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The Ballroom Blitz

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A consummate storyteller adept at captivating audiences, he is now captivating readers as he whisks them away to worlds of dance, intrigue, high society and scandal. With the fearless Raymond de Guise and his (poor suffering) wife Nancy, Vivienne who is left holding the baby and reeling from the events of Dunkirk. Raymond De Guise is home on leave from Dunkirk and is so busy helping out elsewhere, he’s not striking the right balance with his wife, Nancy.

It took a little while to familiarise myself with the characters as there are a number and I had not read the earlier books in the Buckingham Hotel series. 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. It really did make me want to find out more detail of the characters back stories, so I can see myself reading the previous books in the series. 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.

It’s September 1940 and with bombs raining down every night, the staff do a magnificent job of keeping the guests happy, even if it’s down in the bunkers. I love the author’s style of writing, I felt as though I was there in the ballroom, watching the dancing and at the other end of the scale, I could feel the fear of the unstable place that England was and the trepidation of the characters with the regular bombings.

Apart from 'there' instead of 'their' and 'it' instead of 'it's ' every age had word or words removed from the correct place and put in several lines above where they should be. 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.There are several different threads to this story, which are all pulled seamlessly together, making it a really enjoyable read. My only criticism would be that it might be difficult to read this as a stand-alone novel, you really have to read the whole series to get the best understanding of the characters and their relationships.

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