“Bloomsbury Girls” Book Tour

Title: Bloomsbury Girls: A Novel
Author: Natalie Jenner
Genre: Historical Fiction, Women’s Fiction
Publisher: ‎St. Martin’s Press (May 17, 2022)
Length: (368) pages
Format: Hardcover, eBook, & audiobook
Tour Dates: May 2-29, 2022

Book Description:

Natalie Jenner, 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 in Bloomsbury Girls.

Bloomsbury Books is an old-fashioned new and rare bookstore 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 fiancé 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.

Book Trailer

Watch the trailer HERE.

Audio Book

Narrated by esteemed stage and screen actress Juliet Stevenson, enjoy the full unabridged edition of Bloomsbury Girls. “Stevenson delivers the satisfying triumph at the end with perfect polish.” —AudioFile Magazine

Listen to the Audiobook sample HERE

Advanced Praise

“Jenner follows The Jane Austen Society (2020) with another top-notch reading experience, using the same deft hand at creating complex, emotionally engaging characters [against] a backdrop chock-full of factual historical information… Fans of Christina Baker Kline, Kate Quinn and Pam Jenoff [will] appreciate this gem.”—Booklist (starred review)

“An illuminating yarn… Fans of emotional historical fiction will be charmed.”
Publishers Weekly

“Bloomsbury Girls is an immersive tale of three women determined to forge their own paths in 1950s London. Jenner has proven to be a master at spinning charming, earnest characters and paints a vivid picture of postwar England. I wanted to stay lost in her world forever!” —Stephanie Wrobel, internationally bestselling author of Darling Rose Gold

“Bloomsbury Girls is a book lover’s dream, one of those rare reads that elicits a sense of book-ish wistfulness and nostalgia. Jenner has created a colorful cast of characters in a story about friendship, perseverance, and the ways that determined women can band together in a man’s world. You’re in for a treat.” —Sarah Penner, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Apothecary

Purchase Links

AMAZON : BARNES&NOBLE : BOOK DEPOSITORY : BOOKSHOP : GOOD READS : BOOKBUB

A message from the author

Dear readers, I am immensely grateful for the outpouring of affection that so many of you have expressed for my debut novel The Jane Austen Society and its eight main characters. When I wrote its epilogue (in one go and without ever changing a word), I wanted to give each of Adam, Mimi, Dr. Gray, Adeline, Yardley, Frances, Evie and Andrew the happy Austenesque ending they each deserved. But I could not let go of servant girl Evie Stone, the youngest and only character inspired by real life (my mother, who left school at age fourteen, and my daughter, who does eighteenth-century
research for a university professor and his team). Bloomsbury Girls continues Evie’s adventures into a 1950s London bookshop where there is a battle of the sexes raging between the male managers and the female staff, who decide to pull together their smarts, connections, and limited resources to take over the shop and make it their own. There are dozens of new characters in Bloomsbury Girls from several different countries, and audiobook narration was going to require a female voice of the highest training and caliber. When I learned that British stage and screen actress Juliet Stevenson, CBE, had agreed to narrate, I knew that my story could not be in better hands, and I so hope you enjoy reading or listening to it. Warmest regards, Natalie

Author Bio:

Natalie Jenner is the author of the instant international bestseller The Jane Austen
Society and Bloomsbury Girls. A Goodreads Choice Award runner-up for historical fiction and finalist for best debut novel, The Jane Austen Society was a USA Today and 1 national bestseller and has been sold for translation in twenty countries. Born in England and raised in Canada, Natalie has been a corporate lawyer, career coach and, most recently, an independent bookstore owner in Oakville, Ontario, where she lives
with her family and two rescue dogs. Visit her website to learn more.

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My Review:

I love the cover, title and the line about rules are meant to be broken.

Its the end of 1949/beginning of 1950 in London. The bookshop Bloomsbury Books has been around a hundred years! It follows the POV of many characters that work or are affiliated with the bookstore. Evie, from The Jane Austen Society, has a job interview to catalogue rare and old books. The interview doesn’t go as she could’ve foreseen.

I loved how each chapter heading had a rule. Some I found humorous but some were awful! Employees weren’t allowed to buy anything?! Pure torture!

I loved every character! I loved the different dynamics of womanhood that was presented and how they were real, strong heroines even if their lives weren’t perfect. They kept at it and working to be better because they knew they deserved better. I can’t think of a more perfect book to review on Mother’s Day and how there are so many great examples and mentors of this around the world. I hope everyone a spitfire friend like Vivien, a quiet observant friend like Evie and a caring Grace. The older women: Mimi, Ellen and Daphne, reminded me of the Golden Girls; and how they just had fun together.

This is a wonderful women’s fiction/historical and I can’t wait to see what Jenner does next. I received an advanced paperback copy from the publisher and Austenprose PR. These are my own thoughts and opinions.

By Leslie_G

I love books and anything bookish!

1 comment

  1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Leslie. I loved that the book is set in a London bookshop. The three main characters are so engaging. I was totally hooked into their stories. I can’s wait to see what Jenner offers us next.

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