Thursday, April 15, 2021

Review: The Last Bookshop in London by Madeline Martin

The Last Bookshop in London
by Madeline Martin

Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads: August 1939: London prepares for war as Hitler’s forces sweep across Europe. Grace Bennett has always dreamed of moving to the city, but the bunkers and blackout curtains that she finds on her arrival were not what she expected. And she certainly never imagined she’d wind up working at Primrose Hill, a dusty old bookshop nestled in the heart of London.

Through blackouts and air raids as the Blitz intensifies, Grace discovers the power of storytelling to unite her community in ways she never dreamed—a force that triumphs over even the darkest nights of the war.

Kritters Thoughts:  Another World War II book, but before you roll your eyes, this one is so good!  Most readers can get easily sucked in by a book set in a bookstore, so the setting is ideal and while there are numerous amounts of World War II books, this one just felt unique from the beginning.  

Grace Bennett has escaped the country and is now in London trying to find a job with the added benefit of being able to land at the friend of her deceased mother's and only worry about finding work and the onset of World War II.  She ends up in the sweetest of bookshops with of course an ornery owner, but this is just the start of the story!

I adored this book so much, I read it basically one sitting.  Grace was such a wonderful character to go on a journey with and I was enthralled by her from page one.  She was sweet and kind and vulnerable, but not saccharine.  this may be weird to say, but my favorite parts to read where when she was an ARP volunteer and she was rescuing those affected by the bombs that were dropping.  That was something I had never read about and with a few recent books that I have read set in London about bomb diffusing units, it was just another perspective on living through a war that is invading your home turf.  

I would love to read more like this - a unique viewpoint of something or some time that I know of and may have read about quite often.

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Ebook 2021 Challenge: 40 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Harlequin.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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