The British Booksellers: Book Review

Book by: Kristy Cambron

It was refreshing to pick up a story that takes place during WW1. In Kristy Cambron fashion, this story covers two time lines – both world wars.

Charlotte and Amos are childhood friends who are forced apart because of class differences. It’s a typical trope, but done with emotional depth that it feels fresh. Set against the English countryside, readers are given insight to the Coventry blitz of WW2 and the efforts that British citizens took to protect their homes.

Charlotte and Amos’s backgrounds are woven together slowly in a seamless story where readers discover the tragedy of the past and how it affected their present circumstances. There are secondary characters to love and dislike, but each one has a vital role in how Charlotte and Amos’s story will unravel.

The connections between timelines and characters weren’t easy to figure out. At times, the story is heavy with description and detail that enhance the reader’s understanding of the time.

It was difficult to connect with either of the main characters. Both of them were stubborn in their own ways and made choices that didn’t bode well for either of them. When the sacrifice made for Amos during his time in France during WW1 was finally revealed (and readers were shown how much of a recluse Amos had become and the bitterness in his heart), I was less than pleased with Amos. A beautiful illustration of sacrifice, and yet, he kind of threw it away until the final chapters.

I loved the twist with the American. And there was a refreshing take on German soldiers during WW1.

Note: This is a clean read with no overt Christian Fiction Content.

I received a copy from the publisher through Net Galley. All opinions expressed are my own.

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