it difficult to write about romance?

I find writing romance totally addictive. I can’t wait to find out what my characters are going to do next. Not that it always goes quite according to plan. In ‘True Colours’ there was a moment when Kate and Saul refused to speak to each other. It didn’t matter how many times I played around with it, I could not get them to talk, and so I had to bow finally to their wishes and allow Saul to walk off into the sunset. Fortunately, though, I’m still the author and, three years later, Saul’s back in Kate’s life, whether he likes it or not. I just hope he stays a little longer this time, as he’s got himself into rather a pickle with the lady he loves, and he really does need to sort it out.

7. Can you tell us about your most romantic experience?

I think, probably, my most romantic experience, was when my husband organised a surprise birthday treat in Cornwall. He’d not only liaised with the hotel (which was lovely), but also my office and my parents to make sure that I could (a) be spared and (b) the children could be cared for. And, amazingly, I didn’t have a clue!

8. What kind of music do you like to listen to when you're in a romantic mood?

I really do think Shakespeare was right, when it comes to music and love. It ignites the soul with so many emotions, that I’d be lost without it. Whilst writing the romance in my screenplays, I used to sit in bed listening to Genesis, through a wonderful set of headphones (so as not to disturb my husband!) It used to drown out the dramas of the day and give my characters a voice of their own.

Nowadays, my taste is as varied as ever, but I think my overall favourite still has to be U2’s ‘With or Without You’.

9. Which country personifies romance for you and why?

So many people say France, because of Paris, and I want to say Italy, because of Venice, but I think I have to say New Zealand, because of Jane Campion’s ‘The Piano’ and Peter Jackson’s ‘Lord of the Rings’. Who could not be enamoured with the storyline to the first and the wonderful backdrop in the second, not to mention Viggo Mortensen’s quest to save the world and marry the love of his life.

10. What can we expect from you in the future?

I love stories about second chances, so I’m busy writing the second novel in my trilogy. ‘In Too Deep’ tells the tale of Isy and Jack. Friends since childhood, Isy thought the love they’d shared would last a lifetime. Only she hadn’t bargained with Jack’s past, and the lies which threatened to destroy every truth she’d ever known. Six years later, she’s carved out a new life for herself in London, when a call out of the blue brings her rushing back to Devon, and the world she left behind. Can she really find a way to forgive the man who broke her heart? Or should she return to London, to the one and only place Jack really doesn’t want to be…


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  1. What a lovely second chance romance! Thanks for sharing.

  2. The book review sounds intriguing. Thanks for sharing. Love the cover and interview too.

  3. interesting interview

  4. Loved the Q & A. Can't wait to read.

  5. this looks great and its really nice to know something about the author too thanks for writing this novel xx

  6. Hello, Elly Redding here... Thank you so much for having me as your guest today and the lovely review. I'm enjoying being here! x

  7. This sounds like a great. I love the cover, it makes me want to pick it up & read it.

  8. A mix of two favourite topics: second chances and weddings. Thanks for the chance. I really want to read this now, having read the description. Do love the cover as well.

  9. It might be nice to read a romance that doesn't have a horrible backstory. Sounds like a easy read too :)

  10. Thanks for the giveaway! :)


  11. Sounds great. I love the pretty cover. Thanks for the chance x

  12. Oh this sounds so good! I cannot wait to read and see if they can fall again and if she can learn to trust him again! I love the second chances!

  13. Thanks for the review and giveaway!

  14. Thanks for the giveaway, sounds a very nice book

  15. Great review for a great book. I believe in second chances but don't blow it as there will be no 3rd.

  16. I love reading debu stories. Will definetly be reading it.

  17. Wonderful! I would like to read this book!
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  18. New Zealand is a good choice. I'd like to take a trip there.

  19. What a lovely book. I would love to read this book. Thanks for the interview!