What a wonderful tribute to why we need bookstores. How they bring us together and take us away from our everyday world. A reminder that words can save our lives by showing us different points of view and pushing us to think. This novel has a bit of everything. I adore Grace; her kindness, her compassion are beyond measure. I fully experienced London during the blitz. And there’s even a bit of romance.
"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 blackout curtains that she finds on her arrival were 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