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Madeline Martin

Autor(a) de The Last Bookshop in London

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Obras de Madeline Martin

The Last Bookshop in London (2021) 990 cópias
The Librarian Spy (2022) 526 cópias
The Keeper of Hidden Books (2023) 200 cópias
Deception of a Highlander (2015) 22 cópias
Highland Spy (2017) 22 cópias
Marin's Promise (2019) 15 cópias
A Midsummer Night's Romance: Anthology (2021) — Contribuinte — 15 cópias
Dukes by the Dozen (2019) — Contribuinte — 14 cópias
How to Tempt a Duke (2019) 12 cópias
Possession of a Highlander (2015) 11 cópias
How to Start a Scandal (2020) 10 cópias
How to Wed a Courtesan (2021) 9 cópias
Enchantment of a Highlander (2016) 9 cópias
Highland Ruse (2017) 9 cópias

Associated Works

Sunflower Season (2022) — Contribuinte — 8 cópias
Wicked Earls' Christmas (2020) — Contribuinte — 3 cópias


Conhecimento Comum

Locais de residência
Florida, USA



The Last Bookshop in London is a gentle walk through a horrible time in history, WW2. Through hardly mentioned circumstances, Grace and Viv end up at a family friend's house to weather the war. During this time, Grace finds employment at a bookshop, and so the story is told.

The story touches on the horrors of death and destruction during the Blitz, while Grace finds new solace in books and being a night warden in charge of ensuring citizens adhere to the blackout mandates. The story finds Grace growing with her books and her evening volunteerism and shows how the neighborhood comes together as a community through difficult times. There is mention of a budding romance with an RAF pilot, but it is but a blip in the story.

While not hard-hitting, the Last Bookshop is still a worthwhile read through a WW2 setting. But, then again, I am a sucker for all things WW2.
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LyndaWolters1 | outras 49 resenhas | Apr 3, 2024 |
Zofia Nowak and her friends love to read, but in Warsaw in August 1939, reading has become a radical activity. With a Nazi invasion imminent, Zofia and her friends scramble to read as many Hitler-banned books as they can before they’re confiscated. When the Nazi invasion arrives, Zofia and her father hide the banned books beneath the floor in their apartment, hoping to keep them safe until a time when Poland might be free again. When her father, a physician, is taken off to prison along with so many of Warsaw’s intellectual elite and her best friend, Janina, is confined to the Jewish ghetto, Zofia realizes she herself must join the resistance against the Nazis. The Nazis are trying to control the Polish people by controlling the ideas they have access to; Zofia and a few other librarians find clever ways to continue getting books into hands and education into minds of the people. As the crackdown against the Jewish people gathers strength, Zofia puts her new skills to work hiding away not only the banned books but also the Jewish people she’s helping to smuggle out of the ghetto. Madeline Martin has created a novel that is both heartbreaking and timely. Through Zofia’s eyes, the reader experiences the agonizing separation of families at the hands of the Nazis and the anger that so many Polish people had to tamp down in order to survive. The fear that so many families must have felt as friends and neighbors disappeared and there was no way to know who might be next was so vividly captured. Through it all, Zofia recognizes the hope and love this beloved clutch of hidden books represents and she knows and understands that love in itself is precisely the reason that Hitler wanted the books stamped out in the first place. Zofia reflects, “Books inspired free thought and empathy, an overall understanding and acceptance of everyone". Those of us living in what has always been a "free world" will find parts of this story difficult to read and even more difficult to understand, but may Heaven forbid this ever happen again!… (mais)
Carol420 | outras 15 resenhas | Mar 12, 2024 |
In 1939, Zofia and Janina thought the only thing they needed to worry about was finishing high school. Soon their world was rocked by the German Army taking over Poland. They loved books and going to the library. Hitler didn't want any books to exist that went contrary to his plans to take over the world, including destroying books just because they were written by Jewish people and other people he didn't like. For most of the book Zofia is tasked with hiding books before the Nazis could get their hands on them to destroy them. I enjoyed this book and felt it got you into the moment all throughout the book. Since we follow Zofia closely, the book could have been written in first person. which is my preference.… (mais)
eliorajoy | outras 15 resenhas | Jan 30, 2024 |
Interesting story about librarians who rescued books from destruction by the Nazis during the occupation of Warsaw. I gave it a lower rating because the author kept reminding me very frequently how wonderful books are.
DidIReallyReadThat | outras 15 resenhas | Jan 30, 2024 |


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