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Inspired by the true World War II history of the few bookshops to survive the Blitz, The Last Bookshop in London is a timeless story of wartime loss, love, and the enduring power of literature.

August 1939: London is dismal under the weight of impending war with Germany as Hitler’s forces continue to sweep across Europe. Into this uncertain maelstrom steps Grace Bennett, young and ready for a fresh start in the bustling city streets she’s always dreamed of - and miles away from her troubled past in the countryside.

With aspirations of working at a department store, Grace never imagined she’d wind up employed at Primrose Hill, an offbeat bookshop nestled in the heart of the city - after all, she’s never been much of a reader. Overwhelmed with organizing the cluttered store, she doesn’t have time to read the books she sells. But when one is gifted to her, what starts as an obligation becomes a passion that draws her into the incredible world of literature.

As the Blitz rains down bombs on the city night after night, a devastating attack leaves the libraries and shops of London’s literary center in ruins. Miraculously, Grace’s bookshop survives the firestorm. Through blackouts and air raids, Grace continues running the shop, discovering a newfound comfort in the power of words and storytelling that unites her community in ways she never imagined - a force that triumphs over even the darkest nights of war-torn London. 

©2021 Madeline Martin (P)2021 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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If You Love Books...

Well-written historical novel of WWII London, of a bookshop and of a compassionate, young woman who falls in love with books. An easy listen with a strong female lead character. Saskia Maarleveld brings Madeline Martin's story ringing to life with her wonderful narration and many voices. A great read!

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I was hooked from the start

What an insightful look into a world most of us today have not personally experienced, war in London.
The characters of the story seemed to have become my personal friends, and I gently grieved when some didn't survive. I've always loved books and through the story, books play such an integral part of what helped people pull through those terrible years.

I relished each chapter with anticipation and I must give praise to the narrator who gave life and emotions to the rich characters of this beautiful story.

This will be one of those books that will become part of my book gifts that I will enjoy bestowing to my book loving friends.

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  • Sherry Tritt Holton
  • 2021-04-27

Very very seldom

First, let me say I normally do not enjoy books about war time. I bought this audio book because Madeline Martin is a favorite author of mine. I got the audio because I didn't think I would finish the ebook because like I said, not my favorite subject.
The emotions that this book generated was unreal. I couldn't even listen to it at work because I would sit here and cry or I would laugh.
I had dreams about this book, wondering what was going to happen next. Grace's discovery of books and what they can bring to your life is so good.
I will never forget this book.
Thank you Madeline Martin for such a heart stirring book.
I can't remember listening to this narrator before but she brought just the right timbre to each of the character's voices that you would think there was a whole cast of people reading the book.

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  • Michael Ferris
  • 2021-04-15

Brave Woman and Brave City

I’ve always admired the Londoners for their strength and determination as they refused to give in to Hitler. This story is a piece of that strength. Hail to the British. 🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧

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  • Julia
  • 2021-05-05

I loved The Last Bookshop in London!

Usually, I wouldn't say I like books set in wartime but, this was such a sweet story, and the characters are well developed. I felt many emotions reading this book, crying happy and sad tears through a lot of it.

I will have to read more books written by Madeline Martin.

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  • P. Christie
  • 2021-05-01

If you are a reader this is for you

The story takes place in London during WWII. I enjoy reading about the war in Europe and this was an extra joy because it tells a story of a woman who discovers the joy that lives in books.

This book made me feel what I've only read about in history books; the bombs falling almost every night, children being set out of the city for their safety, and the people of London standing strong. All during this Grace, the main character, has discovered books, and begins reading to people in air raid shelters, helping to take their minds off the bombs falling outside.

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  • Betsy May
  • 2021-04-29

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Endearing subjects and story, with dramatic insight into London day to day life during WWII .

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  • john
  • 2021-04-28

Wow, what a great story.

The reader was really good. The story and characters drew me in more and more as I got further into the story. This is definitely a book that gets stronger the further you go. Trying not to give anything away, but the details given in the story paint such clear picture of the time. What a great writer. As an audiobook listener part of the story, I could completely relate too. Can't wait for the next book from Madeline Martin.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-04-19

Excellent WWII historical fiction

This book is on my list of favorites very close to Dear Mrs. Bird. It is realistic without being too harsh in its details so that I could even share it with my Mom, who lived through WWII as a child.

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  • Lisa Hutson
  • 2021-04-14

People really are good!

Even in the middle of war. With all its horrors.
There is no shortage of heroes. Bravery. People that will not stop helping.
People who can't stop helping.
This is a wonderful story for your heart. With beautiful narration.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-04-14

What a story!

I could not stop listening to this amazing story of heartbreak, courage and love. A beautiful story for those who love to read.