Wednesday, June 5, 2019

TLC Book Tours Book Review: The Painted Letter Bookshop

About The Printed Letter Bookshop

Paperback: 336 Pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (May 14, 2019)
Love, friendship, and family find a home at the Printed Letter Bookshop.
Love, friendship, and family find a home at the Printed Letter Bookshop.
One of Madeline Cullen’s happiest childhood memories is of working with her Aunt Maddie in the quaint and cozy Printed Letter Bookshop. But by the time Madeline inherits the shop nearly twenty years later, family troubles and her own bitter losses have hardened her heart toward her once-treasured aunt—and the now struggling bookshop left in her care.
While Madeline intends to sell the shop as quickly as possible, the Printed Letter’s two employees have other ideas. Reeling from a recent divorce, Janet finds sanctuary within the books and within the decadent window displays she creates. Claire, though quieter than the acerbic Janet, feels equally drawn to the daily rhythms of the shop and its loyal clientele, finding a renewed purpose within its walls. When Madeline’s professional life takes an unexpected turn, and a handsome gardener upends all her preconceived notions, she questions her plans and her heart. She begins to envision a new path for herself and her aunt’s beloved shop—provided the women’s best combined efforts are not too little, too late.
The Printed Letter Bookshop is a captivating story of good books, a testament to the beauty of new beginnings, and a sweet reminder of the power of friendship.

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Review:  This was a perfect light read for me after some trips down some different genres. It was nice to read a family/friend oriented book for once. This is Christian fiction but there's nothing preachy about it. The main theme, you'll find in this book, however is forgiveness.

When Madeline finds her aunt has left her The Printed Letter Bookshop, she's a bit gobsmacked. She hasn't had much contact with her and she's a lawyer, not a shop owner. Fate has other plans for Madeline though. Her life doesn't turn out quite how she planned it and the bookshop starts to take over her life. She also meets someone that changes things for her.

Its hard to describe some of the things that happen in Madeline's life without giving away the plot, but suffice to say she has some choices to make and she has things to learn.

Then there's Claire and Janet, two very different women that work for her. Both of them come with a unique set of problems too. But isn't that life? I really loved how their life and problems all managed to get entwined with the bookshop. Those problems are heartbreaking to say the least. This book has so many "feels" in it.

There are some happy moments too, especially with Janet at the end and Madeline as she works to find balance as her career isn't quite how it started.

There was a lot of friendship and love in this book, as well as much forgiveness. I only wish Madeline would have been able to talk to her aunt, because Maddie was definitely a good soul and it had to be heartbreaking to know someone truly loved you, but because of a misunderstanding you pushed them aside.

Its really a sweet touching read that will stay with you for a long time after you finish it.

Rating: 5 flowers


Sara Strand said...

I ordered this book completely because of how cute the cover is.. but the story sounds fun, too! Thanks for being on this tour. Sara @ TLC Book Tours

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