Today I’m taking part in the blog tour for this book. Sadly due to illness this is a partial review, but hopefully still gives a good flavour of the book. Many thanks to Anne Cater and the publisher for having me on the tour and sending me a copy of the book to review.
The Book: In 1942, London, Nancy Mitford is worried about more than air raids and German spies. Still
recovering from a devastating loss, the once sparkling Bright Young Thing is estranged from her husband, her allowance has been cut, and she’s given up her writing career. On top of this, her five beautiful but infamous sisters continue making headlines with their controversial politics.
Eager for distraction and desperate for income, Nancy jumps at the chance to manage the Heywood Hill bookshop while the owner is away at war. Between the shop’s brisk business and the literary salons she hosts for her eccentric friends, Nancy’s life seems on the upswing. But when a mysterious French officer insists that she has a story to tell, Nancy must decide if picking up the pen again and revealing all is worth the price she might be forced to pay.
Eighty years later, Heywood Hill is abuzz with the hunt for a lost wartime manuscript written by Nancy
Mitford. For one woman desperately in need of a change, the search will reveal not only a new side to
Nancy, but an even more surprising link between the past and present…
The Review: As I’ve said this is a partial review. Illness has meant I’ve not been able to finish the book yet but I’m going to try and write a coherent review of what I’ve read so far.
I’ve recently discovered I enjoy books set in the UK during World War 2, rather than those in the war itself, and also one’s that involve a split between that time period and a more current one. This book covers both of those and also has some truth in it as it includes real people, which is not something I tend to read about. I’d heard of Nancy Mitford before I started this book but knew very little about her. That may change in light of this, as I may be adding her books to my reading list.
From what I’ve read so far I’ve been hooked. We follow Nancy Mitford dealing with a change in her life, but in the present another author, Katie, is needing a break and a change of scene. Both parts of the story are connected by the same bookshop but exactly what role that plays, I don’t yet know, other than it being the bookshop Nancy works in during the war.
Although some of the people in the book are real, they aren’t people I’m familiar with, but in reading this book I felt like I knew them and felt fully immersed in both time periods. I know, when I go back to this book, that I will get completely caught up in the story and everything else will disappear as I read.
I’m very much looking forward to finishing this book when my head will allow me to concentrate properly and I’m glad I choose to take part in this blog tour.
Michelle Gable is the New York Times bestselling author of A Paris Apartment, I’ll
See You in Paris, The Book of Summer, and The Summer I Met Jack. She attended The College of William & Mary, where she majored in accounting, and spent twenty years working in finance before becoming a full-time writer. She grew up in San Diego and lives in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California, with her husband and two daughters.
Find her at michellegable.com or on Instagram, Twitter, or Pinterest, @MGableWriter.