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The Wartime Book Club by Kate Thompson #Review

  The Wartime Book Club is a marvellous historical novel set on Jersey in World War Two. Written by Kate Thompson , it was published by Hodder $ Stoughton on February 13th. Jersey, 1943. Once a warm and neighbourly community, now German soldiers patrol the cobbled streets, imposing a harsh rule on the people of the island. Grace La Mottée, the island's only librarian, is ordered to destroy books which threaten the new regime. Instead, she hides the stories away in secret. Along with her headstrong best friend, postwoman Bea Rose, she wants to fight back. So she forms the wartime book club: a lifeline, offering fearful islanders the joy and escapism of reading. But as the occupation drags on, the women's quiet acts of bravery become more perilous - and more important - than ever before. And, when tensions turn to violence, they are forced to face the true, terrible cost of resistance . . . Based on astonishing real events, The Wartime Book Club is a love letter

Six Lies by Ben Adams

I was sent a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Six Lies is the author's second novel. It fizzes along at a good pace and was an enjoyable read. It centres around Dave who has just buried his mother, only to find that everything he believed was true about his childhood was in fact nothing of the sort. In a letter delivered after her death, his mother breaks the news that she is not his biological mother. To find out the truth, he will have to confront his father. In addition, Dave is pining for his wife who has left him for a librarian.  As the story unfolds, Dave discovers more lies and misapprehensions and he uncovers further secrets from the past.

Humour runs through the book from start to finish, tinged with a hint of cynicism. Dave does not take himself too seriously although he is faced with life changing moments.  The soundtrack of the 80's  echoes in the background as Dave's band stays resolutely fixed in that decade. I found Dave's friends from the band  entertaining and they added to the enjoyment.

As a story to read over the holiday period, it was a good choice. It is upbeat and despite the story line has an upbeat feel. In all, I thought that the plot was inventive and kept my interest. A twist towards the end took me by surprise. I also liked hearing from other characters as a couple of chapters were written from their perspective. This added variety to the story. 

In short: an entertaining read which kept my interest to the end.


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