When I read The Jane Austen Society last year, I felt like I met these wonderful people, and I wasn’t really ready to let go of them. When I found out that Natalie Jenner had another book coming out, I was so excited to get my hands on it!
I loved being back in this world and getting to see more of Evie’s story! Bloomsbury Girls follows the narrative of three women, Evie Stone, Vivien Lowry, and Grace Perkins. These three women’s lives intertwine through their shared work at Bloomsbury Books.
One thing I really loved about this story was the use of historical literary figures that entered the story. It was so cool to have them be a part of it! Between these fabulous characters and the bookstore location, booklovers are going to devour this one!
Overall, I really enjoyed the story, and the character plot lines. I would recommend this for readers that are excited about a historical story with vibrant characters and a vivid literary atmosphere!
Where to Find This Book:
The internationally bestselling author of The Jane Austen Society returns with a compelling and heartwarming story of post-war London, a century-old bookstore, and three women determined to find their way in a fast-changing world.
Bloomsbury Books is an old-fashioned new and rare book store that has persisted and resisted change for a hundred years, run by men and guided by the general manager’s unbreakable fifty-one rules. But in 1950, the world is changing, especially the world of books and publishing, and at Bloomsbury Books, the girls in the shop have plans:
Vivien Lowry: Single since her aristocratic fiance was killed in action during World War II, the brilliant and stylish Vivien has a long list of grievances – most of them well justified and the biggest of which is Alec McDonough, the Head of Fiction.
Grace Perkins: Married with two sons, she’s been working to support the family following her husband’s breakdown in the aftermath of the war. Torn between duty to her family and dreams of her own.
Evie Stone: In the first class of female students from Cambridge permitted to earn a degree, Evie was denied an academic position in favor of her less accomplished male rival. Now she’s working at Bloomsbury Books while she plans to remake her own future.
As they interact with various literary figures of the time – Daphne Du Maurier, Ellen Doubleday, Sonia Blair (widow of George Orwell), Samuel Beckett, Peggy Guggenheim, and others – these three women with their complex web of relationships, goals and dreams are all working to plot out a future that is richer and more rewarding than anything society will allow.
Just the Facts:
Bloomsbury Girls by Natalie Jenner
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Pub Date: May 17, 2022
I was provided a gifted copy of this book for free. I am leaving my honest review voluntarily.