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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

Coming Home to Brightwater Bay by Holly Hepburn #Review


I am delighted to feature a new series from Holly Hepburn, Coming Home to Brightwater Bay. Set in the Orkneys, it is a true escape.

On paper, Merina Wilde has it all: a successful career writing the kind of romantic novels that make even the hardest hearts swoon, a perfect carousel of book launches and parties to keep her social life buzzing, and a childhood sweetheart who thinks she’s a goddess. But Merry has a secret: the magic has stopped flowing from her fingers. Try as she might, she can’t summon up the sparkle that makes her stories shine. And as her deadline whooshes by, her personal life falls apart too. Alex tells her he wants something other than the future she’d always imagined for them and Merry finds herself single for the first time since – well, ever.

Desperate to get her life back on track, Merry leaves London and escapes to the windswept Orkney Islands, locking herself away in a secluded clifftop cottage to try to heal her heart and rediscover her passion for writing. But can the beauty of the islands and the kindness of strangers help Merry to fool herself into believing in love again, if only long enough to finish her book? Or is it time for her to give up the career she’s always adored and find something new to set her soul alight?


 My Thoughts

 This is one of those stories which I've kept dipping back into after I finished the book- always a good sign! The setting is fantastic and there are plenty of lovely descriptions of various sites in the Orkneys which really make the place and its history come alive. Merry turned out to be a thoroughly likeable central character who stands on her own feet and sorts out her problems as much as she possible can. There are plenty of colourful characters who she gets to meet and her friend Jess is an entertaining friend. She could certainly carry a story of her own. 

    Writing and books are intrinsic parts of the story and I enjoyed following Merry's quest to kickstart her own writing. I'd have loved to go to one of her writing sessions! Of course, the two male leads are a great contrast. I always knew which one I hoped she would pick, but it must have been a close-run decision! For a wonderful escapist read, full of warmth and a touch of wit, you need to look no further!

In short: A warm and endearing story full of the romance of the Orkneys.

About the Author

Holly Hepburn is the much-loved author of commercial women’s fiction. She lives near London with her grey tabby cat, Portia. They both have an unhealthy obsession with Marmite. 

You can follow Holly here: Twitter 


Book link: Amazon UK

Thanks to Holly Hepburn, Simon and Schuster and Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for a copy oft the book and a place on the tour. 


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