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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

Just Say Yes by Maxine Morrey #Review

 

I am happy to feature another romcom by Maxine Morrey. Just Say Yes was published by Boldwood Books on November 8th. 

 
Wedding planner Madeline lives in a picture-perfect thatched cottage, in a picture-perfect English country village.

There’s only one problem - dream cottages take a lot of work, and with a leaking roof, and not enough money to pay for it, what Maddie needs now is a big wedding to plan.

So she’s delighted when she takes on the wedding of Californian heiress Peyton, to all-round good guy Patrick.  She’s less delighted to find out that she's going to have help – from the admittedly gorgeous, but equally maddening, tall, dark and handsome best man Lorcan.

The wedding is set to take place in a castle in rural Ireland, and so, in no time, Maddie and Lorcan are on their way to Ballalee. Life hasn’t always been easy for Maddie, and work has become her refuge. But soon the warmth and humour of Lorcan’s Irish family and friends start to chip away at Maddie’s walls.  And as the big day approaches, it might be time for Maddie to focus less on her clients’ love life and more on her own…

My Thoughts

There is a real feeling of joy in this story with the chemistry between the two central characters off the scale. Both Maddie and Lorcan have complicated back stories which shed light on their attitudes and reactions. Maddie regiments her life according to a strict schedule. It gives her a sense of security and keeps her calm. Lorcan says that marriage is not for him and shuns the idea of commitment. However, when you see him in his home village with his close family and friends, you realise that he has a gentle and caring side.

    I enjoyed the repartee between Maddie and Lorcan. Their conversations fizz along and show you the connection between the two. With a lively cast of characters including the adorable Bod, the dog, the story comes alive. It is a fun and entertaining read, set in the English countryside and the majestic Irish  coast. Maddie is a survivor, struggling to keep her business afloat after the pandemic. You can’t help but root for her. 

In short: a warm, witty look at love 

About the Author


 

Maxine Morrey is a bestselling romantic comedy author with twelve books to her name including #NoFilter and Things Are Looking Up. She lives in Dorset.

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Book links: Amazon UK 


Thanks to Maxine Morrey, Boldwood Books and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the event.

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