The British Booksellers

Thomas Nelson. Apr. 2024. 384p. ISBN 9780785232247. pap. $17.99. CF
Lady Charlotte Terrington and Amos Darby grew up together making mischief in the English countryside. But an aristocrat and a tenant farmer aren’t destined to be together at the turn of the 20th century, no matter how much love flows between the upstairs and downstairs of a Coventry estate. In a split-time storyline, Cambron (The Italian Ballerina) brings readers into the nightly bombings of World War II, where Charlotte and Amos are now running competing bookstores and still dealing with scars from their nation’s previous war. Charlotte’s daughter hires Land Girls in a last-ditch effort to save the family’s estate, even as she wonders why the rivalry between her mother and Amos is so intense. When American lawyer Jacob Cole visits with a bombshell announcement, the characters must learn to forgive.
VERDICT In this delightful historical romance, with nods to the movie You’ve Got Mail, readers will be put through the emotional spectrum, all the while rooting for the mismatched couple: now middle-aged and battle scarred, but not without hope for true love.
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