Having owned a bookstore for over three decades, I wanted to see how well Wiggs portrayed the owner experience, especially during the time of decline. I was pleasantly surprised as I read of the same experiences I had. The bad part of the bills, the author event where no one shows, and customers finding a book but then leaving to order it online. And the good experiences of seeing the joy on a person's face when they've found that next perfect book to read.
I liked the setting of San Francisco. I liked the characters. Natalie was portrayed well. She was reluctant to take over her mother's bookshop but her heart was so large. I found her captivating and a good representation of a bookshop owner. I really liked Peach. What a great hero to subtly come alongside Natalie. But my favorite was Dorothy. What a special girl.
This is a good novel for readers to understand what is involved in keeping a bookstore going in the time of online shopping. You find well crafted characters and a sweet romance. I didn't like the token sex scene but other than that, an enjoyable novel.
You can read a sample here.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Susan Wiggs is the author of several novels highlighting the dramas of ordinary people facing extraordinary circumstances. She is an international best-selling, award-winning author, with millions of copies of her books in print. She lives on an island in Puget Sound. You can find out more at https://www.susanwiggs.com/ Photo: Yvonne Wong Photography
William Morrow, 368 pages.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)