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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

Hot Desk by Zara Stoneley #Review


Today I am featuring another great romcom by Zara Stoneley: Hot Desk. It was published by One More Chapter on 31st August.  I always enjoy her books and you can read my reviews of Bridesmaids here , The Wedding Date here, Four Christmases and a Secret here , The First Date, here and The Dog Sitter here.

Same desk, different days.

A post-it note is just the beginning…

Alice loves her job and wants to keep it – whatever the price. But then she’s told the company is switching to flexible working and hot desking…Alice’s desk might look a mess, but she knows exactly where everything is. Or she did. Until she found out she’s going to share it with the most annoying guy in the office.


Jamie can work from anywhere. He’s quite happy to sweep his work life into a box at the end of the working day. But can sharing a desk with Alice be as much fun as teasing her in person?


With no option but to try it and see, will their relationship turn into open warfare or will it ever progress beyond a post-it note?


My Thoughts

Set in a world post-pandemic, Alice finds that returning to her office brings some unwelcome surprises. This is sure to touch a nerve with those who have been working from home and there is plenty of humour to be found from Alice's attempts to work from home or hot desk it in the office. This is a fun, entertaining read which keeps you amused to the end, with some lively characters and hilarious situations.

    Alice turns out to be quite a complicated character and her reasons for wanting to return to the office are caught up with how she has been treated in the past. Jamie provides a gentle humour and turns out to be quite a surprising character with issues of his own to overcome. Family and friends are key in the story and I particularly enjoyed the descriptions of Alice's roommates and her sisters.  This is a book to brighten up any weekend. Written in the first person, it has the tone of the Bridget Jones Books and by the end, you are definitely on Team Alice.

In short: Fun, flirty, fabulous!


About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Zara Stoneley was born in a small village in the UK. She wanted to be a female James Herriot, a spy, or an author when she grew up.

After many (many) years, and many different jobs, her dream of writing a bestseller came true, and more than half a million copies of her books have now been sold worldwide.

She writes about friendship, dreams, love, and happy ever afters, and hopes that her tales make you laugh a lot, cry a little, and occasionally say 'ahhh'.

Zara now lives in a Cheshire village with her family, a lively cockapoo, a cocker spaniel puppy and a very bossy (and slightly evil) cat. 

You can follow Zara here: Website | Twitter | Facebook 
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Book links: Amazon UK | Harper Collins  |  Amazon US

Thanks to Zara Stoneley and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour. 
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