The Lost and Found Bookshop by Susan Wiggs
I subscribe to this author’s newsletter so had been hearing about The Lost and Found Bookshop for months before it was published. I entered a number of giveaways in my enthusiasm, did not win the book and eventually got it from the library.
The story is about Natalie who suffers some losses from which she must recover. The reader encounters those with whom Natalie is involved as she moves from a high powered, but unsatisfying career, to become the proprietor of her family’s bookshop. There is Peach, clearly to be a romantic interest; a popular author who wines and dines Natalie; Dorothy, the precocious daughter of Peach; Grandy, who is slowly sinking into dementia and others.
Ms. Wiggs love of bookstores and what they offer to people and communities come across clearly. The city of San Francisco is also painted by someone who is fond of both its history and what it offers now to those who live there.
The resolution of the story is satisfying but…somehow I had hoped for a little more from this novel. Its insights were not unique although they were true.
If you enjoy women’s fiction, I recommend this title. However, there are books by this author that I have enjoyed more including the Lakeshore Chronicles series, Map of the Heart and Just Breathe, to name a few.
Have you read this book? What did you think?