I’ve been reading some really great books lately so thought I’d share with you.
Susan Wiggs is a good author and a great story teller. One of the reasons is her characters, even secondary ones, come to life. And in The Lost and Found Bookshop she doesn’t disappoint.
Authors often get started on a plot by asking the ‘if’ question and in this books blurb the question “If you had to start over, what would you do and who would you be?” is asked.
Natalie Harper has grown up with books and is a firm believer that there is a book for everything. The story starts off fast with Natalie in a job she is beginning to hate and a relationship that has reached its end on her side. Then a tragedy of epic proportion hits, changing her life.
She inherits a failing bookstore complete with responsibility for her beloved ailing grandfather.
Like old buildings? The bookshop is in historic San Francisco and is almost a living character as layers of history, and treasure are uncovered.
Like love? Wow, Peach Gallagher, the contractor Natalie hires to do absolutely have to maintenance is . . . well, Wow.
Like charming old men? You’ll will fall in love with Andrew, Natalie’s grandfather who is having trouble with his memory.
And, in all the character treasures there are ‘real’ treasures.
An excerpt from The Lost and Found Bookshop blurb:
To Natalie’s surprise, her sorrow begins to dissipate as her life becomes an unexpected journey of new connections, discoveries and revelations, from unearthing artifacts hidden in the bookshop’s walls, to discovering the truth about her family, her future, and her own heart.
I gave this story a 5 star. I loved every minute of it.