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The Last Bookshop in London

The Last Bookshop in London, April 2021
by Madeline Martin

Hanover Square Press
Featuring: Grace Bennett
304 pages
ISBN: 133528480X
EAN: 9781335284808
Kindle: B087ZMTBRX
Trade Size / e-Book
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"Magic of books in the Big Smoke"

Fresh Fiction Review

The Last Bookshop in London
Madeline Martin

Reviewed by Bharti C
Posted April 4, 2021

Historical | Women's Fiction Historical

At the brink of Second World War there's low key chaos and preparations going on in London. Amid chaos and sandbags everywhere, two young women set foot in the Big smoke hoping for a bright future. 

They aspire to live and work hard in the city away from the constraints of their small village.
Grace and her friend have their reasons to leave the village, their family back, and head to the Big Smoke. Having the friendly face of Grace's mother's friend as their landlord in London, willing to provide the girls with a roof and motherly care is an added benefit. Soon the girls settle in the city and head to their respective jobs unaware of how close the War is at their heels.

While Grace stays back in London for her job at the local bookshop her friend is off to war work. The Bookshop proves to be a savior and also provides Grace with a sense of purpose while the war is raging around her. 

What I liked about the Last Bookshop in London -

  1. The setting - a metropolitan city in the midst of War, the lead character working in a Bookshop. It is like an oasis in the midst of a dessert and what a wonderful, soul-satisfying one at that.
  2. How Grace, the lead, comes into her own while basically being an orphan and naive to the Big city lifestyle. It was wonderful to see her adapt and thrive despite the bombings around her.
  3. World War 2 - it never fails to show the true nature of people be it their helplessness or resilience. A whole range of emotions is explored in a breath. This always makes for an awe-inspiring and wonderful reading experience. 
  4. The different ways the Bookshop and Grace provide respite, entertainment and prove to be saviors of many emotionally exhausted by the war. Books spreading their magic, it was sheer joy to read that come about.

If you like Historical, essentially English storylines and are a bookworm grab this book and immerse yourself in the Last Bookshop in London amidst the Second World War. 

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SUMMARY

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.



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