This was a really interesting and engaging story. I have mentioned this in other reviews, I generally don’t read the blurbs on books before reading them – and this was no exception. I have read many stories set in and around and about bookstores and I figured this would be like those. This was not. And I say that in a good way.
This story focuses on Miranda Brooks who ends up inheriting a bookstore when her uncle passes away. Through this process, Miranda and her family are forced to face some family history and secrets that they were hoping would never come to light.
I had no idea where the story was going, and I was very happy to go along for the ride. The author did a great job in balancing the current day with historical passages. As the reader, you uncovered the mystery and truths as Miranda does and I got invested in that and was as curious and upset as Miranda was.
This is an interesting take on the trope of bookstores in books. In this case, the bookstore was almost it’s own character and not just the setting or a catalyst.
The book deals with family – the good and the bad. It also deals with the keeping of secrets and how to balance the keeping and telling of those secrets. This is part mystery, part family drama and part coming-of-age story.
I think this is a great read – especially for the summer. Head outside to your backyard with a cold beverage and crack this book open. You won’t regret it.
I gave it a 4/5 star rating on Goodreads.
Full disclosure: I received this eARC from Edelweiss for a fair and honest review. (Thanks Edelweiss!)