A year after the death of her abusive fiancé, domestic violence counselor Sophia Barrett finds returning to work too painful. She escapes to Cornwall, England—a place she’s learned to love through the words of her favorite author—and finds a place to stay with the requirement that she help out in the bookstore underneath the room she’s renting. Given her love of all things literary, it seems like the perfect place to find peace. Ginny Rose is an American living in Cornwall, sure that if she saves the bookstore she co-owns with her husband then she can save her marriage as well. Fighting to keep the first place she feels like she belongs, she brainstorms with her brother-in-law, William, and Sophia to try to keep the charming bookstore afloat. More than 150 years before, governess Emily Fairfax knew two things for certain: she wanted to be a published author, and she was in love with her childhood best friend. But he was a wealthy heir and well out of her league. Sophia discovers Emily’s journals, and she and William embark on a mission to find out more about this mysterious and determined woman, all the while getting closer to each other as they get closer to the truth.
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I absolutely loved the Secret of Paper and Ink. Just the title is really cool and fitting since the story talks about books and set in a bookstore. I like how Lindsay Harrel weaves the lives of three different women and creates a story of hope, healing and forgiveness. I love how genuine and real this story is. I wish Sophie, Ginny and Emily were real because I connected with them and would wish to be friends with them. One of my favorite quotes from the book is “Of course, in Sophia’s mind, there was no such thing as “only a book.” Books were whole other worlds wrapped in cardboard and parchment.” I believe that to be so true. I think the reader can learn valuable truths along with Sophie and Ginny.
I recommend this book to my family and friends.
I received this book from the publisher to read and give my honest review.
About the Author
Lindsay Harrel is a lifelong book nerd who lives in Arizona with her young family and two golden retrievers in serious need of training. She’s held a variety of writing and editing jobs over the years and now juggles stay-at-home mommyhood with writing novels. When she’s not writing or chasing after her children, Lindsay enjoys making a fool of herself at Zumba, curling up with anything by Jane Austen, and savoring sour candy one piece at a time.