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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

The Gin Lover's Guide to Dating by Nina Kaye #Review #Giveaway

 Today I have  a refreshing, new romcom for you with the added bonus of a great Giveaway to enter. Details on how to do this are at the foot of this post. The Gin Lover's Guide to Dating was published by Dash Orion on November 4th and I am delighted to be joining in the celebrations.

When life gives you lemons... add a splash of gin! A deliciously feel-good romantic comedy for fans of Sophie Ranald

When Liv's high-flying career goes off the rails, she finds herself working at a glitzy new gin bar to pay the bills. She's never let romance distract her, but with one very hot colleague, a mysterious online follower who might just be her soulmate, and a lot of cocktails, her dating life is about to be shaken up...

But is Liv looking for a sparkling flirtation, or something a little stronger?

Sometimes you have to face up to your past, seize your future, and mix your own recipe for happy ever after...

My Thoughts

 If you are looking for a fun and feelgood story, with a good range of characters and a little mystery to solve at its heart, this will be the romcom for you. Liv is one of those characters who is instantly likeable yet you are shown her insecurities and flaws as well as her shining good points. Set in Edinburgh, you get to sample Liv's life as she appears to lose everything and yet begins to look at life through a different lens. I'm sure if you know the city, you will recognise some of the places she takes you to and maybe recognise some of the characters who she sees out and about.

    Liv's eye for character points and body language seems to be spot on and her wry writing style adds some zest to the story. I really enjoyed reading her blog and could imagine its subjects only too well. There is plenty to smile at but also a slightly darker edge. Not everything in Liv's past can be airbrushed out. This is a fast paced story with lots to entertain and to be recommended.

In short: A cocktail of surprises.

About the Author

 Nina Kaye is a romantic comedy author who writes fast-paced, entertaining reads with a deeper edge. Nina started writing her first novel when she was 17 (locked in her room, supposedly studying). It was a short-lived experience that ended as soon as Nina's exams did, but the dream of writing never left her.

Nina lives in Edinburgh with her husband and much adored side-kick, James. In addition to writing, Nina enjoys swimming, gin and karaoke (preferably all enjoyed together in a sunny, seaside destination).

You can follow Nina here:  Twitter  |  Facebook

Book links: Amazon UK   |  Amazon US

Thanks to Nina Kaye, Dash Orion and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources  for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.

Check out the rest of the tour!

Giveaway (UK only)

To celebrate this blog tour for The Gin Lover’s Guide to Dating, there seemed no better way than to give away some gin-related goodies! Nina has teamed up with specialist gin producer, Tiger Gin, to offer one lucky winner: a copy of her debut novel (Kindle Edition), a bottle of multi-Gold award winning Tiger Gin, and one copy of The Little Cocktail Box.

To enter, all you need to do is retweet and comment (just once!) on Nina’s pinned tweet on her Twitter page (@NinaKayeAuthor), telling her which blog tour post you have read. Nina will then choose the lucky winner at random after the closing date, which is 6pm (BST) on Thurs 29th April 2020. 

This prize draw is only available to UK residents over the age of 18. Full terms and conditions apply - Always drink responsibly.      



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