Book Review: The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay

TW: Infidelity, financial issues, death, some talk of PTSD I was so kindly gifted The Printed Letter Bookshop  from Booksparks t...

TW: Infidelity, financial issues, death, some talk of PTSD

I was so kindly gifted The Printed Letter Bookshop from Booksparks to participate in the #ReadAroundTown challenge, which was so fun getting to try new ways to take photos and I have to say I absolutely love the picture above. It's one of my favorites I've taken lately.

I was pleasantly surprised by this sweet novel, which features a fun, flawed set of characters: Madeline, Janet, and Claire. After inheriting her beloved aunt's treasured bookshop, Madeline intends to sell it right away. Her relationship with her aunt was strained, and she's way too busy to try to deal with her inheritance and all that's come along with it. But Janet and Claire have been running the bookstore for weeks, and they're not quite ready to let go.

I really enjoyed getting to know each of the characters within their own designated chapters. They were each highly flawed, but likable in their own ways. It was interesting seeing their perceptions of each other, which was a friendly reminder you "can't judge a book by its cover," which is fitting because this book is filled with sprinkles of bookish goodies and easter eggs.

"Blood might be thicker than water, but both were thinner than money." - The Printed Letter Bookstore, Katherine Reay

The book was written from the different perspectives of Madeline, Janet, and Claire - which is a format I tend to love, but found it a bit confusing in this book. Each chapter featured a shorter subchapter from each woman, which I felt didn't really give enough time to get into their section of the story, so I did get confused a lot and would have to double-check whose perspective I was reading. Additionally, I wasn't a fan of the picture perfect ending, but as a sweet chick-lit novel, I guess everything's meant to be a bit sugarcoated.

I'd also take note that this novel is a bit Christian. It's not a blatantly in-your-face religious novel, but there are a few bits of Christianity sprinkled in, for anyone that may not enjoy that genre (or for those who are very excited about that genre).

Goodreads rating: ★★★★☆

*Thanks to Booksparks for this free review copy. All opinions, as always, are 100% my own.

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