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Louise Fein

Forfatter af People Like Us

7 Værker 497 Medlemmer 39 Anmeldelser 1 Favorited

Værker af Louise Fein

People Like Us (2020) 410 eksemplarer, 34 anmeldelser
The London Bookshop Affair: A Novel of the Cold War (2024) 80 eksemplarer, 4 anmeldelser
L'Enfant du secret (2023) 2 eksemplarer
Fiica Reichului (2021) 2 eksemplarer
La hija del Reich (Espasa Narrativa) (2020) 1 eksemplar, 1 anmeldelse

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Dit verhaal heeft zoveel verschillende lagen en verhaallijnen dat het moeilijk is om een bespreking te schrijven.

Celia Duchesne werkt in een antiquariaat dat kort daarvoor overgedaan is aan Vera Denton. Terwijl Celia de winkel draaiende houdt krijgt Vera verschillende mensen op bezoek in haar appartement boven de winkel. Een van de bezoekers is de aantrekkelijke Septimus Nelson. Hij is erg gecharmeerd van Celia.
Als Daphne, de beste vriendin van Celia, op haar werk bij het archiveren een dossier vind waarin de namen van Celia's ouders worden genoemd, gaan de vriendinnen op onderzoek uit. Daarbij komen ze ook een verhaal tegen over Jeannie, die als Anya in het verzet heeft gezeten en is geëxecuteerd door de Duitsers. Celia confronteert haar moeder met dit verhaal, maar dat blijkt toch anders in elkaar te zitten dan ze dacht.
Ondertussen worden Celia en Septimus goede vrienden en is er zelfs sprake van een groeiende verliefdheid.
Celia, die slim genoeg is om allerlei feiten aan elkaar vast te knopen, komt uiteindelijk achter de waarheid. Niet alleen over haar ouders, maar ook over Septimus en Vera Denton en over spionage activiteiten. Veel personages zijn niet wie ze lijken te zijn
Het verhaal is goed geschreven en het is prettig om te lezen.
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connie53 | 3 andre anmeldelser | Jul 12, 2024 |
Thank you to the author, publisher and Rebecca's Book Review wins (FB group).

I'm not really into espionage and I've tried to read other books like this but I thought the subplot of the bookstore might be more interesting too. A lot of history with the A-bomb, cold war etc. Not boring but not my taste. I like Celia who works in the bookstore and trying to get ahead in life with taking typing and shorthand.

I got to my usual 100 pages and thought let's get to the crux of this book and plot already. I was tired of Celia and her life.

I decided not to finish this. It was going to be a long book since it was 416 pages.
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sweetbabyjane58 | 3 andre anmeldelser | Apr 8, 2024 |
The London Bookshop Affair is a delightful dual timeline story set in 1962, during the Cold War, and 1942, during World War II. In 1962 London, Celia works in an antiquarian bookshop. She enjoys her work but there's a part of her that longs for more. Her parents are quite strict and her life sometimes feels rather small. When circumstances at the bookshop change, combined with a charming stranger entering her life, maybe she's about to get the excitement she's been looking for. The 1940s story is not as prominent but it's very important. It follows Anya who has been sent to France as part of the resistance and who is betrayed. How the two timelines are linked isn't immediately clear but I thought they came together really well.

I don't know a lot about the Cold War and so this was an interesting read for me. Louise Fein doesn't overload the reader with information about espionage and the very real threat at the time of nuclear war, but she does give just enough to facilitate Celia's story and to add a bit of an exciting element overall.. I liked Celia, who has quite a steely core underneath what seems like a quite naïve personality at times. I really enjoyed her work at the bookshop and her quest to improve herself. I also found Anya's story fascinating and heartbreaking.

The London Bookshop Affair is such an engaging book. It took me to post-Second World War London when the memories of that war were still fresh in people's minds, and the prospect of another devastating war was unthinkable. It covers many absorbing subjects, with some really well-drawn characters, from Celia's downtrodden parents, to the mysterious Mrs Denton at the bookshop, and our two feisty heroines of course. Fein always writes emotive and enthralling historical fiction and this is no exception. I enjoyed it very much.
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nicx27 | 3 andre anmeldelser | Feb 29, 2024 |
This novel had a slow start, but I stuck with it and midway through I felt thoroughly engaged in the story. Celia, a young woman living in London, works in a bookshop that's recently changed hands. As Celia gets to know the new owner and new customers, she also starts to learn new things about her own history. Overall, this novel made for a fun, interesting read that captures the spirit of a moment in time.
wagner.sarah35 | 3 andre anmeldelser | Jan 29, 2024 |


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