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From the Publisher
Welcome to Winsome, Illinois, and The Printed Letter Bookshop
“Powerful, enchanting, and spirited, this novel will delight.” —Patti Callahan, bestselling author of Becoming Mrs. Lewis
“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.” —Rachel McMillan, author of Murder in the City of Liberty
About the Author
Katherine Reay is the national bestselling and award-winning author of Dear Mr. Knightley, Lizzy and Jane, The Brontë Plot, A Portrait of Emily Price, The Austen Escape, and The Printed Letter Bookshop. All Katherine’s novels are contemporary stories with a bit of classical flair. Katherine holds a BA and MS from Northwestern University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and is a wife, mother, former marketer, and avid chocolate consumer. After living all across the country and a few stops in Europe, Katherine now happily resides outside Chicago, IL. You can meet her at www.katherinereay.com; Facebook: KatherineReayBooks; Twitter: @katherine_reay; or Instagram: @katherinereay.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- File Size : 2656 KB
- Publisher : Thomas Nelson (May 14, 2019)
- Publication Date : May 14, 2019
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 337 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07DT45N19
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 0785222006
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #48,382 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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I want to spend my days as a fellow bookseller alongside Madeline, Claire, & Janet. I love when books show true, good, & kind female friendships – which doesn’t happen enough, in my opinion. We also watched them grow to understand themselves, as well as, their families and each other.
This was such an utterly heart-warming book. And, honestly, for being put out under a Christian publishing imprint, it was not pushy in any way. I am generally greatly put off by a lot of Christian novels only because I feel preached at and pushed upon. This book, however, felt...normal, is the best way to describe it. As someone who grew up in the Bible-Belt, talking God and church were just an everyday thing, a way of life. That’s how this story was – people speaking of Bible verses that were important to them. There was no preaching, there was no judgment...just talking. I appreciated that.
If you feel like hugging a book today, please go and purchase ‘The Printed Letter Bookshop.’
A Big THANK YOU to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson/HarperCollins Publishing for their digital copy to read and review.
1) Madeline is a young and single lawyer who spends all of her moments working, 2) Claire is a mother of teenagers who feels lost in her life’s purpose, and 3) Janet is a recently divorced woman with family angry and disappointed on all sides of her. These three women are brought together in The Printed Letter Bookshop and through the bookstore and personalized reading lists, they form an unbreakable bond that holds through the clear skies and the dark storms.
It was a little too light and happy for me, but I still loved it and value the life lessons and endless book references. It lead to a fulfilling book discussion for our book club, and I would be interested in reading a sequel to this if one came to be. Speaking of, this book has hints of faith here and there, but not overbearing for non-Christian readers.
But then, as the layers of our heart are peeled back, we see the growth in each character and long for that transformation in our own lives. Madeline seeks contentment rather than success, Claire finds strength, and Janet learns humility.
And all because of the legacy of Aunt Maddie and The Printed Letter Bookshop.
Only Katherine Reay can write a book in which three strong, independent women find themselves in Proverbs 31.
The story was touching as these three women, Madeline, Janet, and Claire walked through their own struggles within their lives. Each one had to figure out who they once were, who they were now, and who they wanted to be.
I would have to say that Janet was my least favorite character at the beginning of the book, but she was the one I seemed to be focusing on the most as I read. Watching her grow, watching her change into the godly woman she was becoming was a real treat.
Each woman had made great strides by the end of the book, no one remained stagnant, but Janet and Madeline seemed to improve the most, and I would say that Madeline had made the biggest sacrifices for a bookshop she originally wanted nothing to do with.
Reay’s book is a relaxing read filled with love, loss, self-awareness, and a bit of humor that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys books (many references were made to a plethora of books as it was a bookshop) and likes to see characters grow.
I felt as if I were part of their circle. I felt I could identify with each of the three main characters. The text pulled me, moved me, and left me begging for more. I was truly sad when I came to the final page.... Simply beautiful.
If you are looking for a read that is light and deep, with subtle hints of faith, romance, heart change, forgiveness, new beginnings, and books to be added to your TBR pile, then I encourage you to pick up this story. You won't be disappointed.
Top reviews from other countries
The lives of three very different women are suddenly interwoven after the death of Maddie , the warm-hearted owner of a local bookshop. Janet and Claire have actually been working together the past year side by side in the Print Letter Bookshop, but their perceptions and realities seem to very afar one from the other. The 3rd is Maddie’s niece, Madeline, who is a fancy Chicago lawyer whose life is at cross-roads when she loses the partnership she thought was already hers plus the sudden surprise of an unwanted inheritance: a house in Windsome, and old Volvo, storage and her late aunt's beloved bookshop.
It has been very curious, but if you ask me why I read this book, I must confess that it called my attention from the moment I saw the beautiful cover (which I presume that it is exactly the same wallpaper covering the walls of the bathroom at the shop) and read the word Bookshop, which simply allures me with the promises of literary talk and the job of my dreams. I adored the many allusions to books that are constant and a key to the narrative because they subtly suggest a fraction of the personality of each of the characters or the evolution they were heading to. I really enjoyed this light-hearted story with its perfectly intertwined narrative styles, which I personally believe may be attached to all three tenses: past, present and future but within the same chronological frame. Each voice is delicately representing the inner struggle of the characters toward the oblivious awakening each of them undergoes.
Again, I found this novel refreshing, vibrant and nurturing. The colourful characters and setting of this narrative have been enchanting and deliciously delineated. The shop’s own personality is as significant as any other character and it embodies the sense of community within the story.
Lastly, it’s ironical how the only character who is actually no longer among them is the invisible nexus that strives to keep them united and to see them moving forward.
All in all, it’s a book of revelations, of an awakening of the self and a book of books. Each of these women could be either your sister, neighbour or mother, they are framed as realistic females with their own issues to overcome. What else could ask for a summer read? It’s highly recommended
Made me think a lot.