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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

Sweet Pastries and Sourdough The Little Duck Pond Cafe by Rosie Green #Review

 

We are now up to Book 15 in the redoubtable Little Duck Pond Cafe series, with Sweet Pastries and Sourdough by Rosie Green. How lovely it is to be back in Sunnybrook!

Ellie's brand new enterprise, the True Loaf Bakery, is finally open and classes are due to start. But when Katja's ski-ing holiday ends in disaster, a new teacher must be found very quickly. Anita is up for the challenge, but - fresh from a break-up and an operation that's left her feeling physically and emotionally vulnerable - the last thing she's looking for when she moves to Sunnybrook is a new relationship. So it's Sod's law that she should find herself with not one but two guys vying for her attention. Sven, from Denmark, is a bit of an enigma - but maybe passion lurks beneath his cool reserve? And as for twenty-five-year-old football coach Ross - surely she'd be asking for trouble getting involved with a gorgeous man a decade her junior? (Although her football-mad son Rufus seems to love him.)

Moving in with Bertha proves a real comfort - but can Anita get to the bottom of what's troubling the older woman?

Anita's job at the True Loaf Bakery is only temporary, but she finds herself drawn ever deeper into life in the village - especially when she finds a child's bracelet from long ago, in the rubble of the newly-renovated building. Solving the mystery of who it belongs to takes Anita on a journey of discovery - a journey that might just help her discover what her own heart really needs...


 My Thoughts

Is there a better way to spend a sunny afternoon than revisiting Sunnybrook and the cast of characters from The Little Duck Pond Cafe series? I think not! Ellie's latest enterprise, The True Loaf Bakery is about to open and this introduces us to Anita and her young son, Rufus. She has some interesting and unexpected issues to work through and finds a kindred spirit in an unexpected place. As ever, Sunnybrook proves itself to be a warm and welcoming community.

    In addition to the central story concerning Anita and her life choices, there is also a mystery to solve. Bertha has lived with it for years and it is up to Anita to try out some amateur sleuthing to get to the bottom of it. You also realise that appearances can be deceptive. Tara may present as a preoccupied teenager without much sense of responsibility but there is more to her than meets the eye. This is a great addition to the novella series and could be read as a standalone.

In short: Great storytelling and a range of characters




About the Author


Rosie has been scribbling stories ever since she was little.

Back then, they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by 'the baddies'.

Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all - unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.

Her series of novellas is centred around life in a village cafe.

You can read my review of more of this series here:



You can follow Rosie here:   Twitter

Book link: Amazon UK
 
Thanks to Rosie Green and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour. 

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