The Dubrovnik Book Club
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The Dubrovnik Book Club

In a tiny bookshop in Dubrovnik’s historic Old Town, a book club begins…

Newly arrived on the sun-drenched shores of Croatia, Claire Thomson’s life is about to change forever when she starts working at a local bookshop. With her cousin Vedran, employee Luna and Karmela, a professor, they form an unlikely book club.

But when their first book club pick – an engrossing cosy crime – inspires them to embark upon an investigation that is close to the group’s heart, they quickly learn the value of keeping their new-found friends close as lives and stories begin to entwine…

The Dubrovnik Book Club

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My Review of The Dubrovnik Book Club

Nestled within the labyrinthine streets of Dubrovnik’s Old Town lies a quaint bookshop, its shelves brimming with tales of adventure, romance, and mystery. In The Dubrovnik Book Club, readers are invited into this literary sanctuary, where the power of storytelling intertwines with the complexities of life.

At the heart of the narrative are the main characters—Claire Thomson, a newcomer to Dubrovnik, her cousin Vedran, the bubbly and enthusiastic Luna, and the wise Karmela. United by their shared love of books, they form an unlikely book club, transcending mere readership to become a source of solace and support for each other. Alongside the supporting cast and a stray cat they befriend, each character grapples with personal struggles that shape their journey, forging bonds that are unbreakable.

As the book club embarks on its inaugural investigation, sparked by an engrossing cozy crime novel, they find themselves not only unraveling mysteries but also confronting their own demons. Their quest to save the bookshop—and by extension, their beloved book club—becomes a metaphor for their collective journey towards healing and self-discovery. Through moments of triumph and adversity, mysteries are solved, friendships are formed, and personal growth flourishes.

In The Dubrovnik Book Club, Eva Glyn delicately navigates themes of war scars, the looming specter of Covid, the shadows of homophobia, the echoes of domestic abuse, and the chilling presence of Alzheimer’s. These sensitive topics are woven seamlessly into the narrative, offering readers a poignant reflection of life. Yet, amidst the darkness, there shines a beacon of hope—a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the power of a community.

The novel a remarkable balance of warmth, hope, love, and friendship. Through laughter and tears, the characters find strength in each other, celebrating the transformative power of community.

Meet The Author

Eva Glynn

Eva Glyn fell in love with Croatia during her first holiday there in 2019; the incredible scenery, the delicious food, the country’s dramatic twentieth century history all played their part, but most of all it was the friendliness of the people.

One of these was tour director Darko Barisic, who told an incredible story about growing up in underground shelters during the war in the 1990s, and she knew she had to write a book around his experiences. This became her first Croatian novel, The Olive Grove, and she and Darko have become good friends and he continues to advise her on all aspects of Croatia.

Eva delves into Croatian history and everyday life for her inspiration, and visits the country as often as she can, having uncovered so many stories by talking to local people. Travel in general is her passion, followed closely by food and wine, which also find their way between her pages.

Although Welsh by birth she now lives in Cornwall with the man she met and fell in love with almost thirty years ago. She also writes as Jane Cable.

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I received a copy of this book from Rachel’s Random Resources and One More Chapter via NetGalley for a review and participation in the blog tour. Read what others on this tour are writing about the book :

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