Amy Meyerson brings her debut offering – a lovely story full of books, quotes puzzles and finding yourself in
The Bookshop of Yesterdays
Miranda grew up in Southern California, an only child with that one ‘fun’ family member, her Uncle Billy, and his bookstore, Prospero Books. But when Miranda was twelve, Billy didn’t come to her birthday (not unusual) but did appear one last time at 3 am – fighting with her mother and never to be heard from again. Now sixteen years later and living in Philadelphia teaching middle school history, Miranda gets the call from her mother, Billy is dead. Soon this is followed by a book and a clue –the scavenger hunt that would be Billy and Miranda’s last, and she’s off to discover the answer.
From rediscovering Prospero Books, left to her in his will, the clue leads her to more discoveries, more clues and more questions. Questions that her mother and father won’t answer, questions that keep Miranda in LA far longer than the week she expected, making her question the life she had known: this search for answers in which she feels much like the worst of Billy – self-centered and selfish, unable to see the world from another’s perspective.
I adored this story and Miranda’s search: the riddles and clues left in books, highlighted passages that test everyone: Miranda, her new employees, old friends of Billy. I’m horribly useless when it comes to riddles and solving them, but the alternating moments of frustration and joy that Miranda displays with each new clue, realigning her life in lieu of all of the information she’s discovering about people known and unknown. Far from simply a riddle to be puzzled out: this story celebrates readers, authors, bookshops and the people who love books and all they demand and give. Myerson’s debut offering presents her as an author to watch for readers who want smart, compelling and engaging stories: full of references and characters to engage and enjoy.
Title: The Bookshop of Yesterdays
Author: Amy Meyerson
Published by: Harlequin
Published on: 12 June, 2018
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Audio Length: 11 Hours: 39 minutes
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A woman inherits a beloved bookstore and sets forth on a journey of self-discovery in this poignant debut about family, forgiveness and a love of reading.
Miranda Brooks grew up in the stacks of her eccentric Uncle Billy's bookstore, solving the inventive scavenger hunts he created just for her. But on Miranda's twelfth birthday, Billy has a mysterious falling-out with her mother and suddenly disappears from Miranda's life. She doesn't hear from him again until sixteen years later when she receives unexpected news: Billy has died and left her Prospero Books, which is teetering on bankruptcy--and one final scavenger hunt.
When Miranda returns home to Los Angeles and to Prospero Books--now as its owner--she finds clues that Billy has hidden for her inside novels on the store's shelves, in locked drawers of his apartment upstairs, in the name of the store itself. Miranda becomes determined to save Prospero Books and to solve Billy's last scavenger hunt. She soon finds herself drawn into a journey where she meets people from Billy's past, people whose stories reveal a history that Miranda's mother has kept hidden--and the terrible secret that tore her family apart.
Bighearted and trenchantly observant, The Bookshop of Yesterdays is a lyrical story of family, love and the healing power of community. It's a love letter to reading and bookstores, and a testament to how our histories shape who we become.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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