Monday, March 4, 2019

"The Secrets of Paper and Ink"

Book Description from the publisher:

Brought together by a charming bookstore in England, three women fight to defy expectations, dream new dreams, and welcome love into their lives.
As a counselor, Sophia Barrett is trained to help people cope with their burdens. But when she meets a new patient whose troubles mirror her own, she realizes she hasn’t dealt with the pain of her recent past. After making a snap decision to get away for the summer, Sophia moves overseas to an apartment above a charming bookstore in Cornwall, England. She is hopeful she will find peace there surrounded by her favorite thing: great literature.
Bookstore owner Ginny Rose is desperate to save her business without asking for help from a husband who’s decided to take a break from their marriage. Ginny never imagined she’d be solely responsible for keeping afloat her husband’s dream, but the unexpected friendship with her new renter has her feeling more optimistic. Between the two of them—and Ginny’s brother-in-law, William—the bookstore might stand a chance.
Then Sophia finds a notebook in the bookstore that contains journal entries from Emily Fairfax, a governess who lived in Cornwall more than 150 years ago. Sophia learns that Emily harbored a secret passion for becoming an authoress—as well as a deep love for her childhood friend, Edward, whose station she dared not dream to touch.
Eager to know more of Emily’s story, Sophia goes on a quest—dragging Ginny and William with her—to discover the heart of the woman behind the beautiful entries. Soon Ginny’s need to save the bookstore becomes more than a way to save her marriage, and Sophia finds new purpose of her own. Together they find that sometimes both heartache and hope can reach across the centuries.

My Review:
 How true that people expect you to have it all together if you have a degree or a job with helping others, this was the case for Sophia.  Sophia works daily helping others work through the issues in their own lives, but that does not mean that she lives a carefree life and has worked through and resolved issues in her own.  When Sophia is forced to face some things that she has pushed aside and left unresolved for years, she impulsively decides to get away to work through it.  Let me tell you if I was in Sophia's shoes I would have made a decision like she did; who could blame her, an apartment above a charming bookstore?  My idea of an ideal home! This begins such an eye-opening and healing journey not only for Sophia, but for so many others as well. 
I absolutely loved this book!  The description of the book was so intriguing to me and I loved the setting.  I was completely wrapped up in the story as soon as it started and I loved the going back and forth between the journal entries and today's storyline.  This is an excellent book and I highly recommend it! 

*Thanks to the BookLook Bloggers Program for the complimentary copy of this book.*

1 comment:

  1. Hi Kristie, this looks like a good one. I hope you'll have time to bring this over to Books You Loved: March so everyone can see it. Cheers from Carole's Chatter