Found in a Bookshop: The perfect Autumn read - heart-warming and unforgettable

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Found in a Bookshop: The perfect Autumn read - heart-warming and unforgettable

Found in a Bookshop: The perfect Autumn read - heart-warming and unforgettable

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I also liked the times when the author directly addressed the reader, telling us that it is okay not to love the book that everyone else is raving about, and that it’s okay to give up on a book which we are not enjoying, that reading should be a pleasure and not a chore.

There is a great deal of talking about, loss in all its forms and I was very upset at times during the book. I know I couldn’t have listened to it if it had been published earlier, so the timing has been perfect for me.

One day a letter arrives from George and Rosemary enclosing a cheque and asking them to send them books they can read aloud to each other. Overall this is an intelligent, refreshing and heart warming book that I adored, and would recommend to everyone who reads - so that's all of you! The book touched my heart, but it was a difficult read as the pandemic and lockdowns seem so recent and perhaps it provoked some panicky memories of which I didn’t realise I had until I read this book. I didn't realise before I read it that there was a book that came before it, but I have now bought that to read as well, as I think it will fill in some of the gaps and Archie was talked about so much that I want to know more about him.

All of those things are legitimate realities, but they felt a little more tossed in there than part of the story itself. On the whole I found this book to be an uplifting read but there were times I had to put it down and take a moment, thanks to a couple of heart-shattering moments. I adored this novel but I cautiously recommend it, as I am aware that the Covid-19 pandemic is ongoing and a novel about it may be triggering for some people. The book recommendations throughout the story have a wide range of offerings, with a sentence or two to describe why it was added as a possibility of interest and intrigue to answer an individual’s request.

I would recommend this if you like issue-laden contemporary women’s fiction and don’t mind a large number of book recommendations. Overall the feeling of being back in lockdown and if you suffered from separation from your family or a devastating loss then really this isn’t the book for you. The author provides the list of recommended books and "Questions for Book-sharers" at the end of the novel. I loved Lost For Words so I was looking forward to this but I’m afraid I found it very disappointing. The novel encourages us to remember that sometimes, to move forward, there are goodbyes, and many are goodbyes that we never want to say.

However, there is enough references to understand the main characters in this novel and what had happened previously.Fell in love with the characters and their stories that happened in a time that I turned to books as well. This is a time when, pre-vaccine, people who caught Covid were extremely ill, when NHS staff were exhausted, when other key workers such as supermarket workers and public transport staff daily put themselves at risk and when in general, most people were genuinely terrified. Sometimes we see the person request the book again, we get to learn what happened in the next chapter, sometimes we don’t. There are lots of interesting characters in the book and it is surprising just how many different characters appear so that took a little bit of getting used to. However, she introduced wayyy to many secondary characters that were not integral to the main plot and it just got distracting.

Others flit in and out of the book and we get to know their situations and the unique pressures facing each of them at that time. I have just finished it, I struggled to start with which I think was due to the formatting on my arc from netgalley.This sparks an idea in Loveday and it makes her realise that there is something positive they can do to help people through the crisis and help the business into the bargain. I had a little smile when Flowers for Mrs Harris by Paul Gallico was mentioned, as I’m currently listening to that on audiobook.

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