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The Last Bookshop in London
The Last Bookshop in London | Madeline Martin
Coming soon! The Last Bookshop in London by Madeline Martin will be available Apr 20, 2021.
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coffees
The Last Bookshop in London | Madeline Martin
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Mehso-so

It's been a while since I last read a historical fiction book and I'm glad it was this one. Here we follow Grace who moves to London with her friend, only to find herself working at a bookstore during WW2. We mainly focus on her character and the events that happen rather than any romance. It's the usual type of tragic of HF. I also enjoyed how much books helped the people and how Grace grew into herself #augustARC @Clwojick

Clwojick Way to go! 2d
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coffees
The Last Bookshop in London | Madeline Martin
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My next #augustARC read, it's not my oldest ARC but it's one of them. I got it two years ago and am surprised that it's still not archived! So far it's alright, it's good in ways I wasn't expecting but let's see how it ends #historicalfiction

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Blackink_WhitePaper
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Pickpick

It is a historical fiction connected to WWII. It‘s about how British faced the war, how it affected day to day life. slow paced , predictable plot. There are no nail baiting moments of war. It is about books& benefits of reading during the hard times. The brutality of the war is vividly portrayed. it is the story of love, friendship compassion & survival. A good uplifting novel for the book lovers.uniquely charming 4⭐️ #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3w
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Dragon
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Pickpick

I spent today listening to this touching story set in London during World War 2. This is a charming story so not graphic or dark. But there aredefinitely sad moments- it‘s war time- and there are tears. I think this would make a good PBS mini series.

Crazeedi It would!! 2mo
Dragon Thanks @Crazeedi I would definitely watch it. 2mo
CoverToCoverGirl It would indeed! 2mo
Dragon Thanks @CoverToCoverGirl fingers crossed 🤞 that it happens 💚🐉 2mo
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Jas16
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Pickpick

Best friends Grace and Vivian have always dreamed of leaving their small town and moving to London. When they do make the move instead of the glamour of big city life they quickly find themselves in a city at war as WWII commences. Light historical fiction that still packs an emotional punch and features a book store and the love of reading, how could I rate this anything other than a pick?

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kissmehardy
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Pickpick

A perfectly decent #historicalfiction novel, if not the best I've ever read. I loved Grace's transformation into a shop owner and ARP warden. Just wish the side characters had been characters, not foils for various life lessons.

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AmyK1
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Pickpick

“It is through books that we can find the greatest hope.”

Set during the Blitz in London, this is about a young woman who gets a job at a bookshop and falls in love with reading.

paperwitchs I need to buy this, it‘s fits my aesthetics so much! 5mo
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BDW1
The Last Bookshop in London | Madeline Martin
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A touching book about a young lady who had just moved to London shortly before the onslaught of WW2. I highly recommend this novel for those who appreciate the love of reading

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TheHeartlandBookFairy
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Fabulous historical fiction! Grace Bennett follows her dreams of moving to the city But London in in the late prewar1930s It's not at all what she expected. Grace is a gutsy Brit with a big heart, energy to spare, & morals that run deep. Her can-do, positive attitude has a lasting effect on those around her so softening even the most pessimistic curmudgeons she encounters. Always willing to help, always ready to find a way. (Cont in comments)

TheHeartlandBookFairy Grace has no idea how she's affected others until the very end of the book when everyone comes together to help out the person who's been helping them all along. I love the historical aspects of this book as well as the personal stories. I listened to the audio version and was always anxious to get back to my commute so I could listen to more! 6mo
CoverToCoverGirl I loved this one too! It‘s found a permanent place in my library. 5mo
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janeycanuck
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Pickpick

I've grown weary of WWII historical fiction because so much of it seems to romanticize war or has such rose coloured glasses on that all you can do is shake your head. So I was hesitant heading into this but Martin doesn't hold back. This is emotional and raw and blunt. If anything, the transformation of the bookshop in the early days of the war is too farfetched. This was full of wonderfully written characters and was a complete page turner.

EvieBee Nice! I found a copy of this at my free little library on Friday. Will have to read it soon. 6mo
janeycanuck @EvieBee ooh, excellent find! Hope you enjoy it!! 6mo
CoverToCoverGirl I loved this one too! 6mo
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Nebklvr
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Pickpick

A wonderful story about the connections books help us make. The characters were lovely. Very atmospheric.

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Bookfan3
The Last Bookshop in London | Madeline Martin
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Set in London during World War II, two young ladies ,Grace and Vivian,leave their home in another part of England and move to London, where they get caught up in the war effort as Hitler begins bombing England. Grace, looking for a job, lands one in a bookstore. Interesting historical fiction. Would recommend

Nute Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you!🙂
Check out #LitsyEvents for a varied listing of fun-related happenings within this neighborhood of fellow readers.🤗
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Bookfan3 Thank you Nute! :). I‘m still trying to navigate around here. :). 2w
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JenlovesJT47
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This is good historical fiction that is also perfect for bibliophiles. I grabbed the audiobook and really enjoyed it. It‘s set in London at the beginning of WWII, during the Blitz. Grace gets a job at a bookstore with a slightly cranky old man and works hard to get the store in better shape. Along the way, she falls in love with books and reading, something she never really did before. It‘s like living vicariously through someone who is just ⬇️

Crazeedi I've borrowed this twice and never got to it. I really need to get again and read!!! 8mo
JenlovesJT47 Discovering the wonders of reading and watching through their eyes as they see the huge world awaiting them in the pages of books. This is easy listening, and although the war looms throughout the story, I love seeing her transformation into a booklover. Yes, I am a nerd. 🤓4⭐️ 8mo
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JenlovesJT47 @Crazeedi it‘s really good! I think I actually listened to the whole thing in a couple of days. 8mo
Crazeedi @JenlovesJT47 maybe I'll see if the audio is available, that might be a better idea!! 8mo
JenlovesJT47 @Crazeedi I don‘t know if you have it but I got the audiobook on Hoopla! 8mo
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MittenGirlPeach
The Last Bookshop in London | Madeline Martin
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Pickpick

This was a lovely, evocative, gentle read. Set right before the war and during the blitz—in a bookshop—well, that‘s right in my sweet spot. Some of the plot was predictable, but the charm of the book lies in its sweet gentleness. Goodness even. Such a soothing read in many ways, but it definitely sucked me in. Finished at 2 am this morning. And it was my #Bookspin!

Hill report picture! A splash of muted color in the oaks.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 9mo
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SaraHasClass
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Mehso-so

Historical fiction with an ode to classic lit, this is the story of survival as one young woman discovers her worth in the midst of WWII in London. I liked the characters but the story was 100% predictable. Nothing in this tale was surprising or particularly engaging. Instead it is as sweet as it is boring.

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MeJeMiller
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Pickpick

Beautifully written. I loved this book. I want a George. I want to know all the characters personally and go through their lives with them.

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rebbyj
The Last Bookshop in London | Madeline Martin
Pickpick

Very sweet!

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Danay
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21 #65 I really liked this one. You would expect the protagonist to love books from the beginning. But instead the author made her grow to love books. She turned to them as an escape… a reprieve if you will from the stark reality of war. ❤️

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Cissystix
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Pickpick

Rating 3.5 out of 5. Pleasant read, likable characters and interesting setting. It‘s akin to YA fiction. As a baby boomer,I grew up learning about WWII in detail from those that lived through it and fought in it, but this book dealt with it from a limited perspective. Grace , the young heroine demonstrates good character and strength. Enjoyed the themes of compassion, generosity, hard work, and “found family”. #BookSpin #DoubleSpin

PhyllisH Sounds like a good one 😊 12mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! 12mo
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Cissystix
The Last Bookshop in London | Madeline Martin

Starting my 2nd book for August #BookSpin #DoubleSpin. Seems like every book I have read recently is set in a bookshop😁 which I love.

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MelKelsey
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Book 99

The Last Bookshop in London is great as an audiobook. It's a WWII novel with a love story. The protagonist works in a bookstore and uses her love for reading to buoy up her community during attacks.
3.5 stars

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CindiB
The Last Bookshop in London | Madeline Martin
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Pickpick

This was terrific. Lovely and hopeful and poignant and not at all syrupy. Really enjoyed this. 4/5.

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sheffner
The Last Bookshop in London | Madeline Martin
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Pickpick

Easy to get into, hopeful and inspiring. Some bits were predictable and I wish there was more showing instead of telling. Overall a quick read and a solid pick, especially those who like World War II fiction and clean reads.

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EadieB
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Pickpick

The setting of the book - WWII 1939 bombing of London. Grace Bennett is working at The Primrose Hill Bookstore. It is a sanctuary of reading in the neighborhood during the unrest of war. It is a story of love, friendship & survival. The book is well-written & the characters are memorable. The plot is interesting & makes you want to keep reading until the very end. I hope she writes more historical novels such as this one as I enjoyed it very much.

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RedxoHearts
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Pickpick

Loved this one. My favorite quote was:

"Books are what have brought us together. A love of the stories within, the adventures they take us on, their glorious distraction in a time of strife. And a reminder that we always have hope.” ❤

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mcctrish
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I love any book set in a bookshop

kspenmoll Me too! 14mo
mcctrish @kspenmoll not sure there‘s ever been a bad one? 14mo
CoverToCoverGirl I‘m getting ready to read 14mo
mcctrish Oh @CoverToCoverGirl I liked that one ❤️ 14mo
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marleed
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This is a slow pick in one of those it‘s not you it‘s me type of reads. It‘s a beautiful story of compassion and found-family during the air raids of WWII London. I read a pile of books within this setting and when I do fall, I fall hard. This one just didn‘t provide me any new-found feels.

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kspenmoll
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The LBIL, which truly does become the last bookshop standing,is set in London‘s streets during the Blitz.For Grace,the experience of living with black outs,air raids,& crammed shelters is only too real.Grace works for a curmudgeon who owns the bookshop &she transform its very nature.Family, community,the power of storytelling,the quiet/active bravery of Londoners in the face of constant fear,destruction,&loss,made this such a sensory read for me.

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kspenmoll
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“What do you like best about reading?... That‘s quite a question, like asking me to describe all the colors in a spinning kaleidoscope.” -Mr. Anderson‘s response to Grace‘s query.

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kspenmoll
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Coming up!

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Brewychock48
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Here are my library books that came in today. Can't wait to start reading them.😍💖📚📖

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MsMelissa
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This novel, which is set in WWII London primarily at the height of The Blitz, is both heartwarming and heartbreaking. It‘s an ode to books and the people who love them. It was exactly what I needed to read right now. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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MsMelissa
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I‘ve decided to set aside the books on my currently reading pile in an attempt to get my reading mojo back. All the books I‘ve been reading are perfectly fine, but the fact that I don‘t want to commit to any one of them is a sign that now may not be the right time for me to read them.

🤞🏻I‘m able to settle in happily with the pictured book.

Prairiegirl_reading Feeling this way about my current book club book. I‘m just not into it and it‘s stopping from what I could actually be enjoying. 😕 1y
TrishB I hate weeks like that! 1y
MsMelissa @Prairiegirl_reading That really sucks with book club picks! One of the reasons I can‘t do book clubs is that the selections are almost never the type of books I‘m in the mood for reading. I say bail 👍🏻 1y
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MsMelissa @TrishB Thank goodness this book is working for me. Just proves that I was reading the wrong books for what I need right now. 1y
Prairiegirl_reading @MsMelissa I usually do bail when I‘m not into something but I do try a bit harder with book club books. I‘ll have to bail on this one because I‘m on chapter two and we meet on Tuesday. Not gonna happen!! 🤣 1y
ShelleyBooksie Love your mug! Glad you found a book to catch your interest ♡. I've had to set a lot of books aside lately for not catching my attention. 1y
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SilversReviews
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A lovely read you won‘t want to miss.

THE LAST BOOKSHOP IN LONDON is a must read because of the bookshop setting, London, and the endearing characters. The characters are just so heartwarming and genuine.

FULL REVIEW: https://tinyurl.com/yeh63f7e

booksbrewsandbooze Awesome, this is on my list but I think I need to bump it up higher! 1y
SilversReviews @booksbrewsandbooze You are going to love it. Thanks for your comment. 1y
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booksbrewsandbooze @SilversReviews I zoomed right through it and you bet I enjoyed it! Such fascinating history 1y
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ReadingisMyPassion
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I loved it, loved it!! Delightful characters. Tight plot. A little romance. But the absolutely best thing about this book is the recognition of how the love of reading can change your life. How you can immediately fall into another world just by opening that book. Ms. Martin wonderfully expressed how I have always felt about reading.

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ReadingisMyPassion
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Loved it!

“She turned the pages to the first chapter, the sound a quiet whispered shush in the empty store. There was a special scent to paper and ink, indescribable and unknown to anyone but a true reader. She brought the book to her face, closed her eyes and breathed in that wonderful smell.“

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SilverShanica
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Got this from Libro.fm‘s ALC list for booksellers. It looked cute so I thought I‘d check it out, even though it is a bit of a departure for me. I LOVED IT. A wonderful story of how books and reading can bring people together even in the worst of times.

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SilversReviews
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DO NOT MISS THIS BOOK!!

FULL REVIEW ON 4/9.

Set during the London Blitz and in a bookshop.

What else can you ask for?

It is a must read because of the bookshop setting, London, and the endearing, heartwarming, genuine characters.

A lovely, lovely read.

You will need tissues and many ways to tell everyone how wonderful this book is. 5/5

TrishB Sounds good 👍🏻 1y
SilversReviews @TrishB It is excellent!! ENJOY if you read it. 1y
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Mitch
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Yeah - bookshop.org comes to the UK earlier than planned! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/nov/02/this-is-revolutionary-new-online-b...

Soubhiville That‘s great! 2y
LeahBergen I was just reading about this. 👏🏻👏🏻 2y
JacqMac I love this idea! 2y
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Sparklemn Just placed my first order with the U.S. bookshop.org. Love the spirit behind this! 💙
#bookshoporg
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BookwormM Will make sure to check it out 2y
iread2much Cool! Excited to try this out! 2y
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