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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 Ticklemore Christmas Toy Shop by Liz Davies #Review

 

Here's a great festive read from Liz Davies: The Ticklemore Christmas Toy Shop! I am delighted to be taking part in the Publication Day celebrations 


You’re never too old to fall in love…

There is a disturbance in the force and octogenarian Hattie Jenkins can feel it in her water. Still active and spritely, she guesses that the miserable-looking gentleman sitting morosely in the café where she works, might be the reason.

Widowed Alfred Miller has recently moved in with his daughter because she is worried that he’s becoming too frail and forgetful to look after himself. And he’s not in the least bit happy about it, especially since his home is soon be cleared and sold.

But when he enlists Hattie’s help to save some of his precious belongings, he doesn’t realise that Hattie’s mission is to save more than a few sticks of furniture. She’s on a mission to save him, too.


My Thoughts

Liz Davies always seems to be able tp capture a great mix of slightly quirky characters, human emotions and genuinely humorous moments. I thoroughly enjoyed this Christmas read which focused on older characters and proved that you are never too old to start again. Ticklemore turned out to be a lovely place, just right for some festive celebrations and its inhabitants proved to have a sincere community spirit. 

    Hattie is a formidable character but she also showed her vulnerable side. You can't help but sympathise with Alfred who seems at the mercy of his officious and overbearing daughter. I particularly liked young Zoe, who appeared like a breath of fresh air and who mixes drive with kindness. As a Christmas read, this can't be undone. It is filled with delicious hot chocolate, cakes and touches of Christmas which hark back to years gone by. It is a lovely feelgood read.

In short: Dive into a festive pool of kindness

 

About the Author


Liz Davies writes feel-good, light-hearted stories with a hefty dose of romance, a smattering of humour, and a great deal of love.

She’s married to her best friend, has one grown-up daughter, and when she isn’t scribbling away in the notepad she carries with her everywhere (just in case inspiration strikes), you’ll find her searching for that perfect pair of shoes. She loves to cook but isn’t very good at it, and loves to eat - she’s much better at that! Liz also enjoys walking (preferably on the flat), cycling (also on the flat), and lots of sitting around in the garden on warm, sunny days.

She currently lives with her family in Wales, but would ideally love to buy a camper can and travel the world in it.

 

You can follow Liz here: Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Website
 
Book links: Amazon US   |  Amazon UK

Thanks to Liz Davies and Rachel of  Rachel's Random Resources
for a copy of the book and a place on the event.
 

 

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