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NetGalley Review: The Lost and Found Bookshop

Title: The Lost and Found Bookshop

Author: Susan Wiggs

Genre: Fiction

Synopsis:

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 . . .

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.

Publisher: William Morrow

Publication Date: July 7th, 2020

Format: Digital Advanced Readers Copy provided through NetGalley

Where to Buy:

Elliott Bay Books | Third Place Books | Powell’s City of Books

Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Amazon

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Review:

When I saw this book available on NetGalley I was very excited to read it! As a bookseller I love books about bookstores, especially those that have a main character that works in/owns the store. The Lost and Found Bookshop fulfilled all of my wants in a book about bookstores and then some!

Overall the story was really well written and the cast characters was diverse and interesting. The plot was also well paced and made for easy reading.

As a reader I related to Natalie a lot. While dealing with the loses in her life I found a lot of her story very relatable to my own experiences with family illnesses and finances. I think a lot of readers will also be able to find themselves within these pages. Wiggs does an amazing job exploring the many emotions that come along with grief, and moving on, making for a heartfelt read.

While I enjoyed this book overall there were somethings in the book that seemed rushed and were not fully explored like I had expected. Several of the character stories end rather abruptly and I would have liked to have had those stories extended further. I also wasn’t super thrilled with the ending. While the ending was very practical it was also very disappointing. It also felt very rushed and there were aspects of the ending that just didn’t work for me or for this story in my opinion. Up until the last couple chapters I was really enjoying the book but those last few chapters were quite disappointing.

That being said readers who enjoy history and stories that explore grief and moving on will really enjoy this book.

I’ll also be reading more of Wiggs’ books in the future. The Lost and Found Bookshop was well written and definitely makes me want to read more of her books.

About the Author:

Susan Wiggs’s life is all about family, friends…and fiction. She lives at the water’s edge on an island in Puget Sound, and in good weather, she commutes to her writers’ group in a 21-foot motorboat. She’s been featured in the national media, including NPR, PRI, and USA Today, has given programs for the US Embassies in Buenos Aires and Montevideo, and is a popular speaker locally, nationally, internationally, and on the high seas.

From the very start, her writings have illuminated the everyday dramas of ordinary people facing extraordinary circumstances. Her books celebrate the power of love, the timeless bonds of family and the fascinating nuances of human nature. Today, she is an international best-selling, award-winning author, with millions of copies of her books in print in numerous countries and languages. According to Publishers Weekly, Wiggs writes with “refreshingly honest emotion,” and the Salem Statesman Journal adds that she is “one of our best observers of stories of the heart [who] knows how to capture emotion on virtually every page of every book.” Booklist characterizes her books as “real and true and unforgettable.”

The author is a former teacher, a Harvard graduate, an avid hiker, an amateur photographer, a good skier and terrible golfer, yet her favorite form of exercise is curling up with a good book. She lives on an island in Puget Sound, where she divides her time between sleeping and waking.

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