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18 June 2018

Blog Tour: Book Review: The Foyles Bookshop Girls by Elaine Roberts

The Foyles Bookshop Girls by Elaine Roberts is the first in a new series and it was an absolute delight to read. The writing is fantastically descriptive and I could picture everything.

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London, 1914: one ordinary day, three girls arrive for work at London's renowned Foyles bookshop. But when war with Germany is declared their lives will never be the same again...

Alice has always been the 'sensible' one in her family – especially in comparison with her suffrage-supporting sister! But decidedly against her father's wishes, she accepts a job at Foyles Bookshop; and for bookworm Alice it's a dream come true.

But with the country at war, Alice's happy world is shattered in an instant. Determined to do what she can, Alice works in the bookshop by day, and risks her own life driving an ambulance around bomb-ravaged London by night. But however busy she keeps herself, she can't help but think of the constant danger those she loves are facing on the frontline...

Alice, Victoria and Molly couldn't be more different and yet they share a friendship that stems back to their childhood – a friendship that provides everyday solace from the tribulations and heartbreak of war.

Source: NetGalley Request

5 Words: Friendship, hope, war, family, love.

It's historical and it's set in a bookshop and really, what's not to love?

Although Alice is most definitely the main character, I loved all three central characters. I particularly empathised with Victoria the most, I felt her frustration and desperation and honestly felt so sorry for her at times that I could cry. Despite Lily not being a main character, I loved her conviction and how headstrong she was.

I loved how the characters developed and changed, how the story showed how easily everything can change. What started off as quite a mellow story about some young women working in a bookshop quickly turned into a darker drama with all of the complications of difficult families and war.

The story is so full of description that you can picture everything around you perfectly. The setting is remarkable in how it comes to life as you read. You can't just see it all, you can hear and even smell it.

This was a fantastic start and I can't wait for the second book!

The Foyles Bookshop Girls Blog Tour


  1. You had me at "it's historical and set in a bookshop" :D Great review!!

  2. This sounds fabulous and heart wrenching. Even though this is during a war, picturing London in 1914 sounds like a dream! Thank you for sharing.

  3. Thank you for your lovely comments. Elaine xx

  4. I've seen this one on NetGalley and been thinking about requesting it. Maybe I will.

    Ronnie @ Paradise Found


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