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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

A Cornish Summer at Pear Tree Farm by Angela Britnell #Review

 

I always enjoy Angela Britnell's novels and tjis is no exception. A Cornish Summer at Pear Tree Farm was published by Choc Lit on August 3rd.


Cornish charm and a Tennessee twist – the perfect pair?

Nessa Vivian is determined to keep her parents’ business afloat, but Pear Tree Farm near the backwater Cornish village of Polgarth didn’t do well as farm, and it’s not faring much better as a camp site. Maybe it’s due to Nessa’s habit of taking in troubled runaways, like ex-soldier Crispin, for next to nothing. Or perhaps her highly-strung sister Lowena is right – caravans named after Beatles’ songs and homegrown pears are not enough to turn the farm into a tourist haven.

Then another troubled runaway turns up, posing the greatest threat yet. Ex-musician Ward Spencer from Tennessee is certainly intriguing, but could his plans to put nearby Tregereth House on the map mean Pear Tree Farm is finished – or does his arrival signal a second lease of life, and not just for Nessa’s business?

My Thoughts

This is a well written romance, with some colourful characters, all with their own back stories. Nessa is quite a determined character who has tried so hard to stay afloat and run her parents' farm. Immensely likeable, I enjoyed seeing her growing friendship with the American next door begin to develop, despite the fact that he is setting up a rival B&B.

    Pear Tree Farm seems such an inviting place. Family ties are an important part of the story, as well as friendships and helping others. The setting is glorious. There are some surprising twists in the story but Nessa's loyalty to her friends rings true. This is an ideal summer read to escape into. I was sorry when it ended and would enjoy a return trip back to Pear Tree Farm. 

In short: gorgeous setting and likeable characters you believe in.  

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
www.angelabritnellromance.com  or follow her on www.facebook.com/angelabritnell , www.twitter.com/angelabritnell 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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