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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

My Greek Island Summer by Mandy Baggot #Review #MandyBaggot20

It is very special to be taking part in the celebrations for Mandy Baggot's 20th novel. My Greek Island Summer was published by Aria on 2nd April. 
Two weeks. One unforgettable trip to Corfu. A chance to change her life.

Becky Rose has just landed her dream job house-sitting at a top-end villa on the island of Corfu. What could be better than two weeks laying by an infinity pool overlooking the gorgeous Ionian waters while mending her broken heart.

Elias Mardas is travelling back to Corfu on business whilst dealing with his own personal demons. Late arriving in Athens, Becky and Elias have to spend a night in the Greek capital. When they have to emergency land in Kefalonia, Becky's got to decide whether to suck up the adventure and this gorgeous companion she seems to have been thrown together with or panic about when she's going to arrive at Corfu...

Finally reaching the beautiful island, Becky is happy to put Elias behind her and get on with her adventure. Until he turns up at the villa...

My Thoughts

This is a real breath of Summer and such an enjoyable read. Of course, there are lots of coincidences which seem to bring people together but I was delighted with the range of characters who all had their own stories to tell. Greece shimmers away centre stage and it is lovely to visit Athens and Kefalonia en route to Corfu. It is packed with the sights and smells of the island and life in the sleepy Greek villages make you want to be there.

    The humour runs through the story. As a reluctant flier, I particularly appreciated the plane journeys which Becky has to endure to get to the sun! Becky, Elias, Petra and Megan all find themselves having to face events from their past which have held them back. Communication and listening to each other are some good lessons to take on board. Family and friendships are all part of the fun and the warmth of the story is a tonic in these dark days.

In short: Fun in the sun  
About the Author

Mandy Baggot is an international bestselling and award-winning romance writer. The winner of the Innovation in Romantic Fiction award at the UK's Festival of Romance, her romantic comedy novel, One Wish in Manhattan, was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists' Association Romantic Comedy Novel of the Year award in 2016. Mandy's books have so far been translated into German, Italian, Czech and Hungarian. Mandy loves the Greek island of Corfu, white wine, country music and handbags. Also a singer, she has taken part in ITV1's Who Dares Sings and The X-Factor. Mandy is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association and the Society of Authors and lives near Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK with her husband and two daughters.

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Book links:  Amazon UK   |  Kobo   |  Google Play

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Thanks to Mandy Baggot, Aria and Victoria Joss for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.

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