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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

New Year New Guy by Angela Britnell #Review

 We are back in the South West of England, this time in Devon, for Angela Britnell's latest contemporary romance, New Year New Guy. It was published on  February 25th  by Choc Lit.
When Laura’s bride-to-be sister, Polly, organises a surprise reunion for her fiancé and his long lost American friend, Laura grudgingly agrees to help keep the secret. And when the plain-spoken, larger-than-life Hunter McQueen steps off the bus in her rainy Devon town and only just squeezes into her tiny car, it confirms that Laura has made a big mistake in going along with her sister's crazy plan.

But could the tall, handsome man with the Nashville drawl be just what reserved Laura Williams needs to shake up her life and start something new?

My Thoughts

Laura and Hunter both have damaging secrets which they are trying to forget. Only of course, somethings are not easily forgotten. You get to see how two such different characters change and develop as they learn to trust again. I enjoyed all the characters who you get to meet, with one exception - you will know who I mean when you meet him. The setting in wintry Dartmoor is fabulous. It is far from chocolate box, but then of course, neither is the story which is unfurling.

    Hunter, the tall, dark American from Nashville, is completely different to anyone Laura has met before. He has an intriguing backstory which explains why he reacts as he does sometimes. Angela Britnell's stories never disappoint and I always enjoy getting more than one point of view. You are in safe hands with this author and I can recommend it.

In short: Is romance enough?

About the Author

Angela grew up in Cornwall, England and returns frequently from her new home in Nashville, Tennessee. A lifelong love of reading turned into a passion for writing contemporary romance and her novels are usually set in the many places she's visited or lived on her extensive travels. After more than three decades of marriage to her American husband she's a huge fan of transatlantic romance and always makes sure her characters get their own happy-ever-after. Over the last twelve years she’s been multi-published and sold over 25 novels. She also writes short stories for women’s magazines. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association, the Romance Writers of America and the Music City Romance Writers.

If you'd like to find out more of what Angela gets up to (Advance warning: this may include references to wine, chocolate, Poldark and the hunky Aidan Turner) check out  or follow her on , and on Instagram as Angela Golley Britnell.

You can read my reviews of a couple of Angela's books here: Here Comes the Best man| Christmas at the Black Cherry Retreat 

Book links: Amazon UK

Thanks to Angela Britnell, Choc Lit and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.

Don't forget the rest of the tour!


  1. thank you so much for the generous review and I'm happy you enjoyed Laura and Hunter's rainy romance!


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