October 26, 2022

BOOK REVIEW: The Bookshop of Secrets

A collection of lost books holds the clues to her family's legacy…and her future.

Hope Sparrow has mastered the art of outrunning her tragic past, learning never to stay anywhere too long and never to allow anyone control over her life again. Coming to Wanishin Falls in search of her family's history already feels too risky. But somewhere in the towering stacks of this dusty old bookshop are the books that hold Hope's last ties to her late mother—and to a rumored family treasure that could help her start over.

Only, the bookshop is in shambles, and the elderly owner is in the beginning stages of dementia and can’t remember where the books lie. To find the last links to the loved ones she's lost, Hope must stay and accept help from the townsfolk to locate the treasured volumes. Each secret she uncovers brings her closer to understanding where she came from. But the longer she stays in the quaint town, the more people find their way into the cracks in her heart. And letting them in may be the greatest risk of all…


I thought the plot was interesting from the very start. A girl with a scarred past who wants to fade into the background and not set down roots for fear of being hurt again, comes to a new town where she needs the help of others to accomplish her goals before she can pick up and leave again. The author hinted at a treasure, and a treasure hunt. So much of the book had me turning the pages to read more. While the romance was predictable, I didn't see how all the characters were connected until the very end. The author did a great job of weaving a story and family trees so we didn't see every twist and turn coming, only a few little ones perhaps. I did call who the "bad guy" was about mid way through the book, but I will save that for you to find out when you read the book. I love books and reading so I also enjoyed all the famous book references and the fact that they made being a "book nerd' sound like something you want to be, which I think it is! I really enjoyed it and read it in only a handful of days!

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