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The Ballroom Blitz

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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! Unfortunately I was only able to give this book 3 stars because it was edited so badly that I almost couldn't read it.

Anton Du Beke - the King of Ballroom, Strictly Come Dancing royalty, and household name - is one of this generation's all-round entertainers. 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. Royalty from other countries are flocking there for the duration of the war, so the hotel manages to keep busy.I loved getting to know the characters and despite not having read the others, it didn’t hinder me too much. As Strictly's longest running professional dancer, and now Judge, Anton is the perfect author to lead the reader to the dancefloor as never before. 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.

Biography: Anton Du Beke - the King of Ballroom, Strictly Come Dancing royalty, and household name - is one of this generation's all-round entertainers. 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. With profiteers skulking the London streets, and devious rivals plotting the Buckingham’s downfall, the hotel staff must all hold onto what matters most- and decide where their loyalties truly lie.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. I know he's started writing a different series, so I hope I don't have to wait too long for another Buckingham Hotel 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.

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. While wartime tales are not always my go to genre this book pulled me in and i just could not put it down. 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. Meanwhile the ballroom is still operating, and the staff are keen to attract top quality guests and provide a haven from the War.We meet a variety of people from chamber maids and housekeeper to profiteers and ball room dancers all with a back story to tell. I also would have liked one more chapter on Raymond and Nancy starting the next part of their lives together but hopefully this has been saved for another book! 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.

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