Oh man! I just finished an amazing book. A few weeks ago I was quickly scanning the ‘New” shelf at my library trying to grab a quick book before we headed to the children’s area for the kiddo. I quickly read the first paragraph of the book jacket,
“Loveday Cardew prefers books to people (YUM YES, THIS IS ME). If you look carefully, you might glimpse the first lines of the novels she loves most tattoed on her skin. But there are some things Loveday will never show you.”
Okay, this sounds good. A book about bookshops and preferring books to people. Sounds good to me. Next two paragraphs that I may not have finished reading before grabbing it,
“Into her refuge – the bookstore where she works – come a poet, a lover, a friend, and three mysterious deliveries, each of which stirs unsettling memories.
Everything is about to change for Loveday. Someone knows about her past and she cant hide any longer. She must decide whom around her she can trust. Can she find te courage to right a heart-breaking wrong? And will she ever find te words to tell her own story?”
I figured a book about someone working in a bookstore who loves books, should be decent.
It was way more than decent. The writing is beautiful. Loveday has a very traumatic past and an interesting present. The book switches time periods between 2016 which is book present day, 2013 when something happened that is revealed to the reader and to 1999 when her life changed. The jumping around is not hard at all to follow and is a very neat way of revealing to the reader Loveday’s story.
I read this super quick and it was hard to put down. It was moving, entertaining, and shared some hard realities of an abusive relationship. I can’t even use my words to describe the way the author beautifully wrote this book. So many little pockets of humor and tenderness.
What is the last book you read that you just loved?