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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

Tangled Vines by Megan Mayfair ** Blog Tour Review**

Today's contemporary novel by Megan Mayfair, Tangled Vines. Set in Australia, it spans a generation. You can read my review of Megan's first novel, Things We Leave Unsaid, here.  
Amelia O'Sullivan is a photographer who has always viewed herself through the wrong lens. When her marriage publicly crashes around her, she flees to the safety of her aunt's country property to pick up the pieces. Can she adjust her focus to what she really wants from her life?

Born into a wealthy and powerful family, Frederick Doyle may seem like a man who has it all, but behind the scenes, a bitter business feud threatens an irrevocable family split. As he fights for control of the winery he'd built from the ground up, he finds a supportive ally in Amelia and becomes increasingly beguiled by her creative spirit.

Jill McMahon is a successful novelist suffering from writer's block over her latest manuscript. Finding her niece, Amelia, at her door, reminds her of the bonds of family, but in seeing Amelia and Frederick's relationship grow, a long-forgotten and painful secret threatens to re-surface.

Can Amelia, Frederick and Jill untangle themselves from their pasts or will history simply repeat itself? 

My Thoughts

I found this to be an engrossing read and I quickly became invested in the lives of the Amelia, Frederick and Jill. Of the three, I would say that Jill was my favourite. There was obviously a lot to find out about her past life and I enjoyed her friendships with the others. You feel that she would be excellent company.

    Behind the romance which is developing, there are also some interesting threads about mental health, anxiety and depression. Ialso appreciated how the relationships within families and between the generations are explored. There are different strands of the story which are woven together, forming quite a complicated picture. It seems that the characters' lives are interwoven in ways they have not all guessed. Fluently written and with a steady fast moving pace, this makes for a great read.

In short: Tangled lives.

About the Author


Megan’s stories are about families, intrigue and love. Every book contains a bit of humour and a lot of heart.

Megan lives in Melbourne with her husband and three children, and has a background in public relations and higher education.

She drinks far too much coffee and has an addiction to buying scarves. She interviews with other authors for her blog series, Espresso Tales, and loves a bit of #bookstagram.

Her debut novel, The Things We Leave Unsaid, was released by Crooked Cat Books in 2018. Tangled Vines is her second novel. 

You can follow Megan here: Website   |  Facebook   |  Twitter 
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Book links: Amazon UK 

Thanks to Megan, Crooked Cats Publishers and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources  for a copy of the book and a place on the tour. 

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