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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

Jessica Redland's Snowflakes over the Starfish Cafe is the latest of her novels to be set in Whitsborough Bay. It was published by Boldwood Books on 31st August. 

 
Welcome to The Starfish Café - where you will find stunning views, delicious food and lifelong friendships.

Two broken hearts.

Since she inherited The Starfish Café, Hollie has poured her heart into the business, striving to keep her mother's traditions and warm-hearted spirit alive. But behind closed doors Hollie is searching for true happiness, as she grieves the tragic loss of her family who were once the beating heart of the café...

An unexpected meeting.

Jake lives by two rules: don’t let anyone get close and don’t talk about what happened. Little does he know that a chance meeting at The Starfish Café, facilitated by a fluffy lost dog, is about to turn his world upside down...

The chance to love again.

Can Hollie and Jake break down the barriers that have been holding them back from finding love and happiness, before Christmas comes around? Afterall, with courage, nothing is impossible...


 My Thoughts

This is a great addition to Jessica Redland's Whitsborough Bay stories. The coastal setting is a key part of the story and you can totally picture the beautiful beaches, rockpools and gorgeous sunrises which are evoked. There are some lively characters who frequent Hollie's cafe or live locally but their stories have a certain poignancy in addition to their overall positivity.

    You are given Hollie and Jake's story in alternating chapters. Seeing events through their eyes and finding out about their past as the narrative goes back and forth through time is delivered at a gentle pace. You can clearly see the similarities in their situations but also the differences in their childhoods. Family  is very important. By family, I would extend this to families created by close friendships and teams of people working for a common cause. Both Hollie and Jake show their vulnerability but also growing resilience as they mature. I found this to be a warm, uplifting story told through likeable characters. There are some emotional moments but also an element of fun and a message to live for today.

In short: With courage, nothing is impossible

About the Author


Jessica Redland writes uplifting stories of love, friendship, family and community set in Yorkshire where she lives. Her Whitsborough Bay books transport readers to the stunning North Yorkshire Coast and her Hedgehog Hollow series takes them into beautiful countryside of the Yorkshire Wolds.

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Book links: Amazon UK 
 
Thanks to Jessica Redland, Boldwood Books and Rachel of  Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.  
 
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  1. Thank you very much for taking part in the blog tour for Snowflakes Over The Starfish Cafe and for sharing your lovely review. Really glad you enjoyed Hollie and Jake's emotional story and love that you found a life lesson in it x

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