I heard about this book online and loved the gorgeous cover and the premise of a bookseller who collects the letters and cards she finds in the books in her second hand bookshop. I was reluctant to read it at first though as I thought it simply couldn't live up to the idea of it that I had in my head. However when my good friend Margaret at Bleach House Library reviewed and recommended to me I knew I just had to give it a go.
Happily I can say that the book did not disappoint.
It is a a dual timeline story (yes you know my favourite) with Roberta in the present day who collects the memorabilia she finds in the books at work. She works at a second hand bookshop, a job she loves and each Roberta chapter has a little quote from one of her finds. Roberta is a great character she likes her own company and she has developed her own routine and she sticks to it, she is in a bit of a rut, it is only as the story unfolds she realises that she does need other people in her life. Dorothy was my favourite character she has made a disastrous marriage and longs for a baby but as her husband goes away to war and she is not getting any younger that seems unlikely.
This is a beautifully written book which will appeal to those who are like me fans of the dual timeline novel especially fans of Rachel Hore.
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