Published by William Morrow on July 7th 2020
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Somewhere in the vast Library of the Universe, as Natalie thought of it, there was a book that embodied exactly the things she was worrying about.
In the wake of a shocking tragedy, Natalie Harper inherits her mother’s charming but financially strapped bookshop in San Francisco. She also becomes caretaker for her ailing grandfather Andrew, her only living relative—not counting her scoundrel father.
But the gruff, deeply kind Andrew has begun displaying signs of decline. Natalie thinks it’s best to move him to an assisted living facility to ensure the care he needs. To pay for it, she plans to close the bookstore and sell the derelict but valuable building on historic Perdita Street, which is in need of constant fixing. There’s only one problem–Grandpa Andrew owns the building and refuses to sell. Natalie adores her grandfather; she’ll do whatever it takes to make his final years happy. Besides, she loves the store and its books provide welcome solace for her overwhelming grief.
After she moves into the small studio apartment above the shop, Natalie carries out her grandfather’s request and hires contractor Peach Gallagher to do the necessary and ongoing repairs. His young daughter, Dorothy, also becomes a regular at the store, and she and Natalie begin reading together while Peach works.
To Natalie’s surprise, her sorrow begins to dissipate as her life becomes an unexpected journey of new connections, discoveries and revelations, from unearthing artifacts hidden in the bookshop’s walls, to discovering the truth about her family, her future, and her own heart.
- In this thought-provoking, wise and emotionally rich novel, New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs explores the meaning of happiness, trust, and faith in oneself as she asks the question, “If you had to start over, what would you do and who would you be?”
There is a book for everything . . .
The Lost and Found Bookshop is not my first book by Susan Wiggs and I had high expectations, They were certainly met. She’s a master at creating characters that are easy to root for, developing intricate and nuanced situations, and her dialogue writing is simply stellar. This is truly a deeply heartfelt and endearing read, one I’d highly recommend.
At the center of the story is Natalie Harper, as she learns about the death of her mother and is forced to recon with the sad state of affairs of the family bookshop. Set in northern California, the bookshop has a long history in San Francisco ( always a fun place to visit either in person or virtually). Natalie is working on a high profile deal when her world falls apart. She grapples with loss and grief, about finding forgiveness and happening upon a lifelong love. Her life now focused on her grandfather, the book shop and about the new community she surrounded by.
The story moves along as the hired handyman, Peach Gallagher, finds hidden treasures in the walls of the bookshop. She’s romanced by a famous author, one who could very well help to boost the brick and mortar business, but not all is as it seems. When it seems to perfect, it probably isn’t and there is someone else on her mind. While Natalie’s love life is a big part of the story, this is so much more than that. She has hard choices to make, and needs time to heal. The myriad of characters boost the storyline and made for an equally profound and fun read.
4.5 Stars and recommendation.
~ Review by Cyndi