The British Booksellers

Kristy Cambron’s latest masterpiece, The British Booksellers, seamlessly weaves a tale with forgotten history and timeless themes of forgiveness, love, and resilience against the dual timeline of WWI and WWII. Through skillful narration and rich character development, Kristy Cambron brings to life the entwined stories of Charlotte Terrington, Amos Darby, Eden Holt, and Jacob Cole, revealing the complexities of human nature and the enduring power of hope even in the face of war.

“What defines the human capacity to love? To love meant to accept all—the grit and grief alongside beauty. To endure the harshness of life not with despair, but hope.” ~ Kristy Cambron


Inspired by real accounts of the Forgotten Blitz bombings, The British Booksellers highlights the courage of those whose lives were forever changed by war—and the stories that bind us in the fight for what matters most.

A tenant farmer’s son had no business daring to dream of a future with an earl’s daughter, but that couldn’t keep Amos Darby from his secret friendship with Charlotte Terrington…until the reality of the Great War sobered youthful dreams. Now decades later, he bears the brutal scars of battles fought in the trenches and their futures that were stolen away. His return home doesn’t come with tender reunions, but with the hollow fulfillment of opening a bookshop on his own and retreating as a recluse within its walls.

When the future Earl of Harcourt chose Charlotte to be his wife, she knew she was destined for a loveless match. Though her heart had chosen another long ago, she pledges her future even as her husband goes to war. Twenty-five years later, Charlotte remains a war widow who divides her days between her late husband’s declining estate and operating a quaint Coventry bookshop—Eden Books, lovingly named after her grown daughter. And Amos is nothing more than the rival bookseller across the lane.

As war with Hitler looms, Eden is determined to preserve her father’s legacy. So when an American solicitor arrives threatening a lawsuit that could destroy everything they’ve worked so hard to preserve, mother and daughter prepare to fight back. But with devastation wrought by the Luftwaffe’s local blitz terrorizing the skies, battling bookshops—and lost loves, Amos and Charlotte—must put aside their differences and fight together to help Coventry survive.

“Books are an escape that beckons the reader from the heavy burdens of this world. They can challenge as well as comfort. Entertain and educate. Even save us in ways we’d never expect.”~ Kristy Cambron

From the very first chapter, I was captivated by The British Booksellers depths and the characters’ authenticity. None of us are perfect, and true stories are far from fairytales, yet Kristy Cambron’s ability to portray the imperfections of her characters made their journey all the more relatable and poignant. Through pain, grief, and loss, beauty, hope, and love endure!

Currently living through war myself, reading about the strength and compassion displayed by each character toward their neighbors and enemies was encouraging. The British Booksellers is a testament to the triumph of forgiveness and understanding in a world where bitterness and hatred often prevail. Kristy Cambron masterfully entwines these themes with beautiful stories, reminding readers that falling in love is not without challenges but is rooted in integrity and grace.

“Some pain would never go away. Some choices never alter. But if they’d learned anything from the beauty and brokenness of this world together, it was that light always overshadowed the darkness. And home would always be the place she had with him.” ~ Kristy Cambron

Historical fiction lovers will thoroughly enjoy The British Booksellers. Kristy Cambron’s talent for captivating her audience with accurate historical events while imparting valuable lessons is unmatched, leaving readers both enlightened and deeply moved by the unforgettable stories she creates.

*Thank you, NetGalley and the publisher, for providing me with a pre-release copy of this novel. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.*

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My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Positive content: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Godly content: ⭐️⭐️

Sexual content: ⭐️
Violence: ⭐️
Age: 14+

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