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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

All at Sea by Gemma Roman #Review

It is great to support books which are independently published so I am delighted to feature All at Sea today. In fact, this is the first day of the blog tour to celebrate this novella by Gemma Roman.

Alice is young, in love and living on the Cornish coast. Life should be perfect. But Alice is about to meet someone who will make her question everything.

                                                                                     My Thoughts

This novella of 170 pages is a quick and entertaining read which nevertheless shows the complexity of relationships. Alice's life is thrown into turmoil when she meets a newcomer to her home town and this has a ripple effect on several others. One of the interesting aspects of Alice's character is how she is a mixture of conformity and recklessness. She loves her home town and needs to stay close to her family and friends who she has known all her life. Yet there is an unfulfilled aspect to her as well. 

    You also get to see the events from two others' perspectives ie Kai and Mia which adds interest and gives you a 360 degree look at the situation. Alice is not the only one who is confused by their feelings and unsure how to get what they want. Kai craves for stability and permanence. The style of writing is fairly intense as you hear the characters' thoughts and insecurities. This is the first of a series of novellas set in Cornwall and the sea and the environment are linked throughout. 

In short: Feelings are questioned and assumptions overturned.

                                                                              About the Author

“I'm Gemma Roman.

I have pretty much always been a bookworm.

I always loved reading, writing and the creative arts, and also enjoyed dancing which led me to study for a degree in Dance Studies when I was at University. Following graduation, I worked in retail and became interested in the wealth of characters that I came across daily while working in customer service. 
I'd had a few ideas rumbling around in my head for a while, and so spent a few years writing my first novel in my spare time. I finally managed to release it in June 2016, and am now planning for the release of my new book 'All At Sea', which is due out in 2019.
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You can read my review of  The Years of Us here.
Book link: Amazon UK 
Thanks to Gemma Roman and Anne Cater of Random Things Tours  for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.

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