Mini Book Review: The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay
Title: The Printed Letter Bookshop
Author: Katherine Reay
Genre: Christian Fiction/Romance
Publisher: Thomas Nelson, Inc.
The Printed Letter Bookshop was a cute story about hard times, friendships, and what a bookshop means to the community. Madeline doesn’t grow up with her aunt outside of a few visits here and there thanks to a family riff, but she has pretty fond memories of the bookshop. She is completely taken by surprise when she finds out that the aunt who she shares her name with left her the bookshop and her house after passing away. Madeline has to battle her conscience of why she didn’t visit her aunt when she was sick all thanks to a childhood belief that she later found out was misrepresented. Needing a change in her life after being passed over for partner at her law firm for her ex-boyfriend, she decides to move into her aunt’s house and give running the bookshop a chance…to get it primed to sell.
Janet and Claire are employees at the Bookshop for Madeline’s aunt and were close friends while she was sick. Janet is a bitter woman who has cheated and gone through a divorce and is now suffering the consequences of her choices. It’s everyone’s fault but her own. Claire is a previous stay at home mom, who is just looking for a little escape. But at the expensive of her relationships at home, she is struggling to hold on to her identity while raising teenagers who want nothing to do with her. Both Janet and Claire are trying to do their best to show Madeline that even though the Bookshop is failing, it can be turned around and saved.
Throw in a potential love story with a gardener who has his own career shift and Madeline is the queen of projecting her issues with where she should be in life and failures onto him, blocking her blessings. I felt like most of the book didn’t have a point outside of giving extended background information. 75% of the book was laying the foundation for the climax of the story that was easy to predict. It was nice how friendship pulled the ladies together, and everyone had the chance to learn their lessons. I’m giving this quick, cute story about a bookshop 3-stars.
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