The Printed Letter Bookshop, Katherine Reay

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Title: The Printed Letter Bookshop

Author: Katherine Reay

Pages: 336

Genre: women’s lit

Is this part of a series?  No.

Publish Date: May 14th, 2019


One of Madeline’s warmest childhood memories are of the time she spent in Aunt Maddie’s bookshop as a teen.  She loved her aunt- everyone did.   That summer broke her heart too.  After the tech bubble burst a lot of people lost money- and a lot of them blamed her father.  She would never have believed it of Aunt Maddie, though, if she hadn’t seen it.

Twenty years later and with a heart thoroughly hardened, Madeline learns that Aunt Maddie left her everything.  The house, the shop, and an enormous mountain of debt.  She may be at loose ends as far as her career, but she’s a lawyer, not a shopkeeper.  The only sane thing to do is to get down there and sell it.  But then she gets to know the town- the customers that loved Maddie and  the two women that worked with her.  Can she really let this all go?  Add to that, the more stories she hears about her aunt the more she has to question what she knows.  Can she figure out who her aunt was, and more importantly who she wants to be, before she loses her aunt’s legacy?

my thoughts

I love a good family drama almost as much as I love a book that revolves around…. well…. books.  Add a bit of romance and I am happy as a pig in mud.  I will admit that this one started a bit choppy for me, it took some time for me to get into the story’s flow.  Once I did, though, I could not put it down.  Told in three narratives, this book is so much more than just one woman embarking on a new stage of life- though she is…. they all are really.  With Janet you see the lonely woman still madly in love with her ex-husband that messed up not only their relationship but her relationship with her kids.  Claire, the homemaker and mother of teens that just don’t need her as much anymore finds new purpose here.  Everyone learns and grows, and it is beautiful to see.  I also loved seeing how one woman, Aunt Maddie, touched everyone’s lives… how they changed from knowing her.  Honestly, this was just a beautiful book and I cannot recommend it enough.  Five stars with an added one for creativity!  normal star ratingnormal star ratingnormal star ratingnormal star ratingnormal star rating  star-709689_960_720

On the adult content scale, there’s a bit of it.  Lots of language and drinking, along with some tame sexual content.  Nothing too over the top.  I would give it a four. Parental Guidance

          I was lucky enough to receive an eARC from Netgalley and Thomas Nelson in exchange for an honest review.  My thanks!  first to read

The book comes out 5-14-19.  Are you ready?

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