The Librarian Spy [Book Review] #BlogTour @HTPBooks

July 26, 2022

The Librarian Spy by Madeline Martin

The Librarian Spy by Madeline Martin (cover) Image: two women looking in opposite directions

Genre/Categories/Settings: Historical Fiction, WW11, Books About Books, Espionage, (Lisbon) Portugal, (Lyon) France

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My Summary:

Welcome to my stop on the Harlequin Trade Publishing 2022 Summer Blog Tour for Historical Fiction. Thanks #NetGalley @HarlequinBooks @HTPBooks @Hanover_Square @BookClubbish for a complimentary e ARC of #TheLibrarianSpy by Madeline Martin upon my request. All opinions are my own.

Harlequin Trade Press Blog Tour (showing the covers of several books)

Ava loves her quiet and routine job at the Library of Congress. One day, she receives an unexpected offer from the U.S. Military to pose as a librarian in Lisbon while working undercover to gather intelligence. In France, Elaine works as an apprentice for a printing press run by the Resistance. Ava and Elaine find themselves connecting through coded messages in an attempt to help a Jewish family.

My Thoughts:

Trusted Author: I jumped at the chance to read Librarian Spy when I saw it was by Madeline Martin. I loved The Last Bookshop in London and was eager and delighted to read her new release.

Characters: In dual timelines, we are introduced to two women suddenly caught up in war and espionage. I love stories of people who are living their everyday lives, find themselves in extreme circumstances, and exhibit extraordinary bravery, determination, and grit. Trust is always a challenge as Ava and Elaine work with others to make small but heroic contributions and are the difference makers in one family’s survival. It always makes me wonder what I would do and who I would trust under similar circumstances.

Character-driven and Plot-driven: If you read my reviews you know that I love that perfect balance of character development and a page-turning plot. Martin does not disappoint as she introduces us to characters we can cheer for while including a side of mystery/thriller.

Strong Themes: hope, determination, trust, friendship, sacrifice, dedication, bravery and courage.

Highly Recommended: I completely enjoyed my reading experience, and I’m warmly recommending The Librarian Spy for fans of WW11 historical fiction, for readers who appreciate courageous characters and espionage in their storylines, and for book clubs.

My Rating:  4.5 Stars (easily rounded to 5)

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The Librarian Spy by Madeline Martin (cover) Image: two women looking off to each side

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Meet the Author, Madeline Martin

Author Madeline MartinMadeline Martin is a New York Times and International Bestselling author of historical fiction and historical romance.

She lives in sunny Florida with her two daughters (known collectively as the minions), two incredibly spoiled cats and a man so wonderful he’s been dubbed Mr. Awesome. She is a die-hard history lover who will happily lose herself in research any day. When she’s not writing, researching or ‘moming’, you can find her spending time with her family at Disney or sneaking a couple spoonfuls of Nutella while laughing over cat videos. She also loves research and travel, attributing her fascination with history to having spent most of her childhood as an Army brat in Germany.

Check out her website for book club visits, reader guides for her historical fiction, upcoming events, book news and more:


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  1. Oh, this sounds wonderful. I’m going to have to read this one and I just added it to my TBR. What a wonderful review!

  2. You won me over, Carol. I had been invited to read this one, but was thinking about backing off of WWII fiction, but I just clicked that button. I also loved The Last Bookshop in London and didn’t realize this was the same author. Thanks.

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