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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

Spring on Rendezvous Lane by Angela Britnell #Review

Angela Britnell's Spring on Rendezvous Lane was published on March 30th and takes us over to Nashville, with a short pitstop in Cornwall along the way.

Can even the most seasoned traveller find a home on Rendezvous Lane?

‘Community spirit’ is not a phrase in travel junkie Taran Rossi’s vocabulary. As a former ‘third culture kid’ and now spicy street food connoisseur and social media influencer, he’s never really stayed in one place long enough to feel part of a community. And that’s just the way he likes it.

But a springtime stint house sitting for his grandmother on Rendezvous Lane in East Nashville could lead to a long overdue wake-up call. With the help of single mum Sandy Warner and her young son Chip, can Taran come to understand that sometimes it’s not about the place – it’s about the people?

 My Thoughts

In Sandy Warner, Angela Britnell has created a spikey but loyal central figure, who takes time to trust strangers but has loyalty to her friends along with a fiercely independent streak. You believe in her as a character and understand why the community around Rendezvous Lane have taken her to their heart. Her number one priority is Chip, her son, and creating a stable home life for him. Something you realise she has missed out on for herself. 

In Taran, you have a commitment-phobe who has shied away from putting down roots. You only discover parts of his personality as the story unfolds but his alter-ego as a food blogger adds several layers of flavours to the tale! Second chances and taking a risk- these are the themes of the story as it develops and it is interesting to see both Sandy and Taran's views change. Most of all, I love the subsidiary characters, particularly Taran's grandmother who add some common sense to the whole mix.  

In short- A second chace at love 

About the Author

Angela grew up in Cornwall, England and returns frequently froher new home in Nashville, Tennessee to visit family and friends, drink tea and eat far too many Cornish pasties!

A lifelong love of reading turned into a passion for writing contemporary romance and her novels are usually set in the many places she's visited or lived on her extensive travels. Thanks to over three decades of marriage to her wonderful American husband she's a huge fan of transatlantic romance and always makes sure her characters get their own happy-ever-after.

She is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association, the Romance Writers of America and the Music City Romance Writers. Her first novel ‘Truth and Consequence’ was published in 2006 and she’s now had over 30 novels published internationally and several short stories in women’s magazines. 

If you'd like to find out more of what Angela gets up to (Advance warning: this may include references to wine, dark chocolate, Poldark and the hunky Aidan Turner) check out  or follow her on , and on Instagram as Angela Golley Britnell.

You can read my reviews of some of Angela's books here: Here Comes the Best man| Christmas at the Black Cherry Retreat 

Book links: Amazon UK 
Thanks to Angela Britnell, Choc Lit and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.

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  1. Thank you for the generous review and for supporting this wonderful tour. I'm happy you enjoyed your visit to Rendezvous Lane and Beth was a huge favorite of mine too!


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