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The Ballroom Blitz

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That mix of society along with life outside of the hotel during word war II, it really gave depth to the historical setting of this book. However, the process for writing this book was clearly different and the stylistic differences made it a thoroughly enjoyable read. But I won't spoil things for you, I will just say that the author definitely puts both his readers and his characters through quite a lot in this book.

I acc really enjoyed this fav one of the series so far, rlly hooked me in loved the story lines and stuff that focused more on background characters in other books, billy and his girl was interesting that whole story line and Cathy as well bit dark which makes a change a nice one tho, very good sad in some places but good sad for some things I won’t say as don’t want to ruin but would recommend looking forward to the next one coming out now. Their usual luxuries are attended to and each night staff and dancers evoke the magic of the Grand Ballroom.You don't need to be a Strictly fan to relish this lively read, its glamour, magic and colourful characters contrasting starkly with the privations of grey, war-torn London. Anton Du Beke – the King of Ballroom, 'Strictly Come Dancing' royalty, and household name – is one of this generation's all-round entertainers. There was love and heartache, profiteers, double crossing, treachery, danger, rivalry and spirit aplenty. While wartime tales are not always my go to genre this book pulled me in and i just could not put it down. However, Raymond is driven, after the death of his brother, to go out every night to help on the streets with the ARP going to bombed out areas and tackling fires.

Overall I have enjoyed this series and I have already bought the next book from this author for his next series. you’ll get a marvellous insight into my Buckingham novels… and no doubt plenty of backstage and behind-the-scenes info too… Absolutely unmissable! To feel that he is still doing something for the war effort, he decides to join the ARP and spends his evenings going towards the bombed areas rather than running away from them.

uk/landing-page/orion/orion-company-information/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Orion Publishing Group Limited. I love the characters including the Buckingham itself and the book is so well written, I can picture the ballroom, the dancers and now the devastation of London in the Blitz.

This book was just magical, it transports you to 1940s London in the time of the blitz and how the show must go on at the Buckingham Hotel. I do hope you can come along – or stream along – to one of these special events, they really are such fun (as you know, I could talk for hours! The full line-up of dates has been released by my publishers – hopefully there’s an event near you… but if not, by the marvels of technology you can still attend virtually as Henley Literature Festival will have a livestream – you can enjoy it from your armchair!The writing gives you get the feel of London in the Blitz, the good, the bad and the downright ugly side that shows people at their worst, making money from the misery of war. It follows the lives of the hotel staff, which kept the book moving at a fast pace and the writing style really made you feel like you were there. Those who survived Dunkirk, including Raymond de Guise and Billy Brogan, are struggling to come to terms with their injuries and the loss of comrades. This book seemed more intense compared to the others, due to the bombs falling, air raid sirens constantly unsettling the hotel and characters putting themselves on the line. Meanwhile the ballroom is still operating, and the staff are keen to attract top quality guests and provide a haven from the War.

The book only lost a star for me because I felt the repetition of full names of characters was unnecessary and a little inconsistent. Billy manages to get her a job at the hotel, in housekeeping, but it doesn't all go according to plan.Although I haven’t read the prequels to this book I still felt as though I could pick it up and follow the story without feeling muddled, though that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t mind reading the start of Raymond De Guise’s, Nancy’s as well as the other staff members stories. Also available: One Enchanted Evening, Moonlight Over Mayfair, A Christmas to Remember and We'll Meet Again. Yes this is book 5 of the Buckingham series, but you do not need to have read any of the others to delve in and enjoy this book.

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