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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 Christmas Caroline by Camilla Isley #Review #Giveaway

 

The Christmas novels just keep on coming! We have another standalone romcom in Camilla Isley's Christmas Collection. A Christmas Caroline was published on October 26th by Pink Bloom Press. I also have a great International giveaway with the chance to win a copy of A Christmas Date. Details on how to enter are at the foot of this post.


A modern-day retelling of A Christmas Carol…

Caroline is a cynic career woman living the high life in Manhattan where love and relationships are but a distant memory of the past.

But after a freak accident on Christmas Eve, Caroline receives a visit from a cheeky spirit of Christmas Past, Present, Yet to Come, and—most importantly—Christmas That Could Have Been. When she wakes up on Christmas Day suddenly married with three kids and living two doors down from her parents in New Jersey, Caroline has a chance to experience the life she would’ve had if she’d made a different choice.

Will small-town life as a mother and a wife make her rediscover what’s really important in life?


 My Thoughts

I thoroughly enjoyed the echoes of A Christmas Carol in this romcom. Although the link is clear, there are enough differences to enable the story to stand on its own feet and have its own distinctive voice. Caroline is a vividly drawn character whose reactions to her predicament bring real humour to the story. I liked her growing relationship with the young people she met and how she had to re-assess what makes for a successful life.

    I also enjoyed the other characters' reactions to Caroline. Sam, it seems, has the patience of a saint. Second chances, starting again. appreciating family ties are all associated with the end of the year and the start of a new one. There is a certain tension in the background throughout as you wonder what is going to happen and when. Still it is a warm festive story which captures love of family and shows you how decisions made at certain key moments can change the path of someone's life.

In short: an entertaining festive read

About the Author


Camilla is an engineer turned writer after she quit her job to follow her husband on an adventure abroad.

She's a cat lover, coffee addict, and shoe hoarder. Besides writing, she loves reading--duh!--cooking, watching bad TV, and going to the movies--popcorn, please. She's a bit of a foodie, nothing too serious. A keen traveler, Camilla knows mosquitoes play a role in the ecosystem, and she doesn't want to starve all those frog princes out there, but she could really live without them.

 

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 Book links: Apple   |   Amazon UK  |   Amazon US
 
Thanks to Camilla Isley and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour. 
 
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Giveaway (International)
 

 

Giveaway to Win 3 x e-copies of A Christmas Date by Camilla Isley (Open INT) To enter just follow the link below and good luck!

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.


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