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    Highly recommend it

    This book is set in the early 1920's. London.....Bermondsey to be exact. It is based on the true story of the Bermondsey Bookshop... a place where where anyone from dock workers to factory workers on up can come learn to read, buy books, listen to lectures, and learn all sorts of things. It is here that young Kate Goss gets her start in life. Kate's mother died when she was a young child and then her father abandoned her. She spent her life living with an aunt and family who despised her and treated her cruelly. She had to quit school to go work at the tin factory and then after a particularly bad argument she was forced to leave her aunt's house and find a new place to live. In order to survive she had to work multiple jobs, and one of those was cleaning the Bermondsey Bookshop. It is there that Kate's story truly begins. I loved this book. The author did such a good job with the descriptions that I felt as if I was actually there watching it all unfold. I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves historical fiction, or even just loves books about bookshops and books.
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    Interesting time

    This was my first book by this author, so I had no idea what to expect. I love Kate of a character. She didn’t let anything or anyone crush her spirit and she did what she needed to survive. Even if that meant working himself to the bone. Her pleasures are simple. The story paint a grim tale of the London East End in the twenties. No roaring twenties in that neighbourhood, but there is a big difference in class. Kate her curiosity made me laugh. I loved the Bookshop and how it changed Kate’s life, but I would have like more scene or focus of the story on the Bookshop. For me there was to much else going on which made the story drag at places.
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    A Very Engaging Read!

    This is a totally enjoyable novel; it's been well planned and is just that bit different to others of the genre. Kate is an 'almost orphan'; after her mother's tragic death her father leaves her with his sister, Sylvie, and Kate's life takes a turn for the worse. Treated no better than a slave, she endures a miserable childhood and once her aunt sends her out to work as soon as she has turned fourteen, things barely improve. But Kate never gives up hope that, one day, her father will return for her . . . This is a very engaging tale, depicting the hardship and deprivations of the working classes during the period in which the book is set. Whilst most of the 'educated' folk looked down upon the poor it's excellent to come across some who gave them every opportunity to rise out of poverty. This is heartwarming, exciting and heartbreaking, all at the same time! A beautifully written story and one which I flew through, absolutely desperate to find out what happened next! I've read several of Mary Gibson's novels previously, and she consistently publishes work of a very high standard. Completely enjoyable, and a book I'm delighted to recommend. 4.5* and well worth them all!
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    Absolutely Wonderful

    "The Bermondsey Bookshop" is a unique Historical Fiction story that takes the reader to the rough and raw streets of Bermondsey during the 1920's. We get a window into the plight of those living there...poor families...impoverished women working in factories, domestic abuse, brutality against women and children...money lenders and scammers...and the hope for better that lives deep inside. Mary Gibson, author of the Factory Girls series, hits it out of the park with this absolutely engaging story. Based around the true story of The Bermondsey Bookshop, founded by Mrs. Ethel Gutman. Wanting "to bring books and the love of books into Bermondsey", Mrs. Gutman modeled the bookshop around the working men and women; the shop was open in the evening, free lectures by authors and scholars, and an installment plan to be able to own books...or "a" book. Our story revolves around "Kate Goss", a young girl left by her father to be cared for by her aunt after the sudden death of her mother. But life isn't easy, in fact it's dark, hateful and abusive. Young Kate spends her nights dreaming about the return of her dad and how he will save her from the violent drudgery of her days. Filled with longing for a better life, a will to survive and love that comes silently wearing many faces, this is a book that should not be missed. 4⭐ Thank you to NetGalley, Aria-Head of Zeus, and the author Ms. Mary Gibson for the opportunity to read this Advanced Readers Copy of "The Bermondsey Bookshop" The opinions expressed in this review are mine alone.
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