The Bookshop of Secrets. The cover grabbed me almost as quickly as the title did. I mean, come on. What could be better? Then I got an early copy from the publisher and read it like a crazy woman. Here’s a hint. The inside… the inside is even better than the title and the cover combined. For a debut novel, this ranks up there as one of the best I’ve ever read. Family secrets hidden in plain sight but not? But yes? Oh, man. You’re in for a treat
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So many thoughts and emotions swirl as I try to write this review, which is fitting, actually. Because this book roils with thoughts and emotions. Much more complex than the synopsis would have you believe, The Bookshop of Secrets slowly unearths long-buried secrets and probes shallow graves of hopes and fears until everything is laid bare.
The process is horrifying, freeing, ugly, and achingly beautiful all at the same time.
Rushmeyer offers a glimpse into an ugly world through one trying to rebuild a life outside it–and outside God. She shows the pain of a lifetime of rejection and accusation. In the end, people trapped in thought patterns and destructive behaviors discover the lies that tether them there–lies that sometimes they hold onto as if lifelines.
This isn’t an easy read, but it’s a worthwhile one. I knew I’d love it before I opened the first page, but I hadn’t turned that page before I was proven right. While I was given a copy of the book for review purposes, I preordered it long before that, and will be receiving my own, paid-for, copy upon its release.
The Bookshop of Secrets is on tour with Celebrate Lit
About the Book
Book: The Bookshop of Secrets
Author: Mollie Rushmeyer
Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction (Christian)
Release date: October 25, 2022
A collection of lost books holds the clues to her family’s legacy…and her future.
Hope Sparrow has mastered the art of outrunning her tragic past, learning never to stay anywhere too long and never to allow anyone control over her life again. Coming to Wanishin Falls in search of her family’s history already feels too risky. But somewhere in the towering stacks of this dusty old bookshop are the books that hold Hope’s last ties to her late mother—and to a rumored family treasure that could help her start over.
Only, the bookshop is in shambles, and the elderly owner is in the beginning stages of dementia and can’t remember where the books lie. To find the last links to the loved ones she’s lost, Hope must stay and accept help from the townsfolk to locate the treasured volumes. Each secret she uncovers brings her closer to understanding where she came from. But the longer she stays in the quaint town, the more people find their way into the cracks in her heart. And letting them in may be the greatest risk of all…
About the Author
Mollie writes contemporary fiction with a heart for history. What does this mean exactly? She loves to write inspirational fiction in contemporary settings with fascinating historical elements, people, objects, and stories woven throughout.
A modern girl herself– She wouldn’t want to go a day without modern plumbing and central air! But she’s always felt a special connection to the past. The legacies and lives left behind are like gifts waiting to be unwrapped, and she’s excited to share this blend of history and contemporary living with readers.
A born and bred Midwestern gal, Mollie Rushmeyer, makes her home in central Minnesota with her husband and two spunky, beautiful daughters. She is not only a bibliophile (the dustier the better, in her opinion), she’s a true anglophile at heart. Tea and coffee fuel her travels, by Google maps at least, and her passion for the written word.
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To celebrate her tour, Mollie is giving away the grand prize package of an eBook or signed paperback copy (paperback U.S. Only) of The Bookshop of Secrets and a $50 Amazon gift card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.