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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

Ten Things my Husband Hated by Pauline Wiles #Review

I am pleased to be taking part in the celebrations for Pauline Wiles' Saffron Sweeting novel, Ten Things my Husband Hated. 
Maggie Moone is happily divorced.

And with her talent for fixing things, she’s perfectly content with her mundane life in the sleepy English village of Saffron Sweeting. That is, until one humiliating March evening when she learns everyone else assumes she’d love to mend her broken marriage.

Determined to prove them wrong, Maggie and her friends concoct a list of ten ways to assert her independence and live large. But her mission to move on leads to unexpected encounters, and Maggie soon finds herself mixing business with pleasure. Is the attractive young Irishman just another item on her list, or is he something more?

Before long, unresolved issues from her past begin to clash, and Maggie is forced to wonder if antagonising her ex-husband was such a stellar idea.

No sooner does she begin to understand what’s important to her, than she stands to lose everything that truly matters.

This is the fourth in the collection of Saffron Sweeting romantic comedies, which can be read in any order. If you like gentle British humour and deliciously resilient heroines, you’ll love Ten Things My Husband Hated.

My Thoughts

This is the first of Pauline's Saffron Sweeting novels which I have read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Maggie Moone is such a likeable character with a gentle sense of humour and a can-do attitude. She does at times lack a little self awareness but nevertheless, you find yourself hoping that she will get her heart's desire.

    Learning to go out to get what you want in life and trying not to hark back to the past in a negative way are lessons to be learnt during the course of the story. Through Maggie's work, you get to meet some village inhabitants who are a little idiosyncratic, albeit in a charming way. I loved Finn's grandmother and friends at the Bingo! This is a heartwarming story which has a lovely sense of humour and some touching, inclusive moments.

In short: An uplifting look at village life.

About the Author

British by birth, Pauline is now a contented resident of California, although she admits to occasional yearnings for afternoon tea and historic homes.

Her debut novel, Saving Saffron Sweeting, reached the quarter final of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Three further books set in the same village are now available, along with a collection of short stories and Indie With Ease, a self-help guide for other self-published authors.

When not writing, Pauline can be found pondering how many miles she has to run to justify an extra piece of cake. She’s also fond of daydreaming about flying herself and a reader to London for tea.

You can follow Pauline here: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Website

Book link: Amazon UK 

Thanks to Pauline Wiles and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.  

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  1. Many thanks for reading and reviewing! I'm so glad you liked the bingo crowd; I enjoyed writing the scenes with them.


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