by Katherine Reay
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.
Readers, I have to be honest - I stray away from books that tend to look like what people may consider "chick lit". I know that's bad, but I really dislike that term! Not so much for the book itself and it's content, but because I don't believe "chick lit' is a genre. It sounds more like an insult sometimes actually. Well, this book has taught me otherwise. I need to learn to push through that label so I can actually appreciate the book.
This was a lovely book about family and friendship and books. There are several perspectives - from the women that helped Maddy run her bookshop and the niece who wasn't visiting her at the end. I also usually don't like more than 3 perspectives in my books, but each of these characters, Claire, Janet, and Madeleine, are so different that I was able to appreciate each of their POVs. Each one is going through their own paths and when you mix grief and hurt in there - well, it makes it extremely interesting.
This was a heartfelt book about love - whether it be romantic, family, or friendship. I was into the book from beginning to end - and I definitely recommend it.