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New York Times bestselling author Karen White weaves a story of friendship past and present, love, and betrayal that moves between war-torn London during the Blitz and the present day. A captivating story of friendship, love and betrayal – and finding hope in the darkness of war. London, 1939. Beautiful and ambitious Eva Harlow and her American best friend, Precious Dubo New York Times bestselling author Karen White weaves a story of friendship past and present, love, and betrayal that moves between war-torn London during the Blitz and the present day. A captivating story of friendship, love and betrayal – and finding hope in the darkness of war. 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 everything she holds dear, all it takes is one unwary moment to change their lives forever. London, 2019. American journalist Maddie Warner travels to London to interview Precious about her life in pre-WWII London. Maddie, healing from past trauma and careful to close herself off to others, finds herself drawn to both Precious and to Colin, Precious’ enigmatic surrogate nephew. As Maddie gets closer to her, she begins to unravel Precious’ haunting past – and the secrets she swore she’d never reveal …


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New York Times bestselling author Karen White weaves a story of friendship past and present, love, and betrayal that moves between war-torn London during the Blitz and the present day. A captivating story of friendship, love and betrayal – and finding hope in the darkness of war. London, 1939. Beautiful and ambitious Eva Harlow and her American best friend, Precious Dubo New York Times bestselling author Karen White weaves a story of friendship past and present, love, and betrayal that moves between war-torn London during the Blitz and the present day. A captivating story of friendship, love and betrayal – and finding hope in the darkness of war. 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 everything she holds dear, all it takes is one unwary moment to change their lives forever. London, 2019. American journalist Maddie Warner travels to London to interview Precious about her life in pre-WWII London. Maddie, healing from past trauma and careful to close herself off to others, finds herself drawn to both Precious and to Colin, Precious’ enigmatic surrogate nephew. As Maddie gets closer to her, she begins to unravel Precious’ haunting past – and the secrets she swore she’d never reveal …

30 review for The Last Night in London

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    ‘A life without rain is like the sun without shade.’ Loved, loved, loved from start to finish! Karen White is by far my favorite southern fiction writer. In her latest novel she has woven a story set ‘acrossed the pond’ in London during WWII. Both past/present stories were engaging and included her sprinklings of that signature southern charm she’s so well known for. The last part of the story set in Walton, GA reminded me so much of Steel Magnolias... smiled to myself this entire part. Reading h ‘A life without rain is like the sun without shade.’ Loved, loved, loved from start to finish! Karen White is by far my favorite southern fiction writer. In her latest novel she has woven a story set ‘acrossed the pond’ in London during WWII. Both past/present stories were engaging and included her sprinklings of that signature southern charm she’s so well known for. The last part of the story set in Walton, GA reminded me so much of Steel Magnolias... smiled to myself this entire part. Reading her author notes I realized that this is not Whites first time writing about Madison. I will definitely be adding Falling Home and After the Rain to my reading list to see how her story begins. Even without having read these I still found this to be totally fulfilling on its own. This novel has surpassed my expectations. I can not recommend a novel, or an author more highly. 5 stars. ‘Living with regret is like having a permanent stone inside your shoe.’

  2. 4 out of 5

    Pat (not getting friend updates currently)

    3.5 stars rounded down. Here I am outside my comfort zone again with another historical fiction laced with romance! It wasn’t all history however, the story has two time lines. The history part is set before and during the early part of WWII, 1939 and 1940 and tells the story of Jeanne (all my friends call me Precious) Dubose and Ethel Maltby who re-invents herself as Eva Harlow. They are both in London to follow their dreams and are working as models for Madame Lushtak. The present day story is 3.5 stars rounded down. Here I am outside my comfort zone again with another historical fiction laced with romance! It wasn’t all history however, the story has two time lines. The history part is set before and during the early part of WWII, 1939 and 1940 and tells the story of Jeanne (all my friends call me Precious) Dubose and Ethel Maltby who re-invents herself as Eva Harlow. They are both in London to follow their dreams and are working as models for Madame Lushtak. The present day story is of Madison (Maddie) who is a journalist writing a piece about the clothes and the fashion business during those years. She is a distant relative of Precious and has been invited to London to write the story and curate the associated museum exhibition of the wonderful gowns of the era. Precious is now 99 years old and has kept many of her glamorous outfits, shoes, hats and bags. Eva and Precious share their lodgings and are like sisters and the models and other staff at Madame Lushtak’s are their family. Everything is great until Ethel meets Graham St John, she is immediately smitten but realises that Graham is way out of her league so she re-invents herself as Eva Harlow, a respectable doctor’s daughter who has been orphaned and resorted to modelling to survive (none of it true of course). Romance blossoms but danger is lurking in the wings. Eva becomes entrapped by Czech spy Alexander Grof. He knows Eva’s true background and threatens her with exposure if she doesn’t do a few small jobs for him. But of course she gets in deeper than she ever thought possible and her loved ones are threatened. This story has a tragic ending with an interesting twist (which I had guessed). In the present Maddie has her own demons which I won’t explain. When Arabella contacts her about the proposed article she agrees straight away although she is not keen on seeing Colin again. Maddie, Arabella and Colin had been friends at Harrow although it seemed Colin was interested in more than friendship. Maddie is softening towards him but her demons.... I much preferred the historical part of the story, it really brought the era to life, particularly the glamorous lifestyles of the upper classes and included descriptions of the shelling during the London blitz. I did mostly enjoy the story, it was charmingly written, the language seemed spot on and the characters of Eva and Precious jumped off the pages. In contrast, Maddie seemed colourless and I didn’t like her insistence on not falling in love. It seemed silly. The book was a bit long too, it seemed to flag a little after the halfway mark. And I have zero interest in fashion! But, if you do have an interest in fashion or historical fiction and don’t mind a bit of romance (there was too much for my liking) you would likely really enjoy this. It really was beautifully written. Thanks to Netgalley, Simon & Schuster Australia and Karen White for providing an ARC to review. My opinions are my own.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Karren Sandercock

    London, 1939. Eva Harlow and Precious Dubose are best friends, roommates and model gorgeous gowns for the House of Lushtak. Both are very beautiful, blond, and slender and share clothes. By chance, Eva meets handsome Graham St. John, he’s recently returned from Burma and he comes from an upper class family. Eva becomes friends with Graham’s sister Sophia, her fiancé David and they all go out together. When WW II starts Graham joins the Royal Air Force, the Blitz begins and London is a very dange London, 1939. Eva Harlow and Precious Dubose are best friends, roommates and model gorgeous gowns for the House of Lushtak. Both are very beautiful, blond, and slender and share clothes. By chance, Eva meets handsome Graham St. John, he’s recently returned from Burma and he comes from an upper class family. Eva becomes friends with Graham’s sister Sophia, her fiancé David and they all go out together. When WW II starts Graham joins the Royal Air Force, the Blitz begins and London is a very dangerous place to live. Especially for Eva who wants to keep her true identity a secret, this makes her extremely vulnerable and she reluctantly becomes involved in web of intrigue and spies. London, 2019. Madison Warner is an American journalist and she travels to London to interview ninety nine year old former model Precious Dubose. She has a large collection of clothes and accessories from the WW II era and Maddie plans to write an article about her wartime experiences. Maddie’s life hasn’t been easy, she moves around a lot and she finds all personal relationships hard. Much to her horror she discovers Colin Eliot is also staying with Precious, years ago they were friends and he’s like family to Precious. As Maddie delves into Precious past, she’s sure the elderly lady is hiding something and does her large vintage clothes collection contain any clues to what really happened during WW II? The dual timeline seamlessly combines the past and the present and it binds the three women together. The Last Night In London's story is based around themes of friendship, family, love, intrigue, secrets, war, trust and betrayal. It also highlighted to me how important honesty is, being authentic to yourself and family ties. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, I’m keen to read the first two books is the series now: Falling Home and After The Rain and four stars from me. https://karrenreadsbooks.blogspot.com/

  4. 4 out of 5

    Pam Jenoff

    Present day journalist, Maddy, interviews an elderly woman, Precious, about her life in London during World War II, while confronting her own tragic past and the potential for new love. As ever, Karen White shines! The Last Night in London will be out on April 20th!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Natasha Lester

    Wow! The prologue of The Last Night in London gripped me around the heart and I couldn’t put it down until I’d finished. A captivating story of two friends in war-torn London who share a love of fashion as well as more than a few secrets, secrets whose repercussions are felt decades later by a young woman trying to escape her own past. This book had everything I adore: interwoven storylines, a thrilling mystery, beautiful friendships and a little bit of love.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    A riveting novel of friendships, love, secrets and betrayal SUMMARY London, 1939. Eva Harlow and her American best friend, Precious Dubose, are models for a major fashion house. When Eva falls in love with the wealthy Graham St. John, she can’t believe her luck, that she’s getting everything she ever wanted. When the bombs start dropping over the United Kingdom Eva’s world begins to crumble. She slips into a mysterious web of intrigue, spies, and secrets. London, 2019. American journalist Maddie Wa A riveting novel of friendships, love, secrets and betrayal SUMMARY London, 1939. Eva Harlow and her American best friend, Precious Dubose, are models for a major fashion house. When Eva falls in love with the wealthy Graham St. John, she can’t believe her luck, that she’s getting everything she ever wanted. When the bombs start dropping over the United Kingdom Eva’s world begins to crumble. She slips into a mysterious web of intrigue, spies, and secrets. London, 2019. American journalist Maddie Warner travels to London to interview Precious about her life as a model in pre-WWII London. Precious owns a tremendous collection of beautiful gowns from that time. Maddie finds herself drawn to both Precious and to Colin, her enigmatic surrogate nephew. As Maddie interviews Precious, she begins unraveling a secrets from the past. REVIEW The Last Night in London is a riveting historical fiction novel of friendship, love and betrayal. Karen White’s beguiling writing keeps readers engaged with strong female characters, intriguing dialogue, and a multi-layered plot. The two time frames of the story, 1939 and 2019, are creatively intertwined. Readers will appreciate finesse of the secrets and suspense throughout the book, This dramatic wartime story is simply impossible to put down. White is a New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty-five novels. Her most recent standalone novels include Dreams of Falling (2018) and The Night the Lights Went Out (2017). Thanks to Netgalley for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)

    I adore Karen White's stories, they are always so wonderfully done and told. They transport you back in time and truly make you feel for the characters, their situation and what is happening in the world around them. It is no secret that this so happens to be one of my most favorite eras to read about, not to mention settings and White truly made this time, this place, and these characters shine. So vividly told I felt like I was right there with them but more than that, I felt like they were fa I adore Karen White's stories, they are always so wonderfully done and told. They transport you back in time and truly make you feel for the characters, their situation and what is happening in the world around them. It is no secret that this so happens to be one of my most favorite eras to read about, not to mention settings and White truly made this time, this place, and these characters shine. So vividly told I felt like I was right there with them but more than that, I felt like they were family and I couldn't get enough of their story. It was wonderfully done between the past and present and I truly devoured every single page. This story resonated with me because I just felt so much while reading it. I felt their joy, their love, their despair, their heartaches, I truly felt it all. This has been by far a story that not only has stuck with me but one of absolute favorites from this author. I can't recommend it enough. *ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mandy White (mandylovestoread)

    I am fairly new to the historical fiction genre and still finding what I like. I thought I would love this one, set in London. But for me it was too heavy on the romance and I didn't warm to any of the characters. It felt a bit too much like a few other books that I have read with the fashion and war, and a character that doesn't want love but finds it... Not for me but plenty of others have enjoyed it. Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for my copy of this book to read. I am fairly new to the historical fiction genre and still finding what I like. I thought I would love this one, set in London. But for me it was too heavy on the romance and I didn't warm to any of the characters. It felt a bit too much like a few other books that I have read with the fashion and war, and a character that doesn't want love but finds it... Not for me but plenty of others have enjoyed it. Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for my copy of this book to read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    I like Karen White novels and have read many of them. She is usually a solid 4-5 stars for me. So this review pains me a little because even though I love this author, this one didn't work for me. It felt overworked and a little on the long side. Both of which I could overlook, but those weren't the only two things making my list. Before I get into the deal breakers, I want to say I liked the espionage angle and I also liked the characters, especially Maddie, Colin and Precious. So that gets an I like Karen White novels and have read many of them. She is usually a solid 4-5 stars for me. So this review pains me a little because even though I love this author, this one didn't work for me. It felt overworked and a little on the long side. Both of which I could overlook, but those weren't the only two things making my list. Before I get into the deal breakers, I want to say I liked the espionage angle and I also liked the characters, especially Maddie, Colin and Precious. So that gets an extra star. I will only mention the two major things that were the deal breakers for me. One was the predictability. Instead of bread crumbs leading to the truth, it was bright neon signs worthy of Vegas that led the way which didn't leave much to the imagination. Then believability was the other issue, especially when it came to the friendships, the love angle, and Maddie's job, as well as the cover-ups. The author told the reader about those things, but it would have been nice to see some of it. Overall it didn't ring true. So it pains me to only give out 2 stars here, but that's all I have for this one.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    The Last Night in London by Karen White tells a very poignant story of two women during World War 11 in London, as well as a 2019 link with one o the women.  It is one of the best dual time lines that I have read, it goes together so seamlessly. The story has mystery - what happened back in those early war times. What happened to some of the people who seem to have been wiped from the  face of the earth.  And in 2019 Cassie seems to be hiding something, there is an air of mystery to her as well. The Last Night in London by Karen White tells a very poignant story of two women during World War 11 in London, as well as a 2019 link with one o the women.  It is one of the best dual time lines that I have read, it goes together so seamlessly. The story has mystery - what happened back in those early war times. What happened to some of the people who seem to have been wiped from the  face of the earth.  And in 2019 Cassie seems to be hiding something, there is an air of mystery to her as well.  It wasn't until I had finished this book that I discovered Cassie had been a part of two previous books, and I had read the first one. I intend going back and reading that, then the second and then this one again! This one is a standalone book, but will be the richer for reading the three I do believe! For readers who are fascinated by the fashion industry back just before the war and on into it. And if you love old houses and London that will help too. As the story develops, the clues emerge  slowly. There are a couple of twists that make this so worth hanging in with.  The characters are well developed and I really felt for them. I felt saddened by some of the war events, and chuckled at some of the gentle humour at other times.  There are secrets, some betrayal, love that endures and heartbreak. Well really this book has so much to offer.

  11. 4 out of 5

    MicheleReader

    In 2019, Maddie Warner, who had spent a year studying at Oxford, travels back to London from the United States to write a freelance article for her friend Arabella who is a fashion editor at British Vogue. It is a feature on fashions during the war years. She’s to interview 99-year-old Jeanne “Precious” Dubose, who has an extensive collection of vintage clothing and is also a woman she recently learned is a distant relative. This assignment proves to be much more than expected as Precious is rea In 2019, Maddie Warner, who had spent a year studying at Oxford, travels back to London from the United States to write a freelance article for her friend Arabella who is a fashion editor at British Vogue. It is a feature on fashions during the war years. She’s to interview 99-year-old Jeanne “Precious” Dubose, who has an extensive collection of vintage clothing and is also a woman she recently learned is a distant relative. This assignment proves to be much more than expected as Precious is ready to reveal her wartime secrets. She asks Maddie to find her friend Eva. In this dual timeline story, author Karen White takes us back to London in 1939 where Precious and her best friend Eva Harlow are fashion models working at the House of Lushtak. While modeling fashions for a future bride, they become fast friends with Sophie St. John and Eva soon falls in love with the dashing Graham St. John, brother of the bride. Eva, who has changed her identity, hides her lower-class background from the St. Johns as she would be deemed unsuitable for Graham. Once England declares war on Germany and the bombings begin, it becomes hard to determine who is on which side. And Eva’s lies put her life in jeopardy. In the present, as Maddie is trying to put together the mystery of Precious and Eva’s story, a bond develops between the two woman and it appears that Maddie is also has her own secrets. Maddie is reunited with Colin Eliot from her time at Oxford. His family has been very close to Precious and help with her care. Colin still resents Maggie’s abrupt departure from his life. The Last Night in London is an engaging wartime story which connects the past to the present. The creative way in which the story unfolds will satisfy. I first discovered Karen White through the books she has written with Beatriz Williams and Lauren Willig and have gone on to read several of her individual works as well. In addition to bringing back the character of Maddie, who appears in two of White’s earlier books, I enjoyed the return of Precious Dubois from All the Ways We Said Goodbye, which is a wonderful collaboration with Williams and Willig. Many thanks to Berkley / Penguin Publishing Group for the opportunity to read this book in advance of its publication. Rated 4.5 stars. Review posted on MicheleReader.com.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Guylou (Two Dogs and a Book)

    📚 Hello Book Friends! THE LAST NIGHT IN LONDON by Karen White was a delightful, exciting, and emotional read. This a beautiful story of courage, betrayal, and love. Maddie Warner comes to London to interview 99 years-old Precious Dubose. Precious was a super-model and Maddie is hoping to write an article about fashion during WWII. The story is written in two times, present and late 30’s early 40’s. We follow the lives of two fashion models, Precious Dubose and Eva Harlow, and the people they bef 📚 Hello Book Friends! THE LAST NIGHT IN LONDON by Karen White was a delightful, exciting, and emotional read. This a beautiful story of courage, betrayal, and love. Maddie Warner comes to London to interview 99 years-old Precious Dubose. Precious was a super-model and Maddie is hoping to write an article about fashion during WWII. The story is written in two times, present and late 30’s early 40’s. We follow the lives of two fashion models, Precious Dubose and Eva Harlow, and the people they befriended. We witness their friendship, their involvement in the war, and their betrayal. I was enthralled with the beautiful writing, the interesting characters, and the surprising ending. If you love WWII stories that offers a different perspective on the war, this one is for you. #bookstadog #poodles #poodlestagram #poodlesofinstagram #furbabies #dogsofinstagram #bookstagram #dogsandbooks #bookishlife #bookishlove #bookstagrammer #books #booklover #bookish #bookaholic #reading #readersofinstagram #instaread #ilovebooks #bookishcanadians #canadianbookstagram #bookreviewer #bookcommunity #bibliophile #thelastnightinlondon #karenwhite #penguinbooks #berkley #bookreview

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    This wonderful new historical fiction by Karen White is a fantastic read -- it's a dual time line novel with mystery, romance, fashion and family. The Prologue gives us a mystery - who is the woman that is carrying the baby in London as the bombs are dropping all around her. I didn't want to put down the book until I found out the answers to those questions at the end. Along the way, there was a story full of interesting characters during WWII and in the present day. 1940's - Precious and Eva mee This wonderful new historical fiction by Karen White is a fantastic read -- it's a dual time line novel with mystery, romance, fashion and family. The Prologue gives us a mystery - who is the woman that is carrying the baby in London as the bombs are dropping all around her. I didn't want to put down the book until I found out the answers to those questions at the end. Along the way, there was a story full of interesting characters during WWII and in the present day. 1940's - Precious and Eva meet at the train station in London and they quickly become roommates and best friend and felt like sisters. They are both beautiful and in London to become models. They are very different from each other - Precious is from America and is quick to talk about the family that she left behind. Eva is ashamed of her past and her poverty and has reinvented herself to a new person. Despite this difference, they both become popular models and have sparkling social lives until the war starts to affect them. Eva falls in love with an aristocrat and feels like her life is perfect until she makes some poor decisions and ends up in the midst of intrigue and secrets. As she tries to protect her secrets and wait for her boyfriend to return to London, her friendship with Precious remains the most important part of her life. Can this friendship be sustained as the bombs fall on London and change their world? Current - Maddie is an American journalist who travels to London to interview Precious. She plans to write an article about fashion before the war and wants stories from Precious to go along with pictures of dresses from the era. Maddie's life has been scarred by the death of her mother and her fear for her own health so she is careful not to get emotionally close to anyone. Maddie and Precious get close and as her stories of WWII begin to unravel, Maddie learns that many of the stories can be applied to her own life and maybe help her find happiness. In a dual time line novel, I normally like one story line better than the other but in this book, I found both storylines and the characters in them to be interesting and intriguing. The star of the novel is Precious and she is a big part of both timelines and a character that I won't soon forget. I loved the way that the two story lines were interwoven and came together at the end. I also enjoyed the romances - both past and present day and thought that the entire book was fantastic.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    I was totally charmed by this story of women dealing with the past and future in London and Georgia. Maddie believes she is in London to write a fashion story about women’s clothing during WW II, instead she becomes engrossed in the life of Precious Dubose, a very distant relative with many secrets. As we read further, we learn that Maddie also lives with secrets, so compelling, that she has put her life and emotions on hold. White transports the reader back to London at the start of the war usi I was totally charmed by this story of women dealing with the past and future in London and Georgia. Maddie believes she is in London to write a fashion story about women’s clothing during WW II, instead she becomes engrossed in the life of Precious Dubose, a very distant relative with many secrets. As we read further, we learn that Maddie also lives with secrets, so compelling, that she has put her life and emotions on hold. White transports the reader back to London at the start of the war using descriptions that are incredibly vivid which careful research made flawless. This book has the best elements of historical fiction and romance. Maddie is a likable protagonist, surrounded by a group of other interesting and well formed characters. Of course it is Eva, a mysterious woman who has transformed herself, that propels the plot forward. It is she who captured my attention. .I am an Anglophile so I loved being transported to 1940’s London. I loved the beautiful descriptions of fashions and the intrigue that surrounded Precious and her best friend Eva. Maddie resists emotional attachment because of her own secrets and fears, but women will find these references interesting. It is the relationship between the two women that bring Maddie to a point where she can imagine her own future. Thank you Netgalley for this terrific novel. I truly enjoyed it and look forward to recommending it to book groups.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

    We meet Precious in 1939 as she and Eva are making their way to becoming famous models. We meet Precious again in 2019 at ninety-nine years of age and willing to tell her story. We meet Maddie in 2019 as she has been chosen to write Precious's story. Going back and forth in time and seeing the characters come to life in both periods is marvelously done by Karen White. I always enjoy dual timelines and especially when the earlier time has fashions from another era, WWII stories, endearing friendshi We meet Precious in 1939 as she and Eva are making their way to becoming famous models. We meet Precious again in 2019 at ninety-nine years of age and willing to tell her story. We meet Maddie in 2019 as she has been chosen to write Precious's story. Going back and forth in time and seeing the characters come to life in both periods is marvelously done by Karen White. I always enjoy dual timelines and especially when the earlier time has fashions from another era, WWII stories, endearing friendships, and characters you will love. The friendship between Precious and Eva is the main focus of the story as we follow them as war breaks out and then when they lose touch. I really enjoyed seeing the lives of Precious and Eva during the war and was looking forward to seeing what Maddie was able to find out about Eva since Precious said she just disappeared one day. We live through the Blitz with them, and we get to share their lives, their happiness, their fears, and their sorrows. Of course there is an evil character to spoil things. You won't want to stop reading because you will want to know what secrets Precious has as well as what secrets Maddie is keeping. THE LAST NIGHT IN LONDON has another wonderful story line written in Karen White's pull-you-in, won’t-let-you-go style. Don’t miss this one. 5/5 This book was given to be by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Thank you as always to the author, the publisher and NetGalley for an advanced arc of this novel. This was very jarring to read, as all throughout the book, dashes were in the wrong place, for exam-ple, this hap-pened through-out. I didn't enjoy this at all. I don’t think the author has the faintest clue what London was like during the Blitz, let alone posh London. Names are pulled from The Peerage (look em up) which was bizarre. Plot unlikely. I saw the plot twist at 25%. Occasional flashes of b Thank you as always to the author, the publisher and NetGalley for an advanced arc of this novel. This was very jarring to read, as all throughout the book, dashes were in the wrong place, for exam-ple, this hap-pened through-out. I didn't enjoy this at all. I don’t think the author has the faintest clue what London was like during the Blitz, let alone posh London. Names are pulled from The Peerage (look em up) which was bizarre. Plot unlikely. I saw the plot twist at 25%. Occasional flashes of brilliances in the modern dialogue, for example, Arabella, Colin and Maddie talking about her ring tones was HILARIOUS and rang completely true. But the dialogue in general was stiff and trite. Needs a complete re-edit and re-write and remove those dashes!!! #TheLastNightInLondon #NetGalley Was this review helpful?

  17. 5 out of 5

    Maureen

    This is a captivating dual time novel. I could not put it down. London 2019: Madison Warner an American journalist is sent to London to interview Precious Dubose about her life. Precious and her friend Eva Harlow were fashion models in 1939. Eva finds herself falling in love with Graham St. John. Graham is from a very highly regarded family. Graham does not know about Eva’s past. She has even changed her name and reinvented herself. Eva becomes involved in espionage and falls deeper and deeper. Th This is a captivating dual time novel. I could not put it down. London 2019: Madison Warner an American journalist is sent to London to interview Precious Dubose about her life. Precious and her friend Eva Harlow were fashion models in 1939. Eva finds herself falling in love with Graham St. John. Graham is from a very highly regarded family. Graham does not know about Eva’s past. She has even changed her name and reinvented herself. Eva becomes involved in espionage and falls deeper and deeper. The Blitz devastates London. Whatever happened to Eva? Precious knows the truth, but is now 99 years old. Will Maddie uncover the truth in time? Maddie finds out that Colin an old friend of hers from College is a family friend of Precious and is living in her home. Maddie has her own secrets and demons to contend with. As Maddie looks at all the beautiful dresses and purses that belonged to Precious, she finds clues and secret messages. Maddie becomes distracted with Colin they have unfinished business from the past. This is a very well written historical fiction novel filled with mystery and intrigue. I highly recommend it. I received an advanced copy of this book, through Goodreads.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Susan Peterson

    I’ve read and loved all of Karen White’s books, but this book feels like the book she was always meant to write. This dual timeline story is filled with intrigue and mystery, love and devotion, family and home. The timelines blend seamlessly, the historical chapters placing the reader directly into that time and place, the present-day chapters imparting wisdom, truth, and a depth of emotions. Each character is finely drawn with multiple layers, especially important in a story where lines are blu I’ve read and loved all of Karen White’s books, but this book feels like the book she was always meant to write. This dual timeline story is filled with intrigue and mystery, love and devotion, family and home. The timelines blend seamlessly, the historical chapters placing the reader directly into that time and place, the present-day chapters imparting wisdom, truth, and a depth of emotions. Each character is finely drawn with multiple layers, especially important in a story where lines are blurred, and where characters change and grow continuously.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Kaade

    Figured some things out but still wanted to read to get the whole story. Love k white

  20. 4 out of 5

    Bonnye Reed

    I received a free electronic ARC of this excellent historical novel from Netgalley, author Karen White, and publisher Berkley. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me. I have read this novel of my own volition, and this review reflects my honest opinion of this work. Karen White writes a tightly told tale with precise location details and historical facts. This is her first historical novel that I have read. This is an exceptional look into wartime London with a sweet mystery on the sid I received a free electronic ARC of this excellent historical novel from Netgalley, author Karen White, and publisher Berkley. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me. I have read this novel of my own volition, and this review reflects my honest opinion of this work. Karen White writes a tightly told tale with precise location details and historical facts. This is her first historical novel that I have read. This is an exceptional look into wartime London with a sweet mystery on the side. Two women, separated emotionally by time and space and each still grieving the loss of a special soul. They share a many-great grandfather, according to Ancestry.com. What else do they have in common? Madison Warner, known as Maddie to her friends, is a thoroughly modern (Spring, 2019) freelance American journalist. Mourning the loss of her older sister to the same breast cancer that took their mother, knowing that she too carries the gene and probably has the same potential outcome, Maddie resolves to hold herself away from friendships and relationships, not willing to put this sort of emotional pain on the heart of another. With that in mind, she is currently working on a special article covering women's fashions during WWII. What reverberations did the war have on the concept of fashionable attire in Europe? What consequence did the concept of 'fashion' have on the mindsets of Londoners during the war - especially during the nightly bombing runs over London? And what effect did the war have on the concept of 'fashion? Her timing is nearly perfect. Couture houses in London are establishing a museum featuring haute couture throughout the twentieth century. And Jeanne 'Precious' Dubose, an in-demand model in the 1930s and 1940s in both London and Paris and a 'collector' of outfits she has modeled, is about to celebrate her 100th birthday. What better viewpoint can Maddie find for her article? Packing up her jeans and button-down shirts, she prepares to head out to London. Precious Dubose is 99 years old and failing in health. The very thought of interviews and of bringing up the past is disheartening, but she knows her time is short. The question is whether or not she will continue to hide the truths of that past, or will use this opportunity to bring it all out into the light? She is the only soul involved in the heartbreaking wartime conspiracy still breathing air, so the decision is entirely hers to make. Will she trust this young lady to handle the truth fairly and compassionately, or allow all their secrets to die with her? pub date April 20, 2021 Berkley Reviewed on Goodreads, Netgalley on April 7, 2021. Reviewed on AmazonSmile, Barnes&Noble, BookBub, Kobo, and Googleplay on April 20, 2021.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    Date reviewed: August 28, 2020 When life for the entire universe and planet turns on its end and like everyone else you "have nothing to do" while your place of work is closed and you are continuing to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation, superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. And it is way too hot to go outside, so why not sit in from of the blasting a/c and read and review books?? I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Date reviewed: August 28, 2020 When life for the entire universe and planet turns on its end and like everyone else you "have nothing to do" while your place of work is closed and you are continuing to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation, superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. And it is way too hot to go outside, so why not sit in from of the blasting a/c and read and review books?? I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do and because I don't like repeating the store over again in my review ... I tend to stick to the facts. New York Times bestselling author Karen White weaves a story of friendship past and present, love, and betrayal that moves between war-torn London during the Blitz and the present day. (Well, that was short!! SO I have to break my own rule and tell you of the story .... ) A lovely lady named Maddie goes to London to write about WWII era fashions un the UK and gets in a whirl of discovery upon discovering a distant relative's life and secrets. Aren't secrets amazing?? Yes, they are because Maddie, a very plucky Georgian has a lot of her own. There is a lot of detail in this book so we know that Miss White did her due diligence in her research - and it is a nice blend of fiction and romance without it becoming being too treacly Secrets are always fun to have, read about and discuss in a book club, so I am going to recommend this book to a LOT of people....next spring. It comes 8 months from now so I am pregnant with another great set of news of a fantastic book coming out. It is marked on the calendar to order and to recommend as it is .... flawless. I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE ONE SUGGESTION, THOUGH .... it is hard from the cover to tell if one is in London or Paris ... it needs more clear and obvious geographical monuments like a clear view of Parliament or Big Ben... As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I love emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/Tik-Tok and YouTube Millionaires/etc. " on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it 😷😷😷😷😷 (Stay home, save lives!)

  22. 4 out of 5

    Dkbbookgirl

    Lovely historical fiction Wonderful characters- Precious, Eva, Maddie, Colin- lived them all I read quickly until near the end- I so wanted to know what happened, but I also did not want the story to end!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tammy O

    I enjoyed this story much more than I expected to. I loved the idea of showcasing the fashions and stories of a 1939 top model. My favorite characters were Eva, Graham, Precious and Sofia. The prologue grabbed me from the start. I spent the entire book wondering who the mystery woman was who walked across London during an air raid to deliver a newborn baby in a suitcase. Who was the baby? What home did she go to? Karen White slowly unraveled the story and wrapped it up beautifully. I found the S I enjoyed this story much more than I expected to. I loved the idea of showcasing the fashions and stories of a 1939 top model. My favorite characters were Eva, Graham, Precious and Sofia. The prologue grabbed me from the start. I spent the entire book wondering who the mystery woman was who walked across London during an air raid to deliver a newborn baby in a suitcase. Who was the baby? What home did she go to? Karen White slowly unraveled the story and wrapped it up beautifully. I found the Southern references a little disruptive to the mood of the book--but others might enjoy those. Advanced reader copy courtesy of the publishers at NetGalley for review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    I’m not frightened.” Mr. Danek’s eyes darkened. “You should be. Being brave isn’t the same as not being frightened. Being brave is feeling frightened and still doing what needs to be done.” I have to state it from the outset, this book was amazing! From the gripping prologue I simply could not put it down and lost myself in a complete other world. If historical fiction is your thing - particularly WWII - then stop right now and go get yourself a copy. Two equally compelling storylines, two friend I’m not frightened.” Mr. Danek’s eyes darkened. “You should be. Being brave isn’t the same as not being frightened. Being brave is feeling frightened and still doing what needs to be done.” I have to state it from the outset, this book was amazing! From the gripping prologue I simply could not put it down and lost myself in a complete other world. If historical fiction is your thing - particularly WWII - then stop right now and go get yourself a copy. Two equally compelling storylines, two friends in war-torn London whose secrets will impact upon those in years to come - this is a story that had it all! ‘She looked past me, and in her eyes, I imagined I saw the reflection of airplanes in a night sky, of flames bursting through windows.’ This would be one of the best dual time narratives I have read - whether I was dressing for a night out in London with bombs reigning down, or sifting through old photos in search for a clue - I was there breathing in the smoky room or smelling the nostalgia literally leaping off the old black and white photos. The delicate and clever links from one timeline to the next were subtle and intuitive. The mystery - whether it be in 1940 or 1919 was there and little ‘crumbs’ dropped along the way only encouraged you to not put the book down as the drama played out and I audibly would gasp as I felt my heart constrict knowing this was how things would possibly play out. “That’s the point of photographs, isn’t it, Maddie? To choose which parts of our lives we want to remember?” The characters (....pause....sigh....) well, I just felt so much for so many of them. Karen’s writing is so rich that I found myself either tearing up as tragedies unfolded or alternatively, smiling at the romantic banter and consequent tension between would-be lovers. There will be secrets, there will be betrayals, there will be love and there will be absolute heartache. The stories from either life in the South (Georgia USA) or during the blitz in London were informative and engaging - particularly the latter. The old fashion house of London and those that worked there were iconic on so many levels. ‘A life without rain is like the sun without shade.’ I consider myself a connoisseur of this time period having read so many books and this one is up there with the best of them. Karen brings to life so many places, people and problems that I was running to air raid shelters or sipping whiskey late at night in quiet contemplation. I simply could not get enough of these people and their story. You will have all the feels and I cannot recommend it highly enough. “In case I forgot what?” He glanced down ... “Reinvention.” He lifted his head, met my gaze. “How life is all about reinvention. If you don’t like how your story’s being written, rewrite the ending.” This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The quoted material may have changed in the final release.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Red Ink Book Reviews

    The Last Night in London – Karen White I was given a copy of this book from the publisher in order to provide an honest review. Karen White is a New York Times best-selling author who has written books such as “The Night the Lights Went Out” and “In the Shadow of the Moon”. Maddie is a young woman from Georgia working as a journalist with a passion for photography. Though she hides a painful past from those nearest to her, and even those she keeps at an arm's length away at all times. And in The Last Night in London – Karen White I was given a copy of this book from the publisher in order to provide an honest review. Karen White is a New York Times best-selling author who has written books such as “The Night the Lights Went Out” and “In the Shadow of the Moon”. Maddie is a young woman from Georgia working as a journalist with a passion for photography. Though she hides a painful past from those nearest to her, and even those she keeps at an arm's length away at all times. And in keeping with hiding from her past, when her friends invites her to London for job writing an article she immediately accepts. Glan for an excuse to hide from her family and the past she keeps hidden. She knows she is to stay with the lady she is to interview for the article, one Precious Dubose, a lady who worked as a model during with war – but what she is surprised to discover is that her old college flame, the one she ran from – is a relative of Precious and lives with her – Colin. Maddie delves into her work, looking through all Precious’s old photographs, mementos and letters, not to mention the many timeless pieces of fashion from her modelling days during the war both in London and in Paris. Yet the deeper Maddie goes into Precious’s past the more she learns that Precious hasn’t told her family about what really happened. Why does Colin’s father not bear any resemblance to his paternal father, who was Precious’s mysterious friend that she does not seem to have kept any letters from? Why do some of the photos seem to have someone cut out from them? Precious has never been one to talk about her past – the most she has been willing to say strange things such as “Grief is a ghost of the past” and insisting that life was about reinvention. Sadly, Precious's health was failing her and Maddie was quickly running out of time to uncover the truth and find this mystery friend. “The Last Night in London” is a captivating and emotional tale of one woman’s survival during a time of war and the personal demons she faced in her life and from the choices she made, while also bringing us back to the present and the troubles that many of us face today. But one message was clear – life is simply too short to not be lived to its fullest. If you can’t tell I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am curious to read the other stories that this author has to offer, because if this book is anything to go by – she is definitely one I will want to keep track of her books as she releases them.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Wheeler

    From 1939 to 2019... The Last Night in London is an enthralling dual time line story - set between Wartime London and the present day and featuring close friends, Precious Dubose and Eva Harlow, trying to live the best lives they can while surviving the Blitz and modelling fashion garments in a city which increasingly needs the distraction of night life and high glamor to keep the reality of nightly death at bay. Precious is still alive, as imperious, mysterious and style conscious as ever, when From 1939 to 2019... The Last Night in London is an enthralling dual time line story - set between Wartime London and the present day and featuring close friends, Precious Dubose and Eva Harlow, trying to live the best lives they can while surviving the Blitz and modelling fashion garments in a city which increasingly needs the distraction of night life and high glamor to keep the reality of nightly death at bay. Precious is still alive, as imperious, mysterious and style conscious as ever, when a young American photojournalist Maddie Warner, arrives to research and mount a Museum show on Wartime fashion. The secrets and vulnerabilities the two women share, though separated by many decades in age, soon create tensions that must end in personal revelations neither welcomes. Karen White has made her name as a skilled and popular author of "grit lit" - Southern state mysteries like the Tradd Street series set in South Carolina. This is her first foray into World War II London but she creates an illuminating world where Londoners smile and dance the night away as the sky rains fire and betrayal in the night clubs is as common as street debris. Maddie is a character from White's earlier stand alone novels set in Georgia - Falling Home and After The Rain. An adolescent in those stories, she has now matured but carries the emotional scars from childhood. Maddie's continuing story was a response to reader requests and its easy to understand why. Karen White had a deft touch for scoping the passion and jealousies, the insecurities and longing of family intimacy and touching souls in ways we can all relate to. I was drawn so much by The Last Night in London that I ventured back into the earlier books to fill out Maddie Warner's childhood story. Sympathetic, colorful, tragic and touching by turns, The Last Night In London does what all great stories should - helps us understand ourselves and our loved ones a little better than before.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Hope Hunter

    This story follows two models in 1941 London and a parallel story of a journalist helping her friend with a historical exhibit for British Vogue magazine. Eva and Precious were two friends and roommates who modeled for a top London fashion house and not entirely aware of the scope of the war. They remained blissfully unaware of world events and continued to enjoy the social whirl of parties and romances until London was targeted and their social lives were halted. Eva found herself in the middle This story follows two models in 1941 London and a parallel story of a journalist helping her friend with a historical exhibit for British Vogue magazine. Eva and Precious were two friends and roommates who modeled for a top London fashion house and not entirely aware of the scope of the war. They remained blissfully unaware of world events and continued to enjoy the social whirl of parties and romances until London was targeted and their social lives were halted. Eva found herself in the middle of espionage and was forced to help a spy or risk her secrets being exposed and her friends' and mother's lives being put in jeopardy. After the Blitz in London, Eva and her love, Graham, disappear without a trace. Meanwhile, Precious returns to America and lives to 100 carrying the weight of her and Eva's secrets and histories. One of Precious's distant relatives, Arabella, is organizing an exhibit for British Vogue on the change in fashions during World War II and have received permission to use the clothes Precious has in storage. She asks her college friend, Maddie to collaborate and research and write Precious' story. Maddie is also distantly related to Precious and looks forward to the introduction and spending time with Arabella. As Maddie begins uncovering the memories attached to each beautiful garment, she finds herself dealing with secrets in her own life. Precious tells Maddie her life is not already carved out for her and that she can always reinvent herself. Maddie's storyline was a little difficult for me; I found her prickly and had a harder time empathizing with her. The Southern vernacular phrases thrown in were humorous but did not "fit" with the overall story and were a little jarring for me. Maddie's character just wasn't as real to me as the other's in the book. In the end, her storyline kind of dragged on for me, when I wanted more of the ramifications and effects of Precious and Eva's exposed secrets on the family. I loved Eva's and Precious' story and wanted more of it. It was a beautiful story of two young girls enjoying young adulthood and life in the midst of high society in London. Eva's romance has the reader swooning at true love, and the descriptions of the beautiful clothes the girls modeled made me want to visit a museum or find a vintage clothing store. The girls were so naive about world events and a little in denial of the impending horrors of the war and the constant bombing they would begin experiencing, but when they had to face it, they showed strength and resilience. Finally, as Precious begins to tell Maddie pieces of the story, and some of the secrets begin to be uncovered, we see the tragedies of friendship, betrayal and true love and the effort to find peace with choices made and the effects of self-imposed atonement.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Courtney | Novel Maven

    (3.5 stars, rounded up) Trigger warnings: cancer, grief, murder, war Eva Harlow and Precious Dubose are fashion models in London during World War II. Both women are hiding secrets, including Eva's hidden identity. Eva thinks small-town Ethel isn't glamorous enough to be a model, so she's completely reinvented herself. Eva and Precious are the best of friends before the war. Eva is dating aristocrat Graham St. John and is sad when he becomes a pilot for the RAF, leaving her and Precious alone in Lon (3.5 stars, rounded up) Trigger warnings: cancer, grief, murder, war Eva Harlow and Precious Dubose are fashion models in London during World War II. Both women are hiding secrets, including Eva's hidden identity. Eva thinks small-town Ethel isn't glamorous enough to be a model, so she's completely reinvented herself. Eva and Precious are the best of friends before the war. Eva is dating aristocrat Graham St. John and is sad when he becomes a pilot for the RAF, leaving her and Precious alone in London. In Graham's absence, Eva finds herself embroiled in intelligence missions. But whose side is she on? In 2019, journalist Madison Warner travels to London to interview Precious Dubose for a story about fashion during the war. During her interviews and investigations, Precious asks Maddie to find Eva if she wants the entire story. Saskia Maarleveld and Barrie Kreinik are good narrators for the story, with one reading the wartime story and one reading the contemporary one. Maddie's Southern accent sometimes slips into a more non-regional American dialect, but other than that the performances are solid. Recommended for fans of World War II fiction and historical women's fiction. Mystery readers will also enjoy the investigation into Eva's whereabouts. I received an electronic galley copy of this title from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Read the review and get readalikes here: https://guenevol.wixsite.com/novelmav...

  29. 5 out of 5

    Karen D

    Ugh, this is hard to review. I really wanted to like it, I love Karen White and the dual-timeline historical fiction stories she does so well. But I just had so many issues with this, that I really can't recommend it. Instead, do yourself a favor and read The Secret Keeper instead. Synopsis: London, 1939 - Eva Harlowe and Precious Dubose are models and best friends, and Eva finds herself caught up in a world of espionage as she tries to keep her past a secret from the man she loves. London, 2019 Ugh, this is hard to review. I really wanted to like it, I love Karen White and the dual-timeline historical fiction stories she does so well. But I just had so many issues with this, that I really can't recommend it. Instead, do yourself a favor and read The Secret Keeper instead. Synopsis: London, 1939 - Eva Harlowe and Precious Dubose are models and best friends, and Eva finds herself caught up in a world of espionage as she tries to keep her past a secret from the man she loves. London, 2019 - Maddie is interviewing a 99-year-old Precious on her life as a model during the Blitz, and uncovers some decades-old secrets. So, I did REALLY enjoy the WWII timeline. Eva was a great character, and it was very easy to root for her, and the espionage storyline was just fascinating. I would have loved this book if it had just stayed in that timeline. But then, the 2019 storyline. Maddie is just awful, and I found myself disliking the book more the more I had to read about her. She's not intentionally unlikeable (which I'm ok with)...but her Southern "charms" are just annoying and distracting, and her logic for not wanting to fall in love is just absurd and honestly really immature. I got so sick of her whining about how no one understands what she's facing and has been through. Also, the big twist at the end was so obvious, I felt let down when it turned out exactly as I'd expected from the second chapter. I'm sure there will be plenty of reviewers who disagree with me, it's already got a really good score on Goodreads, but I just was really disappointed by it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Anne Slater

    Three stars not 4 or 5: somewhat formulaic and not great literature, but engaging. Characters well drawn. The most hateful one never displays a redeeming quality but I don't remember (3 days after finishing the book) what happened to him in the end. I just stopped to give the book its 4th star: the two main characters overcome the somewhat irritating alternating of chapters between the late 1930s and the early 2000s (the beginning of World War II in England, and the present day). You keep wantin Three stars not 4 or 5: somewhat formulaic and not great literature, but engaging. Characters well drawn. The most hateful one never displays a redeeming quality but I don't remember (3 days after finishing the book) what happened to him in the end. I just stopped to give the book its 4th star: the two main characters overcome the somewhat irritating alternating of chapters between the late 1930s and the early 2000s (the beginning of World War II in England, and the present day). You keep wanting to know WHAT HAPPENED TO EVA? A small thing that delighted me was a little physical fact about one of the characters that was dropped casually early on, and its place in the dénouement of the mystery. Will YOU notice it? This book would make a great movie if given the appropriate length for story development (perhaps a 5-episode drama would work). There is so much built into the narrative and deleting any of it would be just wrong.

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