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Moonlight Over Mayfair: The uplifting and charming Sunday Times Bestseller from Anton Du Beke

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Packed with characters who are brilliantly drawn, emotional drama that touches the heart and magic that will effortlessly transport readers to the 1930s, Moonlight Over Mayfair is an outstanding read from dance supremo, Anton du Beke. Some times would love to Janette and Helen and Abbey with gorgeous Alijaz my dancer and win The thorfie at the end of strictly come dancing 💃 too.

Trip the light fantastic with this gorgeous, exciting and evocative historical tale set in the 1930s written by Strictly Come Dancing superstar, Anton du Beke. Right from the book cover to the delightful and endearing characters this book oozes class and warmth.All of our books are 100% brand new, unread and purchased directly from the publishers in bulk allowing us to pass the huge savings on to you! And upstairs, Vivienne Edgerton is desperate to do something worthwhile with her time and her step-father's money, rather than spending it on dresses and frivolities - but will this land her back in trouble? The fate of the hotel as a whole rests as it has always done in the hands of another person with a secret, Maynard Charles, who is determined to use any means to keep the hotel in prime position.

MOONLIGHT OVER MAYFAIR by Anton Du Beke is a wonderfully drawn story about life in the late 1930s, with characters that felt very real, and I look forward to reading more from this author. The book wasn’t exactly glued to my hand but it might as well have been because it travelled everywhere with me. With thanks to Readers First who provided me with a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion. I’m very impressed by his literary skills and I’m delighted to hear there will be more to come from him in this truly delightful and sassy series, suitable for all ages.I really loved the first in this series, One Enchanted Evening, when I read it last year, So much that I was really looking forward to getting my hands on this sequel. Perfectly written, easy to follow and very addictive, I’m more than happy to recommend Anton and his fashionably historical romance sagas set during the 1930’s. Vivienne is the stepdaughter of the hotel’s owner, but has spent her considerable resources and privileged position unwisely on alcohol and worse. I enjoyed reading about Raymond de Guise in his first outing and had been looking forward to this follow up, however this second novel felt somewhat rushed and I didn’t feel much for any of the characters this time around. While there he has been entrusted with a job that could go to the very heart of the Buckingham’s survival.

The ballroom is very centre stage in the story and the dancers that put on a show that says everything is normal here, while outside the undercurrents of unrest in Europe is never far away. The book evokes the same nostalgia as Downton Abbey and Gosford Park, and I could easily imagine this to be made into a Sunday night series. This is a story set in the Buckingham Hotel with a huge ballroom, renowned for being the grandest in any hotel in London. As the political landscape is changing, the Buckingham Hotel stands firm in its resolve to remain unchanged. He is well paired with Helene Marchmont, renowned for her beauty and skill, but who hides a secret with huge implications.

This is a mix of romance, dance and political intrigue, with strong contrasts between the upper and lower classes of society. With Hollywood beckoning and a secret romance to contend with, Raymond’s life becomes more complicated as he’s caught up in the danger and intrigue of prewar London. I loved catching up on the characters like Nancy and Graham and Billy and Rosia and Graham brother Anton and Arther.

As an historian, I loved the insight into the 1930s London in the period of the coronation of King George VI and the lead up to the Second World War. This is a smoothly plotted book with much drama and crisis, a lot of which is centred on the choices made by various characters. The time period bursts to life on every page and I thoroughly enjoyed the different characters with their contrasting lives and problems. The difference in social classes within the Buckingham Hotel and political references all made for an Authentic and Intriguing read. As society in London and internationally struggles to come to terms with potential disaster, the other side of London life is revealed.I love your dancing with Emma this year and the dancing that you did in strictly come dancing, I am a fan f yours because of Auntie Monica who had the hots for you on strictly. Du Beke’s understanding of the prevailing economic and political backdrop brings much to the story and the growing threats of war and its devastating implications imbue the story with a spirit of ceasing the moment in a perilous world. Secrets, lies and duplicitous behaviour flow from each and every page as we follow what is going on.

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