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The Last Night in London

– tekijä: Karen White

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The Last Night in London
By Karen White

A riveting novel of friendships, love, secrets and betrayal

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

SUMMARY

London, 1939. Eva Harlow and her American best friend, Precious Dubose, are models for a major fashion house. When Eva falls in love with the wealthy Graham St. John, she can’t believe her luck, that she’s getting everything she ever wanted. When the bombs start dropping over the United Kingdom Eva’s world begins to crumble. She slips into a mysterious web of intrigue, spies, and secrets.

London, 2019. American journalist Maddie Warner travels to London to interview Precious about her life as a model in pre-WWII London. Precious owns a tremendous collection of beautiful gowns from that time. Maddie finds herself drawn to both Precious and to Colin, her enigmatic surrogate nephew. As Maddie interviews Precious, she begins unraveling a secrets from the past.

REVIEW
The Last Night in London is a riveting historical fiction novel of friendship, love and betrayal. Karen White’s beguiling writing keeps readers engaged with strong female characters, intriguing dialogue, and a multi-layered plot.

The two time frames of the story, 1939 and 2019, are creatively intertwined. Readers will appreciate finesse of the secrets and suspense throughout the book, This dramatic wartime story is simply impossible to put down.

White is a New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty-five novels. Her most recent standalone novels include Dreams of Falling (2018) and The Night the Lights Went Out (2017).

Thanks to Netgalley for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher Berkley
Published April 20, 2021
Review www.bluestockingreviews.com ( )
  LisaSHarvey | Apr 27, 2021 |
Maddie has returned to England to write a piece about her friend’s 99 year old grandmother, Precious. Precious was a model in London prior to WWII and she has a lot of stories to tell. But she is hiding a tremendous secret.

This novel is set in two different time periods, WWII and present day. The present day is the best because I love Maddie and Colin. However, Precious during WWII has some pretty unique intrigue.

This is a bit of a slow burn. I generally do not enjoy a slow burn. But this story just kept getting better and better. The build up to the secret and the tension between Colin and Maddie just kept me coming back for more.

I know I am not supposed to quote a novel until I compare it to the final copy. However, this book has a quote I will not soon forget. “Whoever said time heals all wounds is a liar. Grief is like a ghost, isn’t it? Haunting our reflections.”

Need a book you will not soon forget…THIS IS IT! Grab your copy today!

I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review. ( )
  fredreeca | Apr 27, 2021 |
Karen White is always an author that consistently delivers great books. The Last Night in London is another great book. In a dual timeline that moves between war ravaged London during the bombing blitz of WWII and present day as we discover the stories of Precious Dubose and Maddie Warner.
In London 1939 we meet Precious and her friend Eva Harlow, just starting out as fashion models, who have their world turned upside down due to the war.
London, 80 years later we meed Maddie Warner, American journalist, who travels to London to interview Precious about her life in pre-WWII London while still reeling from the lost of her mother.
Both of these amazing stories will pull you into their lives, with all the love and struggles both had to face.
  SharleneMartinMoore | Apr 24, 2021 |
We meet Precious in 1939 as she and Eva are making their way to becoming famous models.

We meet Precious again in 2019 at ninety-nine years of age and willing to tell her story.

We meet Maddie in 2019 as she has been chosen to write Precious's story.

Going back and forth in time and seeing the characters come to life in both periods is marvelously done by Karen White.

I always enjoy dual timelines and especially when the earlier time has fashions from another era, WWII stories, endearing friendships, and characters you will love.

The friendship between Precious and Eva is the main focus of the story as we follow them as war breaks out and then when they lose touch.

I really enjoyed seeing the lives of Precious and Eva during the war and was looking forward to seeing what Maddie was able to find out about Eva since Precious said she just disappeared one day.

We live through the Blitz with them, and we get to share their lives, their happiness, their fears, and their sorrows. Of course there is an evil character to spoil things.

You won't want to stop reading because you will want to know what secrets Precious has as well as what secrets Maddie is keeping.

THE LAST NIGHT IN LONDON has another wonderful story line written in Karen White's pull-you-in, won’t-let-you-go style.

Don’t miss this one. 5/5

This book was given to be by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  SilversReviews | Apr 21, 2021 |
I enjoy WWII historical novels, and especially the current trend of weaving together characters from one era to another and highlighting events from the past that have influenced the present. The Last Night in London is an outstanding addition to this group of novels.

The book opens in March 1941 with an unidentified woman trying to get an infant to safety in war-torn London. It then jumps to May 2019 London and a trio of friends who went to college together. The initial link between past and present is that Maddie Warner, an American journalist, is going to interview her previously unknown distant relative 99-year old Precious Dubose about her and her best friend Eva Harlow’s experiences as fashion models in London during the war.

As the story unfolds and Precious starts to tell her story, Maddie becomes more and more intrigued to learn what happened to Eva and her love Graham St. John after the war, and as a reader I wanted to know the significance of that baby in the prologue. I had a niggling sense there was something more to the story, something that Precious wasn’t sharing.

Author Karen White has populated this story with fascinating characters in both time periods. Maggie, Arabella and Colin were great friend in college, but are not as close these days. Maggie keeps on the move; she has a breast cancer gene that took both her mother and grandmother and feels doomed so settling down is not an option for her. She and Colin could have been close but she is not about to have relationships so shut that door in college. This magazine assignment from Arabella appeals to her but she intends to be on the move again as soon as it is completed. Neither Colin, who is a surrogate nephew to Precious, nor Maddie expected to see the other and tension is high. Colin is solemn, somber and cranky. Maddie is thrown off balance seeing him again, but remember – no relationships even if there is definitely something going on there.

It seems like Precious will be a terrific heroine for the article – came to London to model, stayed during the war, worked with the resistance in France. But again, it just feels like there’s more to that story. As for Eva, well, she’s hard to like. She reminded me of daughter Veda in the book and movie Mildred Pierce: grasping, greedy, ashamed of her roots. Selfish, shallow, thoughtless, careless. She an ignorant liar, unable to control the greed, the coveting, whatever the cost to others. And while you can understand and perhaps sympathize with her desire to improve her circumstances, to escape the poverty of her childhood, it is just not possible to like or feel sorry for her. She’s cunning in her ability to move upward, but she’s not really all that bright, which is what puts her in terrible danger – and what at last makes her seem very human and relatable. She wants what she hasn’t had, and doesn’t want to give it up once she has it. Not your typical wartime heroine, but oh so real. What happened to her after the war? Author White paints a vivid picture of the time and the contrast between the privileged in society, with their luxurious bomb shelters and exciting nightlife that continued as if there was no war, to those suffering and struggling like Eva in her “old” life.

In the present day, the conflict – and caring – between Maddie and Colin and Maddie’s identification with Precious and the grief she has endured is excellently portrayed. These are flawed, human people who make you care what happened to them in the past and what will happen to them in the future. It’s a compelling story with a good dose of history thrown in.

Thanks to Penguin Random House for providing an advance copy of The Last Night in London via NetGalley for my reading pleasure and honest review. I was drawn in from the first chapter and kept engaged by the smooth plot, deep, rich characters, romance, danger and real-life worries about life and love and especially the suspense about what Precious was still hiding and how all these characters and events could be connected. All opinions are my own. I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend with without hesitation. ( )
  GrandmaCootie | Apr 16, 2021 |
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