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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

Sea Holly and Mistletoe Kisses- A Little Hotel in Cornwall Book 3- by Laura Briggs #BookReview

I am delighted to return to Laura Briggs' The Little Hotel in Cornwall for the 3rd in the series, Sea Holly and Mistletoe Kisses which has an appropriate festive flavour.


Christmas is coming to Port Hewer and the hotel Penmarrow, where Maisie is suffering a case of the holiday blues far from home this year — until Gavin, a young American businessman staying at the hotel through Christmas, talks her into joining him as his partner in the hotel's ice sculpting competition in a mutual pact to enjoy the holidays to the fullest.



Meanwhile, Maisie experiences the village Christmas season vicariously through Sidney, and continues writing her Poe-inspired story with only Sidney aware of her secret novel. She soon learns, however, that criticism and praise go hand in hand when he takes issue with her latest chapters, which puts pressure on their friendship, too.



But is that what's really the issue between them? Because handsome Gavin has more than ice sculpting in mind when it comes to Maisie's time, which comes as a surprise to no one who's seen them together. As Maisie faces this sudden romantic dilemma, she realizes what she wants most in her life ... and faces a question of what her heart wants most, too.


                                                                                     My Thoughts

This is a wonderful escapist trip back to a corner of Cornwall which is so appealing. I loved meeting up with Maisie again and finding out how she was getting along.  The community as ever is so important and friendships forged seem to be cast in iron. I particularly liked the festive touches with the ice sculpture competition which added up to a festive activity with a twist.

    Maisie's relationship with Sidney continues to tease the reader and I live in hope that it will come to fruition at some point ( I have my own theories on how that will pan out! ) For great story telling which has a wonderful setting and a lovely cast of characters, seek out this book!

In short: A great setting with some developing characters, read on! 


                                                                              About the Author



Laura Briggs is the author of several feel-good romance reads, including the Top 100 Amazon UK seller 'A Wedding in Cornwall'. She has a fondness for vintage style dresses (especially ones with polka dots), and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she's not writing, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, caring for her pets, gardening, and seeing the occasional movie or play.
 

You can follow Laura here: Facebook   |  Twitter 



Book links:  Amazon UK 


Thanks to Laura Briggs and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources 

for a copy of the book and a place on the tour. 

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