Rating: 5 Stars
Love, love, love. The title of this book doesn’t really capture the richness of the story, and I wasn’t always sure about the dual sorry element… but Sebastian might be a work of genius. I am thrilled that there is going to be a sequel.
Bookends/Happy Ever After is a bookshop that every town needs, and I loved spending my time there. Luckily, I couldn’t also spend my money within its walls. The characters who work there are lively and engaging, and I enjoyed all of the book references scattered throughout the story. I always think it is very brave to write a book about books or writing – it can make the book seem overly self-aware – but it really works here, which I think speaks to the author’s love of her subject.
The storyline reflected the modern day trend of bookshops experiencing a downturn in trade with the uptake of e-readers as the method of reading of choice, but it is hopefully still right in line with the times as the bookshop in the title battles forward to search for more customers. I want to believe in the success of indie bookshops like this, anyway.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review.