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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

The Sister Pact by Lisa Swift #Review #LeyholmeVillageSeriesBook3

 

Having read Books 1 and 2 of Lisa Swift's Leyhome Village series, I am delighted to feature Book 3, The Sister Pact which was published by Hera Books on 7th October. You can read my reviews of Books 1 & 2  here: The School of Starting Over   |  Friends with Benefits 

 
Thirty-year-old Brooke Padgett is the landlady of The Highwayman’s Drop in the beautiful Yorkshire village of Leyholme. Commitment-averse and obsessed with work, she isn't looking for anything serious – and she certainly isn't interested in the pub's new barman, gorgeous single dad Hayden. Or is she?

Older sister Rhianna Garrett has fled wealthy husband James after discovering his infidelity. As she moves back to the pub with her children in tow, it’s clear that living together will be tricky for these two very different sisters...

Meanwhile, their widowed mum Janey is keen to rejoin the dating scene. But a lot has changed since her youth in the seventies – and she’ll need the help of her girls.

As the sisters join forces to help Janey, as well as fight off the chain circling the pub, their relationship becomes close once again. Until Brooke discovers Rhianna is hiding a secret that could drive a wedge between them all…

Can the two sisters come together to save The Highwayman’s Drop, their mum's love life – and their relationship?


 My Thoughts

This romcom is all about family relationships and you get to see three generations and how they interact. Brooke and Rhianna have the most problematic of relationship as siblings but you certainly come to understand why they each think as they do. Both od them develop as the story evolves. The past is key in understanding their attitudes to their childhood home. 

Rhianna has some dark secrets from her past and a dominant ex-husband. I thought that it was fascinating to see how each sister perceived the other and how this contrasted with their own self-image. Despite its serious themes, there are plenty of light moments and romance in this romcom. The trials and tribulations of parenting are a source of humour with differing styles, some of which seem pretentious to the down to earth Brooke. Spending time with your family and caring are shown to outweigh material concerns at the end of the day. This can be read as a standalone although a few characters from previous novels can be met.

In short:  love and loyalty.

About the Author

Lisa Swift is a romance author from West Yorkshire in the UK. She is represented by Laura Longrigg at MBA Literary Agents. Her first book is due to be published by Hera Books in August 2019.

As Mary Jayne Baker, Lisa also writes romantic comedies for Aria Fiction.

Lisa is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.

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Book links: Amazon UK  |  Apple  |  Kobo
 
Thanks to Lisa Swift, Hera Books and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources  for a copy of the book and a place on the tour. 

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