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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

Wendy's Winter Gift by Debbie Viggiano #Review


 Here's a new, festive romcom from Debbie Viggiano.  Wendy's Winter Gift which was published on November 1st by Unicorn Publishing.


Everyone has secrets but some are bigger than others.

Wendy Walker can count on two fingers the number of birthdays until she’s fifty.  She can also count on six hands the number of years she’s been married to controlling Derek.  Whatever happened to the boy she used to lark around with in the back of a Ford Escort? Just like Derek’s hairline, that lad has gone.

Wendy yearns for freedom but is resigned to her lot.  After all, there are others to think about.  Like daughter Ruby who – as a teenage single mum still at home – needs supporting, especially since abandoning her hopes of being on Love Island and achieving fame as a reality star. 

But secrets dare to spill at the most inopportune moments. 

Ruby is nurturing a mystery romance that she dreads her mother discovering, while Derek finds himself under the spotlight in the most disastrous of circumstances.

But just when Wendy thinks her world is falling apart, she discovers that sometimes unexpected joy is just around life’s corner…



My Thoughts

This is a genuinely laugh out loud story, full of amusing moments and over the top humour. Of course, Wendy's situation is far from funny, with a controlling husband and the feeling that life is passing her by. Wendy is the sort of person who has gone along with her husband's nonsense for a quiet life and completely subjugated her needs to her families. She is so supportive of her daughter and granddaughter and you are willing her to break free. 

    There are plenty of laughs to be had from the animals she dog walks, especially William. The most enjoyable part for me was when you get to hear Wendy's inner voice as her thoughts intrude on any given situation. You really feel as though you are seeing things from her point of view. Although Christmas features, this is not an over the top festive read, so ideal for  the months before Christmas. With a fast pace and some hilarious episodes, this is a real pick you up to enjoy!

In short: a romcom full of life.  


Prior to turning her attention to writing, Debbie Viggiano was, for more years than she cares to remember, a legal secretary. She lives with her Italian husband, a rescued pooch from Crete, and a very disgruntled cat. Occasionally her adult children return home bringing her much joy... apart from when they want to raid the fridge or eat her secret stash of chocolate. Tweet @DebbieViggiano or follow her on Facebook!

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Book links: Amazon UK  |  Amazon US

Thanks to Debbie Viggiano, Unicorn Publishing and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.

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