Blog tour: The Library Girls of the East End

Welcome to the blog tour for The Library Girls of the East End by Patricia McBride!

More about the book…

1940, London. When Cordelia accepts the post of head librarian in Silver Town Library, her mother is more than a little disapproving. The East End has high levels of poverty and illiteracy, and her mother says it’s no place for a woman of her status.

But Cordelia is determined to make a difference in these times of strife, and along with her colleagues, Jane and Mavis, she begins to help the local community, making sure everyone knows what the library can offer them.

And maybe even a romance will blossom, giving Cordelia the strength to make it through the chaos and destruction that constantly threatens their livelihood.

Against a background of war, air raids and rationing, it becomes clear the library is more than a building filled with books - it is the beating heart of a community refusing to be torn apart.

More about the author…

Patricia McBride is the author of the very popular Lily Baker historical saga series. She is now writing a new WW2 series for Boldwood, based in the East End of London during the Blitz, the first title of which, The Library Girls of the East End, will be published in November 2023.

My impressions…

I have always been drawn to sagas but have also felt overwhelmed by the number of books that I would have had to catch up on. Imagine my happiness when I discovered this novel, the first in a new series. Imagine my even greater happiness that this book happened to be set in a historical time I find fascinating, and in a city I love! The author has done a great job transporting me to 1940s London, and I found myself looking forward to learning more about Cordelia, Jane and Mavis as the story unfolded. Despite some of the themes in this book are not light-hearted in the slightest, the novel has a feel-good vibe to it, which I really appreciate these days. I can’t wait for more!

Three words to describe it. Delightful. Moving. Uplifting.

Do I like the cover? Yes, I like its simplicity.

Have I read any other books by the same author? No, but I am a happy convert!


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