The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce

music shopThis book description had me at record shop and set in the 80s.

This book wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, but at the same time it was more than I had hoped for.

The story is about Frank, the owner if a record shop in 1988 London that only stocks vinyl. There is a cast of supporting characters that make up the small neighbourhood the shop is located in. Frank’s life changes the day that Ilse, a mysterious woman, faints outside his shop one day.

Frank’s gift is that he can tell the song that you need to hear to fix what ails you. I am a huge music fan, and I am aware of the healing power of music. I was very much into the concept of music as a prescription for healing.

This could have been a simple love story. Between Frank and Ilse. Or between Frank and music. But it’s more than that. There are themes of moving on from your past, standing by your principles, and fighting for what you believe in.

There is a thread of what I thought was sadness, but I think it’s more accurate to say that it’s tenderness. The author obviously has great emotion for the topics that she writes about. This book is also, surprisingly, laugh out loud funny. (I won’t spoil it for you.)

If you are looking for a good read, that isn’t too taxing but is rewarding. This is your book. And, if you are a fan of music I would definitely check this out.

As a bonus, there is a Spotify playlist that goes along with this book: https://open.spotify.com/user/penguinbooks/playlist/1skEBZppUBtHBXxdcYIHns
(If you are like me, in these situations, you like to listen along with the songs.)

I rated this book 4/5 stars on Goodreads.

Full disclosure: I received this eARC from NetGalley for a fair and honest review. (Thanks NetGalley!)

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