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The Last Night in London

Written by: Karen White
Narrated by: Barrie Kreinik,Saskia Maarleveld
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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Karen White weaves a captivating story of friendship, love, and betrayal that moves between war-torn London during the Blitz and the present day.

London, 1939. Beautiful and ambitious Eva Harlow and her American best friend, Precious Dubose, are trying to make their way as fashion models. When Eva falls in love with Graham St. John, an aristocrat and Royal Air Force pilot, she can’t believe her luck - she’s getting everything she ever wanted. Then the Blitz devastates her world, and Eva finds herself slipping into a web of intrigue, spies, and secrets. As Eva struggles to protect her friendship with Precious and everything she holds dear, all it takes is one unwary moment to change their lives forever....

London, 2019. American journalist Maddie Warner, whose life has been marked by the tragic loss of her mother, travels to London to interview Precious about her life in pre-WWII London. Maddie has been careful to close herself off to others, but in Precious she recognizes someone whose grief rivals her own - but unlike Maddie, Precious hasn’t allowed it to crush her.  Maddie finds herself drawn to both Precious and to Colin, her enigmatic surrogate nephew.  As Maddie gets closer to her, she begins to unravel Precious’s haunting past - a story of friendship, betrayal, and the unremembered acts of kindness and of love.

©2021 Karen White (P)2021 Penguin Audio

What the critics say

"Karen White devotees old and new will flock to The Last Night In London, a captivating intergenerational story spanning decades from the fashion scene of pre-World War II Europe to present day London. Mystery, peril, and romance combine in a heady cocktail that will keep readers bubbling with curiosity until the last page and thirsty for more when they're done. Bravo!" (Pam Jenoff, New York Times best-selling author of The Lost Girls of Paris)

“What happens when a woman’s secrets become a trap she can’t escape? Romance, intrigue, and a decades-old mystery bind three women’s lives with invisible threads. From the devastation of World War II London to the journey of a modern-day journalist struggling to find herself, Karen White delivers a page turner with heart, grit, and a perfect twist at the end." (Lisa Wingate, number one New York Times best-selling author of Before We Were Yours and The Book of Lost Friends

“Prolific author White (Dreams of Falling, 2018) intertwines the stories of two women, separated by generations but connected by grief, who both survive loss and reinvent themselves after tragedy.” (Booklist)

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a book you don't want to put down

A book you don't want to put down and a great ending to boot. A must read

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The Secrets of London

I love all the secrets that a past London holds. The author does a fantastic job of weaving the past with the present. As the story line unfolds, you are kept guessing. Your heart breaks for love lost and what could have been.

I am consistently drawn to these stories of a wartime we shall (hopefully) never know or understand. Perhaps that is the reason, I yearn to feel closer to those that served, in whatever capacity, so I could be free. Well done Saskia and Barrie.

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True love

True love as no boundaries in space or time.
The story, character’s made my heart melt!

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Trying to Say Too Much

Narrators: Saskia Maarleveld is excellent as usual. The accent and voice that Barrie Kreinik chose for Maddie sounds nasal rather than slightly southern and, unfortunately, annoying for a great deal of the book. I would have believed a change of accent, to a big city one, since she had moved to a big city. All of Barrie's other character's voices were excellent.

Author: The story is a good one and enjoyable. For me, there was too much description of less important events, people, things, etc. and too much mis-direction. Some description is wanted and necessary to add richness to a story but not too much. I, also, wanted to strangle one of the characters and swat her, but the web she became entangled in was possible considering the times. Also, it would have been interesting to find out how Graham's present-day family feels and deals with the "big secret."

There are a lot of interesting facts and history here and I don't want to discourage anyone from reading this book/story.

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A good read “listen”.

A little slow to start but became more riveting as the story unfolded and the last few chapters were a Sunday afternoon marathon to get to the finish.

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