The Last Bookshop in London: A Novel of World War II

The Last Bookshop in London: A Novel of World War II

by Madeline Martin (Author)


“An irresistible tale which showcases the transformative power of literacy, reminding us of the hope and sanctuary our neighborhood bookstores offer during the perilous trials of war and unrest.”

—KIM MICHELE RICHARDSON, author of The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

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.

“A gorgeously written story of love, friendship, and survival set against the backdrop of WWII-era London.”

—JILLIAN CANTOR, author of In Another Time and Half Life

“A love letter to the power of books to unite us, to hold the world together when it’s falling apart around our ears. This fresh take on what London endured during WWII should catapult Madeline Martin to the top tier of historical fiction novelists.”

—KAREN ROBARDS, author of The Black Swan of Paris

Journey back in time to wartime London with Madeline Martin's captivating novel, "The Last Bookshop in London." Set amidst the backdrop of the Blitz, this heartwarming tale follows the lives of Grace Bennett and her father, owners of a small bookshop nestled in the heart of the city.

As the war rages on, Grace and her father face numerous challenges, from air raids to dwindling supplies. Yet, amidst the chaos, they find solace and hope in the power of books and the resilience of the human spirit. The bookshop becomes a sanctuary for their community, a place where people can escape the horrors of war and find solace in the written word.

Grace's life takes an unexpected turn when she meets Harry, a young American soldier stationed in London. As their paths intertwine, they find love and companionship in the midst of uncertainty. However, their newfound happiness is threatened by the dangers that lurk in war-torn London.

"The Last Bookshop in London" is a poignant and immersive historical novel that celebrates the enduring power of literature and the resilience of the human spirit. With its vivid storytelling and rich cast of characters, Madeline Martin paints a vivid portrait of life in London during World War II, capturing the fear, hope, and determination that defined that era.

As you delve into this captivating tale, you'll be transported to a time when books provided a lifeline for those living through the darkest days of war. It's a story that will resonate with readers of historical fiction, fans of heartwarming narratives, and anyone who believes in the transformative power of books.


320 pages