REVIEW: THE LAST NIGHT IN LONDON, BY KAREN WHITE

London, 1939. Beautiful and ambitious Eva Harlow and her American best friend, Precious Dubose, are trying to make their way as fashion models. When Eva falls in love with Graham St. John, an aristocrat and Royal Air Force pilot, she can’t believe her luck—she’s getting everything she ever wanted. Then the Blitz devastates her world, and Eva finds herself slipping into a web of intrigue, spies, and secrets. As Eva struggles to protect her friendship with Precious and everything she holds dear, all it takes is one unwary moment to change their lives forever…

London, 2019. American journalist Maddie Warner, whose life has been marked by the tragic loss of her mother, travels to London to interview Precious about her life in pre-WWII London. Maddie has been careful to close herself off to others, but in Precious she recognizes someone whose grief rivals her own—but unlike Maddie, Precious hasn’t allowed it to crush her. Maddie finds herself drawn to both Precious and to Colin, her enigmatic surrogate nephew. As Maddie gets closer to her, she begins to unravel Precious’s haunting past—a story of friendship, betrayal, and the unremembered acts of kindness and of love.

 

an interior journey thoughts

A story that sweeps between the past and the present, showing the lives of two young women searching for love and careers, The Last Night in London kept me eagerly turning the pages. Along the way, I wondered what had happened during those wartime years to those that seemed to be missing…or dead.

As journalist Maddie Warner delves into the stories told through letters and through the voice of Precious Dubose, she also fills in details discovered in photos and through the clothes the two young women wore during the early 1940s.

What we also learn along the way is how secrets, reinvention, and frightening wartime intrigue kept one young woman hiding the truth of who she was and the various incarnations she created to protect those she loved.

By the end, we learn the whole story and what had become of those who were lost along the way. A five star read.

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