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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

Boomerville at Ballymegille by Caroline James #Review


The Boomerville story continue with Caroline James' Boomerville at Mallymegille which was published on 6th October by The Publish Hub Ltd.

Boomerville is back!

Join Hattie and Jo as they head to Southern Ireland to open Boomerville Manor, a holiday retreat for guests of ‘a certain age’. There’s Irish craic and shenanigans aplenty for the colourful cast of characters as everyone gathers for the grand opening.

Meet Melissa, an ex-cabaret singer running from her abusive husband, and Bill, a bachelor bullied from beyond the grave by the ghostly voice of his mother. Along with local bobby Harry the Helmet, ageing aquatic team the Boomerville Babes, eccentric artist Lucinda Gray, and heartthrob Finbar Murphy, they gather in Ireland and the fun begins. But murder is in the air and there’s mischief afoot. Will the residents get more than they bargained for at Boomerville?

Set in the beautiful Irish countryside, ‘Boomerville at Ballymegille’ is a heart-warming story of friendship, fears and new beginnings.

 My Thoughts

I enjoyed Caroline James' first visit to Boomerville and was pleased to revisit some familiar characters as Hattie and Jo travelled to Southern Ireland to set up another Boomerville experience there. This story is a mixture of humour, but also has some darker issues and bullying and coercive control occur.  The opening of another hotel provides lots of scope for eccentric behaviour and humorous moments as the older guests throw themselves into their hobbies and activities with great enthusiasm.

    There is a whiff of murder in the background and blackmail and coercion from some rather nasty characters. However, Hattie, a born survivor, never seems phased by anything and brings some genuine feeling to the story. Caroline James is a great storyteller and takes you along with her at quite a pace.

In short: Boomerville lives on!

About the Author

Best-selling author of women’s fiction, Caroline James has owned and run businesses encompassing all aspects of the hospitality industry, a subject that often features in her novels. She is based in the UK but has a great fondness for travel and escapes whenever she can.  

A public speaker, which includes talks and lectures on cruise ships world-wide, Caroline is also a consultant and food writer. She is a member of the Romantic Novelist’s Association, the Society of Women’s Writer’s & Journalists and the Society of Authors and writes articles and short stories, contributing to many publications. Caroline also runs writing workshops.

In her spare time, Caroline can be found walking up a mountain with her two Westie dogs, sipping raspberry gin or relaxing with her head in a book and hand in a box of chocolates.

Books by Caroline James:


Hattie Goes to Hollywood

The Best Boomerville Hotel

Coffee Tea the Gypsy & Me

Coffee Tea the Chef & Me

Coffee Tea the Caribbean & Me

Jungle Rock


 You can follow Caroline here: 
Website  |  Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Amazon Author Page

Book link: Amazon UK   |  Amazon US

Thanks to Caroline James,  and Rachel of  RachelsRandomResources  for a copy of the book and a place on the tour. 

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  1. Pamela, very many thanks for hosting Boomerville at Ballymegille on your lovely blog and for your fabulous review. I am so thrilled that you enjoyed my new novel. Warmest wishes and happy reading xx


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