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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

Staying Out for the Summer by Mandy Baggot, #Review #PublicationDay

 

I am delighted to be taking part in the celebrations for Mandy Baggot's Staying Out for the Summer, especially on Publication Day today. 


This is one summer that won't end in tiers!

For NHS nurse, Lucie Burrows, it's time to put the past behind her and embrace Greek life.

Finally free from the UK restrictions, Lucie is excited for the summer of 2021. When her best friend, Gavin, finds the perfect Greek island getaway, Lucie is sure that this holiday to Corfu is going to be one to remember.

But when a landslide puts the village into a local lockdown, Lucie is thrown together with Michalis Andino, the super sexy village doctor. It's not quite the escape she had planned, but things could certainly be worse.

As Lucie relaxes into the Greek way of life, she begins to wonder whether this lockdown might just end in a new beginning – and a new love..

My Thoughts

Although on the one hand, this is an escape to the glorious island of Corfu, Coronavirus is never too far away as it is very much part of the working lives of the central characters. This roots the story very firmly in the present and taps into people's desire to escape to the sun. Corfu shimmers in the sunshine and is an eyeopener to Lucie who has demons of her own stemming from the death of her mother years ago. Away from home, she begins to gain in confidence and re-assess her wishes for the future and her relationship with her great- aunt who has been a substitute mother figure to her. 

    There are plenty of humorous moments because of the antics of the Greek villagers. Lucie's best friend Gavin is also good value with his larger than life personality but he too develops a more thoughtful side. You realise early on that Michaelis has returned home from the mainland with issues to work through and the chemistry between him and Lucie is obvious. Family ties and responsibilities are themes which run through the story. In all, it is a warm story which captures the way of life and transports you to the sunshine!

In short: Escape to Corfu   

About the Author


 

Mandy Baggot is an international bestselling and award-winning romance writer. The winner of the Innovation in Romantic Fiction award at the UK's Festival of Romance, her romantic comedy novel, One Wish in Manhattan, was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists' Association Romantic Comedy Novel of the Year award in 2016. Mandy's books have so far been translated into German, Italian, Czech and Hungarian. Mandy loves the Greek island of Corfu, white wine, country music and handbags. Also a singer, she has taken part in ITV1's Who Dares Sings and The X-Factor. Mandy is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association and the Society of Authors and lives near Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK with her husband and two daughters.

You can follow Mandy here: Facebook   |  Twitter

Book links:  Amazon UK   |  Kobo   |  Google Play  | ukbookshop.org

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Thanks to Mandy Baggot, Aria and Victoria Joss for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.

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