Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Review for The Last Night in London by Karen White


The Last Night in London by  Karen White 

Kindle Edition, 416 pages

Expected publication: April 20th 2021 by Berkley

Genre:  Historical Fiction, World War II, Literary Fiction

From Goodreads:  New York Times bestselling author Karen White weaves a story of friendship past and present, love, and betrayal that moves between war-torn London during the Blitz and the present day.

A captivating story of friendship, love and betrayal – and finding hope in the darkness of war.

London, 1939. Beautiful and ambitious Eva Harlow and her American best friend, Precious Dubose, are trying to make their way as fashion models. When Eva falls in love with Graham St. John, an aristocrat and Royal Air Force pilot, she can’t believe her luck – she’s getting everything she ever wanted. Then the Blitz devastates her world, and Eva finds herself slipping into a web of intrigue, spies and secrets. As Eva struggles to protect everything she holds dear, all it takes is one unwary moment to change their lives forever.

London, 2019. American journalist Maddie Warner travels to London to interview Precious about her life in pre-WWII London. Maddie, healing from past trauma and careful to close herself off to others, finds herself drawn to both Precious and to Colin, Precious’ enigmatic surrogate nephew. As Maddie gets closer to her, she begins to unravel Precious’ haunting past – and the secrets she swore she’d never reveal …


My Thoughts… I picture Precious holding court to her family and friends while sharing the history of her life.   I can hear how she tells the stories she wants to share and keeps the secrets that she feels she must.   As the story continued, I knew there was more to Precious’ life than it appeared.  She lived a life many dream about by being a fashion model in London but has also seen and lived through so many troubling times. 

The twists and turns of Maddie and Colin’s friendship was unique.   Maddie had a different outlook on relationships and did not want to let people get to close her while Colin realized how special Maddie was.  I liked that it had a history, a current time, and hopefully a future to look forward to. 

400+pages of amazing history, wonderful characters, and an amazing story. 

 **Thank you Danielle Kerr at Berkley for a copy of the book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. 

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Meet Karen White..
With almost two million books in print in fifteen different languages, Karen White is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 28 novels, including the popular Charleston-set Tradd Street mystery series.

Raised in a house full of brothers, Karen’s love of books and strong female characters first began in the third grade when the local librarian issued her a library card and placed The Secret of the Old Clock, a Nancy Drew Mysteryin her hands.

Karen’s roots run deep in the South where many of her novels are set.  Her intricate plot lines and compelling characters charm and captivate readers with just the right mix of family drama, mystery, intrigue and romance.

Not entirely convinced she wanted to be a writer, Karen first pursued a career in business and graduated cum laude with a BS in Management from Tulane University. Ten years later, in a weak moment, she wrote her first book. In the Shadow of the Moon was published in August, 2000. Her books—referred to as “grit lit” (Southern Women’s Fiction)—have since been nominated for numerous national contests including the SIBA (Southeastern Booksellers Alliance) Fiction Book of the Year.

Karen’s newest novel, The Last Night in London (April 20, 2020), is her most personal book yet, taking place in the very home where she lived with her family in London.  It also features several favorite characters from previous books—Maddie Warner from Falling Home and After the Rain, and Precious Dubose from All the Ways We Said Goodbye.

When not writing, Karen spends her time reading, singing, and avoiding cooking. Karen and her husband have two grown children and currently live near Atlanta, Georgia with two spoiled Havanese dogs.


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