Blog Tour! Review of The Reading Party by Fenella Gentleman ~ #ReadingParty #RandomThingsTours #Review

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour today! I’m thrilled to share my review of The Reading Party by Fenella Gentleman!



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The Reading Party


Fenella Gentleman



It is the seventies and the colleges of Oxford are finally opening their doors to women. Sarah Addleshaw, young, spirited and keen to prove her worth, begins term as the first female academic at her college. She is in fact, her college s only female Fellow . Impulsive love affairs with people, places and the ideas in her head beset Sarah throughout her first exhilarating year as a don, but it is the Reading Party, that has the most dramatic impact. Asked to accompany the first mixed group of students on the annual college trip to Cornwall, Sarah finds herself illicitly drawn to one of them, the suave American Tyler. Torn between professional integrity and personal feelings she faces her biggest challenge to date.






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My Review




The Reading Party follows Sarah Addleshaw over the course of her first term at Oxford Collage as she settles into her new position. Times are changing at Oxford. She is the first female academic on the governing body and every day she must fight to prove that she deserves her place there. Frowned upon by many, including some of her students, Sarah is determined to make a success out of her career. And just as they challenge her, she will challenge them. Employing her intelligence, determination and passion to dive into her new life, Sarah is surprised when she is asked to go with a group of students on the annual trip to Cornwall. The Reading Party is a chance for both male and female students to study hard but also enjoy some leisure time, to absorb the atmosphere and culture surrounding them. This year though, the trip is bound to be different.




When Sarah starts work in her new position, she meets handsome, intelligent American Tyler Winston and it’s obvious from the start that there is a lot of chemistry between them. A spark that refuses to go out. As the term progresses, I really enjoyed seeing their relationship grow. There is a fantastic set of characters in this book, each one distinct and brilliantly imagined. Something that made Sarah so easily to connect with are her concerns and self-doubts and seeing how she overcomes them and responds to the troubles she faces in the book.




Life for Sarah is filled with opportunities to make discoveries and pave a way in her new job. But impasses lurk at every turn, barbed remarks are thrown stealthily into conversation and judgment is thrust upon her. She battles it with courage and strength. She is a person you instantly invest in. She’s someone with heaps of intelligence and oodles of character, which grows stronger with every page.




Redolent of the 70s, the atmosphere in this book sizzles with tension and intrigue. The Reading Party is a fabulous escapist read by Fenella Gentleman. I’m really looking forward to reading her next book. And I’m so excited and thrilled to have been included on this blog tour!




Thought-provoking. Intriguing. Fabulous.








To purchase a copy, you can follow the links below:

Amazon UK

Book Depository





About Fenella Gentleman


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Fenella Gentleman studied PPE at Wadham College, Oxford, when it went mixed. She participated in two reading parties in Cornwall. After graduating she worked in publishing, before moving into marketing and communications in the professions. She lives in London and North Norfolk.


You can find Fenella on Twitter here!





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Huge thanks to Anne Cater, Anna Pallai and Muswell Press for my review copy and blog tour invite!

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