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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

Christmas Wishes at the Chocolate Shop by Jessica Redland, #Review #WhitsboroughBay #ChristmasAtCastleStreetBook1


I am delighted to be on the blog tour to welcome the publication of Jessica Redland's Christmas Wishes at the Chocolate Shop. This is the first in her Christnas at Castle Street series and is a re-release of Charlee and the Chocolate Shop.

Sometimes you just need a little Christmas magic to make your wishes come true...

When master chocolatier, Charlee, takes the leap to move to the picturesque seaside town of Whitsborough Bay, she is determined to follow in her grandfather's footsteps and set up a chocolate shop.

Luckily, she finds the perfect location for Charlee's Chocolates on beautiful Castle Street... Now she just has to refurbish it in time for Christmas!

With a useless boyfriend and countless DIY disasters, Charlee doesn't know if she'll make it in time. With no 'traditional' family to support her, she feels lost in her new surroundings and the secrets of the past are weighing her down.

But the warmth and festive spirit of the Whitsborough Bay community will surprise her, and when plumber, Matt, comes to the rescue, it might be that all of Charlee's dreams could come true this Christmas, and she could learn what family really means...

Escape to Castle Street for the perfect uplifting, festive read from top 10 bestseller Jessica Redland. Christmas Wishes at the Chocolate Shop was originally released as Charlee and the Chocolate Shop. Now re-released with a new title and new cover, this version has been freshly edited and features several new chapters.

 My Thoughts

 I love returning to Whitsborough Bay for Jessica's series. The Chocolate Shop has all the elements for a seasonal festive read. Charlee is a resourceful character but at first, you see how lonely she is after the death of her grandmother and her vulnerabilities leave her open to people who might take advantage of her. Nevertheless, she is a warm and kind character with her own ambitions. 

    If you have read other books set in Whitsborough Bay, you will recognise some of the characters who Charlee meets and befriends. The plot has a few surprises as Charlee unravels her past. You are given two Christmases for the price of one in this novel. They are such a contrast and you are left with an uplifting feeling. Friendship and family dominate and there is a lovely slow burn romance to savour.

In short: A festive selection box full of romance 

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 so much for taking part in the blog tour for Christmas Wishes at the Chocolate Shop. Delighted you loved your return to Whitsborough Bay for Charlee's story. Loving the idea of a selection box full of romance :-)


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