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"The Bookshop of Yesterdays" by Amy Meyerson

4 out of 5 stars Published by Park Row on June 12th, 2018 368 pages Genre: contemporary fiction Format: book Read in 2 months Read in 10 sittings Sat on TBR for 1 year "A woman inherits a beloved bookstore and sets forth on a journey of self-discovery in this poignant debut about family, forgiveness, and a love of reading. Miranda Brooks grew up in the stacks of her eccentric Uncle Billy's bookstore, solving the inventive scavenger hunts he created just for her. But on Miranda's twelfth birthday, Billy has a mysterious falling-out with her mother and suddenly disappears from Miranda's life. She doesn't hear from him again until sixteen years later when she receives unexpected news: Billy has died and left her Prospero Books, which is teetering on bankruptcy—and one final scavenger hunt." Review: The mystery and family drama drew me in from the start. There was an immediate sense of curiosity into Miranda's family secrets. I was blown away by the big reveal and did not see that plot twist coming at all. I also thought the story wrapped up nicely, and there were no loose ends. (+1) The writing style is nothing crazy. I was able to picture each scene and character fully. (+1) Any booklover is going to love this world that Meyerson created. All the locations are perfect, and I fell in love with Prospero Books. I felt like I've been going there my whole life. (+1) The organization is fine despite going back and forth with flashbacks. I was never confused and thought the story progressed slowly at some points but made up for it by the end of the chapter. (+.5) I had a love-hate relationship with Miranda. I agreed with most of her decisions, but some had me shaking my head. Because of that, I found it hard to connect with her wholeheartedly. (+.5) My favorite part was the scavenger hunt that Billy left Miranda. I thought it was a fun and lighthearted quest. My least favorite part is a particular scene with Miranda. I almost stopped reading it because I thought she was acting utterly immature and annoying. After that scene passed, I was able to get back into the book. Any booklover would adore this book. There is mystery, family drama, and a little romance that will keep the reader engaged. If you are looking for a quick, light read, then this one is for you.


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