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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

Chasing Moonbeams in Merriment Bay by Emily Harvale #Review

I am delighted to be taking part in the celebrations for the second novel in Emily Harvale's Merriment Bay series. The first novel Coming Home to Merriment Bay, was released in four parts and you can read my reviews here:   Part One: The Reunion here , Part Two: Sparks Fly here , Part Three: Christmas here and Part Four: Starry Skies here,


Cat has found true happiness in Merriment Bay. Will a discovery in Devon Villa change that?

Cat Devon is finally with the love of her life – and she couldn’t be happier about that. But discovering the identity of her real dad and the fact she has two half-brothers was a shock. Getting to know her new family is now a priority.

Kyra Devon is only eighteen, but she’s more mature than her mum in many ways and is coping far better with everything that’s happened. Kyra knows what she wants and unlike Cat, she’s not going to let opportunities slip away.

Mary Devon has regained her daughter and her granddaughter, but she’s grieving for her mother, and also for the loss of the love she thought she’d found. Putting on a brave face may not be the best way for Mary to get over it.

When a long-lost painting called Moonbeams Kiss is discovered in a hidden cellar beneath the floorboards in Devon Villa, a story of love, loss and treachery unfolds, bringing with it repercussions for each of the Devon women.


                                                                                     My Thoughts
 This novel carries straight on from the end of Part 4 of Coming Home to Merriment Bay and is centred around Cat and the Devon family. There is a shock instore for the whole family which makes everyone re-evaluate their opinions on past events. There are some new characters introduced and in this volume, Cat gets to meet her relatives in the Wynter family. 

    As ever, Emily is a great storyteller and I felt as though the story flew by. There are so many possibilities for future stories given the range of characters, so I am looking forward to some future stories. Cat's daughter Kyra is an independent and sparky character who comes a little nearer centre stage, with the promise of more storylines to come. This is a feelgood, warm series which is well worth a read. 

In short: Romance and mystery occur in Merriment Bay
 

                                                                             About the Author 

Emily writes novels, novellas and short stories about friendship, family and falling in love. She loves a happy ending but knows that life doesn't always go to plan. Her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.


Emily loves to connect with her readers and has a readers' group in which many have become good friends. To catch up with Emily, find out about the group, or connect with her on social media, go to her website at www.emilyharvale.com.
Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now writes full-time. She’s a member of the SoA and the RWA, an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. When not writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies - and will do anything to avoid both. Emily has two mischievous rescue cats that like to sprawl across her keyboard, regardless of whether Emily is typing on it, or not.
  
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Book links: Amazon UK  
 
Or sign up to the Emily Harvale Reader’s Club to hear more Coming Home to Merriment Bay series including when it’s available to purchase https://www.emilyharvale.com/newsletter
Thanks to Emily Harvale and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.


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