This post contains affiliate links. When we drove across country for the last time from Arizona to New York, I listened to a few audio books. The first one was The Last Bookshop in London by Madline Martin. I wish I could say I loved the book, but I did not.
About The Last Bookshop in London by Madeline Martin
The Last Bookshop in London begins in 1939 and spans the duration of World War II. Before the war begins, Grace and her friend leave their small town and move to London. They’re only there for a little bit before the war begins.
Through a family friend, Grace gets a job at a rundown bookshop. Though she doesn’t know much about the book industry, she slowly transforms the bookshop and makes friends with the surrounding business owners and neighbors.
My Thoughts on the Book
I initially enjoyed The Last Bookshop in London, but about halfway through, I realized, this book is like a Hallmark movie. Grace overcomes difficulties with her spunky, can-do personality.
Within a year of moving to London, she single-handedly tranformed the bookshop she worked at, and she has made a difference in the lives of many of the people who run the local businesses as well as her neighbors. She also helps out some orphans.
Unfortunately, this book is predictable, and it’s all so sweet that I barely made it through the last half of the story. If you like Hallmark movies, you’ll like this book. If you don’t, you might want to skip this novel.
I give The Last Bookshop in London by Madeline Martin 3 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.