1. The Printed Letter Bookshop
    The Printed Letter Bookshop
    Katherine Reay
    Thomas Nelson / 2019 / Trade Paperback
    $12.49 Retail: $16.99 Save 26% ($4.50)
    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 34 Reviews
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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Truly a novel for #booknerds.
    July 15, 2019
    cameracourt
    This novel leans towards character-driven women's fiction with a gorgeous nod to books and faith and even looks at the roles of women in family, career, and relationships of all kinds.

    The Printed Letter Bookshop is part philosophical view of human nature and part love letter to books and stories, all expressed on a journey of three unlikely friends steeped in grace. Katherine Reay is a reader and clearly knows her craft. The love of books is prominent in all of her stories, coupled with a storytelling style that reveals just enough of a complex situation and each character's plight bit by bit, drawing the reader in to their stories and hearts.

    With The Printed Letter Bookshop, three lives intersect because of the legacy of another woman. This legacy impacts them in unforeseen ways, all living through and learning the about life's challenges, the pain that sometimes accompanies love, how to grow and forgive, and even the joys and laughter found in unlikely kinship.

    One of the best parts of this story is the slowly unfurling love story that's magnetic and unlike anything from Reay thus far. The romance is less prominent in this than her typical style but still integral to the story. When Madeline and a certain someone are in the same scene, it sparkles. Along with the "new" romance of Madeline's, I appreciate how Claire and Janet's POVs explore different stages of romance, even complacency and loss, through a lens of relationship and love.

    This is truly a book to lose yourself in and yet find the wonder of story again. With nods and references to countless stories (and a lovely reading list at the back!), I found myself adding to my to-be-read list every few chapters. If you're a return Reay reader, you might spot a few references to her other fictional characters in the pages!

    Thank you to the publisher for a complimentary review copy. This is my honest review.

  2. Canada
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Emotionally gripping
    July 8, 2019
    KavR
    Canada
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "I believe God can do tremendous things through you -- once you stop trying to wield all the power yourself." (p 226)

    Seriously, you can't go wrong with a book shop setting as far as I'm concerned, but Katherine Reay takes this to such a higher level that I'm pretty much gobsmacked. How to write a review?

    The basics: Three women at crossroads in their lives. Each with secret hurts and fears. All battling inner demons that try to push them down. Connected by the legacy of an incredible woman whose loving good works continue on even after her death. It's told from three points of view. Their stories are expertly woven together -- the pacing, the way the walls they've built around themselves slowly crumble and fierce friendship ensues...well, it's incredibly powerful and moving. But there's so much more that I can't seem to find the words to say.

    Like how this book pulled me into an emotional upheaval and then spewed me out tender and sore, but renewed somehow. The way it spoke truths to me. Simple ones about family and faith and acceptance. About looking beyond the prickliness to find something comforting to hold onto. About the power in story -- whether they are printed out or lived out. And maybe, the most important of all, the power of love. Whether's it's the heavenly kind or the romantic kind or the enduring friendship kind. That's what the essence of this book really is. Love. Pure and simple. And life altering.
  3. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    Perfect bookshop
    June 10, 2019
    jsrn18
    Enjoyed this book. It took a while to get into and seemed just as you got into a story line, it would jump to something else. The story was good overall and I loved the books mentioned through out the book.
  4. Seattle, WA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent release
    June 1, 2019
    mDav
    Seattle, WA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    I've read every single Katherine Reay book to date, so when she announced a call for street-team applicants, I immediately jumped. (And yet, here I am, late with my review. Sigh. Better late than never.) YES, PLEASE. WHERE DO I SIGN, I said. Not a question a statement.

    The Printed Letter Bookshop lived up to every expectation I had, and then some. Deeper than several of Reay's other books, it explored the lives of three characters intertwined by a bookshop owner's death. I couldn't help but channel "You've Got Mail" throughout; fans of the movie will not be disappointed.

    I occasionally struggled to keep secondary characters straight, and picked up on most mainstream book references; note that a majority of the fiction represented in the bookshop is, indeed, mainstream. It's not the neighborhood Christian bookstore (which probably went out of business where you are anyway, just like mine did).

    I don't believe previous characters of Reay's showed up here but that just means I need to re-read her other books to verify, right? Steady on I'll be back.

    I received a copy of the book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    a book about facing challenges, friendship and more
    May 28, 2019
    Patti P.
    The Printed Letter Bookshop looks at life, death, family relationships and more. When families become estranged from one another, it provides the basis for numerous unexpected paths to be taken. Divorce, estrangement, and difficult family relationships all play a role in this book, but my favorite part is the bookstore itself. It seems to be the type of place to build community in its heyday while being the stuff heartbreak comes from in later years.

    When Madeline inherits her estranged aunt's bookstore, she initially wants only to sell it. As a high powered attorney, she only has dreams of making partner. But when she is passed over for that promotion, she decides to manage the bookstore while preparing it to sell.

    Jessica has faced divorce and more. Courtney has her own family problems as well. But can these three women save the bookstore? Read the story to find out for yourself.

    I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.
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