2020, Blog Tour, Book review

Review: Moonlight Over Mayfair by Anton De Beke @TheAntonDeBeke @ZaffreBooks #MoonlightOverMayfair

It’s a pleasure to be sharing my review for Moonlight Over Mayfair by Anton De Beke as part of the blog tour. Many thanks to Tracy Fenton and the publishers for the invite.

About the book

London, 1937.

With a new king in place, tensions are rising in London and across Europe. Shaken by the Great Depression and with
talk of another war coming, the Buckingham Hotel is trying to regain some stability.

Upstairs, Vivienne Edgerton is desperate to do something worthwhile with her time and her stepfather’s money, rather than spending it on frivolity and debauchery – but will this land her in even more trouble?

And downstairs, chambermaid Nancy Nettleton is finally starting to feel more settled at the Buckingham, and hopes her brother will soon call London home, too. But she misses the man she loves, demonstration dancer Raymond de Guise, who is noticeably absent from the Grand Ballroom dance floor.

The staff and guests of the Buckingham soon discover that in a hotel full of secrets, there’s always someone listening . . .

Moonlight Over Mayfair is available to purchase now – Amazon

My thoughts

Moonlight Over Mayfair is the second book by Anton De Beke and features the London based Buckingham Hotel and it’s Grand Ballroom set during 1937. Now I haven’t had the chance to read the first book sadly and I do feel I would have benefited from doing so first but it didn’t take me long to settle in and get a feel for the characters.

The first thing I noticed while reading Moonlight Over Mayfair is that the author has captured the atmosphere superbly. It didn’t take much to visualise the hotel, the staff and the guests and as I read, it played out in my mind like a film. The story is brought to life with the vivid but not overly detailed descriptions.

The story starts of slowly and eases you in to the era and it gave me a chance to get to know the characters and really get a feel for them, it then notches up a gear and I found myself totally engrossed and unable to put the book down.

I have to admit I went into this story thinking it was a romance but it was so much more and I just absolutely loved being swept away by the beautifully written words that really entranced me and took me right into the heart of the Mayfair Hotel.

It’s difficult to describe how enchanting this story is without giving too much detail away but I fell in love with the hotel, the characters and the writing. I’ll definitely be catching up with the first book in the series and I can’t wait for the series to continue as well. It’s a book I will definitely be recommending to young and old and everyone in between.

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