This Lovely City - Louise Hare | Blog Tour

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This year one of my reading goals was to read outside of my comfort zone and this book really appealed to me! It sounded different than anything I usually read and I fell in love with the cover, isn't it gorgeous?! This review is spoiler-free so if you plan on picking it up, you won't hear anything from me!

The drinks are flowing.
The music is playing.

But the party can’t last.
With the Blitz over and London reeling from war, jazz musician Lawrie Matthews has answered England’s call for help. Fresh off the Empire Windrush, he’s taken a tiny room in south London lodgings, and has fallen in love with the girl next door.
Touring Soho’s music halls by night, pacing the streets as a postman by day, Lawrie has poured his heart into his new home – and it’s alive with possibility. Until, one morning, he makes a terrible discovery.
As the local community rallies, fingers of blame are pointed at those who had recently been welcomed with open arms. And, before long, the newest arrivals become the prime suspects in a tragedy which threatens to tear the city apart.
My Review

I don't usually read books set in the past but I quickly became absorbed, I love the writing style. It's extremely vivid and I could easily picture everything that was described. If I'm being completely honest, I don't know a tonne about post-War London so it was a great reading experience for me to read this story. 

This book has a lot of layers to it and they all work together perfectly. This book was so atmospheric and it made you think while also being heartbreaking yet hopeful too. It has so much more than the cover and blurb lets on and I had no idea what to expect. If you are looking for something impactful to read, this is a great one. 

I have seen a bunch of reviews raving about the audiobook version so I will definitely be checking this out in a few months. I love to reread books and try them out with different versions as it can really enhance the reading experience.



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