I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. Thanks to them for sending it through!
Title: The Printed Letter Bookshop
Author: Katherine Reay
Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 14th May 2019
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 her 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 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 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.
I can honestly say this book was enjoyable from start to finish, I’ve been reading some darker books recently and I was in serious need of something lighter. The title and setting was what drew me to it initially as I love bookshops – of course!
The Printed Letter Bookshop follows the story of three very different women, all grieving for someone very important to them – Maddie – and this is what initially draws them together. However, once they meet, they find they have much more in common and find kindred spirits in each other.
Each character has their distinctive voice and storyline, but they all converge at different points. I didn’t feel particularly invested in any of the characters but this isn’t always necessary for me, as I still liked the story. The novel is very female centric and I think it’s greatest strength is the portrayal of friendship and that family can be created, in the least likely places.
I also liked that there were a lot of literary references and quotes that are in the story and that the author provides a full list of all the books at the end. Little details like this are what makes this book have an intimate feel.
Overall, this was an enjoyable and sweet book, but I can’t see myself re-reading it as it’s a one time read in my opinion. It was a light read and it’s perfect for when you’re in the mood for an easy stand alone story.
I can only say I wish The Printed Letter Bookshop was a real place – it sounds like any bookworms haven. I’d recommend this to any reader who wants a lighthearted but sweet tale to curl up with with over a cosy afternoon or to take on holiday.
★★★ – 3 Star Rating
Until next time,