About The Printed Letter Bookshop

The Printed Letter Bookshop book cover

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Love, friendship, and family find a home at the Printed Letter Bookshop

One of Madeline Cullen’s happiest childhood memories is of working with her Aunt Maddie in the quaint and cozy Printed Letter Bookshop. But by the time Madeline inherits the shop nearly twenty years later, family troubles and her own bitter losses have hardened Madeline’s heart toward her once-treasured aunt—and the now struggling bookshop left in her care.

While Madeline intends to sell the shop as quickly as possible, the Printed Letter’s two employees have other ideas. Reeling from a recent divorce, Janet finds sanctuary within the books and within the decadent window displays she creates. Claire, though quieter than the acerbic Janet, feels equally drawn to the daily rhythms of the shop and its loyal clientele, finding a renewed purpose within its walls.

When Madeline’s professional life falls apart, and a handsome gardener upends all her preconceived notions, she questions her plans and her heart. Has she been too quick to dismiss her aunt’s beloved shop? And even if she has, the women’s best combined efforts may be too little, too late.

The Printed Letter Bookshop is a captivating story of good books, a testament to the beauty of new beginnings, and a sweet reminder of the power of friendship.” —Rachel McMillan, author of Murder in the City of Liberty

My Review

I’ve read every single Katherine Reay book to date, so when she announced a call for street-team applicants, I immediately jumped. (And yet, here I am, late with my review. Sigh. Better late than never.) YES, PLEASE. WHERE DO I SIGN, I said. Not a question – a statement.

The Printed Letter Bookshop lived up to every expectation I had, and then some. Deeper than several of Reay’s other books, it explored the lives of three characters intertwined by a bookshop owner’s death. I couldn’t help but channel “You’ve Got Mail” throughout; fans of the movie will not be disappointed.

I occasionally struggled to keep secondary characters straight, and picked up on most mainstream book references; note that a majority of the fiction represented in the bookshop is, indeed, mainstream. It’s not the neighborhood Christian bookstore (which probably went out of business where you are anyway, just like mine did).

I don’t believe previous characters of Reay’s showed up here – but that just means I need to re-read her other books to verify, right? 🙂 Steady on … I’ll be back.

I received a copy of the book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

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Katherine Reay is the national bestselling and award-winning author of Dear Mr. KnightleyLizzy and Jane, The Brontë Plot, A Portrait of Emily PriceThe Austen Escape, and The Printed Letter Bookshop. All Katherine’s novels are contemporary stories with a bit of classical flairKatherine holds a BA and MS from Northwestern University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and isa wife, mother, former marketer, and avid chocolate consumer. After living all across the country and a few stops in Europe, Katherine now happily resides outside Chicago, IL. You can meet her at www.katherinereay.com; Facebook; Twitter; or Instagram.