The Printed Letter Bookshop
Score: 5/5 Bookmarks
I'm not going to lie, I'm a sucker for a book with a gorgeous cover. So I was particularly thrilled when BookSparks sent me a copy of Katherine Reay's new book The Printed Letter Bookshop. But this book is SO much more than a pretty cover. It’s an enveloping story about four women’s lives and relationships, intertwined. The characters are rich and relatable, and we follow along as they deal with loss, new beginnings, friendships, motherhood, and of course their relationship to The Printed Letter Bookshop. It’s beautifully written and had me sobbing in parts but laughing out loud in others. I highly recommend you put this on your summer reading list!
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 Madeline’s 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 when 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 for 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.