The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay
Published by Thomas Nelson on May 14, 2019 (expected)
Genre(s): fiction, contemporary, women’s fiction
Format & Length: e-book, 336
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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.
When I first came across The Printed Letter Bookshop, I immediately thought it would be right up my alley and was excited to get an advance copy through Netgalley. It didn’t take long once I opened it up and began reading to realize just how much I would love it!
This story is wrapped around the lives of three different women, Madeline, Janet, and Claire, and the bookshop that pulls them together. It is told through each of their perspectives in turn, slowly but surely unraveling their tales. Although each of these women have life experiences and personalities that are different from my own, there was a piece of each of them that I could identify with, making them all incredibly relatable. I found myself riding along the rollercoasters of their lives and relationships, cheering them on and tearing up for them.
In addition to the wonderful characters, there was so much bookishness within these pages that warmed my heart. The bookshop setting, along with the many book references and even book lists mentioned, delighted this lover of books about books. The plot was a bit easy to predict, but I can’t say that I particularly cared as I so thoroughly enjoyed watching it unfold. And Reay’s writing style really worked for me, flowing well and making for quick and easy reading.
In the end, I loved The Printed Letter Bookshop so much I simply couldn’t put it down! Recommended for fans of contemporary women’s fiction and books about books.
*Thanks to the publisher for providing an arc of this edition via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.