I am very excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for The Last Bookshop in London by Madeline Martin. I received a free electronic copy for honest review from the publisher. Thanks so much to Hanover Square Press and Madeline Martin for letting me be a part of this fun tour!
Author: Madeline Martin
Published by: Hanover Square Press
Released: April 6, 2021
Source: Electronic Review Copy from Publisher
Synopsis: Inspired by the true World War II history of the few bookshops to survive the Blitz, The Last Bookshop in London is a timeless story of wartime loss, love and the enduring power of literature.
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. (Synopsis from Goodreads)
My Thoughts: This was a great book. It highlighted a really hard time in history with a very moving and uplifting story. I really liked our main character of Grace, how she helped in any way she could with what was going on in London, and of course because of her love of reading. I also love books about bookstores, and it was so interesting reading about a shop that survived the Blitz.
History is strange. I can't imagine living in such a dark time as WWII, especially in a place like London that was getting bombed and destroyed. The strength of those residents who are trying to live their lives while also dealing with such darkness. It's a crazy time to imagine, but then, I never imagined living through a history making worldwide pandemic. I don't think I could be as strong as the people in this story, but maybe they didn't think they could be that strong either.
The Last Bookshop in London was a win for me. It was a story of strength, resilience, and books. I really enjoyed the characters. I really enjoyed the writing. I just really enjoyed the whole reading experience. If historical fiction is something you like, I'd definitely recommend picking this one up.
Madeline Martin is a USA TODAY Bestselling author of historical romance and historical fiction.
She lives in sunny Florida with her two daughters (known collectively as the minions), one incredibly spoiled cat and a man so wonderful he's been dubbed Mr. Awesome. She is a die-hard history lover who will happily lose herself in research any day. When she's not writing, researching or 'moming', you can find her spending time with her family at Disney or sneaking a couple spoonfuls of Nutella while giggling over cat videos. She also loves to travel and attributes her love of history to having spent most of her childhood as an Army brat in Germany.
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Thanks so much for checking out my Blog Tour Stop for The Last Bookshop in London by Madeline Martin. Thank you to Hanover Square Press and Madeline Martin for giving me the opportunity to read an early copy and for having me on the tour. I'd definitely look out for this one and give it a read.