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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 Hopes and Dreams of Libby Quinn by Freya Kennedy #Review

Freya Kennedy's The Hopes and Dreams of Libby Quinn was published on 5th May by Boldwood Books.
A gorgeous new romantic comedy about taking chances and realising your dreams.

Libby Quinn is sick and tired of being sensible.

After years of slogging her guts out for nothing at a PR company, she finds herself redundant and about to plough every last penny of her savings into refurbishing a ramshackle shop and making her dream of owning her own bookshop become a reality.

She hopes opening 'Once Upon A Book' on Ivy Lane will be the perfect tribute to her beloved grandfather who instilled a love of reading and books in her from an early age.

When her love life and friendships become even more complicated – will Libby have the courage to follow her dreams? Or has she bitten off more than she can chew?

My Thoughts

 For a lovely heart-warming and uplifting read, look no further. This romantic comedy has all the ingredients. Not only are the main characters thoroughly likeable and relatable, there is also a great cast of secondary ones who could all carry their own story. Family and friendship are put under the microscope and the central theme of Ivy Lane, of looking out for its inhabitants, gives the whole story an inclusive and friendly feel.

    Libby's desire to open her bookshop is a great testament to her late grandfather but she shows some strong attributes of loyalty, determination and creativity. She has to find the courage to follow through with her ideas but also has to work out how to leave room in her life for other things. I can see that there is potential in this community for subsequent books and I hope to visit Ivy Lane again to see how Once Upon a Book is getting on.

In short: Escape into the ultimate book shop.

Look out for #LibbyQuinnBingo on social media!

About the Author

Freya Kennedy lives in Derry, Northern Ireland, with her husband, two children, two cats and a mad dog called Izzy. She worked as a journalist for eighteen years before deciding to write full time. When not writing, she can be found reading, hanging out with her nieces and nephews, cleaning up after her children (a lot) and telling her dog that she loves her.

She has met Michael Buble and even kissed him. It was one of her best ever moments.

She believes in happy ever afters.

Freya Kennedy is a pen name for Claire Allan, who also writes psychological thrillers.

You can follow Freya here:  Website  |  Twitter/ClaireAllan
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Book link:   Amazon UK

Thanks to Freya Kennedy, Boldwood Books and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour. 

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