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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Karen White weaves a captivating story of friendship, love, and betrayal that moves between war-torn London during the Blitz and the present day.

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 her friendship with Precious and everything she holds dear, all it takes is one unwary moment to change their lives forever....

London, 2019. American journalist Maddie Warner, whose life has been marked by the tragic loss of her mother, travels to London to interview Precious about her life in pre-WWII London. Maddie has been careful to close herself off to others, but in Precious she recognizes someone whose grief rivals her own - but unlike Maddie, Precious hasn’t allowed it to crush her.  Maddie finds herself drawn to both Precious and to Colin, her enigmatic surrogate nephew.  As Maddie gets closer to her, she begins to unravel Precious’s haunting past - a story of friendship, betrayal, and the unremembered acts of kindness and of love.

©2021 Karen White (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Karen White devotees old and new will flock to The Last Night In London, a captivating intergenerational story spanning decades from the fashion scene of pre-World War II Europe to present day London. Mystery, peril, and romance combine in a heady cocktail that will keep readers bubbling with curiosity until the last page and thirsty for more when they're done. Bravo!" (Pam Jenoff, New York Times best-selling author of The Lost Girls of Paris)

“What happens when a woman’s secrets become a trap she can’t escape? Romance, intrigue, and a decades-old mystery bind three women’s lives with invisible threads. From the devastation of World War II London to the journey of a modern-day journalist struggling to find herself, Karen White delivers a page turner with heart, grit, and a perfect twist at the end." (Lisa Wingate, number one New York Times best-selling author of Before We Were Yours and The Book of Lost Friends

“Prolific author White (Dreams of Falling, 2018) intertwines the stories of two women, separated by generations but connected by grief, who both survive loss and reinvent themselves after tragedy.” (Booklist)

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This was terrible.

I’m not sure what the worst part of this book was... but here are some of the things I hated about it:

1) the amount of southern cliches. As someone who has spent the better part of 38 years living in the south, I can honestly say I’ve never actually heard anyone speak the way Maddie does.

Not to mention the emphasis on southern style sweet tea, a picnic that included pimento cheese sandwiches on white bread, and the dinner that Maddie that made that included “lip smacking” fried chicken, mashed potatoes & gravy, biscuits, cornbread, ambrosia salad. She had to instruct the British family on how to butter cornbread and eat fried chicken.

It’s insulting that this woman’s (who lives in New York and was educated at Oxford) entire identity is tied up in Southern cliches.

2) a lot of this storyline felt like a rip off of other WW2 novels, including the truth about Precious (and what kind of 99 year old woman goes by the nickname Precious, ffs). I felt like that “twist” was a total rip off of Kate Morton’s “The Secret Keeper”. One of the scenes in the last few chapters felt like it was straight out of Steel Magnolias.

3) The spy plot just wasn’t fleshed out enough. It was all over the place.

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Not for me

I like the narration by Saskia, but Barrie is nails on a chalkboard. I don't know if she was born in the United States. I dislike her voice, and how she pronounces words. Nasal and self-conscious.
The story took forever to get anywhere, and over all was not very interesting , intriguing, or suspenseful.

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I’ve tried but I can’t finish listening to this book!

I love Karen White’s books, but not this one! I keep yelling at one of the characters to stop being so stupid. Another of the characters is nothing but a nasty predator; so obvious, and yet none of the other characters seem to be able to see it! SO FRUSTRATING! There is only one character I care about. I’m sorry, I love Karen White’s books, and I will buy more of them, but this one is a huge “no” for me. The frustration the stupid characters are causing is not worth it!

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I've listened to most of Karen Whites books and love them. So I was excited to see this one but I just can't catch on to this one. It's so slow I may not finish it.

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Beautiful and poignant.

This book grabs your interest in the first chapter and doesn’t let go for the rest of the book. A beautifully woven story between WW2 and present day. Try as you might, you may think you have story figured at beginning but it surprises to the end. As Karen White fan, I realized a couple of chapters in that it is contains characters from Falling Home and After the Rain. (It’s basically 10-12 years later.) Although, it’s nothing like those 2 books. Love how there are 2 narrators.

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Slow Start but Worthwhile

The slow start (boring) nearly had me returning the book which would have been a shame as I ended up loving the story line and the unexpected twists. Really well performed.

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The Last Night in London

I normally love Karen White’s books. This one missed the mark. The story became more and more predictable. The southern characters became almost cartoonish with the over abundance of southern phrases. The performers did a good job with the narration.

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Confused and disappointed.

First two books were by far better.
I was so excited to see this one but ended up disappointed.
Where did the 15 year old niece Suzy come from?
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Cassie character wasn’t consistent.
Maddie is portrayed as bratty and spoiled in this book.

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Loved this Novel!

Both narrators were excellent. The dual stories/time periods were described brilliantly and were relevant. Thank you Karen White for another winner! 29 was fabulous!

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Excellent story!

Detailed characters that come to life! Wonderful intriguing story and kept me on the edge of my seat until the mystery is finally revealed! Thoroughly enjoyed this book!

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