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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 Little Christmas Panto by Angela Britnell #Review


Angela Britnell is a favourite on this blog. Here's her latest festive romance, A Little Christmas Panto which was  published by Choc Lit on October 31st.

Can a little Cornish village panto convince a troubled Hollywood heart throb to act again?

Oh no it won’t! At least that’s what Zach Broussard initially thinks when the eccentric Anna Teague tries to railroad him into helping out with her community pantomime production in the run-up to Christmas. Zach has his reasons for leaving Hollywood behind, and his retreat to the remote village of Polcarne in Cornwall signals the start of a new acting free life for him.

But when Zach meets Anna’s daughter, Rosey – an ex concert pianist who has swapped Mozart for panto tunes – he starts to wonder whether he could change his mind, and not just about acting.

If nothing else, will the residents of Polcarne ensure Zach has a Christmas he never forgets?

Oh yes they will!

 My Thoughts

This is a warm, festive read which captures the humour and the community feeling of the local Christmas Panto. There is plenty of scope for some varied characters and all of them add to the story in their own way.  The most flamboyant of all is Anna, Rosey's daughter, whose life revolves around the annual Amateur Dramatics. Not everything goes to plan but the story is well paced and lively and the pantomime is a great setting for the action.

    Rosey and Zach have both found their way to Cornwall nursing some difficult feelings. Rosey has returned home after a disastrous marriage and found a satisfaction in the village which she realised she lacked in her life as a concert pianist. Zach has given up his Hollywood career and looking for a new challenge and some answers as to the direction his life is going to take. Family and friends are both very important to both Rosey and Zach.  They add warmth to the story and credibility to the characters. This is an entertaining festive read which  I thoroughly enjoyed, especially the chemistry between the two main characters. 

In short: a fine festive romance

About the Author

Angela grew up in Cornwall, England and returns frequently from her home outside of Nashville, Tennessee to visit family and friends, drink tea and eat far too many Cornish pasties!

A lifelong love of reading turned into a passion for writing contemporary romance and her novels are usually set in the many places she's visited or lived on her extensive travels. Thanks to almost four decades of marriage to her wonderful American husband she's a huge fan of transatlantic romance and always makes sure her characters get their own happy-ever-after.

She is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association. Her first novel ‘Truth and Consequence’ was published in 2006 and she’s now had over 40 novels published internationally and multiple short stories in women’s magazines.


If you'd like to find out more of what Angela gets up to (Advance warning: this may include references to wine, dark chocolate, Poldark and the hunky Aidan Turner) check out  or follow her on , and on Instagram as Angela Golley Britnell.

You can read my reviews of some of Angela's books here: Here Comes the Best man| Christmas at the Black Cherry Retreat 

Book links: Amazon UK 
Thanks to Angela Britnell, Choc Lit and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.
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  1. Thanks so much for the generous review, and I'm glad you enjoyed your visit to Polcarne and the pantomime. I appreciate you joining in this fun book tour and for always being such a great supporter.


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