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Bloomsbury Girls
Bloomsbury Girls: A Novel | Natalie Jenner
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The internationally bestselling author of The Jane Austen Society returns with a compelling and heartwarming story of post-war London, a century-old bookstore, and three women determined to find their way in a fast-changing world. Bloomsbury Books is an old-fashioned new and rare book store that has persisted and resisted change for a hundred years, run by men and guided by the general manager's unbreakable fifty-one rules. But in 1950, the world is changing, especially the world of books and publishing, and at Bloomsbury Books, the girls in the shop have plans: Vivien Lowry: Single since her aristocratic fiance was killed in action during World War II, the brilliant and stylish Vivien has a long list of grievances - most of them well justified and the biggest of which is Alec McDonough, the Head of Fiction. Grace Perkins: Married with two sons, she's been working to support the family following her husband's breakdown in the aftermath of the war. Torn between duty to her family and dreams of her own. Evie Stone: In the first class of female students from Cambridge permitted to earn a degree, Evie was denied an academic position in favor of her less accomplished male rival. Now she's working at Bloomsbury Books while she plans to remake her own future. As they interact with various literary figures of the time - Daphne Du Maurier, Ellen Doubleday, Sonia Blair (widow of George Orwell), Samuel Beckett, Peggy Guggenheim, and others - these three women with their complex web of relationships, goals and dreams are all working to plot out a future that is richer and more rewarding than anything society will allow.
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bookandbedandtea
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It started slow but I soon found myself invested in Grace, Vivian, and Evie as they went about doing the actual work that made life easy for the men around them. Watching their plan come together so they could control their own lives was very satisfying.

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oddandbookish
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I loved the premise of the book, but it ultimately fell a little short of my expectations.

My main issue with the book is the pacing. It is very slow. Getting through the first half of the book was a struggle. Once I was about halfway through, the pace (luckily) picked up.

Full review: https://oddandbookish.wordpress.com/2022/09/23/review-bloomsbury-girls/

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janeycanuck
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Jenner writes such lovely novels. It was fun to see Evie again and watch her come into her own plus Grace and Vivien were delightful to get to know. This is the kind of book that you can just lose yourself in with a cup of tea and a plate of shortbread and not realise the entire afternoon has passed. It did wrap up a little too neatly at the end, even for my taste, but in a sweet way.

kspenmoll I so enjoyed this too! I did not know Evie was in a previous book- what is the title? (edited) 3mo
janeycanuck @kspenmoll The Jane Austen Society. She‘s a relatively minor character. 3mo
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BookNAround
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A delightful novel set in a bookshop in the 1950s, this is the story of women coming into their own. Full review at https://booknaround.blogspot.com/2022/05/review-bloomsbury-girls-by-natalie.html

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janeycanuck
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Very late with my #AugustTBR because I was supposed to pick up a couple of library holds at the beginning of the month but one seems to have gotten lost between branches? Poor book…

Anyway. July wasn‘t a great reading month between work and starting a kitchen reno so the stack is high this month. But I‘m nearly done the to-do list for this weekend and am just going to veg with books!

DisneyFan Americanah and Salt are both great. I am proud to own both.Looking forward to your review of Hidden Life of Trees, that‘s been on my TBR forever. (edited) 4mo
janeycanuck @DisneyFan oh, I‘ve been putting them both off for so long - Americanah because of the length and Salt because I‘m worried it‘ll be slow. I‘m really looking forward to the Hidden Life of Trees, though! 4mo
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merelybookish
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Unpopular opinion but this was just a bit too neat for me. I enjoyed the post-war London bookstore setting and the inclusion of some real-life literary figures like Daphne du Maurier, Samuel Beckett & Sonia Blair, but the main characters' stories all read like versions of a feel-good movie. Not for me, but I'm a grump.
Pic of the first sunflower bloom. 🌻

Leftcoastzen I am suspicious I would feel the same way , maybe I don‘t need to try this one. 4mo
merelybookish @Leftcoastzen I think that's a safe choice if you like books with a bit of bite. 4mo
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robinb
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I loved this follow-up to The Jane Austen Society.

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing!! 4mo
CoverToCoverGirl It was really good. 4mo
robinb @CoverToCoverGirl 👍👍😊 4mo
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MandieSaved
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I loved this! Such a great book!

ozma.of.oz Welcome to Litsy! 🎉🎉🎉 5mo
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Kristin_Reads
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📖 7-6-22 || This one was just pure escapist fun for me. I‘m glad I read The Jane Austen Society first because there are so many familiar characters. I do like this one even more than the first, though. Friendship, a bookshop, and a rare book mystery all rolled into one delightful story.

robinb ❤️❤️❤️ 5mo
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marleed
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I have a soft spot for books where famous 1900s creatives make cameo appearances in a story - Daphne du Muir, oh yes! …I entered the workforce in the 80s, and I‘m so grateful for the working women of each decade prior! ↓

marleed A couple times Evie defended why her position was not commensurate with her Cambridge education. I‘m wondering though if back in 1950 reality I think her defense would have been more about why she didn‘t snag a husband while attending university! 5mo
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kspenmoll
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What‘s not to love about a book centered around an old, male run bookstore in post WWII London? Introduce 3 strong, but very different women, who work in the store & I am sold! Add a mix of mystery,rivalries,romance, book talk, and a crew of eccentric individuals, and I am hooked. The author‘s historical details are rich, accurate and authentic.

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Lauren.Archer
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I cannot say enough of this book. It was so much fun to read this story, and I could not help rooting for these Bloomsbury Girls from the very first page. Jenner‘s description‘s are beautiful of this old book shop and the surrounding area of London. There is, mystery, romance and just about something for every reader out there. This will likely go down as one of my favorite books of this year.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Three very different women find themselves as employees of a male run bookshop in post WWII London. The bold aspiring-writer Vivian, smart, quiet Cambridge graduate Evie, and frustrated homemaker, Grace. The bookshop is filled with quirky characters, rivalries, and romantic longings among its small staff. Jenner hits all the right marks with literary undertones and historical details. This book is an absolute delight! 🫖🚺📚

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Graciouswarriorprincess
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My Sunday afternoon before I go into my pt cleaning job.

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Graciouswarriorprincess
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What‘s a girl to do when it‘s #nationaldonutday🍩 and you‘re off work for the day?

Read, coffee and donuts!!

However, which one should I start? Have you read any of these books?

Tiffiney I just finished Book Lovers...I really liked it. 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yum 😋 🍩 6mo
Garabrandtreviews I haven't, but I have been eyeing book lovers at the store. 6mo
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TorieStorieS
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Set in 1950, this book carries over some characters from Jenner‘s debut novel- THE JANE AUSTEN SOCIETY. Revolving around Bloomsbury Books & Maps, & sprinkled with real figures, this is catered to book lovers! Grace & Vivien have worked at the shop for years, wordlessly communicating their frustrations about the men running the shop. A new employee arrives, Evie, coinciding with other changes. Straightforward & entertaining- a great holiday read!

IuliaC Nice review and great photo! 6mo
TorieStorieS @IuliaC Thank you!! My mother-in-law put up some Memorial Day decorations that I wanted to highlight! 🌸🎉 6mo
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kspenmoll
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#mapswithinbooks #bookshop #BloomsburyBooks #BloomsburyGirls

Why have some many many book covers over the past couple of years portray headless women, partial heads, back of head‘s. I find it personally insulting. It feels like publishers want to silence us- it feels derogatory to me. Maybe someone in publishing can clue me in. Is it artistic style?
“End of story” (as a student of mine used to say when he finished talking), end of rant.

DivineDiana It‘s definitely a trend! I thought it might be so the reader can imagine themselves as one of the characters. 🤔 Just a thought! 6mo
TheBookHippie I agree it‘s insulting… 6mo
Maria514626 @kspenmoll it drives me bonkers when we can‘t see their faces. Argh. Makes sense (?) in the current context. My eyes are constantly strained from rolling and my forehead tender from slapping. (edited) 6mo
marleed I wondered if it is a financial thing. My son shoots commercial video. His wife is in the background from time to time but her face never shows. Once a few years ago her face was accidentally included and she still randomly receives a check in the mail. 6mo
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kissmehardy
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There were some moments where I felt the character development was told instead of shown, but GOD was I rooting for Evie, Grace, and Vivien the entire time. Loved all the female support networks! #historicalfiction

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mdm139
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When I picked this book I didn‘t realize it was by the author as The Jane Austen Society and had a character from that book. It is a feminist story about three shopgirls and their friends working together to burn down the patriarchy.

robinb I did not realize that either! 🤣 I enjoyed it. 6mo
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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I loved author's Jane Austen Society. This one is just as delightful! Books about books are always a favorite of mine. Especially so when you add in female friendships.

While one of the Bloomsbury Girls is a character from the previous book, it can definitely be read as a Standalone. Just enough call backs that will have you wanting to know what happened at Chawton. ⬇️

Crinoline_Laphroaig I saw a couple of Goodreads Reviews complaining about the title of the book including 'Girls' not Women. But I think that Title makes a point. So many of men in story (not all) understesimate 'The Girls'. Expecting them to happily make the tea and cleanup after doing their actual jobs AND for less money. Extremely satisfying to see these Woman band together and show them up. ⬇️

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Crinoline_Laphroaig Switched between Audible & #botm copy. When I got near the end went to print because I wanted to know what happens. Going to go back and listen to last few chapters just for the sheer joy of Juliet Stevenson Narration. 🎧📖👩🏻‍🌾 7mo
Deblovestoread Great review! 7mo
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AWahle Thanks for the info about the character being in both books. I have both & will start with The Jane Austen Society now. 7mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig @AWahle your welcome! 7mo
julieclair Great review! I loved The Jane Austen Society, and this one sounds fabulous, too. Your red transfer ware teacup is so pretty! 6mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig @julieclair Thank you ! Junk store find! 6mo
julieclair How fun! Junk stores are often full of treasures. 6mo
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This book continues the story of Evie from “The Jane Austen Book Club“ as she, newly armed with her degree from Cambridge, encounters the inevitable sexism in the workplace in 1950 London. I loved the bookstore setting and the imaginary glimpse into the lives of some of the famous people of the time (Beckett, Du Maurier, George Orwell's widow, etc.). This book felt like 'cozy' historical fiction and I enjoyed it. 3.75/5

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3.5 STARS - This was a good Historical Fiction novel set in post-WWII London that follows the lives of 3 women and their struggles within a sexist system. Many icons of the 1950's make appearances as does one character from Jenner's book The Jane Austen Society. Look for it May 17th.

Review: https://bit.ly/BloomsburyGirlsReview

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Aims42
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🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰 / 5 - This was a delight, a very charming and a splendid read. I was so absorbed in their world I found myself not wanting it to end. Loved it!!

EvieBee Yay! Good news. 7mo
Aims42 @EvieBee Yes 🙌 I wanted another 100 pages 7mo
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Aims42
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I am loving “Bloomsbury Girls” so much!! I‘m on page 265 and I cannot put it down! Jenner‘s characters are so well rounded and flushed out, reading is just *chef‘s kiss* I‘ll have it done by Saturday, just in time to pick up my two holds at the library 😆 I love having too much to read and not enough time!! 📚📚📚📚📚📚 (PS, should‘ve taken this pic before I started enjoying my wine, but c‘est la vie 😇)

EvieBee Yay! Glad to hear. It was the only reason why I spent a credit on a book I was only somewhat interested it. I wanted the add-on. 😆 7mo
Aims42 @EvieBee LOL! I did the same thing 🤣 What book were you “only somewhat interested” in so you could get this add-on? Mine was “Darling Girl” because if nothing else I could give it to a Disney obsesssed friend 😆 this book totally is worth it though 👍 7mo
EvieBee @Aims42 I was looking at that one too! In the end I chose Breathless, a book I would have definitely checked out from the library and not purchased. 7mo
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Aims42 @EvieBee BOTM, you got us *shakes fist* 🙄😆 7mo
EvieBee @Aims42 For sure, lol! I‘m wondering if they‘re going to throw this one in as an add-on this summer. 7mo
Aims42 @EvieBee I really, really, really, really, really hope so!! 🤞🙏🤞 That one is high on my TBR list, I have loved everything Jennifer Ryan has written 🥰 7mo
AWahle I am so happy to see someone else who takes off the dust jacket when reading! 7mo
Aims42 @AWahle I am so paranoid I‘m going to rip the cover so yes, they always come off 😆 7mo
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#BOTM delivery! So speedy this month.

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robinb
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When I started reading this one, I had no idea that it was related to Jenner‘s previous Jane Austen Society (which I loved) as the reviews I read did not mention it. Set in post-war London (1950s), this story follows Evie Stone (from the previous book), a young women who is among the first class of Cambridge female students to earn a degree. Though more qualified, she is denied an academic position at the college in favor of a rival male 🔻

robinb student. She lands at Bloomsbury Books, a 100-year-old bookstore as a rare book cataloger…with a secret agenda. The store is run by men, guided by the manager‘s 51 unbreakable rules and includes a motley crew of eight employees. I loved them all. Vivien is a tempermental, ambitious shopgirl who has been overlooked for a promotion and dreams of being a successful writer. Grace is a married mother of two with an unhappy marriage 🔻 7mo
robinb and grand but unfulfilled ideas for store improvements. Ash is a young man from India who is a scientist that has had to take a lesser position because he faces a different kind of discrimination than the women. There are several themes at the heart of this story: female friendships/sisterhood support; discrimination in various forms; and taking steps forward for change (both for oneself as well as the community). 🔻 7mo
mdm139 Oh I am glad I picked this for BOTM then 7mo
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robinb There‘s some romance, but the spotlight here is on the strong, supportive women who no longer want to serve at the tea breaks or blend quietly into the background. They want to be recognized for providing the inspiration, the backbone and the glue that holds the store together. This was a joy and a pleasure to read. Recommended. 5/5⭐️ (edited) 7mo
robinb @mdm139 Sorry my review was so long-winded…😂😂, but I think you‘ll really enjoy it. 😉 7mo
CoverToCoverGirl Oh that‘s wonderful news. I loved her Jane Austen book too! Can‘t wait to read it. 7mo
CarolynM Sounds good🙂 7mo
robinb @CoverToCoverGirl @CarolynM It was simply a lovely book. 😊 7mo
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Sitting in my car waiting for my birthday boy to arrive from work so I can take him to dinner. It‘s his golden birthday so I figured that deserved special stuff from the mama bird. Starting this delicious book in the meantime.

Aims42 Eeeee I am 10/10 excited for this book!! I hope it‘s good 🤞🥰 Got my preorder in!! 7mo
TheBookHippie Oooo this is on my wishlist!!! 7mo
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Another wonderful story by Natalie Jenner! Loved it.

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This one doesn‘t come out until May, but it‘s what I‘m turning to now with hope it‘s as wonderful as Jenner‘s The Jane Austen Society.