The Last Bookshop in London

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5) The Last Bookshop in London – Madeline Martin

My mom loaned me this book as both she and my dad really enjoyed it and thought I would like it as well. I don’t usually read WWII historical fiction but since this one was recommended to me by my parents, I figured I’d give it a try. I am happy to report, I was not disappointed. 

I love reading, libraries, books, and of course book shops, and the fact that this story took place in a book shop in London only added to its charm. With all of the chaos and sadness that surrounded people’s lives during WWII, it was lovely to read a book that not only acknowledged the difficult times in which these people lived but also highlighted the humanity and kindness people can demonstrate even under the worst of circumstances. Ultimately, this book was about friendship, compassion, and doing what you can to make the world a better place. 

Grace Bennett and her friend come to London in 1939 to live the glamorous life of shop girls however, soon everything changes with England’s declaration of war in 1940. Grace and her friends must each find their own path to help with the war effort both domestically and abroad while also facing the very real fears of living in a city under siege. Madeline Martin has written a lovely story of courage under fire and the resiliency of the human spirit. If you like WWII historical fiction, books or book shops, or just want a good story with some fun and interesting characters, I definitely recommend picking up this book. 

Read on my friends!

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