Monday, December 23, 2019

Book Review: The Printed Letter Bookshop

The Printed Letter Bookshop. Katherine Reay. 2019. Thomas Nelson. 324 pages. [Source: Library]

First sentence: People parted around us in the courtyard. No one stopped to say anything—why would they? No one had ever seen us before.

Premise/plot: Madeline Cullen has inherited her aunt’s bookshop, but what is a lawyer to do with it?! Madeline didn’t just inherit part of her aunt’s estate, but all of it—her house, her store, her debts and mortgages. When she leaves her job she decides to temporarily at least run the bookshop. It is in bad shape. It hasn’t made a profit in several years. In the process she gets to know the two ladies who work at the Printed Letter Bookshop, Janet and Claire. These women have something to learn from one another and their growing reliance on each other and God may just see them through this often chaotic season of change.

My thoughts: I really enjoyed this one! It would make a great film!!! I loved the focus on friendship, on forgiveness, on grace. I also loved that Aunt Maddie left each woman a personalized list of book recommendations. How did she know exactly what each would need to learn?!

The book set over the course of one winter and spring is charming and just about right.

© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible

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