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Wednesday, September 09, 2020

Book Spotlight: The London Restoration by Rachel McMillan

In recent years, I've tried to scale back on how many scheduled reviews I commit to, but my greedy, book-loving heart just can't say no!  Over-committing myself then leads to stress, procrastination, and guilt over missed deadlines.  So, I've made the difficult decision not to schedule any more reviews/blog tour stops after December 31, 2020.  I'll still be reviewing books, of course, just on my time.  Hopefully, that will help keep reading and blogging fun and low-stress for me.
One of the books I wasn't able to get to on time is The London Restoration by Rachel McMillan.  I love historical fiction, especially novels about World War II, so I'm definitely planning to read this one at some point.  The plot summary is certainly intriguing:
From author Rachel McMillan comes a richly researched historical romance that takes place in post-World War II London and features a strong female lead. 
Determined to save their marriage and the city they love, two people divided by World War II’s secrets rebuild their lives, their love, and their world.
London, Fall 1945. Architectural historian Diana Somerville’s experience as a codebreaker at Bletchley Park and her knowledge of London’s churches intersect in MI6’s pursuit of a Russian agent named Eternity. Diana wants nothing more than to begin again with her husband Brent after their separation during the war, but her signing of the Official Secrets Act keeps him at a distance.
Brent Somerville, professor of theology at King’s College, hopes aiding his wife with her church consultations will help him better understand why she disappeared when he needed her most. But he must find a way to reconcile his traumatic experiences as a stretcher bearer on the European front with her obvious lies about her wartime activities and whereabouts.
Featuring a timeless love story bolstered by flashbacks and the excavation of a priceless Roman artifact, The London Restoration is a richly atmospheric look at post-war London as two people changed by war rebuild amidst the city’s reconstruction.  
Does The London Restoration sound like a book you would enjoy?  If you'd like to read bloggers' opinions about the book, follow along on its blog tour
by clicking on the following links:

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Friday, August 28th: The Lit Bitch and @thelit_bitch

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Friday, September 4th: @books_with_bethany

Monday, September 7th: She Just Loves Books and @shejustlovesbooks

Wednesday, September 9th: @meetmeinthestacks

Wednesday, September 9th: Bloggin’ ‘Bout Books

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Friday, September 11th: @rendezvous_with_reading


  1. That pulling back on reviews is tough! I'm limiting but should probably limit even more so I don't get overwhelmed. This sounds good and like one I'd definitely pick up!

    1. It IS tough! I want to read all the books and I want to join all the blog tours so I can get all the books and promote all the books, but ... it's getting exhausting. Pulling back a little bit doesn't seem to work for me, though, so I'm pulling the plug altogether for my sanity's sake :)

  2. I've definitely learned to not "over schedule" my reviews. Good on you for working to find a balance of releasing content but not stressing yourself out. I alway say that the second this stops being fun is the second I'll stop doing it.

    1. I've definitely struggled with finding that balance. I overcommit and then end up feeling stressed and guilty. Book blogging is a hobby and I want it to remain fun :)

  3. Thank you for featuring this! Sara @ TLC Book Tours

  4. Like you, I can't seem to say no to review requests from TLC Tours (they are the only one I'll do). The pressure can be a bit much, but they always find me books that I wouldn't find on my own.

  5. I have just looked at my October list and realised that I have a lot of posts and books to read. I do need to spread things out a bit I think.
    This book is one that I would have said yes to though because it does sound good!

  6. I went the no-obligated-review thing cold turkey one year, and it was a nice break. Then I started easing my way back into doing them again, and I found that as long as I didn't overreach, it was something I could enjoy and feel good about.

    I think lots of us probably started blogging because we wanted to help push some of those great books that always manage to fall through the cracks somehow. This year, looks like I'll have accepted something like 40 ARCs by year-end. That's about right for me, kind of a balance between the 60 or so other books I'll read and review at my leisure.

    I have, though, given up on the virtual book tours because of the limitations and extra obligations some of them require. That's just mot fun anymore.


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