Book: The Bookshop of Yesterdays
Author: Amy Meyerson
Published: June 12, 2018
Publisher: Park Row
Genre: Women’s Fiction
A woman inherits a beloved bookstore and sets forth on a journey of self-discovery in this poignant debut about family, forgiveness and a love of reading. Miranda Brooks grew up in the stacks of her eccentric uncle Billy’s bookstore, solving the inventive scavenger hunts he created just for her. But on Miranda’s twelfth birthday, Billy has a mysterious falling-out with her mother and suddenly disappears from Miranda’s life. She doesn’t hear about him again until sixteen years later when she receives unexpected news: Billy has died and left her Prospero Books, which is teetering on bankruptcy, and one final scavenger hunt. When Miranda returns home to Los Angeles and to Prospero Books–now as its owner–she finds clues that Billy has hidden for her inside novels on the store’s shelves, in locked drawers of his apartment upstairs, in the name of the store itself. Miranda becomes determined to save Prospero Books and to solve Billy’s last scavenger hunt. She soon finds herself drawn into a journey where she meets people from Billy’s past, people whose stories reveal a history that Miranda’s mother has kept hidden–and the terrible secret that tore her family apart. Bighearted and trenchantly observant, The Bookshop of Yesterdays is a love letter to reading and bookstores, and a testament to the healing power of community and how our histories shape who we become. (Goodreads)
My rating: 4 stars
It was lovely. Definitely recommend.
This is an absolutely lovely book. It includes a literary scavenger hunt, is full of riddles, twists, friendships, romance, and mother-daughter relationships. It is so so so good!
If you’ve been visiting my little blog here for a while, you’ll know I adore books about books or bookshops. So when I saw this book at Costco, I had to nab it. I was not supposed to be buying more books. But the cover and the synopsis put such a huge smile on my face, I couldn’t resist. I’d never heard of this book before I saw it on that table, but that did not stop me from buying it.
And boy, was it worth it.
Miranda’s character is super interesting, she’s layered and develops throughout the novel. Her relationship with her family, her history, and the folks she meets throughout the story are also full of layers and develop really well and realistically.
The romance of this novel was great too. As often happens, I pegged the romantic outcome pretty early and way before it actually happened. But there were definitely a few twists that I was not expecting at all. They surprised me and delighted me.
I think my favourite type of read is just like this, a bit of mystery, a story that jumps between present and past and shows the reader and the main character how those two are connected, a focus on relationships with a dash of romance and a sprinkling of humour.
The synopsis says “The Bookshop of Yesterdays is a love letter to reading and bookstores, and a testament to the healing power of community and how our histories shape who we become,” and this is the perfect way to describe this book.
Would you ever want to work in a bookstore?