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*I received my copy from NetGalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
Disclaimer: My sincere thanks to NetGalley and Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books for providing me with a complimentary Kindle e-book copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
My Review: From the cover photo of a woman holding a stack of books (bliss!) to the short book description I knew that requesting this book from NetGalley was a no brainer for this bookworm.
The things that I loved the most about this book were the descriptions of New York City and The Owl -- the bookstore where Emse works. Author Deborah Meyler has a unique talent in describing the sights, sounds and smells of Emse's little corner of NYC and the quaintness of The Owl. It was so clearly described that I could almost smell the old books stacked precariously all over the store and could easily envision myself wandering through the stacks in the search of a new read.
Unfortunately, I cannot say that the animate characters of the story appealed to me as much as the city or the bookstore. Esme was not a main character that I connected with. She was the clichéd overly naïve academic who was book smart but shows the reader that education does not automatically mean a person is 'street smart' too. I have nothing against a naïve character. They can be charming and a beginning point for an authentic self awareness journey. But, there's naïve and then there's gullible and I'm afraid that Esme came off to me as more and more gullible as the story went on. It got to the point where I just wanted to shake some sense into her.Read more ›
Reading this left me quite frustrated at times, I lost count of the number of times I wanted to shout at Esme (the main character) or slap some sense into her. She makes bad decision after bad decision in her relationships; she could have got rid of the boyfriend to save herself all the games. The relationship with Mitchell didn't really make much sense anyway. The author puts Esme across as this intelligent women who's independent enough to cross the Atlantic to further her education and then decide she's capable of raising a baby on her own, yet she becomes completely dependent on the love/approval of a man who to be quite frank is a complete arse (not to mention not particularly well developed as a character). I know this is a trait that is fairly common amongst chick-lit romances but at least the author could give us a consistent character.
Another slight niggle I had with the book were the frequent literary and art references, some of them quite obscure. I don't usually mind the odd reference, they're one of the reasons why I found jasper fforde's `Thursday Next' books so enjoyable, however there is a point where they get too much. They didn't really add too much to the plot other than to verify Esme's knowledge of Art History so the reader is able to just over look them and move on but if you are the curious type and not a literature or art buff you may find yourself having a sneaky Google every now and then.Read more ›
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Great read! I would definitely recommend it to anyone interested.Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
"The Bookstore" is a good story with some interesting and well-drawn characters. The protagonists, however, are not among them. Esme is a Ph.D. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Pacific Indie Traveller
I thoroughly enjoyed following Esme through the ups and downs of her life. A young woman falls for a man ten years older than she. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Fancifalls
Lots of love or hate comments here, I fall somewhere in between.I have a taste for stories about personal growth. Read morePublished 3 months ago by L. Nicolson
I'm sorry, but this book is just plain boring. And when it's not boring, it's plain irritating. The (so-called) heroine is completely spineless, and the fiancé is completely... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jill
This is one of the finest novels I have ever read. It is absorbing and witty and gives an authentic view of a small piece of Manhattan. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
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