Susan Wiggs brings a lovely story of a struggling bookshop in the heart of San Franciso as it, and the owners, find new opportunities for life and love with
The Lost and Found Bookshop
I’m a sucker for bookshop-based stories, and Wiggs has outdone herself with this one. A family-held building with ties back to gold-rush days, the chance meeting between an ancestor and Hearst, found treasures, and a declining memory all are woven together to present a story with everything you could hope for: books, love, family and new opportunity.
Raised in her mother’s bookshop with her mother Blythe and her grandfather “Grandy”, Natalie was raised on the stories of ‘family history’ and lots of love, if not much money. A single parent, Blythe was Natalie’s best friend and constant touchstone. But the upheaval and struggles with no money and her mother never ‘sticking’ with any one man, and always being a bit sad despite it all led her to find a job that would provide steady income and security. Unfortunately, she hates what she does, and never feels as if she ‘fits in’.
When the sudden death of her mother brings her back to the bookshop with her ailing grandfather, only to see just how bad the situation really is. Her beloved grandfather is dealing with the onset of dementia, the bills for the bookshop are enormous, and she’s feeling utterly incapable of making anything work without selling off the building and stock and starting over.
But there are issues with the building, and for safety sake, she needs someone to address the issues. Enter Peach (Patrick) former marine and father of one of the bookshop’s regular customers, Dorothy. There’s a click between the two, s Natalie is desperately trying to deny it, but Peach is far more than his “Hammer for Hire” business would lead one to believe. From providing options for the store to continue, to helping Grandy with his ‘treasure hunt’ and even little Dorothy coming up with a plan to ‘save’ the bookshop, the story is full of ups, downs and heart. Wiggs has made books, the ties to them and the places they exist, become another character, one that effects and affects every moment. With characters you need to befriend, a couple of relationship missteps from Natalie, and the wonder that is Grandy as he proves that heart, compassion and acceptance are the most important traits one can have, the story is sure to be a favorite of readers who enjoy ‘finding yourself’ stories, bookstores and heart.
Title: The Lost and Found Bookshop
Author: Susan Wiggs
Genre: Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Family Saga, Friendship, Grief, Humor elements, Mystery Elements, Romantic Elements, Second Chance
Published by: William Morrow
Published on: 7 July, 2020
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 12 Hours: 21 minutes
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There is a book for everything . . .
Somewhere in the vast Library of the Universe, as Natalie thought of it, there was a book that embodied exactly the things she was worrying about.
In the wake of a shocking tragedy, Natalie Harper inherits her mother’s charming but financially strapped bookshop in San Francisco. She also becomes caretaker for her ailing grandfather Andrew, her only living relative—not counting her scoundrel father.
But the gruff, deeply kind Andrew has begun displaying signs of decline. Natalie thinks it’s best to move him to an assisted living facility to ensure the care he needs. To pay for it, she plans to close the bookstore and sell the derelict but valuable building on historic Perdita Street, which is in need of constant fixing. There’s only one problem–Grandpa Andrew owns the building and refuses to sell. Natalie adores her grandfather; she’ll do whatever it takes to make his final years happy. Besides, she loves the store and its books provide welcome solace for her overwhelming grief.
After she moves into the small studio apartment above the shop, Natalie carries out her grandfather’s request and hires contractor Peach Gallagher to do the necessary and ongoing repairs. His young daughter, Dorothy, also becomes a regular at the store, and she and Natalie begin reading together while Peach works.
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.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.