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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. Nancy, Raymond’s wife, wants his company but he spends most nights while on leave helping out with the fire watchers, along with other men and Cathy whose fiancé died at Dunkirk. The members of staff at The Buckingham Hotel, London are carrying on as normal for all the guests staying there. They all have issues and most of the story involved everything from profiteering to mental health problems, poor family relationships and greed.

We meet a variety of people from chamber maids and housekeeper to profiteers and ball room dancers all with a back story to tell. It's September 1940 and war around London is heavy and fierce with continued bombings and air raids. Anton Du Beke - the King of Ballroom, Strictly Come Dancing royalty, and household name - is one of this generation's all-round entertainers.However, Raymond is driven, after the death of his brother, to go out every night to help on the streets with the ARP going to bombed out areas and tackling fires. It took a little while to familiarise myself with the characters as there are a number and I had not read the earlier books in the Buckingham Hotel series. The book only lost a star for me because I felt the repetition of full names of characters was unnecessary and a little inconsistent. In 2018, he realised his boyhood ambition and published the first in a series of bestselling novels set in the 1930s world of the exclusive Mayfair hotel, The Buckingham.

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.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 lie. Yes this is book 5 of the Buckingham series, but you do not need to have read any of the others to delve in and enjoy this book. But, at the same time, knew that the end of the book also marked me having to say goodbye to the characters again for a while.

However, the process for writing this book was clearly different and the stylistic differences made it a thoroughly enjoyable read. As bombs rain down on London in 1940, those employed by the well renowned Buckingham Hotel, do what they can to ensure their guests are kept comfortable. Biography: Anton Du Beke - the King of Ballroom, Strictly Come Dancing royalty, and household name - is one of this generation's all-round entertainers. With the fearless Raymond de Guise and his (poor suffering) wife Nancy, Vivienne who is left holding the baby and reeling from the events of Dunkirk. 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.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. Apart from 'there' instead of 'their' and 'it' instead of 'it's ' every age had word or words removed from the correct place and put in several lines above where they should be. I was totally absorbed by the 1940's setting, the novels main focus is the Buckingham Hotel, London. 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. I loved this one so much, I immediately went out and bought the one set before this and am making my mission to get all the others in this series too!

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