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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

Falling for a French Dream by Jennifer Bohnet #Review

 

I am so delighted to be on the tour to celebrate Jennifer Bohnet's romance, Falling for a French Dream which was published by Boldwood Books on 9th September. 


Escape to hills high above the French Riviera with international bestseller Jennifer Bohnet.

After tragically losing her husband, Nicola Jacques and her teenage son Oliver relocate to his father’s family's Olive Farm in the hills above the French Riviera.

Due a family feud, Oliver has never known his fathers’ side of the family and Grandpapa Henri is intent that Oliver will take over the reins of the ancestral farm and his rightful inheritance.

Determined to keep her independence from a rather controlling Grandpapa, Nicola buys a run-down cottage on the edge of the family's Olive Farm and sets to work renovating their new home and providing an income by cultivating the small holding that came with the Cottage.

As the summer months roll by, Nicola and Oliver begin to settle happily into their new way of life with the help of Aunts Josephine and Odette, Henri’s twin sisters and local property developer Gilles Bongars.

But the arrival of some unexpected news and guests at the farm, force Nicole and Aunt Josephine to assess what and where their futures lie.

This book was previously published as The French Legacy.


 My Thoughts

Jennifer Bohnet certainly creates a world which you would love to escape into! You feel for Nicola and her desire to establish her own independent way of life which at times is thwarted by certain characters. She keeps a clear head however and always tries her best for her son. Family is at the heart of the story. Some family ties are shown to be a strength but cannot be forced.

    The story telling is a strength is this book, with one or two surprising events. The French countryside is evoked beautifully and you can certainly visualise the farm and the village nearby. Coming to terms with loss and grief are important themes. You see all Nicola's vulnerability in her moments of self- doubt. I enjoyed the different characters you meet, especially the twin sisters, Josephine and Odette who are so different in personality, and the irascible, Henri. This is an enjoyable read which conjures up a beautiful part of the world and which transports you there, effortlessly.

In short: Escape to the French countryside

About the Author


 Jennifer Bohnet is the bestselling author of over 12 women’s fiction titles, including Villa of Sun and Secrets and A Riviera Retreat. She is originally from the West Country but now lives in the wilds of rural Brittany, France.

 

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Book link:  Amazon UK 
  
Thanks to Jennifer Bohnet and Boldwood Books and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.

 Catch up with the rest of the tour!
 

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