Title: The Printed Letter Bookshop
Author: Katherine Reay
Genre: General Fiction
Publishing Date: May 14, 2019
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Length: 336 Pages
About the Book:
“Powerful, enchanting, and spirited, this novel will delight.” –Patti Callahan Henry, bestselling author of Becoming Mrs. Lewis
Love, friendship, and family find a home at the Printed Letter Bookshop
One of Madeline Cullen’s happiest childhood memories is of working with her Aunt Maddie in the quaint and cozy Printed Letter Bookshop. But by the time Madeline inherits the shop nearly twenty years later, family troubles and her own bitter losses have hardened Madeline’s heart toward her once-treasured aunt—and the now struggling bookshop left in her care.
While Madeline intends to sell the shop as quickly as possible, the Printed Letter’s two employees have other ideas. Reeling from a recent divorce, Janet finds sanctuary within the books and within the decadent window displays she creates. Claire, though quieter than the acerbic Janet, feels equally drawn to the daily rhythms of the shop and its loyal clientele, finding a renewed purpose within its walls. When Madeline’s professional life takes an unexpected turn, and when a handsome gardener upends all her preconceived notions, she questions her plans and her heart. She begins to envision a new path for herself and for her aunt’s beloved shop—provided the women’s best combined efforts are not too little, too late.
The Printed Letter Bookshop is a captivating story of good books, a testament to the beauty of new beginnings, and a sweet reminder of the power of friendship.
A healthy dose of bookish delight. I don’t know why I didn’t pick this book up sooner! It oozed with bookish references from cover to cover in a way that felt natural and would warm the hearts of true book lovers. The bookstore was not specifically Christian, and so many of the books referenced were from a wide range of genres, but they were mostly well-known titles. The joy of the bookstore helped add light to the read as the characters dealt with some pretty tough stuff. The characters felt real and I was instantly sucked up into their world. The bookstore wasn’t just a building, but a staple in the community thanks to Madeline’s Aunt Maddie. Madeline had no idea what she was in for when she opened up that door to the shop following her aunt’s passing, but oh was it just what she needed! This was my first read by the author but I definitely intend to read more in the future. I really enjoyed it and would highly recommend to bookish friends who love all things bookish.
*I borrowed a copy of this book from my local library. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.