by Sarah Jio
This is the first book that I have completed in 2022. I hope that I will enjoy many others as much as I enjoyed this one.
To begin, I did not (at first) love the cover. However, by the time a reader finishes the novel, it is clear that everything there has meaning. This is true for the title of the book as well.
This is a dual timeline story. One focus is on Eloise. She is a British woman who makes relationship choices that reverberate across both time and the plot. Readers watch as she chooses between Edward, a wealthy Brit, and Frank, an American. What will happen to her and how will she cope?
Eloise’s daughter is Valentina. She lost her mother’s presence in her life when she was twelve. This has left her wounded. What happened? Why?
Plot lines cross when Val travels to London to take over a bookshop. What will she learn about herself over the course of this endeavor? One spoiler…she will find love.
I don’t want to give anything away so no more on plot. I will just say that this is a novel with heart.
The bookshop is really a character in the book. I would want to spend so much time there were it a real place. Because of this, the novel is an anthem to books and their role in reader’s lives.
I very much enjoyed this novel. It is a lovely read.
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.