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This month will see the publication of The London Bookshop Affair by Louise Fein, through William Morrow Books. This historical fiction novel tells the stories of two women, one during World War Two and the other in 1962 as the world teeters on the brink of a nuclear war. I was captivated by this novel from start to finish.
In The London Bookshop Affair we meet young Celia Duchesne living in London in 1962. She lives with her parents in Southwark and longs for a better life, she has aspirations and wants more than her job working in a quiet bookshop can give her. She has secretly signed up for a shorthand course in the evenings and dreams of working at the BBC.
The world that Celia lives in is at a time when the Cold War was raging and world events seem to be hurtling towards a war like no other. Celia joins her friend Daphne campaigning for CND, and for a brighter future.
But what is Celia’s connection to another young woman of a different time? We also meet nineteen year old Jeannie, code named Anya Moreau, a brave young woman working for SOE as a wireless operator behind enemy lines in France during the Second World War.
The two Londoners are drawn into a world of spies, secrets and betrayal as the book switches from one time period to the other. You quickly get drawn into the lives of both women and become invested in them and their stories. It’s a totally enthralling read as we watch Celia’s blossoming romance, and as she discovers more about Jeannie and how the two woman are forever linked.
This is exactly my kind of novel, I couldn’t wait to turn the page to see what would happen next and to watch the plot unfold with various twists along the way. Can thoroughly recommend The London Bookshop Affair.