Margot and me by Juno Dawson

Sometimes love has to cross all kinds of barriers . . .

Fliss is on the way to visit her grandmother in Wales – the grandmother who she doesn’t get on with – with her mother who is recuperating from chemotherapy. But her mum is getting better, that’s the main thing, so Fliss can concentrate on being grouchy and not looking forward to meeting her grandmother Margot, who is so cold and always so unforgiving of Fliss’s every mistake . . . But when the six months is up, Fliss consoles herself, she and her mum will go back to London and back to Real Life!

In the meantime Fliss needs to get used to her new school, not upset the scary girls, and just keep her head down (whilst still making sure that everybody knows she is from London, of course). Then Fliss discovers a diary at the back of her bookcase. It is from the 1940s and is set in World War II, and, Fliss realises, is actually Margot’s diary from when she was a young woman during the Blitz. Intrigued, Fliss begins to read. There she discovers a whole new side to Margot, a wartime romance and also Margot’s deepest, most buried secret. And it is then that Fliss discovers something terrible in her own life that she is going to have to come to terms with…”

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

So this book has been on my TBR for quite a while but I was slightly unsure about it due it is slightly historical nature. However, recently I have had a 3-month free trial on audible so I thought it might be worth a listen as if it wasn’t my thing I could just exchange it for another. I have to say I can’t believe I waited so long to read it because I absolutely loved it. I’m not usually into historical fiction but because this was a good mixture of the past and present it was really enjoyable. I love Fliss and her friends Danny and Bronwin as well as learning about Margot through her diary. Its both heartwarming and heartbreaking.

I think one of the things that made this book enjoyable was the narration. I’ve never liked the concept of audiobooks and it is something I have tried before and didn’t end up liking it that much. However, having this free trial I thought I would give it another go and I’ve actually been pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoy listening to a book. As I said, the narrator does have an impact on the enjoyment of it but the narration for this book was really enjoyable and brought the characters and the story to life.

Have you read Margot and Me? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.

Thanks for reading!

Abbie. X

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