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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

One Summer in Little Penhaven by Angela Britnell #Review

It is with great pleasure that I feature Angela Britnell's One Summer in Little Penhaven on the blog today. It is back to Cornwall, a place which always promises a great Summer read.

Could one summer change your life?

When high-flying American lawyer Samantha Muir finds out she’s lost her partnership whilst on an assignment in London, she has a dramatic reaction.
Rather than returning home, she resigns, leaves her business suits behind and jumps on the first train to Cornwall at the encouragement of a friendly stranger.

    The village of Little Penhaven, where Samantha eventually ends up, is a world away from her life in Knoxville, Tennessee – and local farmer Cadan Day is certainly a world away from any man she has met before. But could the Cornish village and Cadan play a part in Samantha’s summer of self-discovery?

My Thoughts

One Summer in Little Penhaven has two strong central characters and a cast of supporting friends and relatives who all add to its sense of community. Of course at times, that community seems to turn against some and it isn't the chocolate box Cornish village you usually expect. However, it has bags of personality and the fact that some prefer it is a clue to what makes some people tick. It tells you they don't follow the crowd and can see below the surface. 

    This is a book about starting again and reassessing just what you want from life. It is a lovely mixture of romance, comedy moments and touching insights into friendships and family ties. Loyalties are pushed to the limit as issues from the past are crying out to be dealt with. There are some strong female characters and I found Rory's new wife to be particularly surprising, as did anyone who took her appearance at face value. 

    As a summer read, it ticks all the boxes and is one to read with a smile on your face. 

In short: Chance meetings lead to life changing moments. 

About the Author

Angela grew up in Cornwall, England and returns frequently from her new home in Nashville, Tennessee. A lifelong love of reading turned into a passion for writing contemporary romance and her novels are usually set in the many places she's visited or lived on her extensive travels. After more than three decades of marriage to her American husband she's a huge fan of transatlantic romance and always makes sure her characters get their own happy-ever-after. Over the last twelve years she’s been multi-published and sold over 25 novels. She also writes short stories for women’s magazines. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association, the Romance Writers of America and the Music City Romance Writers.

If you'd like to find out more of what Angela gets up to (Advance warning: this may include references to wine, chocolate, Poldark and the hunky Aidan Turner) check out  or follow her on , and on Instagram as Angela Golley Britnell.

You can read my reviews of a couple of Angela's books here: Here Comes the Best man| Christmas at the Black Cherry Retreat

Book links: Amazon UK | Amazon US

Thanks to Angela Britnell, Choc Lit and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.

Don't forget the rest of the tour!


  1. Thank you for the generous review and it's great you grew to appreciate Fliss - she certainly turned out differently than I expected when she first appeared on the page!


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