The Blackout Book Club
by Amy Lynn Green
About the book
In 1942, an impulsive promise to her brother before he goes off to the European front puts Avis Montgomery in the unlikely position of head librarian in small-town Maine. Though she has never been much of a reader, when wartime needs threaten to close the library, she invents a book club to keep its doors open. The women she convinces to attend the first meeting couldn’t be more different–a wealthy spinster determined to aid the war effort, an exhausted mother looking for a fresh start, and a determined young war worker.
At first, the struggles of the home front are all the club members have in common, but over time, the books they choose become more than an escape from the hardships of life and the fear of the U-boat battles that rage just past their shores. As the women face personal challenges and band together in the face of danger, they find they have more in common than they think. But when their growing friendships are tested by secrets of the past and present, they must decide whether depending on each other is worth the cost.
My Thoughts This is such a great story, definitely a five star experience! I've loved each and every novel by Amy Lynn Green, she is an author whose books are always on the top of my 'wanting to read' list. This story takes you to Derby, a village close to the coast, in New England. Time period- 1940s, right during WWII. I never really realized exactly how the war affected these kinds of locations. I enjoyed so much reading about this and getting to know more about this historical place and time. I also enjoyed the library and the main characters involved there. Louise. Avis. Martina. Ginny. These four women are at the heart of the story. They get to know each other through the book club, and I loved watching their relationships form and then turn into friendship. I also enjoyed the bits and pieces of a puzzle mixed in throughout the story. Masterful storytelling, wonderful story line. This is a story that will linger in my memory for many days. Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review, and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255