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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

High Blue Sky by Victoria Connelly #Review #TheHouseInTheCloudsBook2


Having enjoyed Victoria Connelly's The Book Lovers series and the first book in her The House in the Clouds series, I am delighted to be on the tour to celebrate the second in the series, High Blue Sky.

 What would you sacrifice to be with the person you love?

Summer has arrived and it’s over a year since strangers Abigail and Edward bought Winfield Hall at auction and restored it together. Now, two new tenants are about to join them at their beautiful Georgian home.

Workaholic Harry Freeman has forgotten what it is to relax so when he meets healer, Aura Arden, and learns to meditate with her, he can’t believe how good he feels and he soon finds himself falling for her. But, with her bare feet and crystal beads, Aura’s not a big hit with Harry’s old-fashioned parents, and he finds himself torn between the people he loves most in the world.

It isn’t just Harry and Aura finding love. Summer has woven its spell over Edward and his brother Oscar, and both are making a play for Abi. But Abi isn’t happy at having to choose between these two very different men and, when Oscar’s behavior spirals out of control, she realizes that some decisions can have devastating consequences.

High Blue Sky is the second novel in the heart-warming trilogy from the bestselling author of The Rose Girls and The Book Lovers series.

 My Thoughts

The second in the series picks up without skipping a beat and continues the story pf Abigail and Edward's co-ownership of the wonderful Winfield Hall. Into the mix are added two new tenants, Harry and Aura who at first sight seem so different but who soon discover a connection. The gardens around Winfield Hall almost become another room and feature so much. Harry in particular is led to re-evaluate his life and values but Aura's influence spreads much further.

    The glimpses we are given into all four characters' families shows you that they all have their own difficulties. Siblings also feature with complicated dynamics between them all. There are several layers to this story and the question of Abigail and Edward's friendship edges very slowly in a will they, won't they tease. The story is set up nicely for the third in the trilogy and I am looking forward to seeing how life develops for them all.

In short: A well- paced story with engaging characters

About the Author

Victoria Connelly lives in a 500-year old thatched cottage in rural Suffolk with her artist husband, a springer spaniel and a flock of ex-battery hens. She is the million-selling author of two bestselling series, The Austen Addicts and The Book Lovers, as well as many other novels and novellas. Her first published novel, Flights of Angels, was made into a film in Germany. Victoria loves books, films, walking, historic buildings and animals. If she isn’t at her keyboard writing, she can usually be found in her garden either with a trowel in her hand or a hen on her lap.

Her website is where readers can download a free novella. You can follow her on Twitter @VictoriaDarcy ,on Instagram @VictoriaConnellyAuthor and on Facebook.

Book links: Amazon UK  |  Amazon US
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