Date: 6th April 2021
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
August 1939: London prepares for war as Hitler’s forces sweep across Europe. Grace Bennett has always dreamed of moving to the city, but the bunkers and drawn curtains that she finds on her arrival are not what she expected. And she certainly never imagined she’d wind up working at Primrose Hill, a dusty old bookshop nestled in the heart of London.
Through blackouts and air raids as the Blitz intensifies, Grace discovers the power of storytelling to unite her community in ways she never dreamed—a force that triumphs over even the darkest nights of the war.
The Last Bookshop in London slowly draws the reader in (me) and then in a little while it has me fully hooked.
It is a beautifully written story of wartime London and the people who faced such hard times during all the bombing that went on.
Grace finds herself in London as the war begins. While she isn’t a reader her mother’s friend pushes her into a bookshop job with Mr. Evans. It’s an old dusty place with books everywhere. Before long Grace finds she has a place there and slowly builds a love of books and reading.
At night she helps out patrolling the streets, putting out fires and helping injured people. Her kindness and compassion changes hearts and inspires the ordinary person in the neighbourhood to keep going. She supports others and when the time comes she is moved by those who reach out to her.
Grace is ordinary doing extraordinary things. A quiet heroine. I am sure there were many such people in those times.
For those you like reading about WW2 and bookshops will find that this book is for them.