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Bestselling author to discuss latest historical fiction book

Louise Fein, author of The London Bookshop Affair, taking part in virtual talk April 8

Creative Aging Books and Ideas (a subsidiary of Art Your Service) presents celebrated author Louise Fein, who will be reading from her newest novel, The London Bookshop Affair, on Monday, April 8, at 2 p.m. EST.

How can you not love Louise Fein? In addition to being a brilliant storyteller, she has an interest in writing about strong, powerful women, the lives of which are often based on true stories and realities that have pushed women down and stripped them of their personal rights in the not-so-distant past.

Readers of Louise’s books are left with a profound desire to be more — more courageous, more stalwart, and more confident and with a deep commitment to stand up and do the right thing on both a personal and patriotic level.

The bestselling author of Daughter of the Reich and The Hidden Child, Louise’s new book, The London Bookshop Affair, is set in London, England, in the 1960s, and is based on the lives of two courageous women, Celia Duchesne, who is working in the bookshop in 1962, and 20-year-old Jeannie, code name Anya Moreau, who was stationed in France in 1943 as part of the resistance movement during World War 2.

I would recommend that in order to get a true sense of the lives and the times on which this book is based, that you read the author’s note section before you begin the book, because it overviews the women and the fractious times in which they strived to make a difference.

The world of the early 1960s was mired in the Cold War, John F. Kennedy was president of the United States, Nikita Khrushchev was premier of the Soviet Union and was politically aligned with Cuba’s president, Fidel Castro. Alarmingly, Khrushchev and Castro were in cahoots as they secretly strategized on placing nuclear missiles in Cuba — a situation that became known as the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Nineteen-year-old Celia and her friends, Daphne and Sam, are highly concerned about this state of affairs and begin attending rallies for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.

“Nobody has any idea what danger we’re in,” states Daphne.

Celia is in agreement on the state of world affairs as governed by these powerful men.

“(They should) … put some women in charge for a change,” she thinks.

While this statement might sound naive in the early stages of the book, it is Celia’s deep convictions and mettle that facilitate the capturing of three high-level Russian spies that are using the London bookshop as their meeting place and ‘drop.’

Register for Creative Aging Books and Ideas’ virtual event featuring celebrated U.K. author Louise Fein and read the full review of The London Bookshop Affair here.



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