Publication Date: May 3, 2022
A forbidden wartime romance begins just as German planes fill the skies over London in 1940. A playful and heartfelt read perfect for fans of Dear Mrs. Bird, The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir, and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.
When Maisie Beckett steps into her brother’s struggling London hobby shop during wartime, she’s confronted with two harsh realities: the looming threat of a Nazi invasion and the shop’s dire financial situation. Determined to prove herself to her parents and keep the shop afloat, Maisie moonlights as a pinup photographer, covertly boosting the shop’s earnings. In the midst of London’s nightly bombings, Maisie finds herself irresistibly drawn to the shop’s co-owner, Cal Woodbury, captivated by his quick wit and bashful smile—and his mysterious secret.
But Cal made a promise to his best friend and business partner, Roy—a promise that he would never pursue a romantic relationship with Maisie, Roy’s sweet and beautiful sister. As the German bombs rain down upon London, and as Cal’s bond with Maisie deepens, he discovers that some promises are impossible to keep. When Roy deserts the Navy and unexpectedly appears at Cal’s doorstep, Cal is forced to choose between his loyal friend and the woman he’s falling for.
While London goes to war around them, Maisie and Cal face their own battle—finding their courage and recognizing their worth.
A young woman sent to London during the German bombings of World War II finds the courage to pursue a career.
Maisie Beckett is happy to help at the family store co-owned by her brother’s best friend, Cal. However, she doesn’t know that her brother, Roy, has already declared her off-limits.
The Hobby Shop on Barnaby Street serves up a sweet wartime romance. Author Jillianne Hamilton demonstrates the resilience of women through Maisie’s character by giving her a path to pursue her love of photography as a way to offset the store’s lack of income.
However, her career choice draws criticism from her family and leads to the unraveling of a secret. Meanwhile, Cal is stuck between his loyalty to Roy and his attraction to Maisie.
Ultimately, The Hobby Shop on Barnaby Street is a story that demonstrates how love can sprout in the most unlikely of situations.
Jillianne Hamilton writes entertaining historical fiction and historical romance novels with happy endings. Her stories feature feisty female protagonists and plenty of sass and wit, using the past as an exciting backdrop. Her debut novel was shortlisted for the 2016 PEI Book Award.