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  • Last bookshop

    Excellent read. Suspenseful and historically correct.

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  • Simply Wonderful!

    A profound journey that takes the heroine, Grace, to London, on the eve of WWII, with her friend Viv. With no true home of her own, Grace hopes to find a job, but with no true references, ends up at Primrose Hill Books, a dusty bookstore owned by a Mr. Percival Evans. Having never had an interest in books, Grace is a great organizer and gets to work cleaning up the shop to pull in more customers. But as fate would have it, a handsome gentleman one days gives her a book to read, and although it takes her a bit to get started, it literally changes the direction of her future! With everyone going off to war, she gets involved as an ARP-Air Raid Precaution, volunteer. As she patrols London, she shares her new love of reading with the people she comes in contact with and helps protect her area. An outstanding historical fiction story, by an amazing author, who continues to stretch her writing abilities to the point there is no end to her creativity. Emotional at times, with characters not soon forgotten, brings joy and sorrow with the highlighting of books that we as readers understand their power. Perfect.

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  • So sad when finished

    Wonderful writing! I felt as though I was in London during WW II. The characters were so real and the description of living through a war were amazing! I did not want this book to end. I was transported to another time and place! I will look for this author again!

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  • A woman's love for reading gives hope during WW2

    I really enjoyed this story that followed Grace Bennett as she comes to London from the country, hoping to find a job and a place in this new world. Although unsure about working in a bookshop since she hardly had time to read for pleasure while growing up, Grace knows she can definitely clean and organize the dusty old place. Mr. Evans takes her on reluctantly but eventually comes around to appreciate her work ethic and her kindness. As the war comes ever closer, Londoners try to prepare, but nobody is prepared for the boredom of waiting for something to happen, the horrors of the blitz, and the deprivations of the rationing. I liked seeing how the ordinary people prepared and participated in the various volunteer services that helped with everything from food, clothing, and bandages, to caring for orphans, to warning of air raids, to fighting fires. As Grace reads more and more, her passion for reading spills over into the community. She recommends her favorites to the patrons and then begins reading aloud to help pass the time and provide a distraction during air raids. The bookshop becomes a real beacon of hope in the community. While there are vivid descriptions of the bombing of London, it isn't overly graphic. Tragedies occur but they are met with grit and determination and a sense of community to get through the war. I listened to the audiobook version and highly recommend the narrator, Saskia Maarleveld.

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