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Thursday, August 30, 2018

The Bookshop of Yesterdays by Amy Meyerson Review

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The Bookshop of Yesterdays

Title:  The Bookshop of Yesterdays
Series: a novel
Author: Amy Meyerson
Where to purchase: Amazon
Print Length: 368 pages
Publication Date: June 1st, 2018
Publisher: Park Row; Original edition
Edition: paperback advanced reader copy
Genre: women's fiction, adult fiction, books about books, contemporary, mystery
BOOK LINKS: Goodreads | AmazonBook Depository | Barnes & Noble Indie Bound 

I won an ARC of The Bookshop of Yesterdays from a Goodreads giveaway. I listed to the audiobook version on Hoopla from my local library.

Synopsis:

A woman inherits a beloved bookstore and sets forth on a journey of self-discovery in this poignant debut about family, forgiveness and a love of reading. Miranda Brooks grew up in the stacks of her eccentric Uncle Billy’s bookstore, solving the inventive scavenger hunts he created just for her. But on Miranda’s twelfth birthday, Billy has a mysterious falling-out with her mother and suddenly disappears from Miranda’s life. She doesn’t hear from him again until sixteen years later when she receives unexpected news: Billy has died and left her Prospero Books, which is teetering on bankruptcy—and one final scavenger hunt.

When Miranda returns home to Los Angeles and to Prospero Books—now as its owner—she finds clues that Billy has hidden for her inside novels on the store’s shelves, in locked drawers of his apartment upstairs, in the name of the store itself. Miranda becomes determined to save Prospero Books and to solve Billy’s last scavenger hunt. She soon finds herself drawn into a journey where she meets people from Billy’s past, people whose stories reveal a history that Miranda’s mother has kept hidden—and the terrible secret that tore her family apart.

Bighearted and trenchantly observant, The Bookshop of Yesterdays is a lyrical story of family, love and the healing power of community. It’s a love letter to reading and bookstores, and a testament to how our histories shape who we become.

Main Characters

  • Miranda Brooks, 8th grade history school teacher in Philadelphia
  • Uncle Billy

Plot

The book starts off with a story about the last time Miranda had seen her Uncle Billy on her 12th birthday. Told from 28 year old Miranda's POV after finding out her Uncle was dead. Following an elaborate scavenger hunt set up by Billy, Miranda hunts for clues in books and letters that lead to people from Billy's past discovering just why she hasn't seen him in the past 16 years.

Setting

Miranda inherits Prospero Books from her Uncle and spends summer break in Los Angles figuring out if she is going back to Philadelphia where her teaching job and boyfriend are or staying and running a business. 

Theme

Family Secrets and loss with the love of reading

What did I like about the book?

Its probably weird, but The Bookshop of Yesterdays is a beautiful love letter and an apology. It is full of raw emotions, believable family dynamics, and loss. Miranda really gets to discover who Billy was as seen through other's eyes, not just the fun loving uncle she remembered as a child but a husband in love, passionate scientist, and grieving widower.

What did I not like about the book? 

I went into reading the book by the description thinking it was in the Mystery genre. Everything I guessed from the very beginning was 100% correct and no real surprises or OMG moments. Unfortunately I have read way too many mystery books recently and nothing was surprising in the story so I thought I had been duped. Its NOT a mystery, just adult fiction, which is fine except my expectation was misplaced. 

Date Started/Finished : August 21st-27th, 2018


Recommend? um, maybe?

If you like books about books, or following literary clues without expectation of an actual mystery then this book is for you. 
Rating: 3/*****
based off Goodreads' ratings:  3 stars – liked it, average read

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Disclosure: This paperback book was provided to me for free from a Goodreads giveaway promotion. Whether positive or negative, my blog review is my own and may differ from others opinions. This review is simply a compilation of my thoughts and opinions of this book.  If you have any questions, just post them and I'll be happy to answer as best as I can. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Counting on You by

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Counting on You


Title:  Counting on You
Series: an Amarillo Sour novel
Author: Laura Chapman
Where to purchase: Amazon
Print Length: 206 pages
Publication Date: August 28th, 2018
ASIN: B07FC5NKFD
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Edition: kindle/ebook
Genre: romantic comedy, contemporary romance
BOOK LINKS: Goodreads | AmazonKobo | Barnes & Noble Google Play iTunes
I received an ARC of Counting on You from Happily Ever Insta for review purposes.

Synopsis:

Is love worth the risk?

Math teacher Haleigh Parde has no desire to change her single status until she receives an invitation to her high school reunion. With her ex spreading rumors she needs a date and fast. Desperate times call for desperate measures and Haleigh finds herself meeting a blind date at a neighborhood bar called Amarillo Sour . . .

After watching Haleigh crash and burn, app developer Ian Henning makes her a proposition. If she'll provide honest feedback on his new dating app, he'll guarantee her a date to knock the socks off her former classmates. Even better, he—and the other Amarillo Sour regulars—will help her navigate the rocky road of dating.

Through setups ranging from awkward to absurd, Haleigh discovers her matchmaker might just be better than the matches. And Ian wonders if she's the answer to everything he's worked for professionally. Or is she something much, much more . . . 



Laura Chapman is the author of sweet and sexy romantic comedies. A born and raised Nebraska girl, she loves watching football, traveling, crafting, and baking. When she isn’t writing her next story, she is probably working at a museum by day and binge-watching Netflix with her cats Jane and Bingley at night. So, basically, she’s living large.
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Disclosure: This ebook was provided to me for free from a Happily Ever Insta promotion. Whether positive or negative, my blog review is my own and may differ from others opinions. This review is simply a compilation of my thoughts and opinions of this book.  If you have any questions, just post them and I'll be happy to answer as best as I can. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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