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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

Shooting Stars over Bluebell Cliff by Della Galton #Review


Today we are returning to Studland Bay for a really heartwarming story by Della Galton. Shooting Stars over Bluebell Cliff was published on 29th April by Boldwood Books.  

There's someone out there for everyone... you just need to know where to look...


All NEW from bestselling author Della Galton.


Unlucky in love Poppy Allen is the producer of a brand-new TV show, ‘Date for a Day’ – think ‘Take Me Out’ meets ‘It’s a Knockout’!

Lovelorn contestants must perform a series of seaside challenges to win the hand of the starring lady and a 'Date for a Day'.

Left heartbroken when Stephen, her childhood sweetheart eloped with her best friend on her hen night - Poppy has no plans to risk her own heart again. Besides, she’s far too busy filming contestants against the backdrop of the beautiful Bluebell Cliff Hotel and the stunning Jurassic Dorset coastline.

However, when sabotage on set threatens to stop shooting, Poppy discovers soulmates can be found in the most unexpected places...

 My Thoughts

This is a heart-warming return to Studland Bay and the Bluebell Cliff Hotel. There are some familiar characters and also some lovely new ones.  Poppy is on the lookout for love but of course, what she doesn't seem to realise is that it is under her nose all the time. Poppy was brought up in the area and her family is a close- knit unit who add some humour and warmth to the story and is a good counter-balance to the escapism of the TV show she is recording. She is thoroughly likeable character who is a loyal friend and a caring person. Gradually, you find out more about her past and come to understand her a little better.

    The staff at the Bluebell Cliff Hotel are familiar friends if you have read the earlier books. They add humour and all have their own personalities, even Foxy, the three- legged dog. The setting is glorious as ever and just seems to welcome you and offer all sorts of possibilities. Of course, you could read this as a standalone but I must recommend the others in the series. They are full of heart. For great storytelling and some well- drawn characters who you will warm to, look no further!


In short: Can Bluebell Cliff Hotel make dreams come true again?

About the Author

Della Galton is the author of 15 books, including Ice and a Slice. She writes short stories, teaches writing groups and is Agony Aunt for Writers Forum Magazine. She lives in Dorset. Della launched her new fiction series set around The Bluebell Cliff Hotel with Boldwood in April 2020.

 Find out more about Della Galton, her books, speaking engagements & workshops, on her website,

You can also follow Della here:  Twitter  |  Facebook |  Instagram

You can read my reviews of more of Della's books which are set around Studland Bay here: Sunshine over Bluebell Cliff  |  Moonlight over Studland Bay

Book link: Amazon UK 

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

Look out for the rest of the tour!



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