INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
“An irresistible tale which showcases the transformative power of literacy, reminding us of the hope and sanctuary our neighborhood bookstores offer during the perilous trials of war and unrest.”
—KIM MICHELE RICHARDSON, author of The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek
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 drawn curtains that she finds on her arrival are 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.
“A gorgeously written story of love, friendship, and survival set against the backdrop of WWII-era London.”
—JILLIAN CANTOR, author of In Another Time and Half Life
“A love letter to the power of books to unite us, to hold the world together when it’s falling apart around our ears. This fresh take on what London endured during WWII should catapult Madeline Martin to the top tier of historical fiction novelists.”
—KAREN ROBARDS, author of The Black Swan of Paris
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APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
In this inspiring World War II novel, fate puts one resilient woman to the test. Grace Bennett always wanted to leave her small town behind for the excitement and glamour of London. She moves there in the summer of 1939, when England finds itself on the brink of war and its bustling capital faces the most serious danger. Grace finds a job in a dusty bookstore—and spends the next few years learning more than she ever thought possible about community, friendship, sacrifice, and the power of storytelling to sustain people in a time of crisis. Best-selling romance author Madeline Martin makes a dazzling foray into historical fiction with this buoyant tale full of memorable characters and vivid period details. Saskia Maarleveld’s narration makes us feel the deep, quiet emotions that drive every one of the book’s characters. The Last Bookshop in London may be set in the past, but its powerful message is timeless.