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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

Escape to the Hummingbird Hotel by Daisy James #Review

 

Today I am delighted to be on the tour for Daisy James' Escape to the Hummingbird Hotel, the first in a new series.


Welcome to the Hummingbird Hotel!

When florist-to-the-stars Abbie Coleman catches a glimpse of her boyfriend through the window of Tiffany’s, she couldn’t be more excited. Keen to share her happiness, she organises a huge surprise party for all their family and friends… except things don’t quite work out as she expected, and instead of planning a flower-filled wedding, she finds herself single, and fired from a job she loves.

Desperate to escape her heartbreak, she jets off to her aunt’s quirky Hummingbird Hotel on the gorgeous island of Corfu. Little did she know that instead of spending her time lounging by the pool, drinking cocktails, and soaking up the sun, she’d be stepping into the role of the island’s newest hotelier.

The arrival of unexpected guests sends Abbie into a tailspin of panic, and she’s forced to turn to snippy, but charismatic, vineyard owner-turned-chef, Nikos Angelopoulos, for help. Why does the kitchen fill with smoke whenever she makes coffee? Why is there a naked man swimming in the pool? And why do the hotel’s toiletries turn their guests’ hair pink?

Despite all the chaos, the Hummingbird Hotel works its magic on Abbie, and she finds herself with a decision to make. Will she return home to the drizzly grey skies of London? Or will she take a leap of faith and embrace the new opportunities that little corner of paradise has to offer, and maybe, just maybe, discover a sprinkle of romance along the way?


 My Thoughts

This is a great start to a new series and the setting in the hotel on Corfu has such a lot of potential. You can really savour the place with all the sounds and colours and the plants which are such an important part of the story and the characters' lives. There are some lovely comic parts which you find through the people who Abbie meets and befriends. She has to discover what she really wants in life and of course, it turns out to be a surprise to her, though not the reader who has been following her story.

    This is a real escapist read for a summer's day and perfect for a holiday read. It is a light, enjoyable story with the hint of romance brewing in the background. Not every detail was tied up by the end, which I like. Mainly, I feel there is more to learn about Abbie's back story. You do learn quite a bit but I have a feeling there may be a bit more to come... Certainly there is lots of scope for a new series with more guests to come with their own stories. An excellent start to a series which leaves you wanting more!


In short: take a trip to Corfufor a great holiday read

About the Author


Daisy James loves writing stories with strong heroines and swift-flowing plotlines. She especially likes to create sunshine-filled settings in exotic locations - the Caribbean, Tuscany, Cornwall, Provence - so she can spend her time envisioning her characters enjoying the fabulous scenery and sampling the local food and drink.

 

When not scribbling away in her peppermint-and-green summerhouse (garden shed), she spends her time sifting flour and sprinkling sugar and edible glitter. She loves gossiping with friends over a glass of something fizzy or indulging in a spot of afternoon tea - china plates and teacups are a must.

 

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Book links:   Amazon UK  |  Amazon US  |  
             
Thanks to Daisy James and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.
 
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