This post contains affiliate links. Earlier this year, I read Daughter of the Reich and loved it, so I decided to check out The London Bookshop Affair by Louise Fein. While I liked her new book, it wasn’t up there with Daughter of the Reich.

London Bookshop Affair by Louise Fein Cover

About The London Bookshop Affair by Louise Fein

Celia is a 19-year-old woman living in London in the early 1960s. Celia works at a bookshop, but she dreams of a bigger career. However, her parents want her to follow traditional roles and get married to the boy next door and have children.

Celia’s life takes an intriguing twist when the old, reliable bookstore owners sell their business to divorcee Ms. Denton. Suddenly, people are in and out of the business to visit Ms. Denton, but Ms. Denton herself seems to do very little running of the business, instead leaving Celia in charge of the bookstore.

One of the people who visits Ms. Denton is the dashing Septimius Nelson. When he takes an interest in Celia, she thinks it’s too good to be true.

However, Celia’s life in 1962 is only one part of the story. Running parallel to Celia’s story is that of Anya who leaves Britian to work as an undercover agent in France in 1943. Her life is in jeopardy from the time she lands, but she does her job faithfully until she is betrayed.

Eventually, Celia learns the truth of Anya’s story and finds herself deep in the world of undercover agents.

My Thoughts on the Book

I enjoyed this book and read it as quickly as I could given my life time constraints. However, I found some parts lacking, particularly Anya’s story. While Celia’s story was well-developed, Anya’s was not. I wanted to know much more about Anya and her undercover work, but her story was only given a cursory overview.

The book had many twists and turns, which kept the story interesting. In the end, I felt like I was reading an old-fashioned who-dun-it book, which I liked.

I give The London Bookshop Affair by Louise Fein 4 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.

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